After taking the work week off, Phish returned to the stage tonight for the first of three shows at Bader Field in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The band first played A.C. back in 2010, when they celebrated Halloween with a three-night stand at Boardwalk Hall.
At the opening show of the run nearly everything the band touched turned to gold. Outside of rough versions of It’s Ice and Billy Breathes, fans saw a confident group that toyed with the nooks and crannies of their songs. Bust outs came in the form of the first My Sweet One in 66 shows, the first My Soul since New Year’s Day 2011 (42 shows) and the first Billy Breathes since June 18, 2010 (85 shows). Yet all attention should rightfully be put on an impressive second set that saw the quartet take Birds Of A Feather on a fantastic voyage and an extremely interesting Twist featuring tempo changes and group interplay galore. For the David Bowie that closed the second set, Phish teased five songs they had played earlier in the evening hearkening back to April 30, 1994 when the ensemble teased four songs from earlier in the set during Possum. Another standout was a psychedelic Piper that once again saw sensational contributions from all four members of the band.
06/15/2012 Bader Field
Encore: First Tube
 Stash, It’s Ice, Birds of a Feather, Simple, and Ginseng Sullivan teases.
Birds of a Feather was unfinished. Bowie contained Stash, It’s Ice, Birds of a Feather, Simple, and Ginseng Sullivan teases.
Here’s The Skinny from Night One of Phish in AC…
- Venue Capacity / Attendance / Type: 35,000 / 20,000 / Large Outdoor Field
- Previous Shows at Venue: 0
- Number Of Songs / Length – First Set: 13 / 7:46PM – 9:14PM [88 Minutes]
- Number Of Songs / Length – Second Set & Encore: 10 / 9:54PM – 11:27PM [93 Minutes]
- Total Number of Songs / Covers / Originals: 23 / 4 / 19
- Biggest Bustout: Billy Breathes – 85 Shows [LTP – 6/18/2010]
- Debuts: N/A
- Weather: 69° Sunny at Show Time
- Wardrobe: Trey – Checkered Button-Down Long-Sleeve Shirt and Jeans / Grey Pin-Stripped Sport Jacket, Navy-Blue Long-Sleeve Shirt, Scarf and Jeans / Page – Navy Blue Short-Sleeve Shirt / Fish – Dress
- Average Song Gap: 14.17
- The Spread: Junta – 1, Lawn Boy 2, Picture of Nectar – 1, Rift – 2, Billy Breathes – 1, The Story of the Ghost – 1, Farmhouse – 5, Round Room – 1, Joy – 1, Misc. – 4, Covers – 4
- Longest LivePhish Track / Shortest LivePhish Track: Birds of a Feather – 14:40 / My Sweet One – 2:10
- Audio: Live Phish