After 183 days off Phish finally kicked off their 30th year at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, ME tonight. This evening’s performance marked the band’s first at the outdoor venue. Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion is a fairly open space which allowed fans who had arrived early to hear a soundcheck that included takes on a few songs from Trey Anastasio’s solo repertoire, “Corona” and “Frost,” and ended with a lengthy jam. Both the stage setup and light rig are different for this tour.
Phish opened their first show of the year with “Possum,” the song they’ve played most since returning at Hampton Coliseum in 2009. The quartet stuck with the old school vibe by offering two songs debuted in 1990, “Runaway Jim” and “Stash,” next. Keyboardist Page McConnell mentioned the band was happy to be back in between the two ’90 tunes. A fairly straight-forward “Stash” led into “NICU.” The “Wolfman’s Brother” that followed featured a funky jam with McConnell on clavinet and guitarist Trey Anastasio delivering one dirty and intense riff after another, while drummer Jon Fishman and bassist Mike Gordon locked in on a tight groove. “Rift” gave Anastasio some issues, but the band made it through and onwards to “Theme From The Bottom” and “Chalk Dust Torture,” both of which contained solos that didn’t stray far from the songs’ normal boundaries yet featured wily, melodic licks from the guitarist. Towards the end of the opening stanza, Phish segued “Mike’s Song” into a “horse-less” “Silent In The Morning” – only the third “horse-less” “Silent” of the era. A “Weekapaug” with McConnell and his clav stylings in the spotlight closed the first set of the summer.
Though Phish didn’t play any covers in the first set, that changed with a quickness in the closing stanza, when the quartet kicked off Set Two with “Golden Age” by TV On The Radio. The ensemble took “Golden Age” out for a quick spin and explored some dark jam spaces before transitioning into “Twist.” A standard “Twist” was just heating up, complete with its “Oye Como Va” like solo, when Trey led the band into “Backwards Down The Number Line.” “Ocelot” kept the flow of songs from 2009’s Joy going in contrast to the old school first set. This was followed by a cover of Velvet Underground’s “Rock And Roll” that started off with an arena rock peak and led into a bit of spacey ambient jamming out of which “Also Sprach Zarathrustra,” aka 2001, emerged. The highlight of the set came at the end with a transcendent “Run Like An Antelope” that went beyond the song’s normal boundaries for a few moments. A “Harry Hood” encore featuring a brief “Divided Sky” quote from Anastasio brought the show to a close.
Here’s The Skinny from Phish’s first show at Bangor’s Waterfront Pavilion…
- Venue Capacity / Attendance / Type: 16,000 / 14,000 (estimate) / Outdoor Pavilion
- Previous Shows at Venue: Phish has never played this venue before.
- Number Of Songs / Length – First Set: 11 / 7:52 p.m. – 9:25 p.m. (93 minutes)
- Number Of Songs / Length – Second Set & Encore: 9 / 9:57 p.m. – 11:27 (90 minutes)
- Total Number of Songs / Covers / Originals: 20 / 3 / 17
- Biggest Bustout: NICU – 14 Shows (LTP – 08/19/2012)
- Average Song Vintage: 1993
- Debuts: N/A
- Weather: 75° and Partly Cloudy at Show Time
- Average Song Gap: 2.8
- The Spread: Lawn Boy – 1, Picture Of Nectar – 3, Rift – 2, Hoist – 1, Billy Breathes – 1, Farmhouse – 1, Joy – 2, Misc. – 6, Covers – 3
- Longest LivePhish Track / Shortest LivePhish Track: Harry Hood 15:20 / Cavern 4:17
- Audio: Live Phish
Phish From The Road Photos…
Dave Matthews Band will return to the road this summer in support of an upcoming new studio album.
Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has announced the American Utopia Tour in support of his upcoming new solo album.
Check out photos and listen to every set played on Sunday in Boca Raton at the Sunshine Music Festival.
A North Country Reunion: Ominous Seapods Perform Together In Upstate New York - Recap, Photos, Videos & Setlist
Veteran jam act Ominous Seapods reunited over the weekend for three shows. Here’s full coverage of the band’s first concert back.
Watch an episode of ‘Austin City Limits’ featuring Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit and Amanda Shires.
Watch Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds perform “Waste” by Phish and welcome Brandi Carlile for “Angel Of Montgomery.”