Phish Kicks Off Second Leg of Summer Tour in Long Beach
Official Poster by: Michael Michael Motorcycle
Phish kicked off the second leg of their 2012 Summer Tour last night at the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, CA. Performing for the first time at the sea-side indoor venue, Phish delivered two contrasting sets over the course of the tour opener. In the first set, the Vermont quartet ran through a selection of tunes and covers—with minimal improvisation—that acted as a mere warm-up for what was to follow.
The second half of the show kicked off with the second Velvet Underground cover of the evening, “Rock and Roll,” and proceeded to unfold into Phish’s longest improvisational journey of the summer. Over the course of 25 minutes, the band ventured to the darker side of their jamming spectrum, exploring a space-rock sound loaded with effects and cosmic interplay. After the extended sound quest, the faded into the intro notes of “Ghost,” which served as a second highlight of the evening. A late set “Harry Hood” once again saw the band exploring this spacier sound, before closing out the set with an energetic take on Led Zeppelin’s “Good Times Bad Times.”
Justin Bieber, who is reportedly working with Phish LD Chris Kuroda on his next tour, was also in attendance at the show along with his girlfriend Selena Gomez. According to sources, Bieber’s Phish-loving guitarist and Musical Director Dan Kanter, brought the pop-star to the show.
Phish kicks off a two-night stand at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA tomorrow.
Here’s a look at the setlist as it appears in our Box Scores section.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Long Beach Arena
Long Beach, CA
Set I: Suzy Greenberg, Cities > Kill Devil Falls, Guelah Papyrus, Cool It Down, Rift, Stash, Bouncing Around the Room > Bathtub Gin, Quinn the Eskimo
Set II: Rock and Roll > Ghost^ > Limb By Limb, Guyute, Dirt, Harry Hood > Good Times Bad Times
Notes: ^with Roggae quotes