Phish opened up with “Martian Monster,” the first song of the tour from their Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House Halloween set. The band nailed their third rendition of “Martian Monster” following its Halloween debut and New Year’s Eve appearance. Keyboardist Page McConnell triggered vocal samples as guitarist Trey Anastasio intensely riffed over the dirty funk groove laid down by the rhythm section of Mike Gordon and Jon Fishman. A high-energy yet contained “Down With Disease” led into the more slow-paced “Waiting All Night” and a “Heavy Things” featuring an electric piano solo from McConnell. First set staples “Axilla” and “555” gave way to a “Limb By Limb” that contained “Follow The Yellow Brick Road” quotes as part of an airy and fluid guitar solo. “Ya Mar” ended a coverless streak (we consider Chilling, Thrilling songs as originals) that began way back on Tuesday during the second set of the tour opening show in Bend. Trey and Mike laid on their backs during the “Ya Mar” jam and feigned riding bicycles. “Fuego” and “Walls Of The Cave” completed an opening set pattern of explosive, impassioned performances that didn’t stray far outside of the lines.
“No Men In No Man’s Land,” one of the new Anastasio/Marshall songs debuted at the tour opener in Bend, kicked off the second set in L.A. Phish took “No Men” deeper on its second performance as they explored a noise-rock motif. The last few minutes of the “Carini” that followed saw the quartet explore a blissful, major key jam space before slickly segueing into “Tweezer.” Fishman dropped out of the mix as “Tweezer” took flight, leaving Gordon, McConnell and Anastasio to expertly riff off each other (with Trey and Mike standing nearly toe-to-toe) when out of nowhere the foursome made the move towards “My Friend, My Friend.” A rare second set “Roggae” kept the unusual flow of the set going before “Backwards Down The Number Line” came on the eve of Lighting Director Chris Kuroda’s birthday. The set-closing “Slave To The Traffic Light” featured an even more patient build and explosive climax than usual. While Phish has performed “You Enjoy Myself” more than any other song it served as the encore for just the 16th time ever at The Forum. A wild scene broke out towards the end of the song, when Trey stood behind Mike and put his guitar in front of the bassist as he played his solo. At points the two played each other’s instruments while wrapped up together. Gordon later headed over to the keys and Anastasio dueted on drums with Fishman -a throwback to the “rotation jams” of Phish past.
Next up for Phish is a Texas two-step with gigs in Austin on Tuesday and Grand Prairie on Wednesday. We’ll see if the band plays the “Tweezer Reprise” they left on the table in Inglewood. LivePhish webcasts of both shows are available.
- Venue Type: Indoor Arena / Approximately 18,000
- Previous Shows at Venue: 2 Shows -02/14/2003 and 10/24/2014
- Number Of Songs / Length – First Set: 9 / 8:10 p.m. -9:31 p.m. (81 minutes)
- Number Of Songs / Length – Second Set & Encore: 8 / 10:03 p.m. -11:31 p.m. (88 Minutes)
- Total Number of Songs / Covers / Originals: 17 / 1 / 16
- Biggest Bustout: Ya Mar -16 Shows (Last Time Played – 10/22/2014)
- Average Song Vintage: 2000
- Debuts: N/A
- Guitar Used By Trey Anastasio: KOA #1
- Weather: 74° and Fair at showtime
- Average Song Gap: 6.89
- The Spread: Junta -1, A Picture Of Nectar -1, Rift -1, Hoist-1, The Story Of The Ghost -2, Farmhouse -1, Joy -1, Fuego -3, Chilling Thrilling Sounds Of The Haunted House – 1, Misc. -4, Covers -1
- Longest LivePhish Track / Shortest LivePhish Track: You Enjoy Myself 21:14 / Axilla 4:30
- Audio: Live Phish
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