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Published: 2012/06/09

Phish Nods to Ween Break-Up During Worcester Night Two

Mike Gordon warms up backstage in Worcester. Photo via @Phish_FTR

Phish returned for a second night at Worcester, MA’s DCU Center on Friday. Following a well-received tour opener the previous night, the band once again impressed crowds with a show that left behind numerous highlights that have already begun to fall under the discerning eye of Phish’s obsessively-analytic followers.

While the show relied more heavily on Phish staples than the previous night’s rarity filled spectacle, highlight moments emerged in some unexpected places, including a nod to the recently broken-up Ween with an extended jam on their cover of “Roses Are Free.” “Free” also reemerged as the opener of the first set, as it did on December 28, 2011 during the band’s New Year’s run at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Once again, the second set was highlighted by a series of extended improvisational journeys, such as the “Down with Disease” into “Sand” into “Nellie Kane” combo, in addition to strong versions of “2001” and “Character Zero.” For the encore, Phish revived the much-loved pairing of “The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony” into “Suzy Greenberg.”

Phish heads to Bonnaroo next, where they will close out the festival with a headlining, two-hour set on Sunday.

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