Phish Opens Summer Tour In Bend | Setlist & The Skinny

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After a break of more than six months Phish finally returned to the road on Tuesday night to begin this year’s summer tour at Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, Oregon. The tour opener marked the quartet’s debut at the 8,000-capacity outdoor venue which features a mural of an owl as its backdrop. Les Schwab Amphitheater’s backyard feel was the anthesis of Soldier Field, where guitarist Trey Anastasio played three shows earlier this month with members of the Grateful Dead.

The Vermonters kicked off the tour with “Sample In A Jar,” which was the third consecutive time they’ve played the tune at a tour opening show. Bassist Mike Gordon sported a “Let Trey Sing” shirt for the opening song ala Bob Weir at the final Fare Thee Well encore. Gordon’s shirt wasn’t the only reference to the recent Grateful Dead 50 run as a fan near the stage held up a “we love our core four” sign. “Sand” was up next and was of the straight-forward variety with a blazing guitar solo from Trey Anastasio. The run of staples continued with “555,” “Rift,” “Halfway To The Moon” and a “Horn” that saw Anastasio struggle with its composed solo. “Devotion To A Dream” was the evening’s third song off Fuego, the band’s most recent studio album, within the first seven songs of the set. A new original titled “Blaze On” featured lyrics with references to enjoying life and not getting caught up in chemtrail-esque conspiracies. “Blaze On’s” tempo and jam had New Orleans flair reminicent of “Iko Iko” with inspiration from Little Feat and The Band thrown in for good measure. The song’s jam segment seems to have plenty of space for the band to explore over the summer and perhaps years to come. Lyricist Tom Marshall confirmed the song was a product of his early 2015 songwriting session with Trey in North Carolina. “Tube” followed and while fans were hoping the band would take the song deep in honor of Harris Wittels it was not to be. “Wolfman’s Brother” has failed to disappoint in recent years and Tuesday’s set-closing rendition was no exception.

Phish opened the second set with a “Ghost” featuring impressive interplay between Anastasio and keyboardist Page McConnell. The quartet didn’t stray too far out of the box until the final moments of the jam, just before they dropped into “Birds Of A Feather.” McConnell triggered a “They Attack!” sample found in “The Birds” from Halloween’s Chilling, Thrilling Sounds Of The Haunted House as “Birds Of A Feather” started and concluded. A typically dark and shred-heavy “Mike’s Song” moved into “The Wedge.” The tour’s first “Fuego” continued the set’s trend of sizzling yet compact jams. “Shade,” a new ballad sung by Anastasio, made its debut next. Trey also sang the more fast-paced debut that followed -“No Men In No Man’s Land.” McConnell worked over the clavinet while drummer Jon Fishman provided a dance party beat for the second debut in a row. “No Men In No Man’s Land” contained a funky jam similar to the Grateful Dead’s ’70s versions of “Dancing In The Streets.” Though “No Men In No Man’s Land” came to a complete stop for a second or two, Fishman quickly started up “Weekapaug Groove.” The “Weekapaug” was played at a groovier pace than usual and saw both Anastasio and McConnell step up for solos. As the song was set to conclude, Fishman slowed the beat just a touch setting the way for a drop into “Boogie On Reggae Woman.” A straight-forward “Chalk Dust Torture” brought the second set to a close while “Theme From The Bottom” served as the encore. Phish returns to Les Schwab Amphitheater on Wednesday night. A webcast is available via LivePhish.com.

Setlist…

[via Phish.net]

  • Venue Type: Outdoor Ampitheater / 8,000
  • Previous Shows at Venue: Phish had never performed at this venue in the past
  • Number Of Songs / Length – First Set: 10 / 6:25 p.m. -7:38 p.m. (73 minutes)
  • Number Of Songs / Length – Second Set & Encore: 11 / 8:13 p.m. -9:47 p.m. (94 minutes)
  • Total Number of Songs / Covers / Originals: 21 / 1 / 20
  • Biggest Bustout: Boogie On Reggae Woman -14 Shows (Last Time Played -10/21/2014)
  • Average Song Vintage: 2000
  • Debuts: Blaze On (Anastasio/Marshall), Shade (Anastasio/Marshall), No Men In No Man’s Land (Anastasio/Marsall)
  • Guitar Used By Trey Anastasio: KOA #1
  • Weather: 80°F and Sunny at Showtime
  • Average Song Gap: 4.28
  • The Spread: Picture Of Nectar -1, Rift -3, Hoist -2, Billy Breathes -1, Story Of The Ghost -2, Farmhouse -1, Fuego -4, Misc. -6, Covers -1
  • Longest LivePhish Track / Shortest LivePhish Track: Ghost 12:58 / Horn 3:47
  • Audio: Live Phish

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