Glaze On: Night 13 Of Phish Baker’s Dozen Residency – Recap, Setlist & The Skinny
Coconut, Strawberry, Red Velvet, Jam Filled, Powdered, Double Chocolate, Cinnamon, Jimmies, Maple, Holes, Lemon, Boston Cream and finally, on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden, Phish held the final show of their Baker’s Dozen residency with Glazed chosen as the 13th donut flavor. Not repeating a song the entire historic run, the finale was again packed with debuts, bust outs and outstanding jams. Thankfully for those wondering what the band has left to achieve following this landmark string of shows, it’s just a few short weeks until their annual return to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park outside Denver, Colorado for three shows over Labor Day Weekend.
On what was declared by the Mayor as Phish Day in NYC, “Dogs Stole Things” kicked off the first set of the last night of the Baker’s Dozen residency. The bluesy opener about soul-stealing pets was followed by the title track to their 1993 album Rift featuring guitarist Trey Anastasio and keyboardist Page McConnell volleying through the song’s passages. Drummer Jon Fishman’s lyrically sparse rarity “Ha Ha Ha” provided a brief jolt of rocking fun ahead of a take on the band’s classic funky number “Camel Walk.” Bassist Mike Gordon was up next, fronting the quartet on his “Crazy Sometimes” off his upcoming solo album OGOGO. Page took an extended synth solo during the second Phish performance of the song debuted earlier this summer. A transition into “Saw It Again” returned the focus to lesser-played favorites which continued as The Garden was then marched through the absurdity of “Sanity,” complete with “Saw It Again” quotes at its onset and a “Very Long Fuse” sample added in as well.
The tender sing-along “Bouncing Around The Room” was brought around for the second time this tour. MSG was then treated to the Phish debut of “Most Events Aren’t Planned,” marking just the second song performed by Phish that Page originally played with his side project Vida Blue. Trey took hold of the newly introduced tune, stacking together a series of powerful runs while keeping the momentum moving forward. “Bug” then brought a surge of sentimental rock to the arena, followed by Trey and Page engaging in silly banter about the keyboardist feeling “glazed” after 13 shows. The dialog led to McConnell’s crooner “I’ve Been Around” being busted out for its fifth live appearance. At that point Anastasio began playing the opening notes of “Izabella,” an elusive fan-favorite Jimi Hendrix original last covered on July 31, 1998 (a gap of 574 shows) and proceeded to guide the band through a thoroughly crowd-pleasing rendition of the long desired bust out.
The last Baker’s Dozen set was initiated with “Simple” opening a second set for only the fifth time and first such placement since 1995. Those hoping for more impressive set two jamming were answered with several minutes of swirling synth swells, watery bass lines, angular guitar riffs and a groovy percussive base. The adventurous improvisation led to what’s almost become a signature event of each night of the run where a soaring climax at the peak of a 20-minute second set jam drew out roaring cheers of approval from the sold-out audience. A dissolve into minimal ambience with Page on Theremin charted a path for “Rise/Come Together” to emerge for the second Phish rendition of the song also recently debuted by the Trey Anastasio Band.
Lighting Director Chris Kuroda dazzled while covering The Garden in bright colors while Mike sang “Starman” for the first time since last Halloween when the band covered David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars album. Trey then counted off the group’s well-traveled original “You Enjoy Myself,” as he and Mike once again trampolined together on stage at MSG. Anastasio remained on guitar, rather than hopping on Fish’s Marimba Lumina, for the duration of the blistering “YEM.” Trey set his guitar down as Fish and Mike began the song’s drums and bass breakdown, but after Mike started teasing “Izabella,” Trey picked his guitar back up for a few measures of the Hendrix cover before starting up the vocal jam ending. Quotes of previously debuted Baker’s Dozen covers, “White Winter Hymnal,” by Fleet Foxes and Radiohead’s “Everything In It’s Right Place,” made it into the vocalized improvisation. The Rolling Stones’ “Loving Cup” was tapped to close out the final set of the run with a spirited send off.
A banner commemorating the Baker’s Dozen residency was hung from the MSG rafters as the foursome gathered for a group photo before the start of the encore. A clearly emotional Anastasio sang the first verse of Willie Nelson’s “On The Road Again,” with an equally moved McConnell taking the second verse and Gordon taking the third of the bust out of the outlaw country classic covered once before. Still fighting back tears, Page then moved to the center of the stage and made a hilarious quip about being asked, “If this is still ‘Lawn Boy?'” while the other three played a funky vamp on the song. Mike then toyed with the intro of “Weekapaug Groove” but instead shifted into “Tweezer Reprise,” bookending the “Tweezer” that opened the second set of the opening night of the run and bringing the 13-night stand to a joyous conclusion.
Phish returns to the stage over Labor Day Weekend for a three night stand at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado beginning on September 1.
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51 shows — 12/30/1994, 12/30/1995, 12/31/1995, 10/21/1996, 10/22/1996, 12/29/1997, 12/30/1997, 12/31/1997, 12/28/1998, 12/29/1998, 12/30/1998, 12/31/1998, 12/31/2002, 12/02/2009, 12/03/2009, 12/04/2009, 12/30/2010, 12/31/2010, 01/01/2011, 12/28/2011, 12/29/2011, 12/30/2011, 12/31/2011, 12/28/2012, 12/29/2012, 12/30/2012, 12/31/2012, 12/28/2013, 12/29/2013, 12/30/2013, 12/31/2013, 12/30/2015, 12/31/2015, 01/01/2016, 01/02/2016, 12/28/2016, 12/29/2016, 12/30/2016, 12/31/2016, 07/21/2017, 07/22/2017, 07/23/2017, 07/25/2017, 07/26/2017, 07/28/2017, 07/29/2017, 07/30/2017, 08/01/2017, 08/02/2017, 08/04/2017, 08/05/2017
12 songs / 8:09 pm to 9:20 pm (71 minutes)
8 songs / 9:53 pm to 11:15 pm (82 minutes)
20 songs / 16 originals / 4 covers
66.94 [Gap chart]
Most Events Aren't Planned (Vida Blue)
All (Except: Crazy Sometimes, Bouncing Around The Room, Bug, Simple, Rise/Come Together, Loving Cup)
Izabella - 574 Show Cap (LTP 7/31/1998)
Simple - 25:58
Lawn Boy Reprise - 1:28 (Bass Solo - 0:30)
Junta - 1, Lawn Boy - 1, A Picture of Nectar - 1, Rift - 1, Farmhouse - 1, Joy - 1, Misc. - 10, Covers - 4
71° F and Partly Cloudy at Showtime
Capacity: 20,789 Donut Flavor: Glazed
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