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Published: 2013/10/20

Phish Fall Tour: Night Two at the Hampton Coliseum

Phish returned to the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA last night for the second show of their first fall tour in three years. The night got going, quite surprisingly, with “Bathtub Gin,” a tune that hadn’t opened a first set since June 30, 1999. Placement aside, the band delivered a pretty standard version of the song before going into solid 3.0 takes on “The Moma Dance” and “Tube.”

Mike Gordon’s singing was a bit off during a cover of The Mustangs’ “Ya Mar,” which followed a rendition of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “The Ballad of Curtis Loew.” The bassist’s hoarseness continued into “My Sweet One” before the band kicked off a high-energy, set-closing “Mike’s Groove.” While this year’s summer tour saw the band experimenting with more eclectic fillers, this take on the classic pairing featured a more traditional “I Am Hydrogen” in between the “Mike’s Song” and the “Weekapaug Groove.”

As has been the case a few times this year, the show’s highlight came at the beginning of the second set. Phish returned to the stage with an almost 19-minute “Ghost” that got pretty hard rocking before moving into a mellower jam that faded into “Down With Disease.” The “Disease” was left unfinished as the band moved into a “Steam.” It was a particularly interesting take on the tune, as Trey Anastasio was forced to put down his guitar due to what appeared to be technical issues—opting instead to help Jon Fishman out on the drum kit. Gordon got in on the hijinks as well, beating on his fight bell and reprising the electric drill-assisted bass playing that he had utilized on the previous night. Chris Kuroda’s fog machine only added to the confusion before Anastasio returned to his guitar and the madness transitioned into an interesting, though unfinished, “Prince Caspian.”

Stevie Wonder’s “Boogie on Reggae Woman,” “Theme From The Bottom” and “The Wedge” came next. They were followed by “Silent in the Morning,” marking the sixth time in a row that the song has not been preceded by “Horse.” “Harry Hood” then wrapped up the set with a solid jam. The band then came back out for a fun “Quinn the Eskimo” encore, with Gordon taking up vocal duties despite his earlier issues.

Phish will close out their tour-opening run at the Hampton Coliseum tonight.

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

Saturday, October 19, 2013, Phish, Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA

Set I: Bathtub Gin, The Moma Dance, Tube > Fast Enough for You, The Ballad of Curtis Loew > Ya Mar, Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, My Sweet One, Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove

Set II: Ghost > Down with Disease* > Steam^ > Prince Caspian* > Boogie On Reggae Woman, Theme From the Bottom > The Wedge, Silent in the Morning, Harry Hood
Enc: Quinn the Eskimo

Notes: (*) Unfinished, (^) Trey on drums; Mike playing his fight bell with drumsticks and playing drill on his bass.



There are 5 comments associated with this post

Disco Biscuit Raver fun in the Summer Sun, EDM Bangerz October 20, 2013, 14:37:05

Phish are not talented musicians, they play the same songs every single night and they all sound exactly the same. They are a Grateful Dead cover/ripoff band. Phish fans smoke crack and have herpes!

kye October 20, 2013, 14:58:33

LOL at Disco I literally laughed so hard I spit coffee to bad you were not here to catch it for me. By saying it all sounds the same and by your “handle” you say the Biscs dont sound the same.??? I guess maybe come back in 20 years or so and they will prob still be playing the theater at msg while phish sells that shit out in 10 minutes. Oh and I take Valtrex for my herpes. See you in Rochester Mr. Jokester that shit was funny lol

Papa Phunk October 20, 2013, 15:04:33

All the fans lighting up the venue with lighters at the encore break, was a magical moment I wont soon forget. Last night was why I drive 6 hours solo to see this band.

Jimbo October 20, 2013, 16:53:59

LOL. Trolls be Trollin’

me October 21, 2013, 11:25:48

When a douche with a DB username rips on Phish, you can be sure it’s just a douche… DB fans don’t own computers or have the knowledge to get on the internet… so it’s safe to assume the guy is a douche kid who talks crap on the internet because getting laid isn’t an option…

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