Phish San Francisco Setlist And The Skinny | Night Three
Tonight, Phish brought a three-night stand at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA to a close. The Vermonters dug deep into their repertoire for a total of 16 tour debuts over the course of the run’s first two nights. For the finale, Phish continued to mix it up through this evening’s first set and focused on jams in Set Two.
The quartet came out of the gates with “Crowd Control” off Undermind and the third “Divided Sky” of the tour. “Crowd Control” has served as the show opener in each of its seven appearances this era. Unlike the last “Wilson,” which saw Trey Anastasio tell the crowd to chant for the Seattle Seahawks’ quarterback, tonight’s version was uneventful and led into a near-perfect “Foam.” “Foam” was a tour debut as it had been on the shelf since July 8, 2012. Phish then showed off the diversity of their repertoire by reeling off the funky “Halley’s Comet,” blues cover “My Soul” and the Caribbean-tinged Mustangs’ cover “Ya Mar.” Guitarist Trey Anastasio made sure to leave pauses in his “Ya Mar” solo so the crowd could reprise the “woo!” chant that started to appear at Tahoe and has been a fixture at each show since. Just before stepping into the spotlight for “Army Of One,” Keyboardist Page McConnell took a moment to inform the crowd Anastasio played his “Ya Mar” solo using only one string. Trey made full use of all six strings during sublime versions of “Taste” and “Gumbo.” The set’s most impressive bust out came in the form of Mike Gordon’s gorgeous Billy Breathes ballad “Train Song,” which had last been performed on August 13, 2010 (120 shows). Thanks to an absolutely scorching “Pebbles & Marbles” set closer, tonight’s show was the first of the tour (let alone set) to feature three songs from the post-hiatus era (Round Room and Undermind).
Phish has found another cover staple this tour with the emergence of “Energy” (The Apples In Stereo). The fourth “Energy” of 2013’s 22 shows opened the final set of the run. The quartet used their recent discovery as a launchpad towards bold full-band improvisation. In leading the jam, McConnell utilized every instrument in his arsenal. Anastasio made the decision to start “Runaway Jim” when the exploration reached a lull. Last summer at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Phish played an outrageous, well-jammed “Runaway Jim” in the second set of the “Fuck Your Face” show. This evening’s “Jim” also went well beyond the song’s typical structure with Anastasio leading both the atmospheric first part of the jam and a hard-nosed rock segment. After a few more blissful minutes of ambient jamming, Trey kicked into “Carini.” While “Carini” didn’t go quite as far “out there” as the first two songs of the set, Trey and drummer Jon Fishman yelled many things including “Fluffhead” in the wild composed section and the jam section was starting to get interesting when the plug was pulled in favor of “The Wedge.” The foursome went right back into “jam mode” with “Light.” Fishman kept the improvisation moving while Anastasio patiently built “Light” to a mighty climax. Once the peak was squeezed for all it was worth, the band entered a loose “deep space” reminiscent of their “Storage Jam” at Super Ball IX and eventually settled on “David Bowie.” Like the other improvisational vehicles in the set, the quartet slowly simmered “Bowie” to a rolling boil. Another trademark of the tour has been the absence of “The Horse” and once again “Silent In The Morning” was performed without its usual partner. “Meatstick” and a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Quinn The Eskimo” led into a set-closing “You Enjoy Myself.” The guitarist’s “YEM” solo featured both “Meatstick” teases and plenty of “woo!”ing from the audience. A “Sanity” / “Bold As Love” (Jimi Hendrix) encore, both tour debuts, sent the crowd on its way in fine fashion. Phish finishes the pre-Dick’s section of their summer tour tomorrow night at the Hollywood Bowl.
- Venue Capacity / Attendance / Type: 8,500 / 8,500 / Indoor Auditorium
- Previous Shows at Venue: 5 Shows – 08/17/12, 08/18/12, 08/19/12, 08/02/13 and 08/03/13
- Number Of Songs / Length – First Set: 12 / 7:58 p.m. -9:21 p.m. (83 Minutes)
- Number Of Songs / Length – Second Set & Encore: 12 / 9:56 p.m. -11:48 p.m. (112 Minutes)
- Total Number of Songs / Covers / Originals: 24 / 5 / 19
- Biggest Bustout: Train Song -120 Shows (LTP -8/13/2010)
- Tour Debuts: Foam, Train Song, Sanity, Bold As Love
- Average Song Vintage: 1994
- Debuts: N/A
- Weather: 58° and Mostly Cloudy at ticket time
- Average Song Gap: 18.75
- The Spread: Junta -5, Rift -2, Billy Breathes -2, Round Room – 1, Undermind -2, Joy -1, Misc. – 6, Covers -5
- Longest LivePhish Track / Shortest LivePhish Track: Forthcoming
- Audio: Runaway Jim 16:26 / Wilson and Gumbo 4:19
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