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Published: 2014/07/16

Phish Deliver Expansive "Down with Disease" in Canandaigua

Following a scorching Randall’s Island run, most expected Phish’s show in Canandaigua, NY to pick up where the band left off, particularly on the final night, with their longest “Chalk Dust Torture” ever and expansive takes on “Light” and “Tweezer,” among others. This would not be the case, however, as Phish would stick close to the script for the most part at CMAC Performing Arts Center.

Opening with just the sixth “Buried Alive” in the 3.0 era, this show had all the makings of a sleeper show early on, with the opening tune transitioning into an early “Twist.” From there, things would lean towards the standard side of Phish, as “Heavy Things,” “555,” “Halley’s Comet” and a “Bathtub Gin” that didn’t live up to its Randall’s counterpart comprised most of the first set. Phish would close the frame with a pair of standard takes on oldies and newbies in “Wingsuit,” “Divided Sky,” “Wombat” and “David Bowie.”

With very little improv in the first set, Phish came out roaring to start the second set with a “Down with Disease” that surpassed its Randall’s Island counterpart, hitting the twenty-minute mark and picking up on the various jamming themes established during the weekend run of shows. While the jam did seem to come to an abrupt ending, the trio of “Back on the Train,” “NICU” and “Gotta Jibboo” followed, shifting the show into funk territory before “Theme From the Bottom.”

The end of the set reads fairly standard but comes with a great deal of fun as “Meatstick” loosened up the crowd before yet another “Fuego.” This version of the title track contained very little improv, unlike previous versions played earlier in the tour. “The Wedge” preceded “Run Like An Antelope” which once again saw the band having fun as they teased several tunes played that evening including “Meatstick” and “Fuego.” The encore of “Character Zero” would also contain teases of those two songs.

Next up for Phish is a show at the DTE Energy Music Theatre tonight before the band takes to Northerly Island in Chicago for another three-night run.

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

CMAC Performing Arts Center, Canandaigua, NY

Set I: Buried Alive > Twist, Heavy Things, 555, Halley’s Comet > Bathtub Gin, Wingsuit, Divided Sky, Wombat, David Bowie

Set II: Down with Disease* > Back on the Train > NICU > Gotta Jibboo > Theme From the Bottom > Meatstick > Fuego > The Wedge > Run Like an Antelope

Enc: Character Zero

Notes: *Unfinished



There are 8 comments associated with this post

Dave the slave July 16, 2014, 10:52:12

Sadly, this is such a timely story. It turns out that my festivities and wanton carnal savagery with the new girl I met have left me with an itching sensation down below. Now, I tend to use meth a lot, so the feeling of bugs crawling on me (especially behind my eyeballs!) is something I’ve grown accustomed to. In fact, rather than worry about it, I have embraced the sensation and have sought to maximize it by reducing the amount of bathing I do. Anyhow, after a couple days I noticed that the bugs sensation seemed to have localized, and my paranoia finally got the best of me. I bought a cheap magnifying glass and started sifting through my nether forest, and sure enough, small white insects. I guess it turns out that I am not the first person to have immersed myself in her pillowy softness. At around 400 lbs, you’d think that this would not be a concern, but it appears that unfortunately, instead of embracing her gargantuan beauty, she has created a giant hole in her self esteem that she attempts to fill constantly with drunken men. So, no longer have the girlfriend, but at least with my new companions down below, I am not alone.

Juan July 16, 2014, 11:22:01

Dave, try kerosene on your new friends.

400 LB GF July 16, 2014, 11:25:18

I thought we understood each other. I must share my pillowy softness to the world Dave. I need as many meatsticks in my wedge as possible. Spreading the fuego and getting down w/ disease is my theme from the bottom. See you N the Intensive Care Unit. Put your wingsuit on.

HaHa July 16, 2014, 12:24:38

I’m making shirts for next tour that say “Dave the slave for president”

Clubby July 16, 2014, 17:29:48

Hey Dave…... You need to read the fuckin book!!

Kyli J July 16, 2014, 20:10:24

Check out Stuart’s Giant! Great up and coming band!!!!!

read the book July 16, 2014, 20:11:03

Check out Stuart’s Giant! Great up and coming band!!!!!

Old Fish July 16, 2014, 20:44:50

Wait, when did 2.0 end? Sorry. After 1.0 I kind of swam off in a different current. Serious question though. I guess I’m a nube again.

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