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Published: 2013/07/07

Phish Play "Architect" for The First Time at SPAC

Phish returned to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY for the second night of their run at the venue on Saturday. The band kicked off the first set with the rare “Crowd Control” before going into a crowd pleasing “Chalk Dust Torture.” Other highlights of the set included Son Seals’ “Funky Bitch” and a stellar “Split Open and Melt” to close it out. The latter song eventually unfolded into an extended jam and guitar/drum duel which benefited from Jon Fishman’s new stage positioning near Trey Anastasio

The second set got going with a “Backwards Down the Number Line” that turned into a short “Tweezer” before transitioning into “Sand.” A highly improvised “Carini” became “Architect,” a song from Anastasio’s 2012 album Traveler, marking the first time that the Vermont quartet had played the tune. The set then wrapped up as “Wilson” segued into a nicely jammed out take on Stevie Wonder’s “Boogie On Reggae Woman” before ending with “Possum.” A quick encore break was then followed by “Show of Life” and, finally, “Tweezer Reprise.”

Here’s a look at last night’s setlist via

Set 1: Crowd Control > Chalk Dust Torture, The Wedge, Funky Bitch, Heavy Things, Bug, Bouncing Around the Room, Tube > Julius, Split Open and Melt

Set 2: Backwards Down the Number Line > Tweezer > Sand > Carini -> Architect1, Wilson > Boogie On Reggae Woman > Possum

Encore: Show of Life > Tweezer Reprise

[1] Phish debut.


There are 6 comments associated with this post

Thread Title July 7, 2013, 02:34:54

Phish Debuts Architect and Proceeds to nosedive through the Show of Life only to Not Leave in Total Shame with a Telegraohed Tweezer Reprise. Do they practice much anymore? SOUNDED LOOSE

jack talon July 7, 2013, 08:44:38

that was a “standard” carini?

mike July 7, 2013, 11:53:55

this writer needs to check their sources… Standard carini? HARDLY fail fail

Adam July 7, 2013, 12:57:09

Pretty “standard” review of the show…who writes this shit? The author probably streamed the show…

Eric July 8, 2013, 07:48:13

Stellar Split Open? It was a ballsy song call but it was anything but stellar, it was pretty sloppy.

Missy July 10, 2013, 11:05:25

There’s something Architect that draws me in. Stoked to see where it goes – the lyrics are amazing.

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