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Phish: Predicting The Hampton Opener

We are less than a month away from Phish’s return at Hampton Coliseum and while some are still uncovering every stone and calling in every favor looking for a ticket, others are turning their attention to the content of the shows.

Whether you are in the door or not, you’ve got to be thinking about what the set lists will look like. By the time things ended for Phish 2.0 in 2004, the song list had been trimmed significantly (28 songs were played four or more times in the final 18 shows) and it seems to make sense that the band would narrow the field at least a bit again this time around.

That said, the band has made no public comments since the return was announced so nothing has been guaranteed, but I suspect we won’t see any repeats during the Hampton run.

Will wee see new covers? The last cover to be added to the regular rotation was the Velvet Underground’s ass-kicking Rock & Roll. Other than that, no cover that has debuted since 10/31/98 has been played more than five times. It will be interesting to see if any new covers are added to the repertoire or if any classic ones resurface.

READ ON for a few guesses at Phish’s post-Breakup opener…

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