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Published: 2017/09/03

Phish Continue Dick’s Run with Heavy Emphasis on Originals and More First Set Jams

Phish continued their Labor Day Weekend run at Dick’s Sporting Good Park following up an improv-heavy show with one not as focused in that department but rather on some of the band’s most sought-after compositions and instrumentals.

Among the highlights, a soaring opening “Simple” which complemented the previous night’s opener, a 15-minute “Blaze On.” This version of “Simple” continues a great year for the song, with another version heavy on deep funk and full-band interplay.

Up next was the narration of “Martian Monster” and a special “Reba,” which made its Dick’s Sporting Goods Park after going a number of years without being played over Labor Day Weekend. The following “Sand” provided a blank canvas for the band to explore the groove as Trey Anastasio grabbed ahold of the song from the start, pushing and pulling the rest of the band members with his lead.

Mike Gordon’s “Crazy Sometimes” followed along with a tight “Limb By Limb” which featured a “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” interpolation from Anastasio. “Wolfman’s” continued the funk theme established in the set which arrived at a satisfying peak before giving way to the epic “Walls of the Cave” to close the set.

While the second set didn’t feature the expansive playing it did the previous night, the quartet delivered some notable moments like a surprising “Everything’s Right” that kicked off the set, with the group stretching the tune out before landing on “Fuego.”

A brief “Fuego” found its way quickly into “Steam” with the stage engulfed in fog as Anastasio called for a fiery “Chalk Dust” to bring the energy back up. From there, a tight, Type I “Mike’s Song” allowed the guitarist more time to shine before the band toned things down with a slinky “Winterqueen” and the Siket Disc masterpiece “What’s the Use” which led into Mike Gordon’s thumping bassline to “Weekapaug Groove.”

The final three songs of the night proved to be some of Phish’s most beloved compositions as “Slave to the Traffic Light” closed the set, as Anastasio paced the group to a big finish. In the encore, it was time for a trip to Gamehendge with “The Lizards” and one more Anastasio highlight, a roaring “Run Like an Antelope” to bring the show to a close.

Phish will close out their run tonight and the show will be webcast for free via LivePhish.

Here’s a look at the setlist:

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO

Set I: Simple > Martian Monster, Reba, Sand, Crazy Sometimes, Limb By Limb > Wolfman’s Brother, Walls of the Cave

Set II: Everything’s Right > Fuego > Steam > Chalk Dust Torture > Mike’s Song > Winterqueen > What’s the Use? > Weekapaug Groove > Slave to the Traffic Light

Enc: The Lizards, Run Like an Antelope

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