The CMAC Performing Arts Center in
Canandaigua, NY - which was known as the Finger Lakes
Performing Arts Center until recent years - opened its doors in 1983. That same year Phish formed on the campus of the University of Vermont in Burlington.
Tonight, both institutions came together for Phish's fifth appearance at the Canandiagua
shed and first since 2010.
Phish came out of the gates with the rare original "Buried Alive." The short instrumental
has only been performed 25 times in the last 20 years and had been on the shelf since
August 31, 2013 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO. Another unusual
occurance came next as "Twist" appeared in the first set of a two-set Phish show for the
first time in nearly a year. This evening's "Twist" was of the fiery, straight-forward
variety. "Heavy Things" completed a double dose from Farmhouse, while a jam-less
"Halley's Comet" dropped into a "Bathtub Gin" that had a long and orgasmic climax. It had
seemed "Wingsuit" found a spot as a palate cleanser of sorts after big second set jam
vehicles at SPAC, The Mann and Randall's. Tonight, however, "Wingsuit" came in the middle
of the first set as the band continues to toy with the placement of songs old and new.
Then, Phish launched into the second "Divided Sky" of 2014, just as the sun set over the
venue. As noted by Mike
Hamad, the CMAC "Divided Sky" contained an unusually high seven improvised choruses,
while for comparison's sake the version at SPAC only had four. Next up was "Wombat," a
song which was the last of the 10 Fuego tracks to receive its fourth live
performance. Phish impressively extended the tune's funky improv making for perhaps the
most interesting version yet. A "David Bowie" that featured a patient and exquisite build
brought the first set to a close.
Beautiful isn't a word you use to describe many versions of "Down With Disease," but the
adjective works just fine to describe the first ten minutes of the "Disease" that opened
Tuesday's second set. Phish modulated to a major key at the start of the jam and embarked
on another blissful excursion, the kind we've seen so many of during the first 10 shows of
the summer. The band then moved on to explore a more rocking and funk-laden landscape.
Guitarist Trey Anastasio alernated between powerful rhythmic stabs at his Languedoc and
anthemic riffs throughout the second segment of the 'Daigua Disease. All told, the 20+
minute "Down With Disease" scored high on both the quality and quantity scales thanks to
two vastly different yet equally engaging sections within the jam. Just as Trey was
beginning his solo in the "Back On The Train" emerged out of "Disease," the band veered
into the first "NICU" of 2014. The Vermonters kept the tour debuts coming with "Gotta
Jibboo." (Speaking of tour debuts, tonight's the night we start adding a field for "Tour
Debuts" to The Skinny) Anastasio was ably assisted by keyboardist Page McConnnell in
deliberately building the "Jibboo" to a joyous peak.
Outstanding Page/Trey interplay was
also at the heart of the "Theme From The Bottom" that followed. "Meatsick," the evening's
fourth and final tour debut, led into "Fuego." The title track has now been performed at
each of the five cities Phish has visited so far this tour with a bonus NYC version played as a Tonight Show Web Exclusive. Surprisingly, there was no break from
"Fuego"s structure this time around before it gave way to "The Wedge." The "Run Like An
Antelope" set closer was notable for the numerous "Fuego" teases Trey, Page and bassist
Mike Gordon worked into every section of the standout jam. Anastasio also teased
"Meatstick" and "St. Thomas" during the "Antelope" and substituted "Diego" for "Marco"
Esquandolas in the verse. "Character Zero" has been a popular choice for an encore in
2014 as tonight the Billy Breathes served that role for fifth time this year. Trey
sure to work more "Fuego" and "Meatstick" teases into his "Zero" solo. In a return to a
form we saw earlier this summer, the quartet did not play any covers in Canandaigua. Phish
Summer Tour 2014 continues tomorrow night in Clarkston, MI.
- Venue Type: Outdoor Amphitheatre / 15,000
- Previous Shows at Venue: 07/28/1992, 07/14/1994, 06/22/1995 &
06/29/2010 - 4 Shows
- Number Of Songs / Length – First Set: 10 / 7:36 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
- Number Of Songs / Length – Second Set & Encore:
10 / 9:27 p.m - 10:56 p.m. (89 Minutes)
- Total Number of Songs / Covers / Originals: 20 / 0 / 20
- Biggest Bustout: Buried Alive - 29 Shows (LTP - 08/31/2013)
- Average Song Vintage: 1997
- Debuts: N/A
- Tour Debuts : 4 - Buried Alive, NICU, Gotta Jibboo,
- Weather: 73° and
Sunny at show time
- Average Song Gap: 7
- The Spread: Junta - 2, Lawn Boy - 2, Rift - 1, Hoist - 1, Billy
Breathes - 2, Farmhouse - 4, Fuego - 4, Misc. - 4,
- Longest LivePhish Track / Shortest LivePhish Track:
Down With Disease 20:45 / Buried Alive 4:00
- Audio: Live
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