Phish Closes Randall’s Run In Fine Fashion | Setlist & Skinny
On Sunday night Phish concluded a three-night stand at Randall’s Island in New York City with a tremendous performance that showed off the band’s improvisational prowess. The 55+ minute “Chalk Dust Torture” > “Light” > “Tweezer” segment that kicked off the second set is one fans won’t soon forget. Just nine shows through a 25-show summer tour, Phish has set the bar at an extremely high level as the run moves on from NYC.
The weather turned out to be beautiful for the first two nights of Phish’s Randall’s Island debut, but a passing storm -which was supposed to reach the venue towards the end of Sunday’s show -threatened to leave tens of thousands of soggy concertgoers. The band decided to start last night’s gig a little earlier than the first two shows and announced as much through their social accounts. Thankfully the weather held out and fans were able to fully enjoy the gorgeous 320-acre site off the coast of Manhattan and Queens without any mud entering the equation.
It was clear from the get-go this wouldn’t be an ordinary show as Phish opened with “Sand” for the first time in their career. Guitarist Trey Anastasio was on fire from the first note of the concert through the last and unleashed a torrent of jaw-dropping riffs in the “Sand” opener. Anastasio also shined in a typically euphoric version of “Reba” later in the opening stanza. “Birds Of A Feather” continued on in its new role as a first set staple on this tour, while a “Possum” > “Runaway Jim” saw the band blow out each section of each song with impressive results. “Maze” seemed to have a little more umph than usual and the psychedelic “Split Open And Melt” set-closer got weird quickly.
If you’re a Phish fan who loves to hear the band jam, you should love the final set Phish played on Randall’s Island. The 28+ minute “Chalk Dust” that kicked off the set had it all. You dig big Trey-led climaxes? Check! Want to hear Page lead the band and Fish absolutely crush a dynamic beat? Plenty of that! Are you into the moments when Phish gets “out there?” “Chalk Dust” had many spacey moments where you had no idea where they’d take it next. More than 30 years into their storied career, The Vermonters explored so much new ground for them, taking ample time at a number of stops along their epic journey. If the set went downhill from there, it still would have been memorable for the “Chalk Dust.” Yet, Phish continued to keep the Type II jams coming with a “Light” that also featured a blissful improvisation reminiscent of a “Harry Hood” jam. There was also a glorious build on a descending chord structure that brought to mind thoughts of the Dead’s “Mind Left Body Jams” and The Beatles’ “Dear Prudence.” This “Light” was far different from any other the band has played since debuting the song in 2009 and came to a massive climax that drove the crowd wild.
There was no rest for the weary at this time as Phish segued into a “Tweezer” that also contained an incredibly strong, rock-tinged peak. Words just don’t do the “Chalk Dust” > “Light” > “Tweezer” segment justice, so be sure to check it out for yourself as we can’t recommend it highly enough. After nearly an hour of high-impact improvisational shenanigans, “Wading In The Velvet Sea” was a perfect breather. Phish did their part by delivering a spot-on version as fans looked at each other in disbelief after what they had just witnessed. The six-song second set continued with “Sing Monica” off the band’s latest album, Fuego, and a patiently-played “Slave To The Traffic Light.” Speaking of patience, Phish seemed in no rush at any point throughout the weekend which hearkened back to festivals of old. While Randall’s wasn’t officially a Phish festival, the quartet sure played like it was. For the encore, the ensemble went with the cheerful “Backwards Down The Number Line” and the expected “Tweezer Reprise” to close out the run. The tour continues on Tuesday night at the CMAC Performing Arts Center in Canandaigua, NY. Tonight, Phish will appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
- Venue Type: Outdoor Field
- Previous Shows at Venue: 07/11/2014 & 07/12/2014 -2 Shows
- Number Of Songs / Length – First Set: 10 / 7:22 p.m. -8:49 p.m. (87 Minutes)
- Number Of Songs / Length – Second Set & Encore: 8 / 9:10 p.m. -10:44 p.m. (94 Minutes)
- Total Number of Songs / Covers / Originals: 18 / 0 / 18
- Biggest Bustout: Water In The Sky -15 Shows (LTP -11/02/2013)
- Average Song Vintage: 1996
- Debuts: N/A
- Weather: 78 degrees and Partly Cloudy at show time
- Average Song Gap: 5.67
- The Spread: Lawn Boy -3, Picture Of Nectar -3, Rift -1, Story Of The Ghost -3, Farmhouse -1, Joy -3, Fuego -1, Misc. -3
- Longest LivePhish Track / Shortest LivePhish Track: Chalk Dust Torture -28:27 / Water In The Sky 3:26
- Audio: Live Phish
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