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Published: 2012/09/02

Phish, Bananas and More

Photo by Dave Vann © Phish 2012 via Phish’s Facebook page

Phish returned to Commerce City, CO last night for their second show at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park this summer. After a literal once-in-a-blue-moon show on Friday that featured an incredibly playful setlist, last night’s show focused on the band’s jamming abilities.

The Vermont Quartet kicked things off with a rare show-opening “Run Like an Antelope” and stretched things out numerous time over the course of the night. The band first took off during a run from “Tweezer” into “Fluffhead.” The segment continued to segue through “Roses Are Free,” “Funky Bitch,” “The Moma Dance” and, finally, “When the Circus Comes.”

Phish’s second set also contained some interesting pockets of improvisation. Their set-opening cover of TV on the Radio’s “Golden Age” pushed past the 13-minute mark, and an exploratory “Light” clocked in at 23 minutes. Since the band returned in 2009, “Light” has became one of Phish’s best jam vehicles and last night’s version of the song also teased another one of this year’s summer signature songs, “Crosseyed and Painless” (the band constructed a show around the Talking Heads cover in Atlantic City and has performed and teased the number numerous times since). In addition, Phish broke out their new cover of Led Zeppelin’s “No Quarter” for only the second time this summer.

Later in the night, Jon Fishman returned to the stage for the band’s encore eating a banana. Trey Anastasio remarked that the drummer needed the banana to revive him after he “rocked so hard second set.”

Phish will close their summer tour at Dick’s this evening.

Here’s a look at last night’s setlist via Phish.net

Saturday, September 1, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO

Set 1: Run Like an Antelope, Backwards Down the Number Line > Tweezer -> Fluffhead > Roses Are Free > Funky Bitch > The Moma Dance > When the Circus Comes, Theme From the Bottom > Golgi Apparatus, Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan

Set 2: Golden Age > Prince Caspian > Light [1], Boogie On Reggae Woman > The Wedge, The Horse > Silent in the Morning > Mike’s Song > No Quarter > Weekapaug Groove

E: Sleeping Monkey > Tweezer Reprise,

[1] Crosseyed and Painless tease.

Notes: Light included a Crosseyed and Painless tease. Page thanked the audience before Sleeping Monkey. Fishman returned for the encore with a banana, causing Trey to fill time by remarking that Fishman almost passed out from rocking so hard during the second set. Therefore, he was handed a banana backstage to revive him. Trey and Fishman asked the crowd to picture Fishman almost passing out and being offered a banana while listening to the intro to Sleeping Monkey.

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