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Published: 2012/06/08

Phish Kicks Off Summer Tour 2012 in Worcester

Phish rehearses at the DCU Center. Photo via @Phish_FTR

Phish returned to Worcester, MA’s DCU Center last night to open their 2012 summer tour. With news of the band members practicing behind closed doors for at least a week leading up to the tour opener, expectations were (once again) set quite high following the critical reception of their New Year’s run at Madison Square Garden in December.

Featuring a number of notable bustouts, the first set saw the return of “Buried Alive” (having last appeared last on July 2, 2011 at Merriweather Post Pavilion), The Rolling Stones’ “Torn and Frayed” (last performed on July 1, 2011 at Super Ball IX), the quirky Undermind song “Nothing” (last performed on June 24, 2010 in Camden, NJ) and the Page McConnell ballad “Beauty of a Broken Heart” (last performed on December 28, 2009 in Miami, FL).

In the second set, Phish turned over to their improvisational side with jammed-out versions of “Carini,” “Ghost” and “Boogie On Reggae Woman.” Another bust-out also appeared in the form of the tender Hoist ballad “If I Could,” which was played for the first time in 102 shows, having last appeared on November 21, 2009 in Cincinnati, OH. The show closed out with the unexpected reprise of “Buried Alive” to bookend the performance.

Phish returns to the DCU Center in Worcester, MA tonight before heading down south to Bonnaroo on Sunday.

Here’s a look at last night’s setlist via

Thursday, June 7, DCU Center, Worcester, MA

Set I: Buried Alive > Runaway Jim* > Torn and Frayed, Funky Bitch, The Moma Dance > Rift, Nothing, Ocelot, Beauty of a Broken Heart, Possum^, Rocky Top

Set II: Carini > Taste&, Ghost > Boogie On Reggae Woman > If I Could$, Quinn the Eskimo > Harry Hood > Cavern > Buried Alive Reprise

Enc: Loving Cup

(*)Buried Alive tease
(^)Beauty of a Broken Heart tease &Norwegian Wood tease ($)Last time played 11/21/09


There are 19 comments associated with this post

Jon June 8, 2012, 08:50:34

Nothing is a Trey / Tom song

Rich June 8, 2012, 10:01:16

Not to be critical but since I am a proud Cincinnatian I feel it’s my duty to correct you: Cincinnati 2 n’s 1 t.

looks too much like dave June 8, 2012, 11:15:24

Not to correct has well but correct spelling of Phish is in fact Fish

Joe June 8, 2012, 11:18:24

Camden was 6/24/2010.

DC June 8, 2012, 11:20:06

forget the typos and database entries: was it good or not?...Did the band stretch out and if so did the do so with a purpose?....Can you give us some analysis like that or is it relegated only to the reviews section while you pump up the band’s tour (not the band) to pump up the site?

Rich Lemire June 8, 2012, 11:38:14

Bured Alive was last played June 12, 2011 at Merriweather Post Pavilion, not June 5.

Dave June 8, 2012, 13:22:30

Tough crowd! The show was good. Stellar moments, but not a stellar show. Torn and Frayed started a bit torn and frayed, and Trey dropped off at the start of a couple o tunes, but Ghost was sparkling, and I don’t recall a Cavern as tight as last night’s was. They made SO much space in Cavern, and they were ON. Ocelot didn’t drag at all, which surprised me, because it’s had a sort of draggy feel live since the Fenway show, IMO.
My one hope for tonight… Lizards. A little Wedge wouldnt hurt. If YEM didn’t show up I wouldn’t be sad either, but I’ve already got cash on YEM and Character Zero.
See you tonight!

sm June 8, 2012, 14:09:18

what did it smell like in there

dana lynne June 8, 2012, 14:14:25 smelled very, very heady.

Nibbles Jackson June 8, 2012, 14:57:09

Show gets a b+. solid all around. The 1st set was really good with a few great moments( nothing still does nothing 4 me) The ocelot was surprisingly powerful though. Carini set the pace for set two. Dark, dirty and well played. The Ghost was much slower than any I’ve ever heard… Lots of slow funk to the face. Trey seemeo
d to be very on point for the whole show… The few flubs aren’t worth noting. Can’t wait for tonight…

dave the slave June 8, 2012, 19:46:02

Yep, another weak effort from a weak band. All the new phish fans are blowing it for the old timers.

Seamus June 8, 2012, 20:28:59

I hate hearing “first time played since 2011”. Or 2010, or ’09, etc. That is not a special moment. I think it should be 10 years since the last time the song was played for it to be mentioned. Especially if the band has a huge catalog of songs like Phish. Just sayin’...1 year? Not a big deal.

joe June 9, 2012, 00:25:21

its the same thing with dead related shows, its like “they busted out lazy lightin”
uhh didnt they play that in 09,
and 04
and as phil and fiends, and ratdog.
its just its the first time played with russso.

joe June 9, 2012, 00:25:21

its the same thing with dead related shows, its like “they busted out lazy lightin”
uhh didnt they play that in 09,
and 04
and as phil and fiends, and ratdog.
its just its the first time played with russso.

js June 9, 2012, 13:18:20

I agree, the first time played in a year or two exemplifies how annoying those that pay way too close attention to song stats are. If anything it should read: “first time played well since ’98 OR first time played with the energy of a ’95 show.”

Bob June 9, 2012, 16:44:12

You guys are tools

Wkapaughi36 June 9, 2012, 20:29:44

I heard they “sold out” to Todd Phillips and let them film the “Hangover 3” at set break. Carini let security slide.

Carsten June 13, 2012, 19:45:56

the comments about “first time played” are spot on. As is “obsessed”. all of which just one more reason to say no to pisces (sometimes the scene ruins it all)

kye June 15, 2012, 13:10:01

Most of you are tools. That 2nd set especially the first hour was SICK yup i used the word sick not epic but sick. That caini was dope taste dope ghost dope boogie dope quinn was straight rock and roll

kye June 15, 2012, 13:12:26

oh ya and of course pumps up phish tour rather than giving a real review so can make money. they have been doin this for YEARS. People talk about phish changing this website sucks now. Its called but 60 percent of the bands are not even jambands. Hmmm sounds a lot like the ROO fucking sellouts!

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