FULL BREAK DOWN OF PHISH'S RETURN TO
VZW AMPHITHEATRE AT ENCORE PARK
[Photo from Sunday via @Phish_FTR]
Phish Summer Tour 2013 headed south for tonight's first of two shows at Verizon
Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park in Alpharetta, GA. The Vermonters first visited the
relatively new Atlanta area venue for a two-night stand in 2010 and returned in 2011 for
another two-night stand. Last summer, Phish opted to play Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
in Atlanta - a venue they performed at eight times between 1995 and 2003. This summer the
band is back in Alpharetta for their fifth and sixth shows at the modern shed.
For the second time in the last three shows Joy track "Kill Devil Falls" served as
the opener. "Mound" continues its resurgence as a frequent visitor to Phish first sets
with its seventh appearance since Super Ball in 2011 and 12th in total since the band's
return at Hampton in 2009. Unlike the version of "Mound" they performed at the last
Alpharetta show on June 15, 2011 - which was broken up by a thunderstorm - Phish made it
through tonight's take without incident before moving on to "Bathtub Gin." This "Gin"
featured a straight-forward jam which built to a triumphant peak like many in recent
memory. Keyboardist Page McConnell then took a moment to welcome the crowd and then led
his band mates through "Army Of One." Next, Phish offered a double-dose of classics from
1993's Rift by way of "Rift" and "Horn." "Horn," a tour debut, was fresh in the
band's mind as they teased it a few times in the intro of the "Possum" that followed.
"Pebbles And Marbles" has been a rarity in this era with only one performance a piece in
2012 and 2010 and two performances a piece in 2009 and 2011. The post-hiatus gem made its
2013 debut this evening. Another languid "Ocelot" led into "Cavern" and a typically
ferocious "Run Like An Antelope" set-closer.
After a cover-less first set, Phish opened the second set with a cover of "Rock And Roll"
by The Velvet Underground. The quartet continued a trend of transitioning dark minor-key
jams into pretty major-key territory for a few minutes before returning to darkness in a
funky way. As they made the turn back to minor-key jamming, guitarist Trey Anastasio
inserted the main riff to "Heartbreaker" by Led Zeppelin and sang the first verse. After
the impromptu "Heartbreaker," the band went back to where they left off in the "Rock And
Roll" jam. From there, Phish segued into "Makisupa Policeman." Next up was "Chalk Dust
Torture" which, like the "Antelope" that came earlier, was performed at the last show just
two nights ago in Maryland. And just like the "Rock And Roll," the deliciously abnormal
"Chalk Dust" found Phish taking a dark jam into a pretty piece of improv fueled by
Anastasio's emotive licks. Once the jam started to fizzle, Trey hit the notes that signal
the start of "Wilson." The guitarist made sure to work a "Heartbreaker" tease into
"Wilson." Not content to let the energy wane in any way, "Tweezer" emerged. If you guessed
that Anastasio would find a way to fit "Heartbreaker" teases into the "Tweezer" jam, you
get two points. This potent "Tweezer" broke down into a synth-driven segue towards another
"horse-less" "Silent In The Morning." Following the "Silent" breather, the quartet revved
up "Birds Of A Feather" and then returned to the ballad portion of the repertoire for the
tour debut of "Joy." Phish hadn't forgotten about "Heartbreaker" though as Trey worked
another tease into the intro of the tour's fourth "Harry Hood." Anastasio, the set's sure
MVP, trilled his way to "Hood" glory through yet another impressive version of the old
warhorse. Even the "Character Zero" closer had a quick "Heartbreaker" tease, tying the
whole set together. For the encore, Phish came out with their first Beatles cover of the
tour, "A Day In The Life," before the perfunctory "Tweezer Reprise." The foursome return
to Alpharetta tomorrow night.
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Here's The Skinny from Phish's return to Alpharetta...
- Venue Capacity / Attendance / Type: 12,000 / 10,000 (estimate) /
- Previous Shows at Venue: 4 Shows – 7/03/2010, 7/04/2010,
6/14/2011 and 6/15/2011
- Number Of Songs / Length – First Set: 11 / 8:11 p.m. - 9:34 p.m.
- Number Of Songs / Length – Second Set & Encore: 13 / 10:06
p.m. - 11:35 p.m. (89 Minutes)
- Total Number of Songs / Covers / Originals: 24 / 3 / 21
- Biggest Bustout: Heartbreaker Jam - 90 Shows (LTP -
- Tour Debuts: Horn, Pebbles and Marbles, Heartbreaker Jam,
Makisupa Policeman, Joy, A Day In The Life
- Average Song Vintage: 1995
- Debuts: N/A
- Weather: 85° and Partly Sunny at Showtime
- Average Song Gap: 11.88
- The Spread: Lawn Boy - 2, Picture Of Nectar - 4, Rift - 4, Billy
Breathes - 1, The Story Of The Ghost - 1, Round Room - 1, Undermind - 1, Joy - 3, Misc. -
4, Covers - 3
- Longest LivePhish Track / Shortest LivePhish Track:
Harry Hood 11:57 / Horn 3:34
- Audio: Live
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