Continuing a Hidden Track tradition started last summer, today we break down Phish’s recently completed two-show run at Merriweather Post Pavilion with a look at the performances from A – Z.
A is for Access Me – Mike Gordon’s Access Me was dusted off for the first time in 2011 on Saturday night and in this writer’s opinion it was the best version of the Undermind tune yet. It wasn’t a perfect rendition (as pointed out by DaveO) but far surpasses the flub-laden versions from Alpine ’04, Miami ’09 and Manchester ’10.
B is for Badass Boogie On – Following on a trend started at Bethel, Phish had fun with the outro of this Stevie Wonder cover on Sunday night making for quite the interesting take on the tune. We’ve reached the point where we’re excited to hear Cactus kick on his micro synth signaling the start of Boogie On after a few years of mostly standard versions.
C is for Crab Cakes – I stumbled upon a small crab cake stand at the venue and was so hungry that I didn’t care about the $15 price tag. I was shocked when I took my first bite and realized this was no ordinary crab cake. It was all killer crab and very little filler and quite honestly was the best venue food I’ve ever eaten.
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The first leg of Phish Summer Tour 2010 came to a close on Sunday night at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, GA. We’ll have plenty of recaps of all sorts over the next week, but for now we wanted to present “just the facts.” We’ve put together a list of every setlist (via Phish.net) and have detailed our favorite audio sources, videos, reviews and photo galleries from each of the 18 shows Phish has performed thus far in 2010.
Set 1: Down with Disease, Wolfman’s Brother, Possum, Boogie On Reggae Woman, Reba, Jesus Just Left Chicago, The Divided Sky, Golgi Apparatus > David Bowie
Set 2: Light -> Maze, Ghost -> Limb By Limb > Prince Caspian > The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Run Like an Antelope, Show of Life
Encore: Cavern > Julius
 No whistling.
 Ending vocal jam.
 DEG tease by Trey in intro. Fishman drum solo. “Jon Fishman” substituted for “Marco Esquandolas.” Lyrics changed to “Been you to have any stick.”
 Phish debut.
Notes: After Possum, Trey congratulated the hometown Chicago Blackhawks’ victory over his beloved Philadelphia Flyers in the Stanley Cup Finals that ended two days before this show. Reba was performed without the whistling ending. Limb by Limb included an ending vocal jam. Antelope contained a Dave’s Energy Guide tease by Trey in the intro section. Antelope subsequently contained a Fishman drum solo. “Jon Fishman” was substituted for “Marco Esquandolas” and Antelope’s lyrics were further changed with “Been you to have any stick.” This show featured the Phish debut of Show of Life. [Setlist Source]
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Phish headed back to Merriweather Post Pavilion tonight for the second of two shows at the Frank Gehry-designed venue in Columbia, MD. Once again, the quartet caught everyone’s attention with an opener bust out as they switched instruments to tackle Walfredo for the first time since September 30, 2000. Gordon handled guitar, Fish played bass, Trey hopped on keys and Page kept the beat on drums for Walfredo.
Sunday night shows always bring out the best in Phish and that trend continued tonight through set one as the group followed the Walfredo bust out with their first cover of Bob Marley’s Mellow since It back in 2003. While Trey, Mike, Page and Fish may have dusted off Tela down in Miami and December 30, 2009, many fans weren’t able to make the trip down south, so we suspect there were quite a few folks who went nuts when Phish performed the Gamehendge rarity tonight in the middle of the first set.
Walfredo, Mellow Mood and Tela were just three of the six tour debuts Phish performed in set one alone. Digging deep into the depths of their repertoire, the popular rock band also busted out My Soul, Ginseng Sullivan and Brian and Robert for the first time in 2010 over the course of the opening stanza.
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Last summer’s Phish concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion on August 15, 2009, was greeted with lukewarm response at best from the group’s fanbase. While I did enjoy the controversial show,