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Published: 2012/06/23

Phish Dusts Off "Shaggy Dog" in Cinci

Phish continued their 2012 Summer Tour last night at Cincinnati, OH’s Riverbend Music Center. Once again, the first set featured a major bust-out, in the form of “Shaggy Dog,” which had not been performed since October 29, 1995 (574 shows). The set also saw the return of Traffic’s “Light Up or Leave Me Alone” for the first time since June 14, 2011 (33 shows), as well as “Buffalo Bill” for the first time since August 17, 2011 (17 shows).

Guitarist Trey Anastasio was particularly chatty during the first set, commenting after drummer Jon Fishman botched the start of both “Poor Heart” and “Moma Dance.” He then suggested that the band start a tune that began with drums, proceeding to kick off the fan-favourite “Llama.” Anastasio later quizzed the crowd on lighting director Chris Kuroda’s favorite Phish song, before closing out the set with “David Bowie.”

The second set saw the first “Guelah Payprus” since August 15, 2011, in addition to an improvisational highlight of the tour in the form of a 14-minute “Twist” sound quest. For the encore, the band returned “Fluffhead” to the closing slot for the first time since November 3, 1990 (1,124 shows).

Phish returns to the stage at the First Niagara Pavilion in Burgettstown, PA tonight.

Here’s a look at the setlist from last night

Set 1: Wolfman’s Brother, Peaches en Regalia, Shaggy Dog, Runaway Jim [1], Light Up Or Leave Me Alone > Wilson > Alaska, Stash, Llama, Buffalo Bill, Saw It Again > David Bowie

Set 2: Down with Disease > Guelah Papyrus, Kill Devil Falls > Twist [2] > Halley’s Comet > Sand -> Roggae, Carini > Chalk Dust Torture, Golgi Apparatus

Encore: Fluffhead

[1] When the Saints Go Marching In tease.
[2] Trial Before Pilate (from Jesus Christ Superstar) tease from Trey.



There are 13 comments associated with this post

Yossarian June 23, 2012, 14:44:21

Twist was awesome!

Justin Helton June 23, 2012, 16:59:14

You guys could have at least given me credit on using my poster for your story image! =)

Todd June 23, 2012, 23:40:30

uuuh they played Fluffhead 6-17-2012 in AC

Hey Todd... June 24, 2012, 00:45:19

Uuuuhhhhh, was it the “closing slot,” aka Encore, on 6/17? Oh it wasn’t? Hmmmm….. Think before you speak bro….

Dave B. June 24, 2012, 11:46:35

Can someone perhaps, respectfully, explain to me why it is news when Phish plays a song that was last aired less then a year ago? I can understand writing about Shaggy Dog but making a big deal about a song that was last played last tour is silly. At least to me.

Daren Criswell June 24, 2012, 12:32:54

I love “the poster guy’s” comment! You know what, I won the Fire Safety poster contest once in elementary school, where’s my Cred??? Oh yeah, I got a Schwinn!

JR June 25, 2012, 09:11:19

Can’t believe no one picked up on Friday’s show honoree…Dogs! It was National Take Your Dog to Work Day… opened with Wolfman, brought Shaggy back, Runaway, Alaska (dog mushing with an eskimo), the only thing missing was a McGrupp.

@ JR June 25, 2012, 11:40:12

harpua was also missing : )

FESS June 25, 2012, 14:56:24

I did Cinny , Pa and Cleveland . That said ; I thought cinny was truly unreal ! Pa had some sick jams and the vibe that started in Cinny was there the next two nights ! ( great job to the gutter punks , tough guy who likes the fight and all the other crap we have seen in the past ! That said “ wow “ is the scean looking grateful and the band knows this! Fluff as E ??? Hopefully sat night at alpine and till fall ! Safe travels to all the Phans out there !! Oh and the meat stick / antelope with loving cup and reprise as the double e !! Phish is where it’s at !

willardsnot June 26, 2012, 19:05:24 log…dogs stole things….no dogs allowed…......

angela July 1, 2012, 15:00:01

Ha, I saw that Shaggy Dog in 1995, it was in Louisville KY. Too bad I was not at this show

Ilhame July 11, 2012, 05:18:02

To add to the superhuman, ahynnitg is possible aura around Apple (and Steve Jobs) When I posted the Onion’s article on my Facebook, I had two friends comment who were convinced that it was from an actual news source, mentioning that Apple would assuredly revolutionize the printing business.Kind of amazing.

Sajmir July 13, 2012, 23:27:04

Nice images. Although my dfeualt when I see a guy with a mustache is “Porn star or cop, which one is he?” And can we please get rid of the hipster’s fascination with Civil War era beards? GAH!

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