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Published: 2012/06/17

Phish’s "Crosseyed and Painless" Set

Phish returned to Atlantic City, NJ’s Bader Field last night. For the second night in a row, the evening featured a number of loose segues and teases, as well as some extended banter.

In the middle of Phish’s first set, Trey Anastasio stopped “The Horse” abruptly to tell the crowd how he can’t stop thinking about “My Friend, My Friend”‘s silly ending. Jon Fishman chimed in to say that he thinks “My Friend, MY Friend”’s gradual ending is his “favorite ending” to which Anastasio replied his favorite ending is “Maze.” He then asked Page McConnell what his favorite song ending is and, after taking a second to think about it, McConnell responded “Lawn Boy.” The band then abandoned “The Horse” and jumped into “Lawn Boy.” The Vermont Quartet subsequently teased both “Lawn Boy” and “Stash” during “Possum.” The band also received some additional cheers during “Suzy Greenberg,” as they sang the Atlantic City-appropriate lines, “Suzy’s about as faithful as a slot machine. Pays off once in a while, then she robs you clean.”

Another interesting series of teases took place during the band’s second set. Phish opened with Talking Heads’ “Crosseyed and Painless” and then segued into “Slave to the Traffic Light.” The group proceeded to return to “Crosseyed and Painless” a number of times throughout their second set, both teasing the song and quoting its memorable guitar riff. While not quite the “Tweezerfest” from Phish’s famed 1994 Bomb Factory show, the teases and quotes did tie the group’s second set together nicely.

Phish will close their Atlantic City run with a Father’s Day show this evening.

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

Saturday, June 16, Bader Field, Atlantic City, NJ

Set 1: Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove [1], Gumbo, Halley’s Comet > My Friend, My Friend, Wolfman’s Brother, The Horse [2], Lawn Boy, Possum [3] > Punch You In the Eye > Ocelot, Suzy Greenberg

Set 2: Crosseyed and Painless > Slave to the Traffic Light > Light [4] -> Manteca -> Light [5] > Theme From the Bottom > Golgi Apparatus > Sand [4] > Backwards Down the Number Line > Run Like an Antelope

E: Good Times Bad Times

[1] Nellie Kane tease.
[2] Aborted.
[3] Lawn Boy and Stash teases.
[4] Crosseyed quotes.
[5] Manteca tease; Crosseyed quotes.

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