Opening Night | Pink Talking Fish At Wanee

“Hybrid Tribute Fusion Band” Pink Talking Fish are in the midst of their first full tour. The band, which mixes the music of Phish, the Talking Heads and Pink Floyd into one seamless show and features Eric Gould of Particle, kicked off the run last weekend with two sets at the Wanee Festival in Live Oak, FL.

Not only did Pink Talking Fish play their planned Mushroom Stage set, but they also performed aboard a flatbed truck that roamed the festival grounds. “We cruised through the festival grounds and had a Mardi Gras style parade of golf carts, bikes and on foot dancewalkers grooving out for the five-mile stretch,” Gould told us about the experience. “A great highlight was in the middle of ‘Crosseyed and Painless’ when the generator went out during the ‘Still Waiting” vocal line the band and the crowd kept an acapella “still waiting” going strong until the generator came back on and then we dropped right back into the song where we left off.”

Pink Talking Fish offered a number of interesting segments such as switching between the Phish and Talking Heads paces of “Cities” and working “Crosseyed and Painless” into the middle of “Down With Disease.” The band welcomed vocalist Sunny Trippel for “Great Gig In The Sky” and “Burning Down The House” during the Mushroom Stage set.

Check out outstanding fan-shot footage of “Run Like Hell” > “Slippery People” > “Tweezer,” “Have A Cigar” > “Houses In Motion” from the Mushroom Stage thanks to maskman1980:

Take a look at the setlists for Pink Talking Fish’s Wanee performances:

Mushroom Stage setlist: Run Like Hell> Slippery People> Tweezer, Have A Cigar> Houses In Motion> Mike’s Song> Great Gig In The Sky*> Burning Down The House*, Weekapaug Groove > Run Like Hell Reprise

*w/ Sunny Trippel on vocals

Traveling Stage Setlist: 2001*> Life During Wartime, In The Flesh > Tube, Another Brick In The Wall > Psycho Killer > Interstellar Overdrive > Psycho Killer > Another Brick In The Wall, Down With Disease > Crosseyed And Painless**> Down With Disease > Eclipse > Tweezer Reprise, Cities (Phish version) > Cities (Talking Heads version), Sand > Young Lust > Big Business***, Makisupa Policeman/Brain Damage Mashup****^> Chalkdust Torture

Encore: Making Flippy Floppy > Run Like An Antelope^^

*w/ Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun and Careful With That Axe, Eugene teases
**Generator went out on the stage. Band and crowd sang “Still Waiting” together until it came back on and the band picked up where it left off
***w/ Stash tease
****Back and forth between Makisupa and Brain Damage. Brain Damage was reggae style during the verse and classic style during the chorus
^w/ Simpsons and Random Note Secret Language
^^Stopped in the middle of the solo when the stage traveled into The Mushroom Stage, where Melvin Seals & JGB were in the middle of a soft, beautiful moment in their set.

Here’s the remaining dates on the Pink Talking Fish Spring Tour:

4/18 -Port Chester, NY @ Garcia’s
4/19 -Saratoga Springs, NY @ Putnam Den
4/20 -Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall
4/25 -Wakefield, RI @ Ocean Mist
5/8 -New Haven, CT @ Stella Blues
5/9 -The Oneonta Theatre @ Oneonta, NY
5/10 -Sharpsburg, MD @ Blossoms Blooming Music Festival
5/13 -Boston, MA @ The Church Of Boston
5/16 -Philadelphia, PA @ North Star
5/17 -New York, NY @ Fontana’s