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Published: 2011/08/18

Phish Closes Chicago Run

Last night, Phish closed out their three-night run at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. For the first time since November 3 1989, the band opened their show with the combination of “Colonel Forbin’s Ascent” into “Fly Famous Mockingbird” taken from Trey Anastasio’s Gamehenge saga (though the song did not contain an extended narration). The rest of the set contained more common numbers, although, “Weigh”—Mike Gordon’s morbid tune about decapitation—made its return for the first time since New Year’s Eve. Though Phish rarely played “Colonel Forbin’s Ascent” and “Fly Famous Mockingbird” between 1997 and 2010, they have already performed the compositional epics three times this summer.

The second set kicked off with the Talking Heads’ “Crosseyed and Painless,” which was subsequently teased and quoted in multiple songs throughout the remainder of the night. Led Zeppelin’s epic “No Quarter,” now seemingly a staple in the Phish repertoire, made its first appearance since Superball IX. However, the biggest bustout was the Farmhouse ballad “Sleep,” which had not been performed since August 7, 2009. As always, the band showed their playful side during “Makisupa Policeman” with Anastasio referencing “Dank Sinatra,” “Nat King Bowl”, “Harry Chronic, Jr.,” “Herby Hancock,” and “Van Inhalin.”

The show ended with the third extended encore in as many nights, featuring Son Seal’s “Funky Bitch,” “Show of Life” and “Tweezer Reprise.” Anastasio also referenced the band members’ various “houses“—a nod to a “Makisupa Policeman” from Bethel, NY this past May—at various points throughout the set.

Phish returns to the road on September 2 for three shows at Dicks Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO.

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