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Published: 2012/06/19

Phish: The "Tuck Show"

Photo by Richard Glasgow © Phish 2012 via Phish’s Facebook page

Phish kicked off a two-night run at Portsmouth, VA’s nTelos Pavilion this evening. The entire show was webcast online and continued the playful tone of Phish’s Atlantic City run. During “I Didn’t Know,” Trey Anastasio asked Jon Fishman to tuck his shirt—which in reality is his dress. Fishman compiled and his “tuck” became a running joke throughout the night. The group changed the lyrics of several songs to include the word “tuck” and, in a rare move, the group brought a few audience members onstage to “tuck” during Fishman’s “Lengthwise.” Adding to the uniqueness of the show, Phish performed “Babylon Baby” from Mike Gordon’s 2010 solo album Moss for only the second time (they played the song sonce in 2011).

Later in the night, Anastasio started wielding a light saber he pulled out of the crowd, leading to a flurry of online comments that the guitarist had returned to “Jedi status” (before Phish’s first hiatus fans started using the word “Jedi” to describe Anastasio’s guitar playing abilities and antics).” At the end of their second set, all four band members tucked in their shirts. Furthering the evening’s comical feel, both Anastasio and Mike Gordon sported sombreros onstage during “Mexican Cousin.”

Perhaps foreshadowing the evening’s party vibe, earlier in the show trumpeter Carl “Geerz” Gerhard joined Phish onstage for “Party Time.” Though this was Gerhard’s first appearance with Phish since the 1998 Hampton, VA shows recorded for Hampton Comes Alive, he has a long history with the band. In the ‘80s, Gerhard played a few jazz gigs with the musicians as the Johnny B. Fishman Jazz Ensemble, and he later performed with Phish in both the Giant Country Horns and the Cosmic Country Horns. Gerhard also sat in with the group a handful of times on his own.

Phish will return to Portsmouth, VA Wednesday night.

Here’s a look at the evening’s setlist via

Tuesday, June 19, 2012, nTelos Pavilion, Portsmouth, VA

Set 1: Sample in a Jar, Party Time [1], Simple > Axilla, Tube [2], Kill Devil Falls, Water in the Sky > Horn, Babylon Baby, Bathtub Gin > Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, I Didn’t Know [3] > Run Like an Antelope [4]

Set 2: Back on the Train > Rift, Split Open and Melt [5] > The Mango Song > Backwards Down the Number Line, Limb By Limb, Shine a Light, Lengthwise [6] -> Maze [7], Cavern > Fire [8]

Encore: Mexican Cousin [9] > Slave to the Traffic Light

[1] Carl “Geerz” Gerhard on trumpet.
[2] By crowd request.
[3] Trey requested that Fish tuck in his shirt; Fish complied.
[4] Alternate lyrics: “Tuck, tuck, tuck, tuck” and “Tuck in your dress man, you’re out of control!”
[5] Alternate lyric: “Split open and tuck!”
[6] With alternate lyrics “When you’re tucked, I sleep lengthwise,” “you suck at tucking,” Trey wielding a light saber, and “Tuck” audience member appearances on stage.
[7] Included Trey playing his guitar with his light saber.
[8] Alternate lyric: “Let the Tucker take over!”
[9] Mike and Trey sported sombreros.


There are 10 comments associated with this post

Grey June 20, 2012, 00:47:51

I’m a huge fan and have been since the 90s. I’ve seen many many shows and have waiting a long time to see these guys put together a tour like this one. For the first time in what seems like a decade these guys are finally relaxed and having fun again. For me, I love what is unwritten….the jams. Until this summer most of their shows have been very song heavy…whereas there was a time when the 1st set would be like 10-12 songs and the 2nd would be like 4 huge ass jams. It looks like now they’ve got a balance one day will be improv heavy and the next could be tight with almost 30 songs…something for everyone, including the band. Keep it up boys!!

Thor June 20, 2012, 00:55:38

I’m with you, Grey. Hope that you were at this one (and the next) in VA. I’m looking forward to the AL & ATL shows at the end of the summer, and hope the keep the magic and the fun going…

Thor June 20, 2012, 00:57:11

P.S. GO GEERZ! More trumpet!...

eotw June 20, 2012, 06:27:13

I’m a big fan too, but it seems to me that they are jamming less and less with every show. 6/3/11 (MG’s b-day) was the last time I can recall a serious hard 2nd set jamathon. But maybe I’m wrong on this. But, hey, the Dead jammed less as they got older, too. It just happens.

EOTW June 20, 2012, 06:31:48

I don’t know but it seems to me that as they tour more and more this time around, there is less jamming than ever before. the last real jamathon I can recall is 6/3/11’s blazing second set. the fact that it was MG’s b-day probably had something to do with that one. But I could be wrong. They do sound good, though.

bj June 20, 2012, 09:12:16

the gorge night one second set, starting w/ the rock n roll was VERY jammy, so i wouldn’t say that its been since 6/3 since they last did it. also uic was pretty jammed out as well! but see your point for the most part and i’m glad they’re sounding better!

FB June 20, 2012, 10:13:19

I think they’ve been jamming a ton this summer, and have produced some really high quality jams. AC BOAF > BOTT
AC Light > Manteca > Light
Woostah carini > taste > ghost > boogie on
AC Reba, 2001
and a few more. this was definitely a less jammy show and if they replaced #line and shine a light with a ghost or something this would be a TOP NOTCH show

AD June 20, 2012, 12:21:48

eotw – 6/3/11 was amazing. Hoping for a reprise on 8/25/12.

smashtrays June 20, 2012, 15:22:40

do we have a new lot shirt? enjoyed the show,, like hearing trey hit the notes he is suppose to. looking forward to this evening

duh June 23, 2012, 07:20:53

Learn to spell gears.

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