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Published: 2012/08/29

Phish Bust Out "The Curtain," "Frankie Says" and More in St. Louis

Official LE St Louis Poster by Andrew Vastagh

Phish returned to St. Louis, MO last night for the first time since 2009 last night for their first show at Chaifetz Arena. The show’s first set has a decidedly old-school feel, and it only featured one song written after 1993 (the Joy track “Ocelot”). Phish also busted out “The Curtain” for the first time since last summer’s Super Ball festival
and for only the second time since 2000. At more recent shows, the band has favored “The Curtain With,” which contains a final section which was reworked as “Rift” in the early ’90s.

Last night, “The Curtain” moved into another onetime rarity, “Peaches en Regalia,” and then, “Mound” and “Sample in a Jar.” The set came to a close with two songs sung by Mike Gordon, “Possum” and Bob Dylan’s “Quinn the Eskimo.” Earlier in the set, Phish also performed “I Didn’t Know,” one of two songs written by Phish friend Nancy in the ’80s (an article on the songs creation is available on

Phish’s second set contained a number of segues, including a run from “Frankie Says” into “Undermind,” “Sand,” “Walk Away,” “Limb By Limb,” “Julius” and “Also Sprach Zarathustra.” “Undermind,” “Sand” “Limb by Limb” all featured deep pockets of improvisation between the songs’ composed sections. The show also marked the first time Phish has played “Frankie Says” since December 28, 2010 and only the third time the band has played the Ghost track since the band reunited in 2009. Oddly enough, the other time performed “Frankie Says” was in St. Louis in 2009.

Phish will perform in Oklahoma for the first time this evening.

Here’s a look at last night’s setlist via

Tuesday, August 28, Chaifetz Arena, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO

Set I: Punch You In the Eye > Runaway Jim, Ocelot > Reba, I Didn’t Know, The Curtain > Peaches en Regalia > Mound > Sample in a Jar, The Sloth, Camel Walk, Possum > Quinn the Eskimo

Set II: Chalk Dust Torture > Frankie Says -> Undermind -> Sand -> Walk Away, Limb By Limb > Julius > Also Sprach Zarathustra, You Enjoy Myself

E: Shine a Light

Notes: Before the vacuum solo in “I Didn’t Know” Trey introduced Fish as “The John Coltrane of the vacuum cleaner.”


There are 10 comments associated with this post

Unimportant Notes August 29, 2012, 13:39:00

Why is the banter between them a part of the notes? Fish said “this,” and then Trey was like “I know, right,” then Page called him out on his super low GPA. Who cares? It’s four guys on stage F-in around.

Befuddled August 29, 2012, 14:01:27

You’re clearly not a Phish fan otherwise you wouldn’t make such a stupid statement. Who cares? Phish fans, jackhole. Come to think of it, since you’re not a fan, why bother reading a Phish concert review?

Unimportant Notes August 29, 2012, 14:11:48

I just think it’s lame to write down every word that is said between them on stage. I like phish, but i guess not as much as everyone else. I don’t care about what any band has to say between each other on stage.

burning_beard August 29, 2012, 17:25:08

Unimportant Notes, these people who want to know every word that was said during a show are the same ones who lap up everything Phish does, regardless of the quality. Wouldn’t hurt to be discerning (isn’t that a Phish song?) but that isn’t in the Phish fan lexicon.

burning_beard August 29, 2012, 17:25:09

Unimportant Notes, these people who want to know every word that was said during a show are the same ones who lap up everything Phish does, regardless of the quality. Wouldn’t hurt to be discerning (isn’t that a Phish song?) but that isn’t in the Phish fan lexicon.

Miguel August 29, 2012, 18:09:42

i said this on another phish story the other day..the only ones who care about every little bit of banter are, as beard said, the same ones who lap up everything phish does regardless of quality. honestly, i think the fact that the banter is so highly publicized now speaks to the quality of phish nowadays.. if banters a highlight of the show, it must have been an otherwise pretty lame show. and considering EVERY article on here totes banter, these must all be pretty lame shows. i love bands to be goofing off on stage and having fun as much as the next guy, but thats part of the show experience not a setlist and “highlight” of a show..vacuums and trampolines yes, but gpa jokes? for there to be enough of a lack of other quality material that banter gets added to every article on here is just sad. side note: i know this is a jam website (obviously) and there are plenty of phish lovers but do we NEED every single show they play to have a bs review on here? seriously, thats what sites like PT and are for, and the latter often includes banter notes for the uber h3tty who hang on every last ginger strand of hair on treys balls

Know What Your Talking About August 30, 2012, 02:55:17

Hey ‘Unimportant Notes‘……it wouldn’t take much work on your part to realize from almost the very beginning the because the band made a concerted effort to make each show unique…and this is what made them special and successful. The stuff they did in their formative years included tons of fan interaction basically brining the band and the fans together. Segues, teases, and even banter were vital elements of a Phish show. The banter, at times, served almost as if it was a standup comedy routine. It became necessary to Document what went on at these shows. Eventually, the intimacy found in clubs gets left behind with the theatrics as the venues (and the band) grew. So thats why nowadays, where once an oddball introduction was a small item on a list of many – it now stands alone. Thing is, the footnotes are not the same thing as the highlights, they are there to describe what happened during the show. However, it is not uncommon to find show highlights in the footnotes.

VanMiami August 30, 2012, 08:53:31

If you don’t like it don’t read it. Now shut up. Question – Curtain and Curtain With are two different songs?

jsm August 30, 2012, 11:20:17

@VanMiami: No they are the same, really with a little different ending (which became its own song)...but some setlist nazi will argue it.

Patrick August 30, 2012, 11:39:21

As a veteran of many Phish,I would have to say that was one of the strongest shows I’ve seen them do.Phenominal set list.Great night by the Boys.I havent seen Trey dnce like that in a long time! They were definitely having a blast up there.All I can say is ENJOY them while they are still touring. Best show of the summer tour!!

me August 30, 2012, 12:58:10

First, I might not care about all banter, but I like hearing the names that are bestowed upon Fishman… it’s been a funny little running joke since the early days… I don’t lose sleep if I don’t find out, but considering it takes up about 30 characters, who cares… I think it’s more of a telling statement about someone who would go out of their way to whine about something that they don’t care about… why the f*ck do you care if someone wants to know about every little nuance of a show? Was your day ruined because you found out what Phish said on stage?

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