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Published: 2013/07/04

Phish Kick off Summer Tour with New Stage Setup, Old Song Favorites

Photo via Phish’s From the Road Instagram

Last night, Phish kicked off their summer tour at Bangor, ME’s Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion. It was the Vermont Quartet’s first show at the grassy, outdoor performance space, and the first of a series of dates leading up to the band’s 30th anniversary in December.

Before the concert started, the big news was Trey Anastasio’s announcement that the band would switch up their stage setup this summer with drummer Jon Fishman moving behind the rest of the band. Unlike the band’s 2002-2004 conventional rock stage setup, last night Anastasio remained positioned slightly stage right of Fishman’s drum riser.

Despite their new stage setup—and sound checking with both a new reggae-style song and Anastasio’s solo cut “Frost”—the members of Phish focused on the classics yesterday. In fact, the newest song they played first set was “Theme From the Bottom,” a track off 1996’s Billy Breathes. Phish opened with “Possum,” the most commonly played number since they reunited in 2009, and segued into an 11-minute “Runaway Jim.” The first set’s biggest jam vehicle,“Stash,” clocked in at over 12 minutes. (An exploratory “Wolfman’s Brother” was another highlight.) The band also switched things up at the end of their set by playing “Silent in the Morning” without its sister song “The Horse” in the middle of a Mike’s Groove sequence.

Phish stretched out a bit more during their second set, opening with an almost 15-minute version of TV on the Radio’s “Golden Age” that segued into a seven-minute “Twist” and an almost nine-minute “Backwards Down the Number Line.” Extended versions of the Joy song “Ocelot” and The Velvet Underground’s “Rock & Roll” filled the middle portion of the group’s set. A 13:51-take on “Run Like an Antelope” closed Phish’s second set and, then, the musicians returned for a jammed out “Harry Hood” encore that included a pronounced “Divided Sky” tease.

Phish’s summer tour continues at Saratoga Springs, NY’s Saratoga Performing Arts Center on July 5.

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

Wednesday, July 3, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, Bangor, ME

Soundcheck: Blues Jam, Corona, Unknown Reggae-themed song (Mike vocals), Frost, My Soul, Jam (15+min)

Set I: Possum > Runaway Jim, Stash, NICU > Wolfman’s Brother, Rift, Theme From the Bottom > Chalk Dust Torture, Mike’s Song > Silent in the Morning > Weekapaug Groove

Set II: Golden Age > Twist > Backwards Down the Number Line, Ocelot, Rock and Roll > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Cavern > Run Like an Antelope

Encore: Harry Hood1

[1] Divided Sky tease.

Notes: Hood featured a Divided Sky tease.

Comments

There are 12 comments associated with this post

Sunny July 4, 2013, 02:03:49

Frost…

Nicculus July 4, 2013, 08:54:21

Very typical of them to go safe with a greatest hits your opener. Each show will gradually get better to the point were they are popping off sick show after show. Should hit their full stride around Merriweather. See you on tour!

js July 4, 2013, 10:00:41

great looking set…other than a few, it really looks like a ’93-94 setlist. ^So where does greatest hits comes in. You must not have been listening to them then

Blooby July 4, 2013, 10:13:04

I don’t wish to nitpick. I am so excited, I could plotz Blooby

me July 4, 2013, 12:05:21

Standard set… I tend to agree with Nicculus, they played it safe… dipping their toes in the water… I sure hope your right that they do a nice head-first dive by Merrieweather! I am curious as to how well the songs were played… spot on, or shaking off 6 months of rust?

Yup July 4, 2013, 12:12:44

Best show this tour!

and July 4, 2013, 16:42:45

They were good in the nineties…kind of like seeing the Dead in 94-95 and saying you saw the Dead…74-77 was GOOD

tom July 4, 2013, 22:25:46

nice to hear comments from none of the people who were there, lol! they sounded amazing last night. I had an absolute blast in maine! great venue and great way to start summer:) see ya at pnc, jones beach and Chicago. anyone who knocks this band and talks about the 90’s obviously is delusional. they were in fine form for night one. have a blast wherever u see them. be safe!

tom July 4, 2013, 22:25:47

nice to hear comments from none of the people who were there, lol! they sounded amazing last night. I had an absolute blast in maine! great venue and great way to start summer:) see ya at pnc, jones beach and Chicago. anyone who knocks this band and talks about the 90’s obviously is delusional. they were in fine form for night one. have a blast wherever u see them. be safe!

was there July 5, 2013, 11:18:07

great show beautiful night this is the begining of a another amazing tour it left me wanting more

dk70d July 5, 2013, 11:28:48

Picky Phish fans remind me of Star Trek nerds. They are still one of the best bands in the USA everytime they hit the stage. Try to have some fun with it.

joe July 5, 2013, 14:48:25

i will be at the BG shows in SF wit dat killa green, and its JERRY GARCIA DAY. goin be a THE RUN of the tour. obviously.

AOTF July 7, 2013, 22:09:17

Why is 2001 not usually referred to as a cover of a cover? Phish is playing a cover of Deodato’s jazz funk groove cover/arrangement of Also Sprach Zarathustra by Strauss.

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