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Published: 2014/07/09

"Fuego" Keeps Rolling Despite Weather Problems as Phish Plays The Mann

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As Phish’s summer tour rolled into Philadelphia’s The Mann Center last night for their first show at the venue since 1995, so did a nasty storm that threatened to sour the entire evening’s festivities. Thankfully, the storm cleared after a brief weather delay where the lawn at the venue was actually evacuated and Phish took the stage around 9:20 to the tune of “Axilla,” the first time the Hoist track has opened a show since 2003.

Following the high energy of “Axilla,” the group mixed in a loose, funky “Gumbo” before Trey Anastasio took a beautiful, soaring solo in “Taste,” both tour debuts on the year. “555” filled the Fuego quota before “Tube” came up short in the jam department yet again—a theme in the 3.0 era with that song.

The rest of the first set seemed to bob and weave with high and low energy cuts like “Camel Walk,” “Sparkle,” a brief “Halley’s Comet” and the complex “It’s Ice” followed by a groovy “Ocelot.” “Walls of the Cave” closed the set in grand fashion despite an inconsistent run to precede it.

As it did at SPAC, “Fuego” continued to anchor the show as the band unleashed a ferocious version of the title track—ultimately topping out at 25-minutes. From there, a pair of “Line” songs followed with “The Line” and “Backwards Down the Number Line” before Phish sprinted to the finish with a brief “Tweezer” that segued abruptly into “Ghost.” An ambient jam led by Page McConnell ultimately found itself into “2001,” a rare cover on this tour, before “Harry Hood” gave way to the anthemic “Tweezer Reprise.” A “Possum” encore sent the crowd into the rainy evening.

Next up for the band is another show at The Mann tonight in Philadelphia.

Here’s a look at the setlist as it appears in our Box Scores section:

The Mann Philadelphia, PA

Set I: Axilla, Gumbo > Taste, 555, Tube, Halfway to the Moon, Camel Walk, Sparkle, Halley’s Comet > It’s Ice, Ocelot, Walls of the Cave

Set II: 46 Days > Fuego > The Line, Backwards Down the Number Line > Tweezer > Ghost > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Harry Hood, Tweezer Reprise

Enc: Possum



There are 9 comments associated with this post

(not) Dave the Slave July 9, 2014, 10:52:45

(Insert negative comment here)

Ploech July 9, 2014, 10:52:55

This Axilla is not the same one that’s on Hoist. That is Axilla Part 2.

huh July 9, 2014, 11:06:01

Why are all the articles about phish on Jamband so much longer and more detaile than any other band?? Fluffers…

because July 9, 2014, 11:10:57

more people care about them and they draw a bigger crowd than any other band on here.

Tube July 9, 2014, 11:30:35

to all phish fans, rarely is Tube a long song. Get over it. It’s fun, funky, and sadly a short song that everyone wishes it was longer. This should not be a disappointment every time it doesn’t go off the deep end, especially in the first set. Best first set of tour, FUEGO worth price of admission.

well.... July 9, 2014, 12:56:01

Great first set, great Fuego, otherwise odd, bumpy and a little disjointed. Trainwrecks! It was 20 years since we went to Gamehendge?

halfkiwi July 9, 2014, 13:07:08

To: (not ) Dave the Slave That mad me laugh man!

me July 9, 2014, 18:20:43

Personally, I liked the Tweezer>Ghost segue… it was a great jam, then, like the top of the first hill on a roller coaster, dropped from the sky into Ghost… Fuego was great, Reprise was on it… Camel Walk had a great funk to it too… Sets definitely had a disjointed feel to them but, all in all, after the storm delay, it was a great/fun night… glad that giant tree limb hit no one! Can’t wait for tonight!

Tube Jam July 10, 2014, 13:09:09

Actually, when Tube was brought back into rotation in 97 it was a jam vehicle regularly until 2004. Only since 2009 has it become a 5 minute fun tune. I can remember the new years run in 97 and that Tube was fuuunnk, also saw the 17 minute plus version at Hershey in 99 I think.

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