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Published: 2012/09/03

A Departing F.U. from Phish

“Piper” > “Twenty Years Later”

Phish’s summer concluded last night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO. The show also marked the close of the band’s three nights at the venue, which opened in notable fashion on Friday when the first letters of the songs spelled out “Fuck Your Face” before the group delivered the song of the same name. Sunday night’s first set was a bit less loose, although it was lengthy, presenting fourteen tight, well-played versions of such tunes as “Down with Disease,” “Bathtub Gin,” “Rift” and a set-closing segued trio of “Halley’s Comet,” “ 46 Days” and “Possum.” The six song second set by contrast was more open-ended, beginning with a 24 minute version of “Sand,” which led into “Ghost,” followed by “Piper,” the first version of the Trey Anastasio and Tom Marshall composition “Twenty Years Later” since 5/29/11, and then “The Lizards.” As a satisfying 16 minute “Harry Hood” closed things out, Anastasio thanked the crowd for an “absolutely joyous summer.” Then after Page McConnell, Mike Gordon and Jon Fishman shared similar sentiments, the guitarist chimed in, “We’d also like to say, ‘fuck your face’.”

Phish has no other shows confirmed as yet, although strong rumors suggest the band will ring in the New Year with a series of dates at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Here is the setlist drawn from our Box Scores section.

Set I: Cars Trucks Buses, AC/DC Bag > Down with Disease, Bathtub Gin, Nellie Kane > Sample in a Jar, Back on the Train > Rift > Free, Ride Captain Ride > Maze, Halley’s Comet > 46 Days > Possum

Set II: Sand > Ghost > Piper > Twenty Years Later > The Lizards, Harry Hood*

Enc: Character Zero

Notes: *After Harry Hood, Trey noted that it was the last set of tour, thanked eveyone for an “absolutely joyous summer,” then pantomimed crying and said “I don’t want to go home.” Page, Mike and Fishman then thanked the crowd as well. Finally, Trey added that “We’d also like to say, ‘fuck your face’.”


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