Phish Make Orange Beach, AL Debut with Exploratory "Disease"
Phish made their debut in Orange Beach, AL last night with a show at the intimate Amphitheater at the Wharf. The band would introduce the Alabama faithful to their music with a career spanning setlist that was heavy on songs and short on improv, despite a 20-minute “Down with Disease” to kick off the second set.
The band began the night with a song normally reserved for the second set on this tour, “Chalk Dust Torture.” The return of the standard “Chalk Dust” was followed by a “Moma Dance,” “Heavy Things” and the new “555.” The 12-song first set would show off all facets of Phish, as they dipped into their funk (“Tube” and “Wolfman’s Brother”), rock (“46 Days” and “Character Zero”) and cover repertoires (“The Ballad of Curtis Loew”) throughout.
Set two would be bookended by a pair of noticeable and familiar jams as the opening “Down with Disease” stretched to 20-minutes and featured some similar themes touched on throughout the tour within the confines of the song. Phish would string together “Theme from the Bottom,” a brief “Tweezer” and “Prince Caspian” before pausing for the first time in the set.
After a “Waiting All Night,” Phish continued the tradition of playing “Fuego” at every stop with an 11-minute version that found its way into a rare midset “Slave to the Traffic Light.” Following a “2001” jam, Phish recalled one of their famed jams from the last New Year’s run in Miami when they combined “Boogie On Reggae Woman” and “Run Like an Antelope” to close the set. “Bouncing Around the Room” and “Tweezer Reprise” closed the show.
Next up for Phish is a show tonight at Oak Mountain in Pelham, AL.
Here’s a look at the setlist as it appears in our Box Scores section:
Amphitheater at the Wharf, Orange Beach, AL
Set I: Chalk Dust Torture, The Moma Dance, Heavy Things, 555, Rift, 46 Days, Tube, Devotion to a Dream, Wolfman’s Brother, The Ballad of Curtis Loew, Free, Character Zero
Set II: Down With Disease > Theme From the Bottom > Tweezer > Prince Caspian, Waiting All Night, Fuego > Slave to the Traffic Light > 2001 > Boogie On Reggae Woman->Run Like an Antelope
Enc: Bouncing Around the Room > Tweezer Reprise