Phish PNC Bank Arts Center Setlist And The Skinny
After last night’s show in Toronto was postponed, Phish headed to the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ tonight for the first time since 2011. This evening’s performance marked the band’s 10th at the shed since they made their Arts Center debut as part of the H.O.R.D.E. Festival on July 11, 1992.
Phish kicked off the show with the evening’s biggest bustout – “Llama” – which hadn’t seen stage time since a June 22, 2012 show in Cincinnati. From there, the quartet dipped back to 1994’s Hoist for a three-song segment of “Wolfman’s Brother,” “Sample In A Jar” and “Julius.” A short and sweet “Halley’s Comet” led into a “Bathtub Gin” filled with huge rock peaks and a turbo-disco beat laid down by drummer Jon Fishman. In the middle of the first set, keyboardist Page McConnell took a moment to acknowledge the venue, a room not too far from the towns where he and guitarist Trey Anastasio grew up. Both men acknowledged they were “Jersey Strong.” “Lawn Boy” gave McConnell another chance in the spotlight, while “Ya Mar” featured impressive solos from both Jersey boys. The tour’s first “Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan,” a well-played “Theme From The Bottom” and a fun take on “Suzy Greenberg” with a Jersey reference closed the opening stanza.
The second set was relentless from the beginning to the end with tons of improvisational fireworks starting off with a majestic “Crosseyed And Painless” that was actually led more by McConnell than Anastasio. In a set filled with unusual placements, “Harry Hood” was played second. Both “Hood” and “Slave To The Traffic Light,” which came later in the evening, featured patient and fluid jams. Each song has seen a number of strong versions of late and tonight was no exception. “Sand” had a bit of an unusual start and ended with a powerful solo from Trey. “Light” continues to be the strongest improvisational vehicle written in this era. This evening’s take kicked off at a fast pace and didn’t really slow down in tempo until the very end. When it did slow down, Trey inserted a pretty tease of “Maria” from West Side Story, which was reprised in the closer and encore. “Good Times, Bad Times” is usually an encore, but tonight it was placed before the set-ending combo of “Slave To The Traffic Light,” “Rocky Top” and “Cavern.” Anastasio actually said good night before the quartet reeled off the last two songs. When Phish returned for the encore, they played the third “Possum” of the tour thus far as it stands as the only song to be performed in every city the band has visited since Bangor. Page, Fish, Mike and Trey head to Jones Beach in Wantagh, NY next after a day off.
Here’s The Skinny from Phish’s return to PNC Bank Arts Center…
- Venue Capacity / Attendance / Type: 17,500 / 15,000 (Estimate) / Outdoor Amphitheatre
- Previous Shows at Venue: 9 Shows – 7/11/1992, 7/19/1992, 7/02/1994, 7/15/1999, 7/16/1999, 6/28/2000, 6/29/2000, 5/31/2011 and 6/01/2011
- Number Of Songs / Length – First Set: 11 / 7:53 p.m. – 9:11 p.m. (78 Minutes)
- Number Of Songs / Length – Second Set & Encore: 10 / 9:40 p.m. – 11:08 p.m. (88 Minutes)
- Total Number of Songs / Covers / Originals: 21 / 4 / 17
- Biggest Bustout: Llama – 33 Shows (LTP – 6/22/2012)
- Average Song Vintage: 1992
- Debuts: N/A
- Weather: 83° and Partly Cloudy at Showtime
- Average Song Gap: 7.24
- The Spread: Lawn Boy – 2, Picture Of Nectar – 2, Hoist – 3, Billy Breathes – 1, Farmhouse – 1, Joy – 2, Misc. – 6, Cover – 4
- Longest LivePhish Track / Shortest LivePhish Track: Crosseyed and Painless 17:10 / Rocky Top 2:34
- Audio: Live Phish
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