Phish Hampton Coliseum Setlist And The Skinny | Night Three


[Photo via Jesse McMahan]

Tonight Phish concluded a three-night stand at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA to start Fall Tour 2013. The first two shows of the run each featured a number of highlights including a centerpiece jam of note, namely the "Carini" at Friday's tour opener and last night's "Ghost." This evening's performance contained a number of centerpiece jams, a cover debut that sent the crowd into a frenzy, a pair of 2013 debuts and overall was an impressive show of force by a band 30 years into their career.

"Julius" opened tonight's show, its first time in that slot since a June 25, 2004 performance at Alpine Valley. Mike Gordon's voice was put to the test early on "Funky Bitch" and sounded much better than last night. Both keyboardist Page McConnell and guitarist Trey Anastasio made the most of their "Funky Bitch" solos. The pair were also on top of their games for the "Back On The Train" that followed. While the first three songs don't look all that impressive "on paper," each tune was played particularly well with creative soloing from McConnell and Anastasio. Even "Roses Are Free" had a delicious, albeit short, jam tacked on to the end of it. After "Sample In A Jar," Gordon had to strain to reach some notes in Phish's first take on "Ginseng Sullivan" of 2013 (Last Time Played - August 24, 2012).

["Divided Sky" Pause Photo via Andrea Nusinov]

As the set continued, a raucous version of "46 Days" saw Anastasio scream and shout the title of the song before beginning his frenetic second solo. A memorable moment took place during "the pause" in "Divided Sky," when many in the audience lit their lighters. LD Chris Kuroda turned off the lights in the room leaving only the flicker of the lighters. Each first set Page seems to get one opportunity to front the band and on this night he used his turn for Jimi Hendrix's "Bold As Love," which ended the opening stanza.

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