The Vermonters went the high-energy route in opening the show with “46 Days” and “Tube,” the latter of which garnered a hearty round of applause for its “on a freeway in Los Angeles” lyric. Bassist Mike Gordon then led the group through the first “Train Song” since August 4, 2013 (52 Shows). A rare first set “Ghost” followed and featured a short, but potent jam that stayed between the lines. Heavy-rotation staples “Sparkle” and “Sample In A Jar” gave way to “Divided Sky” -the tour’s initial song off the band’s studio debut, Junta. Phish then went in the other direction by playing “The Line” off their newest studio effort, Fuego. “It’s Ice” was extended ever so slightly with guitarist Trey Anastasio putting his Echoplex effect to good use, while a fiery rendition of “Kill Devil Falls” gave way to “Bathtub Gin.” Early on the in “Gin,” Anastasio started teasing WAR’s “Low Rider” and his band mates quickly caught on for a brief instrumental jam on the 1975 hit. Trey also worked elements of Leo Sayer’s “Long Tall Glasses” into the set-closing “Bathtub Gin,” which finished with a turbo-charged, euphoric climax. The guitarist even capped “Gin” with an additional “Low Rider” tease just before the final notes.
A typically tight and to-the-point “555” started the second set. Considering Phish.net noted the show’s soundcheck contained a rendition of Happy Birthday performed for one of the band members’ kids, it shouldn’t come as a big surprise the quartet trotted out their own birthday song -“Backwards Down The Number Line” -though the early second set placement was unusual. “Down With Disease” filled the three-hole and the Vermonters wasted no time in taking it deep. McConnell was at the forefront of the first segment of the jam as he riffed away on electric piano at first before moving over to the grand piano. Mike then led a move towards a deliciously weird “freakout” section that drove the crowd wild. All the while, drummer Jon Fishman kept on driving the improv with a steady beat. The quartet traveled beyond the “freakout” as they hooked up on an anthemic, major-key progression highlighted by glorious, frentic soloing by Anastasio. The multi-faceted “Disease” eventually found its way into “Fuego,” which culminated in a space-y, ambient bit of improv before a spirited, blues-heavy “Twist” was started. “Bouncing Around The Room” was a palate cleanser of sorts with “David Bowie” looming. “Bowie” featured an extended intro (for these days at least) which saw Mike Gordon utilize his drill and had a jam section that was patiently built to a rolling boil in impressive fashion. The arena rock of “Character Zero” brought the second set to a close. A typically beautiful “Harry Hood” served began the encore and as had happened a few times prior in the show saw the venue’s new LED ceiling lights put to good use (see video below). Anastasio helped progress the “Hood” to a transcendent peak with the use of a single, sustained note. The quartet then finished the show with the a capella “Grind.” Phish now heads to Chula Vista for a show at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre tomorrow night.
- Venue Type: Indoor Arena / Approx. 18,000 For Concerts
- Previous Shows at Venue: 1 Show -02/14/2003
- Number Of Songs / Length – First Set: 11 / 8:05 p.m. -9:29 p.m. (82 Minutes)
- Number Of Songs / Length – Second Set & Encore: 10 / 9:57 p.m. -11:29 p.m. (92 Minutes)
- Total Number of Songs / Covers / Originals: 21 / 0 / 21
- Biggest Bustout: Train Song -52 Shows (Last Time Played – 08/04/2013)
- Average Song Vintage: 1998
- Debuts: N/A
- 2014 Debuts: Train Song
- Weather: 70° and Clear at showtime
- Average Song Gap: 7.24
- The Spread: Junta -2, Lawn Boy -2, Rift -2, Hoist -2, Billy Breathes -2, The Story Of The Ghost -1, Farmhouse -1, Round Room -1, Undermind -1, Joy -2, Fuego -3, Misc. -2
- Longest LivePhish Track / Shortest LivePhish Track: Down With Disease 16:24 / Grind 2:00
- Audio: Live Phish
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