Phish Closes Fall Tour in Atlantic City
After the previous night featured multiple “Shaft” quotes and other hijinks, Phish continued that theme throughout their final show at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. Opening with a fiery “Wilson” and the stellar composition, “Rift,” Phish got the night started on a familiar note during the closing show of their Halloween run.
After jaunts through “Water in the Sky,” “Sample in a Jar,” “Funky Bitch” and “46 Days,” the band delivered one of the first extended versions of “Theme From the Bottom” in the 3.0 era. Phish included a jam that played on the “Shaft” theme and also delivered some banter about Jon Fishman’s least favorite and second-least favorite Presidents (Bush) as well as his favorite beer (Busch). Despite Fishman’s poor taste in beer, the nearly fifteen minute version of “Theme From The Bottom” proved to be a highlight of the night and tour.
The end of the first set included the Mike Gordon original “Yarmouth Road” along with a “Limb By Limb” before the patented “Mike’s Groove” shut it down in fine fashion. Set two kicked off with an exploratory “Down With Disease,” topping out at almost seventeen minutes before segueing into “Piper.” Before the band dropped into the customary “Tweezer,” Phish delivered a couple of cuts rarely played—“Roggae” and “Waves.” The blues rocker “Julius” followed as the band sped through some more traditional cuts including “Backwards Down the Number Line” before “Character Zero” closed the set. “Sleeping Monkey” and “Tweezer Reprise” brought Phish’s Fall tour to a close.
The next time Phish will take the stage will come December 28 as the band begins their New Year’s run at Madison Square Garden.
Here’s a look at the setlist from last night:
Phish, November 2, 2013, Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ
Set One: Wilson > Rift, Ocelot, Water in the Sky, Sample in a Jar, Funky Bitch, 46 Days, Theme From the Bottom -> Theme from “Shaft” Jam1 -> Theme From the Bottom, Yarmouth Road > Limb By Limb, Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove
Encore: Sleeping Monkey > Tweezer Reprise4
 With Shaft vocal quote from Trey (“who’s the Chuck Norris-looking private dick who’s a sex machine with all the chicks?”) and banter about Fish’s least favorite and second-least favorite presidents (“Bush”) and favorite beer (“Busch”)
 Tears of a Clown tease from Mike in intro, unfinished
 Odd Couple Theme tease from Trey
 Rhapsody in Blue tease from Page