"Sweet Jane" Returns on Phish’s Second Night at Deer Creek
Phish returned to the Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville, IN last night for the second of two performances at the venue, affectionately known as Deer Creek. Following the record heat on Thursday, a storm passed over Indianapolis early on Friday postponing door time until 7PM.
After the storm had passed, the band took the stage around the scheduled time and, once again, reached deep into their song cannon with more tour debuts and bust outs. Starting with the opener, the crowd saw the tour’s first “Crowd Control” and the Junta favorite “Dinner and a Movie,” along with the return of The Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Jane” for the first time since the band covered Loaded as their musical Halloween costume on October 31, 1998 (352 shows). “Black Furry Creature From Mars” and “Strange Design” also made their first 2012 appearances during the set.
One particularly interesting moment occurred following “Sweet Jane,” when guitarist Trey Anastasio addressed the issue of signs in the crowd, by telling fans that once the band had seen the signs there was no need to continue holding them throughout the show and block the view of other fans. Keyboardist Page McConnell then dedicated “Limb by Limb” to the people behind the sign holders.
In the second set, the band performed one long continuous string of songs with multiple improvisational highlights strewn throughout. Highlights included the segment of “Down with Disease” into “Sand” into “Twist,” along with a standout version of “Bathtub Gin.” Blues Images’ “Ride Captain Ride” also returned during the set for the first time since June 8, 2011.
The quartet returned to the stage to close out the evening with a three-song encore that included “Cavern,” the tour’s first “Sanity,” along with “First Tube.”
Phish kicks off a two-night run at the Alpine Valley Music Theater in East Troy, WI tonight.
Here’s a look at the setlist from last night as it appears in our Box Scores section.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Klipsch Music Center
Set I: Crowd Control, Dinner and a Movie, Sweet Jane, Limb By Limb > Possum, Mound, Life on Mars?, The Mango Song > Big Black Furry Creature from Mars, Strange Design, Birds of a Feather, Halley’s Comet, While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Encore: Cavern > Sanity, First Tube