FULL BREAK DOWN OF SATURDAY NIGHT PHISH AT HAMPTON COLISEUM
[Photo via @Phish_FTR]
Tonight Phish returned to the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA for
second of three shows at the venue that kick off Fall Tour 2013. The quartet made their
"Mothership" debut on November 25, 1995 and returned in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004
and 2009. Phish's last visit in 2009 was for their "reunion shows" after a nearly five-
year breakup. This evening's performance marks the Vermonters' 17th at the venue. The
spirited affair featured an above-average first set and contained a number of strong jams
in the second set.
Phish opened this evening's show with "Bathtub Gin," the first time the Lawn Boy
classic has served in that role since the Summer Tour 1999 opener on June 30, 1999. The
high-energy, straight forward "Gin" opener led into spot-on renditions of first set
staples "Moma Dance" and
"Tube." After beginning the show with three rockers, the band took it down a notch with
"Fast Enough For You" and a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "The Ballad of Curtis Loew." Bassist
Mike Gordon's voice was ragged and rough through a rendition of The Mustangs' "Ya Mar."
His band mates jumped in to help him through the cover which even included a bass solo in
lieu of Trey Anastasio's typical "Ya Mar" guitar solo.
Gordon's vocal issues also surfaced
later on "My Sweet One." Despite the obvious hoarseness in Mike's voice, that didn't stop
Trey from launching into "Mike's Song." This summer Phish had come up with a number of
interesting pairings out of "Mike's," but on this night they offered the classic "Mike's"
> "I Am Hydrogen" > "Weekapaug Groove" sequence to end the extremely old school set.
"Weekapaug" featured enthralling clavinet work from McConnell and a powerful climax fueled
by Anastasio's rapid-fire fretboard fireworks.
During setbreak, the @LivePhish Twitter feed revealed that this Wednesday night's show at
Glens Falls Civic Center, their first at the venue since Halloween '94, will be webcast
After foreshadowing what would come with a bit of dark noodling upon taking the stage, the
group kicked in to "Ghost" to open the second set. The
last time "Ghost" began a second set was way back on August 15, 2010 at Alpine Valley.
Anastasio put his Whammy pedal
to good use during a "Ghost" in which he delivered one beautiful, major-key riff after
another as he patiently built the jam to a crowd-pleasing peak. In similar fashion to last
night's "Carini," Phish followed the peak with an improvised arena-rock chord progression
make The Who proud, propelling the "Ghost" into must-hear territory. A spacey segment
connected the "Ghost" to "Down With Disease." The unfinished "Disease" contained a few
minutes of blissful jamming that faded into "Steam." Trey emphasized his angular leads
with screams of "ooohhhhh" as he put force behind his licks, though some technical
difficulties led Anastasio to put down his axe. Chris Kuroda's haze enveloped
the stage, giving the guitarist an opportunity to jump onto the drum riser as he joined
Fishman for double drum action while McConnell soloed on organ and guitar tech Brian Brown
fixed Trey's rig. Even Gordon got in on the
act by using a pair of drumsticks and then an electric drill to mash on his bass, his fan
and his microphone stand.
his band mates had a chance to yell more "ooohhhh's" during a pretty, unfinished "Prince
Caspian" that gave way to a cover of Stevie Wonder's "Boogie On Reggae Woman." The focus
was on Page for another clavinet workout in "Boogie On," which had an interesting finish
that saw the quartet gradually slow the tempo of the music to a stop. A trifecta of mid
classics came next in "Theme From The Bottom," "The Wedge" and "Silent In The Morning."
Page and Trey sparked an unusually dark
"Harry Hood" second set closer with a fair amount of staccato jamming. When Phish returned
for the encore, they treated the crowd to a cover of Bob Dylan's "Quinn The Eskimo," which
they had busted out after an 11-year layoff at their Hampton Comes Alive
performances in 1998. The quartet concludes the Hampton run tomorrow night.
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Here's The Skinny from Phish's first of three 2013 shows at the Hampton Coliseum...
- Venue Capacity / Attendance / Type: 13,800 / Forthcoming /
- Previous Shows at Venue: 16 Shows – 11/25/1995, 10/25/1996,
11/21/1997, 11/22/1997, 11/20/1998, 11/21/1998, 12/17/1999, 12/18/1999, 01/02/2003,
01/03/2003, 01/04/2003, 08/09/2004, 03/06/2009, 03/07/2009, 03/08/2009 and
- Number Of Songs / Length – First Set: 11 / 8:12 p.m. - 9:26 p.m.
- Number Of Songs / Length – Second Set & Encore:
10 / 10:00 p.m. - 11:31 p.m. (91 Minutes)
- Total Number of Songs / Covers / Originals: 21 / 4 / 17
- Biggest Bustout: My Sweet One - 21 Shows (LTP - 7/21/13)
- Tour Debuts: Entire Show
- Average Song Vintage: 1992
- Debuts: N/A
- Weather: 66° and Cloudy at Showtime
- Average Song Gap: 5.86
- The Spread: Lawn Boy - 2, Rift - 3, Hoist - 1, Billy Breathes -
2, Story of the Ghost
- 2, Joy -
- 6, Covers - 4
- Longest LivePhish Track / Shortest LivePhish Track:
Ghost 18:39 / I Am Hydrogen 2:55
- Audio: Live Phish
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