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Published: 2014/07/05

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



There are 9 comments associated with this post

Gerg July 5, 2014, 15:44:42

Phish played Funky Bitch at JazzFest, which ended the no cover the streak they started at the New Years run. Not sure what other streak you are talking about here.

Gregg in NOLA July 5, 2014, 16:36:59

Funky Bitch & SBB don’t count as a covers (they are traditions); the streak is alive !!!

SOn Seal July 6, 2014, 03:10:48

Funky Bitch is totally a cover SSB is tough but wouldnt say they broke the no cover streak, Haleys Comet will be interesting to see if played or not. (since yes it is technically a cover)

Jkuss80 July 6, 2014, 09:07:45

Trey said there would probably be no covers on summer tour. JazzFest was a one off Spring show. Doesn’t count. SSB is a traditional and only done on 7/4… doesn’t count.

s1212z July 6, 2014, 18:54:06

The Francis Scott Key estate gets $50 for every “oh…”? Pretty sure a national anthem and a blues jam is royalty free.

Lenny Stubbe July 7, 2014, 08:25:40

Not sure about uncharted territory. Second version for an improvisational band, pretty much anywhere it goes is uncharted. It’s great to see Fuego debut with reckless abandon, or rather a big splash as opposed to the traditional conservative debuts allowing the tune to develop a life of it’s own onstage. They pushed it hard right out of the gate. Credit to the band and a great track.

Taylor July 10, 2014, 11:33:10

BeGoodMike July 16, 2014, 01:12:31

We can argue what is a cover and what is not. If the band did not write the said song. it is not their own is a cover.

That Guy July 16, 2014, 21:57:47

This article is terrible. “This happened>This happened>This happened” Horrible “article”

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