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Published: 2013/07/15

Phish Close Out Merriweather Post Pavilion Run

Last night, Phish closed out their two-night stand at Merriweather Post Pavilion with a high-energy, rocking performance. The show began with the first “First Tube” of the summer, and the explosive instrumental immediately set the crowd into a frenzy. The first set continued with the always funky “The Moma Dance,” followed by “NICU,” “Roses Are Free” and a nicely jammed “Chalk Dust Torture.” The two highlights of the first set followed: an incredible “Stash” and the tour debut of “Scent of a Mule,” which featured Jon Fishman playing a Buchla Marimba Lumina and clocked in at almost 11 and a half minutes. “It’s Ice,” “Tube” and “Run Like an Antelope” wrapped up the set.

After starting the second set with a rendition of TV on the Radio’s “Golden Age” that included teases of Jimi Hendrix’s “Third Stone from the Sun,” and standard takes on “Twist” and “Backwards Down the Number Line,” the energy from the first set returned on an exploratory version of “Light.” The always crowd-pleasing “Boogie on Reggae Woman” followed before the band performed a raucous and fierce “Julius” that proved to be another show highlight. Finally, Phish wrapped up set two with “You Enjoy Myself” and returned to the stage for an encore of The Rolling Stones’ “Loving Cup.”

Phish have the night off and will kick-off a two-night stand in Alpharetta, GA tomorrow night.

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

Sunday, July 14, 2013, Phish, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD

Set 1: First Tube > The Moma Dance > NICU, Roses Are Free > Chalk Dust Torture, Stash, Scent of a Mule1, It’s Ice > Tube2 > Run Like an Antelope

Set 2: Golden Age3 > Twist > Backwards Down the Number Line > Light -> Boogie on Reggae Woman, Julius, You Enjoy Myself

Encore: Loving Cup

[1] Fishman on Marimba Lumina.
[2] It’s Ice tease from Trey.
[3] Third Stone from the Sun teases.


There are 11 comments associated with this post

Adam July 15, 2013, 13:05:56

Incredible show, the boys were on fire! One of the best shows ive ever seen em play, and ive been seein em live since 1998!

40acres July 15, 2013, 17:56:55

Average at best…Julius was good after the train wreck of Light into Boogie on…eight minutes left on curfew and no second encore…weak…they don’t start really playing until Dick’s…Live since ’95!

Rocke1 July 15, 2013, 18:34:23

@40acres. Leave it to somebody to bitch. You sound like a whiny ass brat who didn’t get the “one” song you wanted to hear. Average my ass. You were either not there or were too stoned to realize your surroundings. This weekend was the best of the summer (so far), we never know what’s coming. Don’t for one second sell last night or Saturday short. I have never seen them smile on stage the way the did last night let alone interact with each other. This is reminiscent of the mid 90’s. 30th Anniversary year is starting out incredibly strong!

Cnote July 15, 2013, 20:44:31

@Rocke1 – Agreed, both nights were fire. That light->boogie was awesome and anytime boogie is the ballad of the set it’s gonna be a good time. Highlight of weekend was Saturday SOAM in the downpour. My first show was 94 and I’m a little too old to enjoy getting drenched but I loved every second of that.

40acres July 15, 2013, 22:08:20

Why didn’t they play “dog faced boy”? Funny shit, good to see the East Coast Heads all fired up this early on the money leg;) I think it might just be an epic summer in phistory! Just some phriendly phucking around…bug! It doesn’t matter…put your big boy/girl pants on and come out to Commerce City for the annual Bash! Follow the Yarmouth road…Go Phish!

best show EVARRRR!!! July 16, 2013, 01:22:55

Best since the mid-90’s? You do realize that in the mid-90’s they were INVENTING something, and now they are REHASHING something (still).

guy smiley July 16, 2013, 01:24:51

Hey Rocke1, I’m glad you like watching them smile. If I could do the same exact thing I did 15 years ago at my job and get paid like that, I’d smile too! :)

Charlie Murphy July 16, 2013, 04:21:21

(in a tribute to the late, GREAT James Gandolfini, i say>>) ALL DUE RESPECT; comparing Phish 2K13 w mid-90’s Ghoti (if those five letters, in ordered unison, are gibberish to your eyes, pleeeeeeeze STOP READING) is nothing but pholks clamoring to find relevence in their seeing the band, as they are, in 2013…I started seeing shows in ’92 (that’s NINETEEN’92 for all you whippersnappers) and I can assure you that, in ’97 (the last year of the Phab Phour’s SERIOUS MUSICAL INVENTIVENESS), we were not comparing that year to any other by which it was preceded…that said, NO MATTER WHAT, being able to see these guys Iin 2013 is LIGHT years (that allusion to Phish’s modern can’t-miss-jam is, admittedly, a LAAAAME tip of the hat to the much maligned-by me, anyway-MAcaster) better than not at all

Stay at home July 16, 2013, 10:48:10

If you dont enjoy it and dont want to spend the money seeing them, it is quite a simple concept, just stay at home. Now if you feel the need to constantly put yourself on a pedestal for seeing them in the 90’s and bitch about the present, maybe it is time to actually grow up for a change. College is over buddy and your about to be 30-40 years old no point of bitching on the internet to make yourself seem cool for seeing Phish in the 90’s. Sorry I was 9 years old in 97.

Cleeet July 16, 2013, 16:32:45

I first saw Phish in 1985 (no typo) and IMO this summer they’re playing the best and most consistently they have since well back into 1.0. Both Merriweather and SPAC were killing, and their enjoyment and enthusiasm was contagious. Trey hasn’t stopped grinning since Bangor.

hippykid July 17, 2013, 12:33:20

Did anyone see Trey dancing? I think they’re having alot of fun up there and the MPP shows proved it! They’re all smiles….and I sure had a blast.

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