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Published: 2009/12/30

Phish Move from Undermind to "Manteca" in Miami

The second night of Phish’s four-show run at Miami’s American Airlines Arena featured a mix of road-tested jam-vehicles and latter day deep cuts. The band’s first set ran the gamut—from early rockers such as a show-opening “Golgi Apparatus” to complex compositions like “Reba” and “The Divided Sky” to simpler folk songs like “Driver.” Phish also offered the second ever live versions of the Undermind tracks “The Connection” and “Access Me.” The band had not played Mike Gordon’s bouncy “Access Me” since June 26, 2004 and only first performed “The Connection” at Noblesville, IN’s Deer Creek Amphitheater this past June. The group flexed its improvisational muscles as well with an exploratory “Maze” and a funky “Wolfman’s Brother.”

Phish’s second set opened with the Joy rocker “Kill Devil Falls,” but really took shape during an extended “Tweezer.” The song quickly moved past its scripted outline and into a jam based around Dizzy Gillespie’s “Manteca.”(Phish released a cover of the song on A Picture of Nectar). After playing around with nonsensical vocals, the group moved into a beautiful melodic passage that recalled moments off The Siket Disc and, finally, “Prince Caspain.” The meat of the rest of the set consisted of a freeform, delay loop-heavy “Gotta Jibboo” that quickly shifted into “Wilson” and back in “Gotta Jibboo,” “Heavy Things” and “Also Sprach Zarathustra.” “Slave to the Traffic Light,” “Sleeping Monkey” and “Tweezer Reprise” brought the night to a close.

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