Phish Jones Beach 2013 Setlist And The Skinny


[Photo of “Trey and Page call the next tune” from Wednesday via @Phish_FTR]

For each of the last four summers Phish has either performed at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ or Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY but not both. This summer, Phish visited both New York City area sheds starting with Wednesday night’s gig at the Arts Center and wrapping up tonight at Jones Beach. Phish first played Jones Beach on July 12, 1992 as part of the inaugural H.O.R.D.E. Tour. Tonight’s performance marked the band’s 14th at the waterfront venue.

The two big stories of the evening were the weather and the improvisation at the beginning of the second set. Rain enveloped Southern Nassau County around 6:30 p.m. and didn’t let up fully until just as the show ended. At points during the show, there were heavy showers that led many attendees to jam the venue’s few covered spots. The show went on unstopped with keyboardist Page McConnell mentioning the weather and that the band would solider on despite the rain and wind. Stormy weather brought back bad memories for locals who saw the theater take a beating for Hurricane Sandy back in October.

Phish dusted off the fitting “Water In The Sky” for the first time since June 19, 2012 as well as the water-referencing “A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing” for only the ninth time ever during tonight’s first set. Tour debuts in the first set included the aforementioned songs, the instrumental “Cars Trucks Buses,” Jon Fishman’s “My Sweet One,” Gamehendge tune “The Sloth,” “Beauty Of A Broken Heart” off McConnell’s self-titled solo debut, Mike Gordon’s “Sugar Shack” and a typically beautiful “Reba” with an especially patient end jam. “David Bowie” closed the set as the rains were coming down and featured particularly impressive work from guitarist Trey Anastasio.

The second set started with the powerhouse combo of “Rock And Roll” > “Also Sprach Zarathrustra” > “Tweezer” -> “Cities” -> “The Wedge.” This near 20-minute “Rock And Roll” veered into a groovy jam segment that was led in part by McConnell. Many Phish jams over the years thrive when Anastasio leads the band by playing many notes quickly and melodically. So far this tour, Trey seems more content to show off his impressive rhythm skills and lets Page do the heavy lifting. Anastasio’s choppy rhythms were the basis for a full-band segue into a cover of “Cities” by Talking Heads out of a magnificent funky “Tweezer.” Once again, McConnell and Anastasio connected on the “Cities” jam as Fishman laid down a beat that sounded quite like “The Wedge.” Apparently that was a bit of foreshadowing by the drummer since the Rift classic came next. “Wading in the Velvet Sea” gave fans and band a chance to catch their breaths before “Character Zero” provided a big rock finish. McConnell dedicated the “Sleeping Monkey” that started the encore to those affected by Sandy and it led into the perfunctory “Tweezer Reprise.”

We’ll have a full review of Phish at Jones Beach in the coming days.

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Here’s The Skinny from Phish’s visit to Jones Beach…

  • Venue Capacity / Attendance / Type: 15,000 / 15,000 / Outdoor Amphitheatre
  • Previous Shows at Venue: 13 Shows – 07/12/1992, 07/24/1992, 07/23/1993, 07/15/1994, 06/28/1995, 06/29/1995, 06/02/2009, 06/04/2009, 06/05/2009, 08/17/2010, 08/18/2010, 07/03/2012 and 07/04/2012
  • Number Of Songs / Length – First Set: 13 / 8:21 p.m. – 9:54 p.m. (93 Minutes)
  • Number Of Songs / Length – Second Set & Encore: 9 / 10:25 p.m. – 11:42 p.m. (78 Minutes) Forthcoming
  • Total Number of Songs / Covers / Originals: 22 / 3 / 19
  • Biggest Bustout: Water In The Sky – 36 Shows (LTP 6/19/2012)
  • Average Song Vintage: 1996
  • Debuts: N/A
  • Weather: 74° and Showers at Ticket time
  • Average Song Gap: 9
  • The Spread: Junta – 1, Lawn Boy – 2, Picture Of Nectar – 3, Rift – 1, Billy Breathes – 2, Story Of The Ghost – 2, Round Room – 1, Undermind – 1, Joy – 3, Misc. – 3, Covers – 3,
  • Longest LivePhish Track / Shortest LivePhish Track: Rock And Roll 19:43 / My Sweet One 2:31
  • Audio: Live Phish

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