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Published: 2013/07/06

Phish Debut A New Song and a Cover at SPAC

Phish debuted a new song and a new cover during their first night at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. “Yarmouth Road,” a reggae infused tune, made its appearance in the middle of the first set, while Apples in Stereo’s “Energy’ was played for the first time as the second set opener. The songs were part of an otherwise pretty heavy hitting show.

The band kicked off set one with a fun “Kill Devil Falls” that was followed by a “The Moma Dance” that went into “Sample in a Jar,” while “Birds of a Feather” moved into a raucous, crowd pleasing jam. After that song ended, keyboardist Page McConnell gave a shout out to a friend named Ian that he saw in the crowd before noting that it was the Ian of “Ian’s Farm,” a place that the band last played in August of 1987. “Yarmouth Road” came next and it was followed by a nice “Bathtub Gin.” The nearly 90 minute set then came to a close as “My Friend, My Friend” segued into a take on the Talking Heads’ “Cities,” with “David Bowie” finally wrapping it up.

The new cover of veteran indie group The Apple in Stereo’s “Energy” cover got things going as the set two opener. (Phish have covered fellow Elephant 6 collective stalwarts Neutral Milk Hotel as well as indie groups ranging from TV on the Radio to Pavement.) However the song was upstaged by an extended, very psychedelic “Light” that played into “The Mango Song” then “46 Days” and another newer tune, “Steam.” Anastasio teased “Divided Sky” during “Drowned,” which transitioned into a slow building “Slave to the Traffic Light” that played out the set. The Vermont quartet then returned to the stage for “Character Zero” and glowsticks went flying as the show came to a close.

Here’s a look at the setlist via

Friday, Juy 5, 2013, Phish, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

Set 1: Kill Devil Falls, The Moma Dance > Sample in a Jar, Roses Are Free, Birds of a Feather, Yarmouth Road1, Bathtub Gin, Nellie Kane, Army of One > My Friend, My Friend2 > Cities -> David Bowie

Set 2: Energy3 > Light -> The Mango Song > 46 Days -> Steam > Drowned4 > Slave to the Traffic Light

Enc: Character Zero

[1] Debut

[2] No “Myfe” ending.

[3] Phish Debut

[4] Divided Sky tease.

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