FULL BREAK DOWN OF PHISH CHICAGO RUN FINALE
[Photo from Saturday night via @Phish_FTR]
After an eventful first two nights which saw a shortened show and an elongated show, Phish concluded a three-night stand at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at
Northerly Island in Chicago tonight. Once again the weather was one of the big stories of
the night as torrential storms forced Phish off stage just as they began "Run Like An
Antelope" - 61 minutes into the first set. Anastasio told the crowd, "we will be back" and
the band did return 63 minutes later for the second set and encore.
Hitting the stage just after 7:30 p.m., Phish dug deep into their repertoire for a "Dinner
And A Movie" opener which made this gentleman particularly happy. The Junta classic was last played on
June 29, 2012 in Noblesville, IN. Though "Dinner And A Movie" was a little rusty, "AC/DC
Bag" was absolutely nailed. Guitarist Trey Anastasio drew out the last note of "AC/DC Bag"
as drummer Jon Fishman started "Maze," which proved to be an interesting transition.
Anastasio's "Maze" solo was a workshop on guitar theatrics as he delivered some of his
fastest riffage of the tour thus far. "Mound" continues its transition into a heavy
rotation staple after years on the shelf. Unbelievably, Phish has played "Mound"
as many times this year as they played it between 1997 and 2010 combined. Trey continued
assault on the fretboard during "Funky Bitch, the evening's first cover. The guitarist
wore a Page McConnell t-shirt tonight which seemed to bring out the best in his band mate.
A particularly amusing moment took place at the start of "Bathtub Gin," when the
keyboardist went wild in a brief interlude that saw him hit nearly every key on every
instrument in his arsenal. Big Red had started to sing the lyrics but stepped back and
laughed as Page attacked his rig. As the "Gin" jam picked up in intensity, so did the rain
but that didn't stop the quartet from slowly building the improv to a huge peak. Next up
was the set's second Gamehendge tune in "Wilson," a fitting "Water In The Sky" considering
rain was pouring down on the crowd at this point and a rare first set cover of Stevie
Wonder's "Boogie On Reggae Woman." Phish's crew scrambled to cover the band's gear as the
rain came down and Anastasio referenced the workers during "Boogie On" by saying "don't
you wish it was munchkins coming down to do this?" The craziest tour weather-wise in Phish
history hit another speed bump at the beginning of "Run Like An Antelope," when Trey
informed the crowd they needed to stop due to the weather. He also mentioned, "this was
not my idea and we will be back!"
After a 63-minute rain delay, Phish opened the second set with another cover of "Energy"
by The Apples In Stereo. Those watching the webcast from home were sad to see the weather
knocked out the LivePhish internet connection, knocking out the live broadcast of the
show through the middle of "Lizards." "Energy" gave LD Chris Kuroda ample opportunity to
show off the new rig he debuted this tour. The quartet broke through the cover's normal
dimensions for the evening's first "Type II" jam, which explored multiple jam spaces over
the course of more than 10 wonderful minutes of improv. As "Energy" faded out, Mike Gordon
laid down a bass bomb that
cleared the way for "Ghost" to begin. A "glorious Ghost" led
into the tour's first "Lizards." The night's first big musical surprise came
in the form of "Harpua," last played on June 19, 2011. Trey then talked about the
gentleman who held up a "Dinner And A
Movie" sign and told fans if they held up another sign just as a song started they
wouldn't get their request played. Anastasio then took note of a sign in the crowd that
said "Poster Nutbag 'The Right Way'" He then brought fans Chris and Julie who held up the
"Poster Nutbag 'The Right Way" sign up on stage and introduced them. Chris and Julie
mentioned they were on tour with a big group of people, so the guitarist had them brought
on stage as well. Turns out it was all a setup as the people on stage were members of
famed Second City comedy theater's E.T.C. improv troupe.
Phish provided the background music as members of Second City awkwardly rapped and
story that was sort of in line with "Harpua's" typical cat/dog theme. Once the members of
Second City cleared the stage, Trey asked Mike to tell the real "Harpua" story and Gordon
did the deed and talked about a cat wandering over to Chicago's Kingston Mines club to
"take in some blues," but instead crossed the street to "Blues on Halsted" and found a bad
scene. The cat eventually made it to Second City and appreciated the "funny stuff" going
on until he realized there was a dog there. The bassist concluded the "Harpua" story by
saying the dog struck the cat in a fierce fight, leading Anastasio to shriek, "Look! The
storm is really gone now! Thank god!" At the end of "Harpua," Trey thanked the members of
Second City for their work before moving on to try "Run Like An Antelope" once more. This
time around the quartet made it through "Antelope" without incident as Anastasio again
showed off the machine gun licks he displayed earlier in "Maze," after which the band
"stuck the landing" in bringing the song and 68-minute second set to a close. "Character
Zero" served as tonight's encore. Phish Summer Tour 2013 moves across the border to Canada
tomorrow for a show that was originally scheduled for July 9.
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Here's The Skinny from Phish's third of three shows in Chicago...
- Venue Capacity / Attendance / Type: 30,000 / Forthcoming /
- Previous Shows at Venue: 2 Shows - 07/19/2013 and
- Number Of Songs / Length – First Set: 10 / 7:34 - 8:35 (61
- Number Of Songs / Length – Second Set & Encore: 6 / 9:38
p.m. - 10:53 p.m. (75 Minutes)
- Total Number of Songs / Covers / Originals: 16 / 3 / 13
- Biggest Bustout: Harpua - 70 Shows (6/19/2011)
- Tour Debuts: Dinner And A Movie, Lizards, Harpua
- Average Song Vintage: 1991
- Debuts: N/A
- Weather: 77° and Cloudy at Showtime, Torrential Storms
envelope area around venue through first set leading band to leave stage early
- Average Song Gap: 11.63
- The Spread: Junta - 1, Lawn Boy - 3 (Includes Two Antelopes),
Rift - 2, Billy Breathes - 1, The Story Of The Ghost - 2, Misc. - 4, Covers - 3
- Longest LivePhish Track / Shortest LivePhish Track:
Harpua - 22:53 / Run Like An Antelope - 1:06
- Audio: Live Phish
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