Phish Dusts Off "Steam," "Let It Loose" on Night One at Alpine Valley
Phish’s 2012 Summer Tour continued last night at the famed Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI. While the previous two shows saw the band dig deep into their song canon with numerous rarities and tour debuts, last night’s show relied more heavily on frequently played songs and covers. The performance kicked off with the blues-rocker “My Soul” before leading into the tour’s first “Daniel Saw the Stone” (last performed on June 11, 2011), followed shortly after by the third-ever rendition of The Rolling Stones’ “Let it Loose” (last performed on August 16, 2011). Elsewhere in the set, the second “Reba” of the tour emerged as well as another pairing of the classic “Oh Kee Pah Ceremony” into “Suzy Greenberg” combo to close the set.
The second set was one segued-laced affair, featuring another handful of heavy rotation favorites. In addition to several segments of standout improvisation, including another highlight version of The Velvet Underground’s “Rock and Roll,” the set also saw the return of the band’s newest original, “Steam,” which was last performed as the music during the dance spectacle on New Year’s Eve 2011. The show closed out with a powerful cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Good Times Bad Times.”
Phish returns to Alpine Valley tonight.
Here’s a look at last night’s setlist.
Alpine Valley Music Theatre
East Troy, WI
Set I: My Soul, Daniel Saw the Stone, AC/DC Bag > The Moma Dance, Runaway Jim, Let It Loose, Reba, Kill Devil Falls, The Sloth, Ocelot, Poor Heart, When the Circus Comes, Timber (Jerry) > The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg
Set II: Backwards Down the Number Line > Carini > Wilson > Golden Age -> Also Sprach Zarathustra > Rock and Roll > Steam > Piper > Quinn the Eskimo, Harry Hood > Character Zero1
Encore: Good Times Bad Times
 Streets of Cairo teases and a Jean Pierre tease from Trey.
Notes: Character Zero featured Streets of Cairo teases and a Jean Pierre tease from Trey.