FULL BREAK DOWN OF PHISH'S RETURN TO PNC BANK ARTS CENTER
[Photo of "You Enjoy Myself" from Sunday via @Phish_FTR]
After last night's show in Toronto was postponed, Phish headed to
the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ tonight for the first time since 2011. This
evening's performance marked the band's 10th at the shed since they made their Arts Center
debut as part of the H.O.R.D.E. Festival on July 11, 1992.
Phish kicked off the show with the evening's biggest bustout - "Llama" - which hadn't seen
stage time since a June 22, 2012 show in Cincinnati. From there, the quartet dipped back
to 1994's Hoist for a three-song segment of "Wolfman's Brother," "Sample In A Jar"
and "Julius." A short and sweet "Halley's Comet" led into a "Bathtub Gin" filled with huge
rock peaks and a turbo-disco beat laid down by drummer Jon Fishman. In the middle of the
first set, keyboardist Page McConnell took a moment to acknowledge the venue, a room not
too far from the towns where he and guitarist Trey Anastasio grew up. Both men
acknowledged they were "Jersey Strong." "Lawn Boy" gave McConnell another chance in the
spotlight, while "Ya Mar" featured impressive solos from both Jersey boys. The tour's
first "Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan," a well-played "Theme From The Bottom" and a
fun take on "Suzy Greenberg" with a Jersey reference closed the opening stanza.
The second set was relentless from the beginning to the end with tons of improvisational
fireworks starting off with a majestic "Crosseyed And Painless" that was actually led more
by McConnell than Anastasio. In a set filled with unusual placements, "Harry Hood" was
played second. Both "Hood" and "Slave To The Traffic Light," which came later in the
evening, featured patient and fluid jams. Each song has seen a number of strong versions
of late and tonight was no exception. "Sand" had a bit of an unusual start and ended with
a powerful solo from Trey. "Light" continues to be the strongest improvisational vehicle
written in this era. This evening's take kicked off at a fast pace and didn't really slow
down in tempo until the very end. When it did slow down, Trey inserted a pretty tease of
"Maria" from West Side Story, which was reprised in the closer and encore. "Good
Times, Bad Times" is usually an encore, but
tonight it was placed before the set-ending combo of "Slave To The Traffic Light," "Rocky
Top" and "Cavern." Anastasio actually said good night before the quartet reeled off the
last two songs. When Phish returned for the encore, they played the third "Possum" of the
tour thus far as it stands as the only song to be performed in every city the band has
visited since Bangor. Page, Fish, Mike and Trey head to Jones Beach in Wantagh, NY next
after a day off.
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Here's The Skinny from Phish's return to PNC Bank Arts Center...
- Venue Capacity / Attendance / Type: 17,500 / 15,000
(Estimate) / Outdoor Amphitheatre
- Previous Shows at Venue: 9 Shows - 7/11/1992, 7/19/1992,
7/02/1994, 7/15/1999, 7/16/1999, 6/28/2000, 6/29/2000, 5/31/2011 and 6/01/2011
- Number Of Songs / Length – First Set: 11 / 7:53 p.m. - 9:11
p.m. (78 Minutes)
- Number Of Songs / Length – Second Set & Encore: 10 / 9:40
p.m. - 11:08 p.m. (88 Minutes)
- Total Number of Songs / Covers / Originals: 21 / 4 / 17
- Biggest Bustout: Llama - 33 Shows (LTP - 6/22/2012)
- Average Song Vintage: 1992
- Debuts: N/A
- Weather: 83° and Partly Cloudy at Showtime
- Average Song Gap: 7.24
- The Spread: Lawn Boy - 2, Picture Of Nectar - 2, Hoist - 3,
Billy Breathes - 1, Farmhouse - 1, Joy - 2, Misc. - 6, Cover - 4
- Longest LivePhish Track / Shortest LivePhish Track:
Crosseyed and Painless 17:10 / Rocky Top 2:34
- Audio: Live
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