Phish’s only show at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati took place on September 20, 2000 The band finally returned to the shed tonight after two strong performances on Friday and Saturday.
[Photo via TravelPod]
The first set featured a number of tour debuts including Taste, Lawn Boy, Reba and Fee as well as fan favorite Mound which was performed for only the fourth time since 1996. Bathtub Gin reappeared for the first time since a stellar version at Bethel and was of the “Type I” variety according to YEMblogger/Oh Kee Pah Blog author Justin Wendt.
Set two started with Carini followed by a Tweezer that provided the improvisational meat of the concert with its “dark funk” and elements of the staccato, “plinko” jamming style that have emerged of late. Who would’ve thought that nine shows into 2011 Crosseyed and Painless would be the most played cover of the year, but that’s indeed the case as a third 2011 rendition of the Talking Heads classic was dropped this evening. Heavy rotation stalwarts Light, Boogie On Reggae Woman, Julius and You Enjoy Myself closed out the second set, while Loving Cup and Tweezer Reprise served as the encore.
We’ll have a full review of Phish’s return to Riverbend and a full set of photos soon. READ ON for tonight’s setlist and The Skinny…
Words and Images: Tim Hara
Last weekend, Phish made their triumphant return to Cincinnati for the first time in six years. They played the U.S. Arena, a 17,000 person venue located downtown right next to the stadiums where the Reds and the Bengals play. Although the place was packed both nights, fans could find cheap tickets – some even free – in the lot with ease. You could feel the excitement in the air as the crowd funneled through the doors and into the venue to begin what would turn out to be an incredible two-night stand in the Midwest.
Phish kicked off the first night with good, but standard versions of Chalk Dust and Moma Dance. The entire building shook as the audience roared during “the pause” in The Divided Sky. After a solid rendition of Alaska, things were slowed down for Fast Enough for You, which was played for only the second time this year. The high point in the set came for Gotta Jibboo > Fluffhead, two crowd-pleasers that closed out the first half. Overall a solid, fun set, but it was obvious that the band was just getting warmed up.
The real magic came in the second set with the Tweezer > Light > Back on the Train > Possum sequence. The quartet jammed patiently and absolutely nailed the transitions in this segment; especially the segue into Possum. After a blissful, standalone Slave to the Traffic Light, the funk dance party started up with a monster You Enjoy Myself that clocked in at over 20 minutes to close what was a perfectly executed set. Phish then treated the crowd to a three-song encore that started with Joy and Golgi Apparatus and concluded with a Tweezer Reprise that ensured the show ended on a high note.
READ ON for more of Tim’s thoughts and photos on Phish…
Yesterday, many of the shows for Phish’s upcoming Fall Tour went on sale and most fans who tried for tickets seemed to have gotten them according to our survey. Today, Portland, Detroit and both nights of Philadelphia and both nights of Cincinnati go on sale.
Portland goes on sale through Ticketmaster at 9AM, tickets for Detroit will be available at 10AM via Ticketmaster, both nights of Cincinnati are up at 11AM and both nights of Philly close down the action at Noon.
Once again, we’ve embedded a poll for each show AFTER THE JUMP. Once you’ve either scored or missed out on tickets please let us know how you did by filling out the poll below. You can go into more detail about your experience by leaving a comment after the post. Good luck!
READ ON to participate in our Fall Tour 2009 public on sale survey…