Crosseyed and Painless has been the band’s workhorse this year – eight versions in 2011 including tonight’s second set opener. A potent Trey solo led into a spacey segment where Gordon used an effects box to add all sorts of weird sounds to the mix before Page McConnell headed to the Rhodes for a cover of No Quarter by Led Zeppelin. Quickly within the Timber (Jerry) that came next, Trey stumbled upon the main Crosseyed lick and seized the opportunity to add a few “still waitings.”
Timber eagerly gave way to Tweezer, which after a quick but potent arena rock jam dissolved into Prince Caspian. Phish rushed through the ballad and quickly descended upon Piper. It was during the Piper that the band finally relaxed and explored some new ground. Moving the normally dark improv into a prettier place and back again made for a sure highlight of the show. Eventually Anastasio dusted off the Crosseyed lick for another run at the “still waiting” section deep within the impressive Piper jam. However the relaxed pace was short-lived as the group eschewed the usual Ghost jam for a segue into Makisupa Policemen. The keyword section featured Trey rattling off a list of dankified musician names such as “Dank Sinatra,” “Nat King Bowl,” “Harry Chronic Jr.,” “Van InHalen” and “Herby Hancock.” It was then that the ensemble took a swing through the old neighborhood for stops at Page’s House and Mike’s House.
Sleep, which hadn’t been played in two years until tonight, kept the schizophrenic vibe of the set going and was followed by the rare reggae-fied original Buffalo Bill and a rough Golgi Apparatus. Character Zero gave the band another chance to both feed off the ridiculous energy and tease Crosseyed and Painless, which also happened during the Run Like An Antelope second set closer. Instead of racing through Antelope, the quartet took their time building to the peak. The encore couldn’t pass without more “still waiting” fun and that was found within the Funky Bitch and Tweezer Reprise that along with Show of Life capped the run and the tour. Next up for Phish is a three-night stand in Denver over Labor Day Weekend.
- Venue Capacity / Attendance: 9,250 / 9,250
- Previous Shows at Venue: 06/18/1994, 11/25/1994, 11/07/1998, 11/08/1998, 11/09/1998, 08/15/2011 and 8/16/2011 [8 including tonight]
- Number Of Songs / Length – First Set: 11 / 8:12 > 9:45 (93 Minutes)
- Number Of Songs / Length – Second Set & Encore: 16 / 10:17 > 11:55 (98 Minutes)
- Total Number of Songs / Covers / Originals: 27 / 4 / 23
- Biggest Bustout: Sleep (Last Played 08/07/2009 – 105 Shows)
- Debuts: N/A
- Average Song Gap: 12
- Wardrobe: Trey – Plaid Shirt/Blue Jeans, Mike – Black Shirt/Black Jeans, Page – Blue Button-Down Shirt/Black Pants, Fish – Dress
- Longest LivePhish Track / Shortest LivePhish Track: Divided Sky 17:05 / Sleep 2:01
- Audio: Live Phish