Phish San Francisco Setlist And The Skinny | Night One

By Scott Bernstein Aug 2, 2013 7:00 pm PDT


[Photo via @Phish_FTR]

We’ve reached the home stretch of Phish Summer Tour 2013. Tonight, Phish began a three-night stand at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA; a venue they first visited last summer for a three-night stand on August 17 -19. How did the quartet follow the already legendary Tahoe Tweezer? A rarity-filled, well-played first set containing six tour debuts started the night off on a good foot, while a seamless second set closed it out “the right way.”

Phish kicked off the run with “Free,” only the third time the Billy Breathes tune has opened a show and first time it appeared in that position since June 8, 2012. The Mike Gordon-sung “Meat” then returned to the fold after a lay off of over a year (last performed on July 1, 2012), complete with its funky breakdowns. The tour debuts kept coming with 2013’s first “Oh Kee Pa Ceremony,” which like “Meat” was last played during the Alpine Valley ’12 run. In its history, “Oh Kee Pa” has segued into “Suzy Greenberg” over 90% of the time, but on this night it led to “AC/DC Bag.” “Vultures” made it three tour debuts in the set and yes “Vultures” was also last performed during that Alpine Valley ’12 run we mentioned earlier. As “Vultures” came to an end, the audience used the brief breaks to reprise the “woo!” chant from Lake Tahoe -a moment that brought huge smiles to the faces of guitarist Trey Anastasio, keyboardist Page McConnell and drummer Jon Fishman. Phish continued to dig deep as the languid “Roggae” kept the string of tour debuts flowing. A rare first set “Sand” saw Anastasio, egged on by McConnell, build his solo to a fiery peak with some of his fastest and most melodic work of the set. From there, it was right back to the 2013 debuts with the first “When The Circus Comes” of the tour. Mike Gordon’s “Babylon Baby,” only performed twice previously, was the set’s six tour debut. “Reba’s” chorus gave fans another chance to yell “woo!” and the band was game as they hit the breaks hard to accentuate the crowd participation. Page McConnell’s aggressive responses to Anastasio’s patient riffing made for an impressive “Reba” jam. The keyboardist then took his turn in the spotlight by delivering “Halfway To The Moon.” For the set’s finale, the quartet called upon “Golgi Apparatus.”

[Set One “Map” by @MikeHamad]

“Punch You In The Eye” has appeared twice this tour, including tonight, both times as second set openers. This evening’s take even had a bit of “woo!”ing. In contrast, next came “Down With Disease” which had previously been performed five times in 2013, each time as second set opener. “Disease” provided the first real opportunity to jam and the band was eager to take it. Anastasio led his band mates through a few key changes before landing on “Prince Caspian.” Trey held a note for nearly half of his “Caspian” solo while Page attacked the piano. “Farmhouse” and “Seven Below” then saw action for the first time this year. Joe Montana and Jerry Rice would be proud of the teamwork McConnell and Anastasio showed in San Francisco as they finished each other’s musical sentence all night long. “Seven Below” in particular thrived from the pair’s contributions as Phish took the jam deep and far. Once again, the fans took advantage of Phish’s start-stop jamming in “Seven Below” to yell “Woo!” The set continued with a standard “Theme From The Bottom.” One of the many high points of another above-average “Harry Hood,” which had a “Dixie” tease, occurred when Anastasio hit one powerful note that he not only sustained for a while but he vocally scatted along with. An interesting “Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan” that expanded far beyond the song’s normal boundaries and included Trey and Mike chanting both “got a blank space where my mind should be” and “woo” (with the crowd responding with many “woo!”s of their own) gave way to “The Squirming Coil,” which brought the continuous 87-minute second set to a close. “Walls Of A Cave” served as the encore, the first time its ever appeared in that slot. Phish returns to the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Saturday night.

[Set One “Map” by @MikeHamad]



Click here to view the full breakdowns of every show Phish has played in 2013 including setlists, recaps and our statistical rundowns.

  • Venue Capacity / Attendance / Type: 8,500 / 8,500 / Indoor Auditorium
  • Previous Shows at Venue: 3 Shows – 08/17/12, 08/18/12 and 08/19/12
  • Number Of Songs / Length – First Set: 12 / 8:07 p.m. -9:33 p.m. (85 Minutes)
  • Number Of Songs / Length – Second Set & Encore: 10 / 10:11 p.m. -11:51 p.m. (100 Minutes)
  • Total Number of Songs / Covers / Originals: 22 / 1 / 21
  • Biggest Bustout: Babylon Baby -49 Shows (LTP – 6/19/12)
  • Tour Debuts: Meat, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony, Vultures, Roggae, When The Circus Comes, Babylon Baby, Farmhouse, Seven Below
  • Average Song Vintage: 1996
  • Debuts: N/A
  • Weather: 57° and Sunny at ticket time
  • Average Song Gap: 18.09
  • The Spread: Junta -1, Lawn Boy -3, Hoist -1, Billy Breathes – 3, Story of the Ghost -2, Farmhouse -2, Round Room -2, Joy -1, Misc -6
  • Longest LivePhish Track / Shortest LivePhish Track: Down With Disease 14:12 / Oh Kee Pa Ceremony 1:34
  • Audio: Live Phish

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