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
 Divided Sky tease.
Notes: Hood featured a Divided Sky tease.