Premiere: Watch 4K High-Def Highlights From Phish Run In San Francisco

By Scott Bernstein Jul 22, 2016 3:02 pm PDT

On Wednesday Phish brought a highly-regarded three-night run at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium to a close with a show featuring one of the more insane first sets when it comes to song choices in the band’s history. Videographer LazyLightning55 was on hand in San Francisco and today we’re pleased to premiere a handful of clips he shot in stunning 4K high-definition from throughout the quartet’s visit to the Bay.

Up first is the band’s cover of “Daniel Saw The Stone” from July 18. Monday’s version of the traditional spiritual was just the fourth they’ve played since 2003 and the seventh in the past 22 years:


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Monday night’s “Possum” that ended the first set was a throwback to early ’90s versions of the song. Guitarist Trey Anastasio shows off the “machine gun” licks that were a signature of his style in 1992 and 1993:


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One of the improvisational highlights of the run came on Tuesday, when Phish dropped a stellar “Ghost.” The San Francisco “Ghost” puts quality over quantity as it’s not much longer than ten minutes. As we wrote in our recap of the show, “Page McConnell set a Clavinet groove on “Ghost” which opened up into another deep-pocket dance-jam behind Mike Gordon’s synthy bass tones and Jon Fishman’s steady beat. Trey then steered the jam into blissfully vibrant MuTron-infused territory that charged forward to an absolutely soaring apex.


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Now, let’s get into Wednesday’s first set. It started with the return of “Demand” for the first time since December 31, 2009 and continues with the tour debut of “The Curtain With.” What’s particularly interesting is that Fish messes up at the beginning of “Demand” and tries to get his mates to stop signaling “cut” with his hand and even stops playing. Trey doesn’t notice and plays through:


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Wednesday’s first set continued on with the first “Alumni Blues” since August 3, 2013. Phish plays the full “Alumni Blues” > “Letter To Jimmy Page” > “Alumni Blues” sequence:


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Earlier today LazyLightning55 shared video of the run’s biggest bust out. Phish dusted off The Beatles’ White Album gem “Cry Baby Cry” for the first time since November 21, 1998 – a span of 496 shows.


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As an added bonus watch Mike Gordon lead Nicki Bluhm and Phil Lesh & Friends on “Yarmouth Road” this past Sunday at Terrapin Crossroads’ Big Bass Bash in San Rafael, California:


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Thanks to Chris King for the audio on nearly all of these clips. Phish continues Summer Tour tonight at The Forum in Los Angeles. A live webcast is available via LivePhish.com.

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