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Published: 2013/07/08

Phish Close Out SPAC with "Run Like a Meatstick"

The rain couldn’t dampen any spirits during the final show of Phish’s three-night run at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. Those on the lawn got soaked during a stellar first set, which kicked off with an “AC/DC Bag” that played into “Back On The Train.” The rain really picked up as that tune became a raucous “Divided Sky,” with the crowd going wild during the pause. The set kept going strong, with fantastic versions of “It’s Ice” and “Maze” highlighting the next half.

Things began to dry up as the second set got going with a “Down With Disease” that never finished before moving into “Ghost.” Keyboardist Page McConnell played his Moog Little Phatty synth through a talkbox during the tune, which also included some teases of The Rolling Stones’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” from guitarist Trey Anastasio. A “Dave’s Energy Guide” tease also found its way into “Piper,” which then segued into “Wading In The Velvet Sea.” However, the possible high point of the evening came as Anastasio began throwing “Meatstick” references toward the end of “Run Like An Antelope” before the band transitioned into a seriously crowd-pleasing “Meatsick,” with Japanese lyrics included. Finally, the trampolines came out and Phish wrapped up the set with a fun “You Enjoy Myself.” The Vermont quartet then returned to The Rolling Stones with a “Lovin’ Cup” encore.

Phish will return to the stage this Tuesday, July 9 at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto, ON.

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

Sunday, July 7, 2013, Phish, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

Set 1: AC/DC Bag > Back on the Train > Divided Sky, Free > It’s Ice > Mound, Maze, Limb By Limb, Walls of the Cave

Set 2: Down with Disease1 > Ghost2 > Piper3 > Wading in the Velvet Sea > Run Like an Antelope4 > Meatstick5 > You Enjoy Myself

Enc: Loving Cup

[1] Unfinished.

[2] Jumpin’ Jack Flash teases.

[3] DEG tease from Trey.

[4] Lyrics changed to reference Meatstick.

[5] Japanese lyrics.


There are 13 comments associated with this post

Eric July 8, 2013, 07:51:38

Easily best show of the 3 at SPAC, 1st show was weak, 2nd had good flow but mistake ridden, 3rd show was sick, they clicked Sunday.

jackie July 8, 2013, 07:55:18

That bouncing around the room om Saturday was terrible, they completely flubbed the ending, from that point on in the 1st set they we’re out of synch. They almost seemed embarrassed when they walked off stage. Last night was epic.

Befuddled July 8, 2013, 11:30:19

Figures. Caught Friday, did the last 2 via webcast…I sure know how to pick ‘em.

OB July 8, 2013, 12:06:00

Who is this cover band imitating shows & tours from the 90’s supergroup Phish?

Band Shirt Archive July 8, 2013, 13:09:52

Thanks for posting the video. Jealous.

Gophishn July 8, 2013, 13:11:32

3rd Night for me was epic on the Lawn! Divided Sky -Free -Lighting ,Rain,Love!

Dougie-Lama July 8, 2013, 15:12:43

Did that just happen??? wow…
Incredible face melting music last night….. THANKS TO PHISH!!!!!!!

no Sir July 8, 2013, 20:31:41

Sea Glass Girl Thanks again, The Dude
Better get the 24b flac for this

dubs July 9, 2013, 08:27:23

They surrendered to the flow, this night. We all did. Sunday SPAC, last summer was terrific, as well. Trending. I missed the Fridays and Saturdays both runs, I may just stick with this. And Lovin’ Cup has become their Brokedown Palace. An exclamation point on a typically better than average effort.

Riiiiiiiiiight July 9, 2013, 12:49:18

Who are you people? Friday was easily the best show of the run. The experimentation on Light and between 46 Days and Steam were highlights of the whole weekend. If it weren’t for those experimental jams, the weekend would have been a total bust. Further proof that Phish has been catering to those people who only watch the streams and go to the shows on Saturdays. Can anybody say Greatest Hits show? I was there. When Phish unleashed the 2nd Possum in 3 shows, you would have thought you were at a Dave Matthews show with all the jambronees freaking out and screaming along with every lyric. Where are the dark, crazy jammed out Waves or Scents and Subtle Sounds or A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing? Is it really necessary to play Possum ever 3 shows? Was that Tweezer supposed to have been jammed out? Cuz it was so uneventful that I got bored. Phish needs to step it up. Or they don’t, and they can keep catering to all the fluffers and casual phans and keep playing sub-par shows. God knows all you people eat it up.

Wrrooonnngg July 9, 2013, 14:11:12

I believe Sonny Sharrock or Ornette Coleman may be more of your speed.

Eric July 9, 2013, 15:42:44

Sorry son, you been Possumed

right is right July 9, 2013, 19:12:55

Can you imagine if someone who can’t speak English tried singing Reba or Llama? Got that picture? Well that’s what Meatstick sounds like to Japanese natives. Good try though… I have to agree with “Riiight”. Long time fans surely miss the ambitious and experimental music making of Phish rather than seeing how well they can reiterate their back catalog and if Trey is playing decently. I would trade all the old songs for new ones at this point or some type of attempt they are taking chances on stage again. . Fish has slowing tempos and giving more space (for better or worst for the groove) from what I hear. Works for some songs but not others. Some of vocal harmonies were a bit stretched too. Funny, Ornette Coleman used to be a pronounced influence on the band (among many others).

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