"Carini," "Ghost" and "Harry Hood" Highlight Phish’s Saturday Night at Randall’s
After opening night at Randall’s Island saw Phish deliver standout versions of “Bathtub Gin” and “Down with Disease,” many anticipated the second act would be just as thrilling. While the band’s first set on the second night in New York City stuck closer to the script than the looser performance from the previous night, fans were still treated to high energy takes on the opening “AC/DC Bag” and “46 Days” as well as newer songs “Devotion to a Dream,” “Halfway to the Moon” and “The Line.”
“My Sweet One” served as the biggest bustout of the evening, having not appeared since October 19, 2013. The band added a bit of humor in the next tune, “Back on the Train,” as they replayed the end of the song following a botched attempt initially. As Page and Trey joked about the redo, they finished the ending a third time to make sure they got it right.
The highlight of the first set came in the “A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing,” which dissolved into a Type I jam that has been noticeably absent from the song in the 3.0 era. Phish closed the first frame with a tight, focused take on “Run Like An Antelope” dedicated to the Dude of Life.
Phish would only need six songs to fill out the second set on this night, as the band opened with a loose, dancey “Punch You in the Eye” executed to perfection before Trey Anastasio kicked into the heavy riff of “Carini.” A crowd favorite, Phish took the song deep, juxtaposing between the dark, broody vibe and a more euphoric improv style.
As they established that theme with “Carini,” the “Ghost” that followed expanded on it. The 16-minute jam saw the group explore a more ambient funk sound ultimately landing on a heavy jam highlighted by bassist Mike Gordon. “Wingsuit” came in the cool-down spot, as it has throughout the tour before Phish cranked up the energy once again with a tight version of “Rock and Roll.” While the crowd cheered the “New York” reference, Phish was positioning themselves for a drop into “Harry Hood.”
What would be the set-closer would also serve as the centerpiece of the show. While most versions of “Hood” in 3.0 seemed to follow the same pattern, the band strayed from the blueprint with a 17-minute full-band master class in musical communication. All four members locked in as tight as they had all night to carefully and methodically work their way to the soaring “Hood” finale.
The encore was heavy on tube-themed tunes, as a short and funky “Tube” opened before the more delicate “Joy” preceded the thrilling finisher, “First Tube.” Phish’s Randall’s Island run comes to a close tonight.
Here’s a look at the setlist as it appears in our Box Scores section:
Randall’s Island, New York, NY
Set I: AC/DC Bag > 46 Days, Yarmouth Road, Devotion To a Dream, Free, My Sweet One > Back on the Train, Halfway to the Moon > Sparkle, A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing, The Line, Run Like an Antelope
Set II: Punch You In the Eye > Carini, Ghost > Wingsuit, Rock and Roll > Harry Hood
Enc: Tube, Joy, First Tube