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Published: 2013/09/02

Phish Close Their Tour Colorado-Style with a "Mike’s ‘Legalize It’ Groove"

Last night, Phish closed their summer tour with a sold-out show at Dick’s Sporting Good’s Park in Commerce City, CO. The band dusted off a few tunes for the first time this tour during the night, and debut a cover of Peter Tosh’s “Legalize It.”

The night kicked off with the year’s second “A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing,” which was followed by a “Kill Devil Falls.” “Back on the Train” came next, before the band turned into a solid “Rift.” Things slowed down for a funky “Meat” that moved into an “It’s Ice” that saw Page McConnell take the lead on one of the show’s first truly jammed out segments. The tour debut of “Guelah Papyrus” came next.

Things picked up in the middle of the first set when Phish moved into a “Divided Sky.” The band held the songs signature pause for some time as glowsticks went flying and fans began chanting “we love Dick’s.” The song, which ended up being the night’s longest, came to a close before the band turned things around with a hard hitting take on Son Seals’ “Funky Bitch.” “Cavern” and “Stealing Time from the Faulty Plan” came next, and a high energy “David Bowie” played out the set.

A dark “Carini” opened the evening’s second set, before Phish segued into “Birds of Feather.” The band then settled down into TV on the Radio’s “Golden Age” and their original “Prince Caspian” before launching into a “Piper” that featured the night’s seemingly obligatory “woo” pandering segment. Phish then switched gears for the reggae-funkness of Stevie Wonder’s “Boogie on Reggae Woman” and their first “Saw It Again” in 53 shows.

The highlight of the night came during the second half of the set when Phish offered their first-ever take on Peter Tosh’s “Legalize It” in the midst of a Mike’s Groove segment. The song honored Colorado’s recent foray into the uncharted territory of marijuana legalization, with the band even changing a few lyrics to reference modern day strains like “sour diesel.” The expected “Weekapaug Groove” came next and got the crowd bouncing before the tempo slowed down significantly for “Show of Life.” The set then came to a close with an explosive “Suzy Greenberg.” Finally, the band returned to the stage for an appropriately rocking encore rendition of last year’s tour closer, “Character Zero.”

That last song marked the end of Phish’s 25 stop summer tour, which saw the band make their way across the country over the course of the last two months. They will return to the road on October 18 when they kick off their first fall tour in three years at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA.

On a side note, some fans will get a kick out of the fact that teen pop sensation Justin Bieber attended last night’s tour closer with his guitarist/musical director Dan Kanter. The news was tweeted by Phish lyricist Tom Marshall, who posted this less-than-perfect photo of the pair hanging out in the crowd. As many of our readers know, Kanter is a longtime Phish fan who has teased the band’s tunes during Bieber’s shows on countless occasions. He was even lucky enough to join Mike Gordon and Jon Fishman for a jam session at Chicago’s Second City Theatre following one of Phish’s shows in July.

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

Sunday, September 1, 2013, Phish, Dick’s Sporting Good’s Park, Commerce City, CO

Set I: A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing, Kill Devil Falls, Back on the Train > Rift, Meat > It’s Ice > Guelah Papyrus, Divided Sky, Funky Bitch, Cavern, Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan > David Bowie

Set II: Carini > Birds of a Feather, Golden Age > Prince
Caspian* > Piper > Boogie On Reggae Woman > Saw It Again, Mike’s Song > Legalize It^ > Weekapaug Groove, Show of Life > Suzy Greenberg

E: Character Zero

(*) Unfinished (^) Phish debut

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