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Published: 2017/08/02

Phish’s Baker’s Dozen: Canadian Theme Takes Over Maple Night

Phish delivered a decidedly Canadian theme on a night where they celebrated maple donuts, opening the show with a classic guitar-led version of the country’s anthem of “O Canada,” a Phish debut.

From there, the band launched into their catalog with “Crowd Control” and another attempt at “Sugar Shack” before slowing things down with “When the Circus Comes” and the first “Daniel Saw the Stone” since fall 2016.

After standard versions of “Army of One” and “The Wedge,” the group returned to the theme of the night as Page McConnell mixed in a snippet of “Maple Leaf Rag” in the middle of the song before the band returned to the end of “Guelah.” The trio to close the set once again stood out as “McGrupp” led into “Limb By Limb” and a rocking “Walk Away” to close it out.

Much like nearly every second set opener throughout the run, last night’s “Golden Age” eclipsed the 20-minute mark with full-band, cohesive jamming as the song quickly expanded outside of its boundaries for a lengthy improvisation before giving way to the new “Leaves.”

From there, Phish dug deep for the first “Swept Away” > “Steep” since 2012, marking a gap of 192 shows between the two, the latter of which was stretched out for nearly 13-minutes before Anastasio turned up the energy with “46 Days.” The dissonance of the jam hinted at “Piper” and instead of quickly launching into the song, the band opted to take it slow (although not as slow as classic slow-build “Piper”) to draw out the intro.

“Piper” seemed to give hints of falling into a full improv but the quartet held the structure together and instead opted for “Possum,” the bluesy rocker which closed the set. Phish returned for a single encore of David Bowie’s “Rock n Roll Suicide” before departing for the night.

Phish return to the Garden tonight.

Here’s a look at the setlist:

Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

Set I: O Canada, Crowd Control, Sugar Shack, When the Circus Comes, Daniel Saw the Stone, Army of One, The Wedge, Guelah Papyrus > Maple Leaf Rag > Guelah Papyrus, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters > Limb By Limb > Walk Away

Set II: Golden Age, Leaves, Swept Away > Steep > 46 Days> Piper > Possum

Enc: Rock n Roll Suicide

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