Phish Sleep Train Amphitheatre Chula Vista | Setlist & Skinny

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There was a time when what’s now called Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, California was a regular stop for Phish. For each year they toured between 1999 and 2003, the band performed at the San Diego area outdoor venue, but hadn’t been back since. Phish finally returned to Chula Vista on Saturday and treated fans to a well-crafted first set and choppy second set that contained a handful of bright spots.

Page at Soundcheck in Chula Vista

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“Devotion To A Dream,” off Fuego, served as the opener -its first time in that role. A fierce “AC/DC Bag” bled into “My Sweet One,” which featured an old-school extended pause before the final “name” lyric. Keyboardist Page McConnell brought a little “extra mustard” to his clavinet work in “The Moma Dance” that followed. Phish then trotted out heavy-rotation first set staples “Halley’s Comet” and “Funky Bitch.” While the band struggled with the start of “Wolfman’s Brother” they recovered for a fun, rambunctious jam that began with enthusastic scat singing from McConnell, bassist Mike Gordon and guitarist Trey Anastasio. It was drummer Jon Fishman who propelled the “Wolfman’s” jam to a powerful climax as Trey whipped out one rapid-fire stream of notes after another. The evening’s lone bustout came in the form of Gordon’s “Destiny Unbound,” which returned to action for the first time in 62 shows (Last Time Played -July 20, 2013). Trey put an octave pedal to good use making for a particularly dirty tone that mixed well with Page McConnell’s fluid clavinet poundings -a good showing for the rarely-played “Destiny.” Next up was the year’s second rendition of “Timber (Jerry),” which was notable for Anastasio’s agressive approach to his solo. Page took a moment after “Timber” to thank the crowd for coming and noted it had been a long time since the band last played the venue. The keyboardist then stepped into the spotlight to sing the Gamehendge ballad “Tela.” “Wingsuit,” with its emotional end jam, closed out the well-crafted set giving us Fuego songs as bookends with “Moma Dance” the newest tune played within the old-school meat of the first set (“Moma” was debuted in 1998 -16 years ago).

Phish went with an unusual choice to kick off the second set as “Free” opened a closing stanza for the first time since way back on December 29, 1998. Those hoping for the first jammed-out “Free” in years would be disappointed with the short (and sloppy) version. “Free” led into a cover of TV On The Radio’s “Golden Age,” which the band extended for a brief improvisational excursion. One of the year’s trademark jamming attributes, Anastasio’s use of his Echoplex effect, was on full display as the quartet delivered a few blissful moments of inspired jamming before the guitarist forced a start of a straight-forward and uneventful “Gotta Jibboo.” For the second time in the set, the quartet went beyond the normal boundaries of a song only to quickly move on to the next song -in this case “Carini” > “Piper.” Phish has long enjoyed teasing the theme to the television show “Odd Couple” and Trey revived the tradition by working teases of “Odd Couple” into the first stretch of the “Carini” jam. Page picked up on the theme and added a few “Odd Couple” teases of his own before “Piper” began. “Piper” contained the set’s most expansive and deep improvisation though was still not a lengthy centerpiece jam so many Phish second sets have contained in recent years. The “Prince Caspian” that came next was also slightly extended with a blues-based foray that gave way to “Tweezer.” Anastasio had his finest moments of the night in leading the first section of the “Tweezer” jam and the band eventually latched on to a chord progression with a few measures of pauses, which gave fans a chance to “Woo!” as we first heard during the famed “Tahoe Tweezer.” Most of Saturday’s “Tweezer” jam was of the “Type I” variety. When the Vermonters finally broke through the normal progression, they soon transitioned into a cover of Velvet Underground’s “Rock And Roll.” In keeping with the unanticipated theme of the set, the Chula Vista “Rock And Roll” was one of the shortest in the song’s history. Even the “You Enjoy Myself” set closer seemed short as Trey’s solo started off at a slow pace and never really built to a peak when the guitarist ceded to Mike Gordon’s bass solo. Would the band honor Cream bassist Jack Bruce, who passed away earlier in the day, during the encore? It was not to be as Phish ended the show with a “Suzy Greenberg” > “Tweezer Reprise” encore. The only tribute to Bruce came from the music that played over the p.a. as fans left the venue -Cream’s “I Feel Free.” Phish Fall Tour 2014 continues with a three-night stand at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco that starts on Monday night.

Setlist…

[via Phish.net]

  • Venue Type: Outdoor Amphitheatre / 20,500
  • Previous Shows at Venue: 3 Shows -09/18/1999, 10/04/2000 & 07/08/2003
  • Number Of Songs / Length – First Set: Forthcoming / 8:04 p.m. -9:20 p.m. (76 Minutes)
  • Number Of Songs / Length – Second Set & Encore: 11 / 9:50 -11:21 p.m. (91 Minutes)
  • Total Number of Songs / Covers / Originals: 22 / 4 / 18
  • Biggest Bustout: Destiny Unbound -62 Shows (Last Time Played -July 20, 2013)
  • Average Song Vintage: 1994
  • Debuts: N/A
  • 2014 Debuts: Destiny Unbound
  • Weather: 67° and Clear at showtime
  • Average Song Gap: 10.5
  • The Spread: Junta -1, Lawn Boy -1, Picture Of Nectar -2, Hoist -1, Billy Breathes -2, Story Of The Ghost -1, Farmhouse -2, Fuego -2, Misc. -6, Covers -4
  • Longest LivePhish Track / Shortest LivePhish Track: You Enjoy Myself 19:34 / My Sweet One 3:02
  • Audio: Live Phish

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Page at Soundcheck in Chula Vista

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Soundcheck in Chula Vista

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