UPDATE 7/20 1:45 p.m. PT: Phish will perform three sets on Saturday night to make up for
the rain-shortened show and will be offering partial refunds to Friday ticket holders.
Here's what the band posted on their Official Facebook
"Phish will perform three sets of music tonight (Saturday) on Northerly Island starting
at 7:00PM sharp. The band must start promptly at 7:00PM to fit in three sets due to strict
venue curfew. We've worked with the venue and local officials to extend the curfew for
this evening's performance to 11:30PM. Gates open at 5:30PM. Be sure to allow extra time
to get into the venue. Please pass the message on to friends attending tonight's show.
Due to the evacuation during the second set of last night's show, we will be offering
partial refunds to Friday ticket holders. We will send out more information regarding
partial refunds as it becomes available."
PHISH CHICAGO RUN OPENER CUT SHORT DUE TO WEATHER
[Photo via @Phish_FTR]
This evening, Phish kicked off a three-night stand at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at
Northerly Island in Chicago. The band had never played the recently renovated venue before
tonight. Earlier this week, promoter Live Nation and FirstMerit Bank Pavilion staff addressed fan concerns that came in the wake
of a rocky start to the venue's season. However, Mother Nature had other ideas as a
massive rainstorm led the band to cut short their second set 11 minutes in. Phish
announced via social media that "Unfortunately, that's it for the night. Again, the venue
has been evacuated due to a storm that is approaching the area."
The first set went off without incident. In an unusual move for the band, Phish has
repeated a few songs from one show to the next
on this tour. That trend continued with tonight's "Suzy Greenberg" opener, which was
played on Wednesday night in Alpharetta. As the set moved along, guitarist
Trey Anastasio built his "Wolfman's" solo to a sweltering peak that matched the intensity
of the insanely hot weather at the venue, while "Backwards Down The Number Line" joined
"Chalk Dust Torture" in the "5 Club" as the two most-played songs of the tour thus
far. "It's Ice" is another Phish original that has been a staple of setlists this run.
After performing "It's Ice" only once in 2012, this evening's take marked the third of
2013. From there, "Moma Dance" (as with "Suzy," "Moma" was performed at the last
show Phish played) led into the tour debut of "My Soul." Jon Fishman unveiled the newest
tool in his arsenal, the Marimba Lumina midi controller, last Sunday night at Merriweather
Post Pavilion during "Scent Of A Mule." The drummer used the instrument again on "Scent"
tonight. Both "46 Days" and "Limb By Limb" featured outstanding interplay between
Anastasio and keyboardist Page McConnell. Speaking of Page, the New Jersey native took an
opportunity after "Limb By Limb" to welcome the audience as he professed his love for The
Windy City and noted that it was the band's first time at the venue. McConnell's speech
was followed by a scorching "Julius" that closed out the first set.
Phish continues to be fond of opening second sets with "Down With Disease," as the
evening's fourth song off 1994's Hoist kicked off a closing stanza for the 26th
time this era. Rain and thunderstorms moved in on Chicago during "Disease." Just as Phish
segued into "Prince Caspian" McConnell approached Anastasio and informed him that the fans
needed to evacuate the venue due to the storm. Trey cut short "Caspian" a few lines into
song as Page explained the situation to the crowd. Phish then cleared the stage. About 30
minutes later the decision was made to "call it a night." On Saturday afternoon, the band
revealed they will play three sets on Saturday night and will offer partial refunds to
Friday ticket holders.
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breakdowns of every show Phish
has played in 2013 including setlists, recaps and our statistical rundowns.
Here's The Skinny from Phish's first of three shows in Chicago...
- Venue Capacity / Attendance / Type: 30,000 / 27,000
- Previous Shows at Venue: Phish has never played this venue
- Number Of Songs / Length – First Set: 10 / 7:42 p.m. - 8:57
p.m. (75 Minutes)
- Number Of Songs / Length – Second Set & Encore: 2 / 9:24
p.m. - 9:35 p.m. (RAIN DELAY LEADS TO CANCELATION AFTER 11 MINUTES)
- Total Number of Songs / Covers / Originals: 12 / 1 / 11
- Biggest Bustout: My Soul - 21 Shows (LTP - 8/25/2012)
- Tour Debuts: My Soul, Prince Caspian
- Average Song Vintage: 1996
- Debuts: N/A
- Weather: 92° and Partly Cloudy at Showtime
- Average Song Gap: 5.18 (Through Disease)
- The Spread: Rift - 1, Hoist - 4, Billy Breathes - 1, The
Story Of The Ghost - 2,
Round Room - 1, Joy - 1, Misc. - 1, Covers - 1
- Longest LivePhish Track / Shortest LivePhish Track:
Down With Disease - 11:11 / Prince Caspian 2:48
- Audio: Live Phish
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