Phish Close Summer Tour in Thrilling Fashion
Phish closed their summer tour last night with a thrilling two set show in Alpharetta, GA that featured a few bustouts along with a host of songs that have dominated the setlists this summer.
Kicking the night off with an opening "My Soul," the band moved into a fiery Type I "Bathtub Gin" that featured some inspired riffs from Anastasio before landing on the end riff. Tour staple "555" followed before Phish debuted "Pebbles and Marbles." While the tune wasn't performed smoothly, it still established the notion that anything could happen on the final night of the tour.
After "The Line," "Vultures" and "Fast Enough For You" made their tour debuts with a pair of well-played versions before a funky "Back on the Train" and a "Taste" preceded "Gumbo" which featured some rare extended improv. Led by Page McConnell and Mike Gordon, the band dipped into some funk jamming before ending the song. The set closed with a trio of familiar tunes in "Halfway to the Moon," "Stealing Time from the Faulty Plan" and "Suzy Greenberg."
The second set began with a popular second set opener on this tour--"Chalk Dust Torture." The tune once again descended into Type II territory with some solid improv before expertly dropping into "Scents and Subtle Sounds," marking its tour debut and the first version since September 2, 2011. While this "Scents" was on the short side, the "Twist" that followed featured some looser improv (and more "woo's"). "Fuego" and "The Wedge" appeared before the next jam vehicle, "Light," took center stage. Once again, the band flexed their improv muscle, with all four members contributing to the jam that ultimately led into "Harry Hood."
For the final two songs, "Hood" and "First Tube," it felt as it the band was truly emptying the tank with the finish line fast approaching. The "Hood" jam featured Anastasio visiting each member for a "face off" much like he and Gordon had done during some "You Enjoy Myself" jams on this tour. The "First Tube" was all about Anastasio as the guitarist jumped around and dug into the song with ferocity. The thrilling "Fluffhead" encore brought the night and tour, to a thrilling conclusion.
Next up for Phish is a three-night run at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Denver, CO.
Here's a look at the setlist from last night as it appears in our Box Scores section:
Set I: My Soul > Bathtub Gin, 555, Pebbles and Marbles, The Line, Vultures, Fast Enough For You, Back on the Train, Taste, Gumbo, Halfway to the Moon, Stealing Time from the Faulty Plan > Suzy Greenberg
Set II: Chalk Dust Torture->Scents and Subtle Sounds > Twist > Fuego, The Wedge, Light > Harry Hood, First Tube