Phish at the Fox
Phish played one of its most intimate shows in years last night at St. Louis Fox Theater. The gig marked the groups first appearance at the 5,060-person theatre in 15 years, as well as Phishs first appearance in St. Louis since 1996. The Vermont Quartet opened with two of its best received new songsKill Devil Falls and Ocelotbefore looking back on standards like Brian and Robert, Sample in a Jar, Rift, Ya Mar, Reba Train Song, Horn, Possum and Slave to the Traffic Light.
The bands second set featured a number of jam-vehicles, ranging from a run from Halley’s Comet into Runaway Jim to a classic Mikes Groove and a funky cover of Boogie On Reggae Woman. Phish also busted out three songs it has not played since 2003 over the course of the night: Frankie Says, Sleep and McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters. The latter song appeared during an extended encore that also featured The Star Spangled Banner and While My Guitar Gently Weeps.
Phish will return to Burgettstown, PAs Post Gazette Pavilion tomorrow. The venue is the site of a revered post-hiatus showJuly 29, 2003that featured rarities like Harpua, Daniel and Cool it Down, among others. Please click here for a complete setlist from last night’s show.