Phish Kansas City Starlight Theatre – Setlist & The Skinny
Following an eventful night in Nashville, Phish traveled the 555 miles to Kansas City, Missouri on Wednesday, returning to the Starlight Theatre for the first time in three years. Despite the travel, the band had plenty of stamina, saving many of their musical highlights for the back half of the second set.
“Gumbo” handled show-opening duties for just the second time since 1998. This version — the first of the summer — was notable for the clavinet outro, which was in funky contrast to the piano with whichPage McConnell usually concludes the song. The first “Kill Devil Falls” since Friday’s 23-minute juggernaut was kept simple and rocking this time around. The energy stayed high through the night’s third song, “Back on the Train,” which was followed by a quick breather in the form of “Bouncing Around the Room.” A rousing “Divided Sky,” the tour’s second, came next, followed by the Phish debut of the Mike Gordon/Scott Murawski tune “The Last Step.” The eerie, contemplative song, which appeared on the bassist’s EP of the same name, was played several times on Gordon’s band’s June tour.
Appearing for the fifth time this summer, “Blaze On” took over sole possession of the tour’s Most Played Song title (its fifth play puts it one ahead of “Fuego” and “No Man’s Land”). This hot but standard take was followed by “Waiting All Night.” The rock-oriented set was capped off by one more blazing guitar solo in “46 Days.”
A relatively short second-set opening “Gotta Jibboo” was followed by an even shorter “Twist,” which was highlighted by some fiery licks from Trey’s Ocedoc. A spirited version of “The Wedge,” which featured a “Stash” tease, came next, before the set finally landed on its first jam vehicle: “Down With Disease.”
While Fishman maintained the “Disease” rhythm, Trey hung back, allowing Mike Gordon’s melodic basslines to anchor the spacey jam while Page explored his keyboard rig. Trey tossed some Whammy-inflected riffs over Mike’s bass bombs, before the jam shifted to a driving, “Crosseyed and Painless”-like section, in which all four musicians contributed equally. As things heated up, Trey grabbed the reins and never looked back, leading the jam’s explosive final section, which eventually melted into “Sand.”
Trey got some excellent use out of his effects board in this “Sand.” Like 1999’s takes on the song — but in contrast to some recent rocking versions — Page and Trey provided pure texture over the driving rhythm section. “Joy” was the landing pad for the 30 improv-heavy minutes that preceded. The set closed with the tour’s second “You Enjoy Myself.” A mostly nailed composed section was followed by a jam that included a Mike-Trey duel. The evening came to a close with a lovely rendition of “Bug,” the first since New Year’s Eve.
Phish returns to the stage on Friday in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. That show will be broadcast onLivePhish.com.
Venue Type: Outdoor Amphitheater / 7,947
Previous Shows at Venue: 1 Show – 08/22/2012
Number Of Songs / Length – First Set: 9 / 8:03 p.m. – 9:18 p.m. (75 Minutes)
Number Of Songs / Length – Second Set & Encore: 8 / 9:49 p.m. – 11:22 p.m. (93 Minutes)
Total Number of Songs / Covers / Originals: 17 / 0 / 17
Biggest Bustout: Bug – 14 Shows (LTP – 12/31/2014)
Average Song Vintage: 2000
Debuts: The Last Step (Gordon/Murawski)
Tour Debuts: Gumbo, The Last Step, Bug
Guitar Used By Trey Anastasio: KOA #3, aka Ocedoc
Weather: 74°F and Partly Cloudy at showtime
Average Song Gap: 5.5
The Spread: Junta – 2, Lawn Boy – 1, Rift – 1, Hoist – 1, Farmhouse – 5, Round Room – 1, Joy – 2, Fuego – 1, Misc. – 3
Longest LivePhish Track / Shortest LivePhish Track: Down With Disease 20:42 / Bouncing Around The Room 3:57
Audio: Live Phish
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