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Published: 2013/07/20

Phish Cancels Chicago Show During Second Set

Phish cancelled their performance at Chicago, IL’s FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island during their second set due to heavy rain and lightning. The Vermont Quartet kicked off their second set with a version of “Down with Disease” that segued into “Prince Caspian.” Right after starting “Prince Caspian,” the band was forced to stop their show due to a severe weather alert. Fans were asked to leave the venue and, soon after, the show was cancelled. A tweet from the band read, “Unfortunately, that’s it for the night. Again, the venue has been evacuated due to a storm that is approaching the area.”

Phish’s summer tour has been plagued with weather-related issues. Most notably, Phish postponed their first Toronto show in 13 years due to floods and power outages in the area. Their performance at Wantagh, NY’s Jones Beach Amphitheater was also marked by severe storms.

Elsewhere at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, Pearl Jam took an almost three-hour rain delay due to the same storm but eventually returned to the stage. Furthur were also forced to cut their performance in Canandaigua, NY short due to weather-related issues.

Phish will return to FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island this evening.

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

Friday, July 19, FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, Chicago, IL

Set I: Suzy Greenberg, Wolfman’s Brother, Backwards Down the Number Line, It’s Ice, The Moma Dance > My Soul, Scent of a Mule1, 46 Days, Limb By Limb, Julius

Set II: Down with Disease > Prince Caspian2

[1] Fishman on Marimba Lumina.
[2] Unfinished; the show was cancelled due to severe weather concerns.

Notes: Scent of a Mule featured Fishman on the Marimba Lumina. Prince Caspian was unfinished as the show was cancelled due to severe weather concerns and the venue was immediately evacuated.


There are 22 comments associated with this post

Luke July 20, 2013, 06:09:27

climate change

dubs July 20, 2013, 08:39:22

That had to make for a strange webcast, quick cut to Bitter Sweet Motel. Saratoga also effected by storms. It’s gotta be bad to cancel the show. Climate change is the fact, unfortunately I think it’s beyond a quick fix, this is where we take our lumps. How far can all this go, before nations react in a substanative way. And, I’m gonna lay a good deal of the responsibility in China’s lap. Yikes.

understandgreen July 20, 2013, 09:57:48

Blame China? They’ve only been contributing for the last 15 years to this problem. Sorry to break it to you, but climate change has been a theory since the late 1950s, and the U.S. is the #1 contributor. Check the mirror. The greatest irony is that this show could have been performed during the day, bright blue skies above, and saved tons of energy (read “CO2 emissions”) with the lighting and sprinkles. The only musician who needs a darkened venue for performances is Roger Waters.

Luke July 20, 2013, 10:37:47

The US is the one and only nation on earth which has a significant portion of its population which actually, in 2013, believes that human-caused climate change is just a ‘theory’ or a hoax. Is it a coincidence that it is also the home of the largest corporate propaganda machine, or any kind of propganda machine, in human history?

John July 20, 2013, 11:03:36

Are you kidding me – using a Phish concert and a typical midwestern summer storm to get political about climate change? You guys need to lay off the kool-aid and just enjoy the music.

Marty July 20, 2013, 12:23:45

John is right. These political nerds ruined this post. Was the article about Phish or China?

Will E July 20, 2013, 12:39:25

Here’s my issue: You can’t (or shouldn’t be allowed to) sell $60 tickets that say ‘RAIN or SHINE’ (implying that ‘the show will proceed regardless of weather’) and then cancel for weather-related reasons.

JK Rowling July 20, 2013, 12:39:39

Most of the jambands are involved with environmental causes and would probably welcome some discussion . Determining the course of your survival, and how it affects your daily life, or tune out. You decide what is more important. Consciousness can come from the strangest of places….

timmy July 20, 2013, 12:39:55

sometimes it storms, and shows get cancelled. this is nothing new. what is political about that? yes, pollution, geo-engineering, toxic products, nuclear disasters, oil spills, and mass- consumerism are all very bad. everyone knows this. but, the cancellation of a couple of shows has nothing to do with it.

John July 20, 2013, 12:57:11

Marty, This article is about china and fishing. Namely, unsustainable fishing and irresponsible plastic bag disposal that is killing off the phytoplankton that are the basis of the global ecosystem. I am calling on congress to get off their butts and enact comprehensive legislation to save the plankton and the planet. You should too, unless you want to be in a world where there are no fish, no Phish, and dancing is illegal – just like the movie Footloose.

MarZaPhiGar July 20, 2013, 13:25:58

Whatever happened to “you can’t have Phish without water?”

dubs July 20, 2013, 13:34:55

I’m all too happy to knock you good time charleys out of your halcyon haze. This is serious stuff, people. And I reject the notion that simply because China are relative newcomers to the industrial revolution, that they are not, by far, the most hideous offenders, ever …
Oh yeah, let’s throw our Hindu brother’s under the bus, too… Y’all suck !

bvooch July 20, 2013, 13:58:22

It was a severe Midwestern thunderstorm that cancelled the show, it happened & will continue to happen. The fact that some are turning it into a political debate is laughable! It’s about the best band to ever lace em up not politics! As u were.

Randolph July 20, 2013, 14:04:37

But that’s it? No partial refund or re-do? One set of music for the price of two? No further announcement from the band? They also evacuated all of us with no nearby shelter. People who took public transportation were crowding in bus shelters to take cover. We watched the band roll away in their luxury buses.

Hyhu42 July 20, 2013, 14:07:23

I paid the fifteen bucks for the webcast, and only got about half of a show, I feel a little slighted. I don’t want to sound cheap but that’s not really fair.

From aPHar July 20, 2013, 14:19:58

I was there for both the Stove summer ’92 and polaris ’99 deluges and much to my surprise (and delight!) the shows went on. Stowe lacked any shelter what so ever while Polaris, obviously being shed, did. My point is, I have no point, and neither does the weather… it just happens. I could say don’t play venues that lack shelter (as wrigley field does allowing PG to continue) but that would sway the band from such hollowed ground as Dick & the Gorge. My heart goes out to those who traveled and will be unable to attend tonight. Because rest assured, tonight is going to be a scorcher!

Randolph July 20, 2013, 14:31:19

Of course it happens, but why does the little guy take the brunt of the cost? The band still gets fully paid and we’re just left with a shoulder shrug from them. They absolutely deserve to be as rich as they are, but I there’s an imbalance in these situations, especially when the ticket says rain or shine.

timmy July 20, 2013, 14:51:53

Yes, the tickets say rain or shine, but that doesn’t include severe weather like lightning or tornadoes. The only reason they ever cancel shows due to severe weather is because they would be liable if anyone were hurt or killed.

Randolph July 20, 2013, 15:25:40

Of course. I’m not saying they shouldn’t have cancelled the show, but that fans should be partially compensated in some fashion. Airlines don’t say tough luck when bad weather causes cancellations.

harpua13 July 20, 2013, 15:34:31

Yes well unfortunately, there was no severe weather at northerly island last night.
It was a moderate rain for less than ten minutes. No lightning anywhere near the venue and the wind was no big deal.
They canceled the show on a rumor. I was watching tbe stroms on radar and it was obvious the worst of it was going to pass north of us due to a strong ssw wind.
They panicked cuz pearl jam got mauled. There was no real reason not to do what they did at deer creek 09 and if they had to evacuate just let people back in and start up again.

Wet Phan July 20, 2013, 15:41:36

I get the liability issue, but the lightning only lasted 20 minutes. They could have gone back on an hour or 2 later like they did at Wrigley. It’s no one’s fault for the weather, but us fans have been mistreated. Poor communication from band and especially Live Nation who don’t care about Phish fans.

Randolph July 20, 2013, 17:42:55

I have returned to say, nevermind. Phish did the right thing. Three sets and partial refunds. Beautiful.

Jaydog July 23, 2013, 20:18:45

It’s an article about Chinese imitation meat stick frozen phish sticks. It’s all Kanyes fault.

CHEMTRAILZ July 29, 2013, 13:58:43

L@@K UP it’s not a bird, it’s a plane and it is spraying CHEMTRAILZzzzzz…

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