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Published: 2013/08/03

Phish Start SF Run with Tour Debuts and Crowd "Woos"

Phish kicked off their three-night run at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco last night. The band was coming hot off a memorable show in Lake Tahoe, which had seen them surprise fans with a 36-minute, instant classic “Tweezer,” as well as a “Tela” bust out. However last night’s show ended up being noteworthy as well, with the band bringing eight tour debuts and the crowd resurrecting the “woo” chants that had spiced up the the “Tahoe Tweezer” performance.

The show kicked off with a rare first set-opening “Free,” which was followed by two tour debuts, “Meat” and “The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony.” “Oh Kee Pa” unexpectedly segued into “AC/DC Bag,” instead of the more traditional “Suzy Greenberg,” before that tune became the tour’s first “Vultures.” Some pauses in the jamming toward the end of that song gave the crowd an opportunity to bring back their “woos,” which they did. Three more tour debuts—“Roggae,” “When The Circus Comes” and the third-ever Phish rendition of Mike Gordon’s “Babylon Baby”—came next. They were followed by a fantastic “Reba” that saw the “woo” chants come back in force during the chorus (“bag it,” “woo,” “tag it,” “woo”). The seventh-ever “Halfway to the Moon” then played into “Golgi Apparatus” to close out the set.

The second “Punch You in the Eye” of the tour opened the second set before playing into the night’s first jam vehicle, “Down with Disease.” The song was not yet finished when it became “Prince Caspian,” which was also incomplete when it segued into the tour’s first “Farmhouse.” The crowd “wooing” then returned for the tour debut of “Seven Below,” which went on for some time before becoming “Theme From the Bottom.” A solid “Harry Hood” featured a “Dixie” tease before transitioning into a “Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan” that saw Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon join in on the “woos,” with the audience responding in kind. The almost 90-minute, uninterrupted stream of music then wrapped up with the second “The Squirming Coil” of the tour. An encore “Walls of the Cave” closed out the show.

Phish will return to the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium tonight and tomorrow night.

Here’s a look at last night’s setlist via our Box Scores page

Friday, August 2, 2013, Phish, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA

Set 1: Free, Meat, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > AC/DC Bag > Vultures, Roggae, Sand, When the Circus Comes, Babylon Baby, Reba, Halfway to the Moon > Golgi Apparatus

Set 2: Punch You In the Eye > Down with Disease1 > Prince Caspian1 > Farmhouse > Seven Below > Theme From the Bottom > Harry Hood2 > Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan > The Squirming Coil

Encore: Walls of the Cave

[1] Unfinished

[2] Dixie tease.


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