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Published: 2013/08/05

"Runaway Jim," "Light" and More Tour Debuts Highlight Phish’s San Fran Run Finale

Last night’s official poster by Tyler Stout.

Phish closed their three-night run at San Francisco, CA’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium last night. While Phish mostly played a stable set of songs during the first part of their summer tour, they have brought out numerous tunes since the tour moved west. During the first two nights of their Bill Graham run, the band offered 14 tour debuts alone.

Last night’s show kicked off with the Undermind number “Crowd Control,” but really charged into gear with an extended, 16-minute “Divided Sky” that segued into “Wilson.” Phish’s first set also featured the band’s first version of the tender Billy Breathes Mike Gordon tune “Train Song” since 2010. The set also featured an interesting jam out of “Gumbo” and a set-closing run through “Pebbles & Marbles.” Page McConnell has bantered more than any other member of Phish this year and, last night, he mentioned that Trey Anastasio played “Ya Mar” using only one string.

The band shifted into improvisational mode at the start of their second set. Busting out of the gates with a 11-minute cover of The Apples in Stereo’s “Energy,” Phish segued into last night’s showpiece, a 17-minute, unfinished “Runaway Jim” that moved into the ether. After 7-minute versions of both “Carini” and “The Wedge,” Phish paused and then, performed a rare version of “Light” that did not segue out of a jam. After riffing on the number for 13 minutes, Phish moved into “David Bowie” and a series of shorter favorites: “Silent In The Morning,” “Meatstick” and Bob Dylan’s “Quinn the Eskimo.” (Phish continued this summer’s trend of playing “Silent in the Morning” without its “Horse” companion piece yesterday.) An 18-minute take on
“You Enjoy Myself” closed the set.

For their encore, Phish offered two more tour debuts, the Dude of Life/Phish collaboration “Sanity” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Bold As Love.”

This leg of Phish’s summer tour will close at the Hollywood Bowl this evening.

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

Sunday, August 4, 2013, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA

Set I: Crowd Control, Divided Sky > Wilson, Foam, Halley’s Comet > My Soul, Ya Mar, Army of One, Taste, Gumbo > Train Song, Pebbles and Marbles

Set II: Energy > Runaway Jim1 > Carini > The Wedge, Light -> David Bowie, Silent in the Morning > Meatstick2 > Quinn the Eskimo, You Enjoy Myself

E: Sanity, Bold As Love
[1] Unfinished.
[2] Japanese lyrics.
Notes: This show was officially webcast via Ya Mar contained a London Bridge Is Falling Down tease from Trey. After Ya Mar, Page said that Trey played his entire solo on one string. Train Song was last played on August 13, 2010 (120 shows). Runaway Jim was unfinished. Meatstick contained Japanese lyrics and was teased in YEM.

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