Earlier this week, Phish held the first of two consecutive shows at BB&T Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey. The band posted another pro-shot video highlight from Tuesday’s second set, a 16-minute version of “Light.”
Guitarist Trey Anastasio, drummer Jon Fishman, bassist Mike Gordon and keyboardist Page McConnell opened the second set Tuesday with a heavily-jammed “Down With Disease.” After a continuous “Backwards Down the Number Line” > “I Always Wanted It This Way” > “Miss You” sequence, the quartet handed out another heavy dose of improvisation via “Light.”
Here’s how JamBase’s Scott Bernstein described the “adventurous, top-shelf” version of “Light” for The Skinny recap:
Phish picked up where they left off in “Down With Disease” as “Light” contained more unprecedented key changes and refined instrumental interaction. However, this time around, after exploring a few jam spaces, the band settled in on an upbeat calypso-tinged groove they took their time working over to the delight of the crowd. Fishman was a whirl of motion as McConnell and Gordon egged Anastasio on to multiple guitar-driven peaks. Once Trey was done milking the climax for all it was worth, he initiated a whiplash-inducing drop into “Mike’s Song.”
Listen around the 13:06 mark for “the riff” Trey has frequently played during jams this summer, which ScottyB and I discussed in the most recent episode of The JamBase Podcast. Watch the August 7 “Light” below:
Phish performs tonight at Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, North Carolina. A free webcast is available.