While storms forced a delayed start to last night's Phish show at The Mann Center For Performing Arts in Philadelphia, the
weather was much more cooperative on the second and final night of the quartet's visit to
The City Of Brotherly Love. After the first five shows of the tour contained a grand total
of two covers, Phish matched that mark tonight with the return "Crosseyed And Painless"
and "Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley" in the stacked second set.
Phish continues to toy with song placement even more so than usual this tour. For instance
"Glide" opened tonight's show, which was the first time the Picture Of Nectar gem
has been played in that spot since July 15, 1992. "Sing Monica" served as the evening's
initial dose of Fuego material. Quick romps through "Birds Of A Feather" and
"Wolfman's Brother" gave way to the tour debut of Mike Gordon's "Sugar Shack." The tour
debuts continued with the galloping "Alaska,"
while keyboardist Page McConnell shined on "McGrupp And The Watchful Hosemasters" that
Gamehendge song had been on the shelf since July 26, 2013 - a span of 34 shows.
a bit of a roller coaster segment tempo-wise, the crowd went up with the high-energy
"Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan" and was led down by the mellow sounds of "Horn." Pop-
rocker "Devotion To A Dream" brought the coaster back up only to be followed by ballad
"Silent In The Morning." To complete the ride, the audience was then sent through a few
loops and corkscrews during a frenetic, above-average "Run Like An Antelope" set closer. A
female concertgoer jumped on stage as Trey sang the final lyrics of "Antelope," only to be
quickly escorted away by security.
Thanks to Phish's extreme focus on originals this summer, we've seen a number of songs
used as jam vehicles that aren't often used for that purpose. This evening, the second
set-opening "Chalk Dust Torture" spanned 17 minutes. The Type II "Chalk Dust" saw the
band explore three distinct spaces, the last of which featured blissful licks from
Anastasio, cosmic synth swirls from McConnell, a steady and powerful beat courtesy of
drummer Jon Fishman and the bass bombs of Mike Gordon. Eventually the jam faded into the
tour's third "Wingsuit," which was followed by another well-played song off the band's
most recent album in "Winterqueen." Anastasio starred in a guitar-driven "Twist" that had
even more Santana swagger than usual.
When Phish lit into a cover of Talking Heads' "Crosseyed And Painless" the crowd exploded.
The band's focus on originals has made covers like "Crosseyed" and last night's "2001"
welcomed as conquering heroes by receptive audiences who weren't sure if and when they'd
these songs this summer. As for the "Crosseyed" itself, the hard-rocking cover broke form
ever so slightly before melting into a spot-on rendition of "Waste." "Mike's Song" was
notable for Page's funk-fortified clavinet work and "Wingsuit" teases from Trey. "Sneakin'
Sally Through The Alley" then followed "Mike's Song" for the first time ever and climaxed
into a silly vocal jam. In a stark contrast, the encore featured "Julius," which has
filled the encore role at three out of seven shows this year, and "Weekapaug Groove,"
which closed a Phish show for just the fourth time ever in the 25+ years since it was
debuted. Both found the band loose and
toying with each section of the songs. The tour continues on Friday night in New York
City for the first of three shows at Randall's Island.
Set One: Glide, Sing Monica, Birds of a Feather, Wolfman's
Shack, Alaska, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters, Stealing Time From the
Plan, Horn, Devotion To a Dream, Silent in the Morning, Run Like an
Set Two: Chalk Dust Torture > Wingsuit, Winterqueen, Twist > Crosseyed and
Waste > Mike's Song > Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley,
Encore: Julius > Weekapaug Groove
 Wingsuit tease from Trey.
- Venue Type / Capacity: Outdoor Amphitheatre / 14,000
- Previous Shows at Venue: 07/18/1992, 07/16/1993, 07/01/1994,
06/24/1995, 06/25/1995 & 07/08/2014 - 6 Shows
- Number Of Songs / Length – First Set: 12 / 8:13 p.m. - 9:34 p.m.
- Number Of Songs / Length – Second Set & Encore: 10 / 10:04
11:32 p.m. (88 Minutes)
- Total Number of Songs / Covers / Originals: 22 / 2 / 20
- Biggest Bustout: McGrupp - LTP 7/26/2013 (34 Shows)
- Average Song Vintage: 1998
- Debuts: N/A
- Weather: 87° and Cloudy at show time
- Average Song Gap: 9.77
- The Spread: Lawn Boy - 1, Picture Of Nectar - 2, Rift - 2, Hoist
- 2, Billy Breathes - 1, Story Of The Ghost - 1, Farmhouse - 1, Joy - 2, Fuego - 4,
- 4, Covers - 2
- Longest LivePhish Track / Shortest LivePhish Track:
Chalk Dust Torture 17:16 / Horn 4:00
- Audio: Live Phish
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