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Published: 2012/06/16

Phish Recaps Their Own Atlantic City Event During "David Bowie"

Photo by Dave Vann © Phish 2012 via Phish’s Facebook page

Phish kicked off a three-day destination event at Atlantic City, NJ’s Bader Field last night. While not a proper Phish festival, the event’s airport landing site featured a number of festival signatures, including a Ferris wheel, a merch. stand stocked with archival Phish items, a special Phish Foam beer and an expanded vending village (including a Relix booth, of course). The opening night’s show also had a festival-like feel, stacked with the type of loose, exploratory numbers that often characterize Phish’s longer, comfortable festival events.

The Vermont Quartet’s first set featured a number less obvious song selections and segues. After opening with “The Sloth,” Phish moved into the first “My Sweet One” since 2010, which then segued into “46 Days” and “Camel Walk.” Soon after, the group used “Tube” to setup another segment that flowed into “Cities” and “It’s Ice.” Likewise, the second half of their first set was peppered with interesting choices, ranging from the bluegrass favorite “Ginseng Sullivan” to the Rift classic “The Wedge,” the latter of which emerged from an extended “Simple.”
The set’s final selection, “Squirming Coil,” which contains the lyrics “Tried yesterday to get away/And hitchhiked to the beach” felt like an appropriate welcome to the show’s boardwalk setting.

For their second set, Phish returned to the patient jamming-style that made their recent Worcester, MA shows immediate fan favorites. Phish stretched “Birds of a Feather” into a “Type II”-style jam space and moved without stopping through “Back on the Train,” “Heavy Things,” “Twist,” “Pipe” and “Billy Breathes” (“Birds” was left unfinished). At the end of the night, the band recapped their evening by teasing “It’s Ice,” “Birds of a Feather,” “Simple” and “Ginseng Sullivan” during “David Bowie.” Adding to the Farmhouse-heavy setlist, they closed with “First Tube.” As an appropriate double nod to the show’s surroundings and Levon Helm’s recent passing, the evening’s post show music was The Band’s cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City.”

Phish’s Atlantic City event continues this evening.

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

Friday, June 15, Bader Field, Atlantic City, NJ

Set 1: The Sloth, My Sweet One > 46 Days > Camel Walk, Tube > Cities > It’s Ice, Ginseng Sullivan, Stash, Simple > The Wedge, Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, The Squirming Coil

Set 2: My Soul, Birds of a Feather [1] -> Back on the Train > Heavy Things > Twist > Piper > Billy Breathes, Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley > David Bowie [2]

E: First Tube

[1] Unfinished.
[2] Stash, It’s Ice, Birds of a Feather, Simple, and Ginseng Sullivan teases.


There are 8 comments associated with this post

AD June 16, 2012, 16:15:45

I think you’re looking for “extended,” or maybe even “extensive,” rather than “expended.”

Ben June 17, 2012, 12:58:24

What does first tube have to do with Levon helm?

Mainer June 17, 2012, 15:45:47

Ben, you missed the period. First tube has nothing to do with levon helm. It has to do with it being farmhouse heavy set. The music after show was the band covering springsteens “ Atlantic City”

Ben June 17, 2012, 18:59:17

Ha, I’m an idiot. I was trying to figure out what a song w/o words had to do with Levon.

UltimatelywhogivesaF#ck June 18, 2012, 11:11:04

Like Levon the next short bus to retardoville..lay off the molly

Leroy June 23, 2012, 07:18:35

“type 2 jam” ? Stop making up stupid terms, learn something about music before writing stupid things.

hatesleroy June 26, 2012, 14:48:32

learn something about phish before you bitch about a type 2 jam.

Camilo July 14, 2012, 03:02:59

Hi there, I just tried your cinnamon rolls this moninrg, and they are wonderful. I was wondering if you had any plans to do any more baking/cooking classes in the Portage area. I have been gluten free since last fall, and have managed to stumble onto a few products that seem to work well for baking, but really miss being able to do it with consistent results. Baking was a hobby until last fall, and I would love to have some input on things that have worked for you, and get some feedback on some of my more memorable disasters! (Christmas baking was pretty futile this year!) If you could get in touch with me when you get a chance, tnat would be wonderful! Thanks again for making things that actually taste yummy!

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