Phish Takes Care of Business in Hampton
Last night, Phish closed out their three night run at Hampton Coliseum. Opening with a roaring “Julius,” Phish never let up in the first set, with high energy takes on “Funky Bitch,” “Back on the Train” and Ween’s “Roses Are Free,” much to the delight of the nearly sold out crowd. “Divided Sky” saw one of its longest versions yet, topping out at 19 minutes. Rarely stretched out in the 3.0 era, “Divided” stole the show in the first set before the “Bold as Love” closer.
The second set started with Josh White’s folk number “Paul and Silas” before Phish dropped into one of the most expansive versions of “Tweezer” since the famed Tahoe version. This particular “Tweezer” saw bassist Mike Gordon reprise his power drill solo from the first night, when he used a power drill during “Run Like an Antelope.”
The improv didn’t stop there as the band then melted into TV On the Radio’s “Golden Age” which once again dove off the deep end before transitioning into “Piper.” The surprise of the night came shortly thereafter when Phish covered Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s “Takin’ Care of Business” for the first time ever. The end of the show, while fairly standard fare, still packed a punch as “2001,” “Sand” and “Slave to the Traffic Light” sent the Phish faithful home happy. The end of the set and encore break also saw the beginning of a new potential trend, as fans lit up Hampton Coliseum with lighters during “Slave.”
Phish’s tour continues tomorrow in Rochester, NY at BlueCross Arena.
Here’s a look at the set as it appears in our Box Scores section:
Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA
Set I: Julius, Funky Bitch, Back on the Train, Roses Are Free > Sample in a Jar, Ginseng Sullivan, 46 Days, Divided Sky, Bold As Love
Set II: Paul and Silas > Tweezer^ > Golden Age > Piper > Takin’ Care of Business > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Sand > Slave to the Traffic Light
Enc: A Day in the Life > Tweezer Reprise
^Mike uses power drill.