Phish Toronto 2013 Setlist And The Skinny


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This evening, Phish returned to the Great White North to play their first Canadian show in over 13 years. The band visited the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, site of their last performance in Canada and delivered a show heavy on staples that featured an exceptional start and end to the second set.

Phish opened with “The Moma Dance,” a song they actually played their previous two times at the venue. The last time “Moma” kicked off a show was way back on October 4, 2000. Next came “Chalk Dust Torture,” which became the first song Phish has peformed six times in 2013, and was followed by a tour debut -“Undermind.” While not quite as jammed out as recent versions, “Undermind” gave drummer Jon Fishman a chance to shine before keyboardist Page McConnell took a turn in the spotlight for “Army Of One.” A typical for this era short romp through “Halley’s Comet” led into a first set “Twist.” It may have taken the quartet a decade to drop a “Twist” in the opening stanza between February 18, 2003 and Saturday night’s show in Chicago, but it only took them two nights to replicate the feat. McConnell did the honors of teasing “Oye Como Va” during tonight’s fiery rendition of “Twist.” Phish then reeled off repertoire staple “Bouncing Around The Room,” a strong version of “Stash,” another take on the Mike Gordon/Scott Murawski original “Yarmouth Road,” a quick but tight “Tube” and the 50th “Ocelot” ever. The high-energy “Suzy Greenberg” brought the set to a close.

When the Vermonters returned for the second set, they came out of the gates with an otherworldly “Down With Disease.” The band patiently and expertly explored a number of interesting and contrasting jam spaces over the course of nearly 20 minutes. After a pair of well-played staples in “2001” and “Free,” Phish dove right back into the full-band improv with “Piper.” Though not nearly as long as “Disease,” tonight’s “Piper” had a few intriguing moments. As soon as there was the slightest lull in the action, Anastasio took the opportunity to start up “Tweezer.” Anastasio and McConnell engaged in a bit of call-and-response to start the “Tweezer” jam. Eventually the pair settled on a descending riff they used as the basis for a massive build in tempo and intensity. Not the most exploratory version, but a fun one that even included the old-school slow breakdown ending. “Silent In The Morning” filled the ballad slot, and once again was “horse-less,” leading many to wonder what’s become of “The Horse.” “Chalk Dust’s” time as the only original Phish has played six times this tour was short lived as “Backwards Down The Number Line” joined the “6 Club.” “Cavern” kept the energy up and gave way to “David Bowie.” The “Disease” opener saw the band turn a dark minor-key jam into a pretty major-key jam and they did so again multiple times in the blissful “Bowie” closer. This must-hear version had it all from gritty peak to beautiful jam to precision on the composed section. When Phish returned for the encore, McConnell mentioned how rough the tour has been weather-wise and that he not only appreciates the fans who’ve stuck it out, but also tipped his hat towards the band’s crew for their hard work. The quartet then bid adieu to Canada with a triple encore of “Loving Cup,” “The Squirming Coil” (a tour debut) and “Tweezer Reprise.”



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

Here’s The Skinny from Phish’s first of three shows in Chicago…

  • Venue Capacity / Attendance / Type: 16,000 / 11,000 (Estimate) / Outdoor Amphitheatre
  • Previous Shows at Venue: 2 Shows -07/20/1999 and 07/06/2000
  • Number Of Songs / Length – First Set: 12 / 7:40 p.m. -9:01 p.m. (81 Minutes)
  • Number Of Songs / Length – Second Set & Encore: 12 / 9:34 p.m. -11:12 p.m. (98 Minutes)
  • Total Number of Songs / Covers / Originals: 24 / 2 / 22
  • Biggest Bustout: Undermind -20 Shows (LTP -8/31/2012)
  • Tour Debuts: Undermind, Squirming Coil
  • Average Song Vintage: 1995
  • Debuts: N/A
  • Weather: 71° and Mostly Cloudy at Showtime
  • Average Song Gap: 5.65
  • The Spread: Junta -1, Lawn Boy -2, Picture Of Nectar -5, Rift -1, Hoist -1, Billy Breathes -1, Story Of The Ghost -1, Farmhouse -2, Undermind -2, Joy -2, Misc. -4, Covers -2
  • Longest LivePhish Track / Shortest LivePhish Track: Down With Disease 18:57 / Tube 3:47
  • Audio: Live Phish

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