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Published: 2009/06/05

Phish Play Water Set

Phishs three-night run at Wantagh, NYs Jones Beach Amphitheatre continued last night with another well-received performance. The evening opened with an a cappella version of the Undermind ditty Grind, which finds all four members of the band singing their ages in days. In an apparent nod to the evenings rainy weather, Phish then picked up its instruments and preceded to offer a number of songs that referenced either water or the beach: The Squirming Coil, Punch You in the Eye, Dirt and NICU. The group then closed out its set with increasingly strong versions of the live favorites Ghost and Run Like an Antelope. Trey Anastasio continued to take on a more dominant role than in Hampton, VA throughout the night, leading the group through his songs complex changes.

The bands second set also focused on water, opening with a slowed down version of Water in the Sky and continuing with Birds of a Feather and a cover of The Whos Drowned. The latter song segued into the first version of Meatstick since the bands controversial April, 2004 performance in Las Vegas. Like many songs in Phishs canon, the number has evolved over time to include insider references, and the version of the song the band played included the Japanese lyrics Phish added to the number during a trip to Japan in 2000. Two songs off the bands forthcoming albumOcelot and Time Turns Elasticwere also played for the second time this tour. The ballad Waste, another take on You Enjoy Myself with a Middle Eastern themed vocal jam and a cover of The Velvet Undergrounds Rock and Roll closed out the night.

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