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Published: 2014/07/13

"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



There are 7 comments associated with this post

Andrew July 13, 2014, 15:03:26

Killer set list. Literally pains me to miss these shows.

Lisa July 13, 2014, 16:03:56

Does anyone have am extra ticket code for downloading the show?
Would be phantastic!!!!

bill July 13, 2014, 18:39:47

Here your free code to download lisa 1234-567890-fr-12-ee-34-load-56-er

Dave the slave July 14, 2014, 09:54:31

How many loads can you gargle during a 28 minute Chalkdust Torture? The answer is six! I powered them all down and still had room to spare.

Mr random July 14, 2014, 10:15:20

They played the third ending to BOTT because the crowd was cheering “one more time!”. They obliged. It was pretty hysterical.

Otto July 14, 2014, 11:15:41

Yeah MrRandom is right. The crowd at the front was chanting “one more time” about the ending to BOTT.

JC July 14, 2014, 12:49:38

I was at the Saturday show and have to say that I was a bit disappointed, but had a good time nonetheless. I am a big Phish fan (not as big as the people who write three-page blog responses). I just felt like the band was holding back from some big time jams, especially in the first set. It was as if they poured water on the fire so that they could get to the next song because they had certain songs they wanted to play. And the new songs tended to get in the way of establishing momentum. And the Tube, Joy, First Tube encore was a bit of a downer. Overall, not the energy that I expected from a Saturday night show in NYC.

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