Phish Kick Off Randall’s Island Run in New York City
Phish delved into a few lengthy jams as they kicked off their three-night run at New York City’s Randall’s Island yesterday. The weather was serene at the outdoor venue when the band took the stage to open with decent takes on “The Moma Dance” and “Kill Devil Falls” before going into the first “Ya Mar” of the tour. The tune was followed by the highlight of the first set, an 18-minute, exploratory “Bathtub Gin” that sent the crowd into a frenzy. Next came a trio of segues as “555” moved into “Rift,” “Sample In a Jar” and a “The Wedge” that was followed by the night’s second Fuego track, “Waiting All Night.” The set then came to a close with an exciting “Stash” that saw guitarist Trey Anastasio tease the theme music from The Munsters for the second time this tour. The song also gave lighting designer Chris Kuroda his first chance to really shine as the sun retreated behind the city skyline.
Phish kicked off their second set with the first “Steam” of 2014. The low-key funk made for a solid opener, though it didn’t reach the high bar set by the previous version from last year’s Madison Square Garden run. Despite its near 12-minute length, the song seemed to diffuse early as the band segued into the show’s second big highlight, a stellar 19-minute “Down With Disease” that was the night’s most confident jam. The song also saw the return of the “woo,” as the band made room for the divisive crowd chant before switching gears into the year’s first cover of TV on the Radio’s “Golden Age.” The song was followed by a fairly uninspired “Limb By Limb” before the band surprised everyone with yet another rendition of “Fuego.” While the song was well-received, it never came to close to becoming the monster that appeared during the band’s recent shows at SPAC and The Mann Center. Next, a seamless transition into “David Bowie” caught the crowd pleasantly off guard as the band delivered a solid version of the tune before closing out the set with “Cavern.” A “Character Zero” encore then wrapped things up.
Phish will return to the stage tonight for the second show of their Randall’s Island run.
Here’s a look at last night’s setlist as it appears in our Box Scores page:
Friday, July 11, 2014, Phish, Randall’s Island, New York City
Set I: The Moma Dance, Kill Devil Falls, Ya Mar, Bathtub Gin, 555 > Rift > Sample in a Jar > The Wedge, Waiting All Night, Stash
Set II: Steam > Down with Disease > Golden Age > Limb By Limb > Fuego > David Bowie, Cavern
Enc: Character Zero