Phish AmericanAirlines Arena Miami Night Three | The Skinny

By Scott Bernstein Jan 2, 2015 8:00 pm PST

Phish continued a four-night New Year’s Run at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami with two very different sets. While the Vermonters played everything particularly well in the first set, there was little improvisation and the song choices were pedestrian. Thankfully, the quartet rebounded for a second set filled with interesting moments including a wacky instrument switch during one of the best “Weekapaug Groove”s of the era and a dream sequence of songs.

It may have taken Phish over 16 years to open a show with “Free” after its debut, but ever since “Free” finally kicked off a Phish show during the 2011 New Year’s Run it’s opened a few additional shows including on Friday night in Miami. The typically tight and dirty “Free” set a pick for a “Moma Dance” of similar intent. Guitarist Trey Anastasio showed some of the fine form he displayed the previous two evenings on an inspired “Possum,” which held down the #3 slot on this evening. You can always count on “Roggae” for impressive interplay between band members as they build the slow-burning number to a blissful peak and tonight’s version was no different. “Stash” didn’t stray far off reservation with “Back On The Train” following the same path. Bassist Mike Gordon then stepped up to lead the band through “Sugar Shack,” a song that always gives Anastasio fits. However on Friday night Trey nailed his sections of the “Sugar Shack” with authority and even a bit of sass. Next up was the show’s first offering of the band’s lastest album, Fuego, in “The Line.” The parade of heavy rotation first set staples concluded with “Ocelot” and “The Squirming Coil.”

Phish came out of the gates with “Mike’s Song” to start the second set and led into “46 Days” for the first time ever. Anastasio put his latest effects pedal -a box that simulates the sound of two hands clapping -to good use during the start of “Mike’s.” McConnell stood up and pounded out hard-driving leads on organ to start the “46 Days” action and veer from song’s normal soundscape. Anastasio connected with Page on one of those leads and the pair played off each other nicely before drummer Jon Fishman kicked into “Weekapaug Groove.” With each song in the first set clocking in under ten minutes you’d imagine fans were ready for the Vermonters to take an opportunity to deeply jam. The band took one of those opportunities out of “Weekapaug Groove.” After Trey built the “Weekapaug” jam to a frothy climax, he reset the scene for another run at the song. This time around the band started with a funk approach complete with start/stop jamming and the now ever-present “Woos” that accompany them. From there, the quartet laid out a more spacey vibe as Page trigged the “They Attack!” samples from “The Birds” off Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House. At this point we were in rare territory –Type II “Weekapaug.” The craziness continued with Trey heading over and banging out melodies on the Marimba Lumina and Gordon playing psych-y, delay-heavy riffs and chords on Anastasio’s guitar for a few minutes. When Trey and Mike were done, they went back to their normal instruments to bring the weird, wily and inventive “Weekapaug” to a close. Next, Phish embarked on the year’s first “Fuego.” The “Fuego” jam was particularly fiery yet didn’t really get too crazy until the end, when the band somehow transitioned the final notes of the song impressively into “Slave To The Traffic Light.” Phish slowly and beautifully built “Slave” to rolling boil before it was time for the “Also Sprach Zarathrustra,” aka “2001,” dance party. The all-killer, no-filler second set came to a close with a trimumphant “Walls Of The Cave.” One of the most popular encores of the ’90s, the “Sleeping Monkey”/”Rocky Top” pairing, played together as the encore for the first time since 1998, brought the show to its conclusion.

On Saturday, Phish closes out the four-night stand at Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena. A webcast is available via


  • Venue Type: Indoor Arena / 19,600
  • Previous Shows at Venue: 10 Shows -12/28/2003, 12/29/2003, 12/30/2003, 12/31/2003, 12/28/2009, 12/29/2009, 12/30/2009, 12/31/2009, 12/31/2014 and 01/01/2015
  • Number Of Songs / Length – First Set: 10 / 8:20 p.m.-9:41 (81 Minutes)
  • Number Of Songs / Length – Second Set & Encore: 9 / 10:14 p.m. -11:39 (85 Minutes)
  • Total Number of Songs / Covers / Originals: 19 / 2 / 17
  • Biggest Bustout: Squirming Coil, Sleeping Monkey, Rocky Top -14 Shows (LTP -10/17/2014)
  • Average Song Vintage: 1997
  • Debuts: N/A
  • Weather: 77°F and Partly Cloudy
  • Average Song Gap: 6
  • The Spread: Lawn Boy -1, Picture Of Nectar -1, Billy Breathes -1, Story Of The Ghost -2, Farmhouse -1, Round Room -2, Joy -2, Fuego – 2, Misc. -5, Covers -2
  • Longest LivePhish Track / Shortest LivePhish Track: Weekapaug Groove 17:33 / Rocky Top 3:18
  • Audio: Live Phish

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Soundcheck in Miami earlier this afternoon.

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Soundcheck in Miami earlier this afternoon.

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