Phish Take "Fuego" To Uncharted Territory on Second Night of SPAC 2014
Phish returned to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY for the second show of their three-night run at the venue yesterday. While the story from night one was centered on the torrential downpour that fans were forced to endure, the most memorable thing about night two ended up being the top-notch jams that opened the second set.
The show began as Phish ended their no-cover streak with a rendition of the United States of America’s national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.” The tune, which was last played during the band’s July 4 show at Jones Beach in 2012, was followed by the Fuego track “555” before moving into first set staples “Kill Devil Falls” and “The Moma Dance.”
The set really picked up with a well-executed “Reba,” which was followed by the slower “Waiting All Night” before taking off once again with “Runaway Jim,” “46 Days” and “Rift.” However the highlight of the first stanza came at end, as the band closed things out with a frantic “Split Open and Melt” and the compositional “The Squirming Coil.”
While the first set certainly ended on a high note, Phish came out the second set gate even stronger when they opened with a monstrous take on their new album’s titular track, “Fuego.” The band took the song to previously uncharted territory over the course of 20 jammed out minutes before flawlessly segueing into “Down With Disease.” The second set mainstay had its fair share of improvisational moments during its 13+ minute life, which culminated in a transition to a stellar “Twist” that featured some great interplay between Anastasio and McConnell. “Twist” then moved into a solid “Light” before over an hour of continuous music came to a close with “Theme From the Bottom.” Next came a well-placed “Backwards Down The Number Line,” which took things down a notch before the set ended with a heavy-hitting “First Tube.” Phish then returned to wrap up their show with more or less standard “Character Zero.”
Phish will play the final show of their run at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center tonight.
Here’s a look at last night’s setlist
Friday, July 4, 2014, Phish, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
Set 1: The Star Spangled Banner, 555, Kill Devil Falls, The Moma Dance, Reba, Waiting All Night, Runaway Jim, 46 Days, Rift, Split Open and Melt, The Squirming Coil
Set 2: Fuego > Down with Disease > Twist > Light > Theme From the Bottom, Backwards Down the Number Line, First Tube
Enc: Character Zero