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Published: 2013/07/31

Phish Bring Tour Debuts and an Interesting "Mike’s Groove" to Lake Tahoe

Photo via Phish’s Facebook page

Phish returned to the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys in Stateline, NV for the third time last night. The band busted out their first “Gotta Jibboo” of the tour early in the first set before a nice run that included “Cavern” following by “Bird of a Feather” and then “Funky Bitch.” The set came to a close with a steady stream of segues, as the Talking Heads’ “Cities” played into “Rift,” which became “Bathtub Gin” before “Tube” segued into the tour debut of “Walk Away” to close the set.

The second set got going with a nice run of transitions that began with a take on TV on the Radio’s “Golden Age” before wrapping up with “Wading in the Velvet Sea.” The in-between saw a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Boogie on Reggae Woman,” as well as a stellar “Ghost.” The most interesting move of the show then came at the end of the set when “Mike’s Song” segued into “Slave to the Traffic Light” for the first time ever before the band left the stage without playing the expected “Weekapaug Groove.” However, Phish kept the “Mike’s Groove” alive when they started their encore with “Weekapaug Groove” for the first time (the song has not appeared in the encore slot at all since the early 1990s).

Phish will return the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena tonight for the final show of their two-night run.

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

Tuesday, July 30, 2013, Phish, Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys, Stateline, NV

Set 1:
Wolfman’s Brother, Gotta Jibboo, Cavern, Birds of a Feather, Funky Bitch, Cities > Rift > Bathtub Gin > Tube > Walk Away

Set 2:
Golden Age > 46 Days > Boogie On Reggae Woman > Ghost > Carini > Piper > Wading in the Velvet Sea, Mike’s Song > Slave to the Traffic Light

Weekapaug Groove, Character Zero


There are 10 comments associated with this post

Cleeet July 31, 2013, 13:09:26

Adding a few verbs to a set list is not really a review or article.

tom July 31, 2013, 13:43:20

busting out Jibboo? who writes this stuff

Josh July 31, 2013, 13:43:21

Agreed. These reviews are kind of lame honestly….I can just read the set list on any other site. Also, this is definitely not the first time the band left the stage after a Paugless Mike’s. NYE 95 comes to mind, and there is definitely a show from Feb ’03 that has Paug played a show later than the Mike’s.

nate wall July 31, 2013, 14:44:10

^^^why people cant stand phish fans (i’m one, btw)

harp July 31, 2013, 16:04:01

I was hoping to read about an interesting jam, teast, guest appearance or something. not just that they paused before playing weekapaug. Not a very interesting mike’s groove story lol. ^I’m also going to be one of those fans everyone hates and mention that there was no weekapaug after mikes song at festival 8 during the last set of the festival. I was soo excited when i heard mike’s song, but a little bummed with no weekapaug. No complaints about that though, it was a great show… I finally caught a weekapaug in alpharetta!

robert July 31, 2013, 17:20:11

Phish has been busting out almost every song in heavy rotation this tour. 6 Possums and 6 Backwards in the first 12.5 shows. They are playing greatest hit shows in every city with maybe 2 true bust outs and lots of repeats. Phish is now the Cubs of the jam band world. Uninspired, repeated loser shows because like the Cubs, no matter how bad it gets, they know people will still come!

Jake July 31, 2013, 17:37:32

Seriously Robert? Have you been to any shows this summer? I’ve seen 8 shows and they’re playing as well as ever. Remember, you can’t judge a Setlist by its cover! Listen to the music before making any judgment…

really? July 31, 2013, 20:24:30

yeah robert, you suck

delicious July 31, 2013, 20:31:03

8 shows is too many for this version of Phish, your opinion is skewed by your love for today’s Phish. I agree these reviews are weak. Jambands needs to hire a new writer.

typical commenter July 31, 2013, 21:05:04

waaah, all i every wanted in life is more arrested development, and now i have it and it’s not exactly what i want, waaaahhh my favorite sports team won a championship 3 years ago but they haven’t won since and i’m really really pissed about it…i’m entitled to a ring every year waaaahhh phish broke up i was soooo sad. and then came back and played every single song in their repetoire i saw fuck your face 3 times on tour and now this tour they haven’t done exactly that and i’m angry waaaahhhh the songs that made me fall in love with this band are now the ones that make up a “loser” show…waaaaaaah.

Randy Floyd August 1, 2013, 09:55:46

hahaha waaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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