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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.


There are 10 comments associated with this post

youphoric June 17, 2012, 18:23:38

How did it compare to the UIC “crosseyed” set?

Wkapaughi36 June 17, 2012, 20:14:59

Worth taking a listen. That cross eyed set from UIC still gives me goosebumps

Jonathan June 18, 2012, 07:59:40

When was the UIC crosseyed set?

UIC June 18, 2012, 09:26:29

How exactly are you comparing this to the bomb factory when UIC was last year and on of the best shows of the summer 11 tour??? I know it was merely 10 months ago but should still be fresh in peoples minds

Nice! June 18, 2012, 09:33:13

This set was incredible. I wasn’t there but have listened back and the ‘Light’ is easily one of the best jams of 3.0. My personal favorite, but lets let the limelight wear off. But, it goes type 2 very fast and after the manteca section keeps gaining steam. It is one of the few 3.0 jams that the band peaks the actual jam. It is very cohesive and all 4 of the guys are nailing it. In short, the whole second set and encore is A+ Phish, but I was underwhelmed by the first set. AC night 1 has a much better first set

Madman June 18, 2012, 10:40:18

“underwhelmed by the first set” ???

Todd Phillips June 18, 2012, 13:19:42

I thought it went from type 1 to type2 and then back to type one for 4 minutes and then right back to type 2 again for 6 minutes, only to segue into the best jam from phish.1.0, but was very similar to the type 2 Phish 2.0 jam they did in Omaha. Then, out of nowhere, back into Phish 3.0 jamming with just a hint of Phish 2.0 jamming, but with threads of type 3 jamming emerging from the dustcloud. Then, to everyone’s surprise. they peed in everyone’s ears. Bravo!

UIC IS BETTER June 21, 2012, 12:02:51

after a listen to this UIC is still better, truly a face melter. crosseyed-no quarter….

captain cocunut June 23, 2012, 06:34:26

i liked during the end of the second set when gordon left the stage and took me down to the boardwalk on his segway oh that salt air he told me he would buy me a cotton candy if i played one round of doctor with him and we still made it back for the encore

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