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Hampton 70: A Musical Celebration Like No Other May 04, 2017 15:45

Photos by Dave Vann  -  Words by Jordan Kirkland

When I heard that there would be a 70th birthday celebration for Col. Bruce Hampton at The Fox Theatre, I knew that I had to be there. After reading through the star-studded lineup, there was no doubt that this would be one of the most unique musical experiences of my life. With members of Widespread Panic, Phish, Aquarium Rescue Unit, The Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule, Blues Traveler, and so many more scheduled to perform, the possibilities for this show were endless. This lineup was a true testament to the immeasurable influence that Col. Bruce Hampton made on the world of music, and the ultimate experience was one that no one could prepare for.

The show got started just after 7:30 PM, with the evening's emcee introducing a cast featuring many frequent Col. Bruce collaborators, such as Darren Stanley, Matt Slocum, Carter Herring, and Ike Stubblefield.  The Colonel was eventually brought to the stage, wearing a blue blazer, and led the group through "There Was A Time."  The show's first featured guest was Oliver Wood, who was backed by Slocum, Darick Campbell, Duane Trucks (Widespread Panic) and others. As soon as Wood began working through two originals from The Wood Brothers catalog ("Sing About It" and "Postcards From Hell"), it became apparent that anything was fair game. Before long, Susan Tedeschi was on stage trading lines with Wood.  San Diego Padres' pitcher Jake Peavy and 14-year-old guitar prodigy Brandon “Taz” Niederauer were then introduced and led the charge through "Oh Pretty Woman" and "Shake Your Hips."

Next up was a serving a blues and jamgrass royalty, as Rev. Jeff Mosier took the stage alongside John Popper of Blues Traveler and Vince Herman and Drew Emmitt of Leftover Salmon. This combo, backed by Trucks, Kevin Scott, Emil Wrestler, Matt Slocum would eventually be joined by legendary drummer Jeff Sipe, aka Apt. Q-258 for a rousing take on "She Caught The Katy." It wasn't long before Kevin Kinney, Hardy Morris, Todd Snider, Peter Buck, Dave Schools were brought out to continue the magic. At this point, it was nearly impossible to keep up with who we had seen versus who was yet to come, but we would be quickly reminded as Warren Haynes (Gov't Mule), Chuck Leavell (Allman Brothers Band / Rolling Stones), Jon Fishman (Phish), and saxophonist Karl Denson took the stage. The energy reached a new level during "Rip This Joint," and the combo of Fishman and Sipe during "Compared To What" and "Good Morning 'Lil School Girl" was as heavy as it gets. 

Duane Trucks stepped in for Sipe and joined Fishman behind the kit for "More Trouble Everyday," which would lead up to one of the evening's many highlights. The cast of Derek Trucks, Haynes, Leavell, Schools, Buck, Fishman, and (Duane) Trucks played the Allman Brothers Band's "Jessica" to absolute perfection. John Bell of Widespread Panic made his first appearance for "Time Is Free," and would stick around for "Don't Cry Not More," which would also feature Tedeschi on vocals.  

Watch the performance of "Jessica" here:

 

As the show proceeded into its third hour, the Colonel returned to the stage for the evening's final performances. After leading the way through "Yield Not To Temptation," Hampton took the microphone for one of his long-time staples, "Fixin' To Die."  Watching the Colonel turning, pointing, and singing those words to so many of his oldest friends and collaborators will forever be a surreal memory.  He would remain on stage for the final three songs of the nearly four hour set: "Don't Go In The Room," "Space Is The Place," and a cover of Cream's "I'm So Glad" that had an especially spiritual feel to it.

After the stage briefly cleared, nearly forty performers returned to the stage for one last nod to the godfather of jam. The encore began with in classic fashion, as ARU drummer Jeff Sipe led the massive group through "Zambi Military Ensemble," creating the feel of am early 90's Aquarium Rescue Unit Show. This epic celebration would end with none other than "Turn On Your Lovelight," with Tedeschi, Wood, and Hampton rotating verses.

As Colonel walked over to young Taz (Brandon Niederauer) and signaled him to solo, we would all witness the unthinkable. Col. Bruce appeared to take a knee, as if giving praise to the young prodigy, and proceeded to slowly, peacefully lay down behind him (with an arm propped onto a monitor). This was a man known for his wild theatrics, giving no reason for initial concern as he lied motionless on the stage. Video footage shows those surrounding him smiling and laughing at each other, waiting for his dramatic rise for the song's conclusion. But as several minutes passed with no movement, a feeling of concern was felt throughout the theatre, and it became evident that this was no joke. Several people rushed from the side stage to check on Hampton, the music abruptly stopped, and Billy Bob Thornton quickly addressed the crowd as the curtains were frantically closed.  

Those closer to the stage could see the immediate medical attention being applied to Col. Bruce, as the majority of us exited the building in total shock and confusion. Multiple ambulances were on the scene within minutes, and many witnessed Hampton being taken away in a frenzy to the hospital. Within the next two hours, the news began to spread that world had lost Col. Bruce Hampton. I can honestly say that this was a wave of emotions that I'd never dreamed of experiencing. The entire evening was surreal; witnessing so many musical heroes on stage together.

Watching the Colonel get carried off stage is an image that I'll never forget. But as the tributes and memoirs have piled in this week, this ending does seem beautifully poetic in many ways. Col. Bruce left this earthly life during the closing moments of his own musical celebration. His final act was showcasing and praising one of music's brightest young stars, while surrounded by 30+ world class musicians who considered him one of their greatest influences. Hampton 70 was truly a celebration like no other; honoring one of the most unique souls to ever walk this planet. While his presence will be missed by so many, we should all take comfort in knowing that his influence will be felt across the musical spectrum far beyond our time.

Setlist: Hampton 70 - A Celebration of Col. Bruce Hampton - 05.01.17

Set: There Was A Time, Postcards From Hell, Sing About It, Feelin’ Good, Oh Pretty Woman, Shake Your Hips, She Caught The Katy, Working On A Building, Put Down That Cane, Play A Train Song, Stupid Preoccupations, When You Come Back, Rip This Joint, Compared To What, Good Morning Little Schoolgirl > Trouble Every Day, Jessica, Time Is Free, Trondossa, Smokestack Lightning > Cry Cry Cry, Basically Frightened, Fixin’ To Die, Space Is The Place, I’m So Glad

Encore: Zambi > Turn On Your Lovelight

 


Phish Announces Eight Additional Summer Tour Dates March 21, 2017 15:04

Photo by Keith Griner: Phierce Photography

Just last month, Phish confirmed the long-rumored "Baker's Dozen" summer tour shows, which will see the band through a 13-night run at the famed Madison Square Garden in New York City.  As usual, there has been heavy speculation since regarding the possibility of any additional summer Phish shows, and more specifically, whether or not the band would continue its annual Labor Day tradition at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO.  Earlier today, Phish confirmed a total of eight additional dates, which begin with a three-night run at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago on July 14 – 16. Next, the band heads to the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio for a performance on July 18. Phish last played the Nutter Center on December 7, 1997, which is still to this day considered one of the band's hotter shows. Phish will then make its debut at Pittsburgh’s Petersen Events Center on July 19, just before settling in at Madison Square Garden.

In addition, Phish confirmed their return to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Colorado for three shows over Labor Day Weekend. The foursome first played a Labor Day Weekend run at Dick’s in 2011 and have returned to the soccer stadium each and every year since. All three shows sold out in advance last year.

A lottery for tickets is currently underway via Phish Tickets. The lottery will be open until Monday, April 3 at noon ET. There will be no additional dates announced for summer or fall.

Phish: Complete 2017 Summer Tour Dates

Friday, July 14 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Saturday, July 15 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Sunday, July 16 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Tuesday, July 18 – Dayton, OH – Nutter Center
Wednesday, July 19 – Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Events Center
Friday, July 21 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Saturday, July 22 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Sunday, July 23 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Tuesday, July 25 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Wednesday, July 26 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Friday, July 28 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Saturday, July 29 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Sunday, July 30 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Tuesday, August 1 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Wednesday, August 2 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Friday, August 4 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Saturday, August 5 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Sunday, August 6 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Friday, September 1 – Commerce City, CO – Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Saturday, September 2 – Commerce City, CO – Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Sunday, September 3 – Commerce City, CO – Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

Watch Phish's infamous "THANK YOU" encore from Dick's on 09.06.15 here:

 


Phish Confirms "The Baker's Dozen": 13 Nights at Madison Square Garden January 31, 2017 09:31

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After several months of rumors and speculation, Phish has confirmed "The Baker's Dozen," a 13-night run at Madison Square Garden in New York City beginning Friday, July 21st through Sunday, August 6th. This run will take place over three weeks in late July and early August and will bring the total number of shows played by Phish at MSG to 52, the same number of concerts played by the Grateful Dead at the venue. Today’s announcement also includes message “the band will not be touring in the fall of 2017.”
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The dates for Phish’s 13-show run at The Garden are July 21st – 23rd, July 25th, July 26th, July 28th – 30th and August 1st – 2nd, August 4th -6th. Keyboardist Page McConnell discussed the idea of a “Baker’s Dozen” run in a 2007 interview with Relix.

Tickets to the The Baker’s Dozen will be available as a 13-show package for the price of 12, or as individual nights. An online ticket request period for individual tickets and Baker’s Dozen packages is available now at http://tickets.phish.com/ through Sunday, February 12 at 11:59 pm ET. Remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning February 17 at Noon ET. As with Phish’s most recent runs at The Garden, all floor tickets will be General Admission. Travel packages are also available (include tickets, hotel, etc.) at http://bit.ly/2kctydq.

Watch the official Baker's Dozen announcement video here:


Phish Releases HD Footage Of "Mercury" From Riviera Maya January 17, 2017 15:24

This past weekend, Phish returned to the Barcelo Maya Beach Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico for the second year consecutive year.  The band performed a full three-night weekend run to many of its most loyal fans who flocked south of the border for an unforgettable experience.  While the weekend was full of memorable moments, the band's 15-minute performance of "Mercury" on Saturday night has certainly received high praise from the Phish faithful.  "Mercury" was debuted on June 22nd (2015) at Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend (OR), but the new tune was not included on the band's latest album Big Boat (2016).  Fortunately, Phish has released HD footage of "Mercury" from Riviera Maya which can be watched in full below.  You can also find complete setlists from all three nights below via Phish.net.

Watch Phish perform "Mercury" in Riviera Maya, Mexico on 01.14.17 here:

Setlist: Phish - Riviera Maya, Mexico - 01.13.17

This show was webcast via Live Phish. Mike teased Heartbreaker in Free. Tequila was teased and quoted during Twist.
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Setlist: Phish - Riviera Maya, Mexico - 01.14.17

This show was webcast via Live Phish. Crosseyed was teased in Meatstick, Mercury, and Rocky Top and teased and quoted in Drowned.
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Setlist: Phish - Riviera Maya, Mexico - 01.15.17

This show was webcast via Live Phish. The Little Drummer Boy was teased in Ghost. DWD was unfinished. The end of Sneaking Sally, Possum, Carini, and David Bowie contained Shipwreck quotes.

Phish Confirms Webcasts For Upcoming NYC New Year's Run December 20, 2016 12:21

Veteran jam rock band Phish has confirmed that all four nights of the band's upcoming New Year's run at Madison Square Garden will be broadcast in full 1080p HD.  Each of the four shows can be purchased individually or as a group bundle via LivePhish.com.  If you've never experienced an evening of Phish "couch tour", it's something we highly recommend.  The band offers an experience like no other from the comfort of your own home, with live multi-angle HD footage and soundboard audio.  Considering this band's traditions for unpredictable, unique "gags" on New Year's Eve (see video below), this is should be another exciting run to say the least.

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NOTES via LivePhish.com
  • Watch Phish's New Year's Run at MSG Dec 28-31 from New York, NY in Full 1080p HD - We are broadcasting in Full 1080p HD in addition to our standard (SD) webcast streams.
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  • Watch the webcasts on any PC, Mac, iOS or Android device or AppleTV using the LivePhish app. SmartTVs and gaming consoles are not officially supported. Please see the LivePhish FAQ for more information.
  • You will be able to stream each night's show for 24 hours following each webcast
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Watch Phish's "No Men In No Man's Land" (Hourglass Jam) from 12.31.15 here:


Watch Phish Perform David Bowie's Entire 'Ziggy Stardust' Album In Vegas November 02, 2016 00:09

Photo by Rene Huemer

Monday night marked another highly historic milestone for veteran jam band Phish, as the band performed David Bowie's The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars in its entirety at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.  This would be Phish's first true musical costume since 2010, when the band took on Little Feat's Waiting For Columbus at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  This set would also feature a nine-piece backing band, which included Trey Anastasio Band's Jennifer Hartswick as one of three backup singers, as well as a six-piece string arrangement.  

Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, and Mike Gordon each took on his fair share of lead vocals, and drummer Jon Fishman even jumped in the mix for a verse on the opening track "Five Years."  The tribute was one of serious nostalgia, as Gordon handled vocals on "Starman," McConnell took center stage for "Ziggy Stardust," and Anastasio revealed his true, inner frontman for "It Ain't Easy" and "Rock & Roll Suicide."  We could go on and on about this set, but fortunately, video footage as surfaced via YouTube user Tom Rowles for your viewing pleasure.

Watch Phish perform David Bowie's entire "Ziggy Stardust" album in Las Vegas here:

According to Anastasio and McConnell, the decision to pay tribute to Bowie in 2016 was a challenging, yet easy decision:

“It was a conversation we had pretty quickly,” said Anastasio. “‘Oh, Halloween is coming up. Let’s do Ziggy Stardust.'”
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“You can’t point to anyone else in rock who was so relevant for so long,” added keyboardist Page McConnell. “It’s hard to know how to honor them all, [but Ziggy on Halloween] felt right. And there are no weak links – no fluff, no filler. Every sonic detail is intentional, more than on any other album we’ve covered.”


Phish will take some much deserved time off over the next two months in preparation for another four night New Year's run at Madison Square Garden in New York City (December 28th - January 1st).


Phish Announces Four-Night New Year's Run At Madison Square Garden September 27, 2016 12:23

Press Release via Phish.com

Phish returns to New York at the end of the year to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a four night run at Madison Square Garden, beginning Wednesday, December 28th through Saturday, December 31st. The four shows will bring the band’s total performances at the world famous arena to 40 in the years since their MSG debut in December 1994. As with Phish’s two prior MSG runs, all floor tickets will be general admission.

An online ticket request period is now underway at http://tickets.phish.com, ending Monday, October 10th at 12 noon ET. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, October 14th at 12 noon ET online at http://www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 866-858-0008. Any remaining tickets may be purchased at the Madison Square Garden box office beginning Saturday, October 15th (Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm).

Phish and CID Entertainment are also offering travel packages for the New Year’s Run (which include hotel and tickets). Phish will be donating their proceeds of these travel packages to the WaterWheel Foundation. Travel Packages go on sale Thursday, October 13th at 12noon ET. Full details available at bit.ly/2cY6sVy

Watch Phish's "No Men In No Man's Land" Hourglass Jam from 12.31.15 here:


Listen To Phish's New Single "Breath And Burning" September 12, 2016 21:00

Photo by Keith Griner: Phierce Photography

Just last week, veteran jam rock group Phish announced the release of its 13th studio album Big Boat.  Very few details of the album were revealed at the time, but we are learning more about the album, which is due out on October 7th, with each day.  Earlier today, the band released "Breath and Burning," the first official taste from Big Boat.  Fans who followed the band's 2016 summer tour will be familiar with "Breath and Burning," as the song was debuted at Klipsch Music Center (Deer Creek) in Noblesville, Indiana on June 28th and was performed a total of six times over the summer.

"I wrote this song on the beach after our three-night run in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico last January," Anastasio tells NPR Music in an email. "I loved watching the faces of all the people dancing and splashing in the ocean while we played. I kept thinking, 'This will all end sooner or later, one way or another. So I'm gonna enjoy every last second of it while we're still here. I'm not gonna wave away the dessert cart on the Titanic. I want to be like that string quintet that kept playing while it sank."

Big Boat was produced by Bob Ezrin, who also produced Fuego, as well as many legendary albums including Pink Floyd’s The Wall, KISS’s Destroyer, Alice Cooper’s School’s Out and Peter Gabriel’s Peter Gabriel I. The LP was completed during Phish’s Summer Tour as guitarist Trey Anastasio mentioned the band had completed the album prior to dedicating "Sing Monica" to Ezrin, who was in the crowd, at Bill Graham Auditorium in San Francisco, CA earlier this summer.  

Listen to Phish's new single "Breath and Burning" via NPR Music here:


Listen To Phish's New Mystery Song From The 'Big Boat' Trailer September 10, 2016 14:15

While very few details regarding Phish's 13th studio album Big Boat have been released, pieces of the puzzle are being put together one at a time.  The latest info we have gathered is regarding the "mystery song" which is playing in the trailer Phish used to announce the album title and release date for Big Boat.  The title of the song is unknown, but the Page McConnell-led tune was performed earlier this summer during soundcheck at The Mann Center in Philadelphia, PA on June 29th.  Listen to the performance below via YouTube user Andrew Grey, and stay tuned for all of the latest info on Big Boat.

Listen to the Phish "mystery song" from soundcheck at The Mann here:


Phish Announces 13th Studio Album 'Big Boat' Due Out October 7th September 07, 2016 19:56

Photo by Keith Griner: Phierce Photography

Just three days after Phish's summer tour closer in Colorado, the band has announced very limited details on it's 13th studio album, 'Big Boat', due out on October 7th.  The album takes its title from the Jon Fishman-led tune "Friends," which includes the line "We're on a big boat, like the ones our forefathers sailed." While very few details have been unveiled, the band released a video which revealed the cover artwork and a sample from a song which has not been performed.  'Big Boat' will be the band's first album since the Fuego in 2014, and it will be released via the band's label JEMP Records.

Big Boat was produced by Bob Ezrin, who also produced Fuego, as well as many legendary albums including Pink Floyd’s The Wall, KISS’s Destroyer, Alice Cooper’s School’s Out and Peter Gabriel’s Peter Gabriel I. The LP was completed during Phish’s Summer Tour as guitarist Trey Anastasio mentioned the band had completed the album prior to dedicating "Sing Monica" to Ezrin, who was in the crowd, at Bill Graham Auditorium in San Francisco, CA earlier this summer.  

Anastasio elaborated on the album in an interview with Rolling Stone earlier this summer.

“We’re kind of all over the place, flying down to Nashville to work, and then I’ve been doing a lot of work on overdubs at Avatar, which is in Manhattan, and then we go to Burlington, and worked at the barn, and we’re even working at Page’s house and Mike’s house a little bit,” Trey said.
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He added, “Page brought some great songs, Mike brought some great songs, Fish brought some great songs. I’ve got a lot of new songs. And everybody’s just diving in, in a unified way.”
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Check out what appears to be the cover artwork for the album:

Watch the video released by Phish earlier this afternoon:


Members of Phish, Joe Russo, & More To Join Phil Lesh at Lockn' July 21, 2016 12:21

Just in case the lineup for Lockn' Festival wasn't enticing enough already, the festival's co-creator Peter Shapiro has revealed new details which have created quite the buzz.  Phil Lesh & Friends, the festival's most recent addition, has featured an endless amount of amazing talent over the years, and the Lockn' editions will be no different.  

Joining Lesh on Saturday, August 27th will be Page McConnell and Jon Fishman of Phish, Joe Russo, and the Infamous Stringdusters.  Phil & Friends is also slated to perform on Sunday, August 28th, when Lesh will perform with the Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Gary Clark Jr

When asked about the status of Trey Anastasio, Shapiro had the following to say:

"While I did directly ask about it, I did not get a direct response. “A lot of special guests and intricacies are being finalized behind the scenes still,” Shapiro said. I creepily paused for too long to be comfortable hoping he would spill his guts, but the guy is a pro. We’ll just have to see what happens in a couple weeks in Arrington."

In regards to the correlation of last year's Fare Thee Well shows (which Shapiro organized) and this year's Lockn' lineup, Shapiro added: 

The people who love the Dead. There were shows at every Chicago venue of bands playing Dead music, artists sold their grateful art outside the shows,…everyone kind of created new life out of it. It just is such a big community, full of great people. Bringing everyone together is what we’re gonna do again at LOCKN’. That, along with the integration of Trey, Phish, and the Dead world…it’s just never been done at a festival like this. That whole thing from last summer’s gonna happen again, a year later. Phish is headlining two nights, and are surrounded by tons of Dead music. In fact, this will be the first time since Fare Thee Well that members from Phish will play with members from the Dead, and we’re really excited about that too.

One can only imagine where Anastasio and Phish bassist Mike Gordon will work their way into the mix.  Perhaps a cameo with Joe Russo's Almost Dead?  We'll have to wait till late August and find out for ourselves. 

Check out the daily schedule for Lockn' 2016 here:


Phish Kicks Off Summer Tour With Major Bust Outs June 23, 2016 01:09

Phish kicked off it's highly anticipated summer tour at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota on Wednesday night, and they wasted no time busting out an impressive new light display and some very rare material.  The tour opener came in the form of "Pigtail," a Trey Anastasio Band original, before "Wolfman's Brother" carried the rowdy crowd into a familiar groove.  Next up was another bust out, "Daniel Saw The Stone," the more spiritual, upbeat bluegrass tune.  "The Dogs" and "Undermind" would follow, before the evening's biggest bust out came in the form of The Beatles' "Dear Prudence," which hadn't been played since it's debut at the band's Halloween show in 1994 (796 shows).  Then came "Stash," which led us to "Round Room," yet another bust out.  "Horn," "Uncle Pen," "Halfway To The Moon," and the always mesmerizing "Walls Of The Cave" would close out the first set.

The band kicked off the second set in classic Phish fashion; diving straight into "Mike's Song" > "I Am Hydrogen" > "Weekapaug Groove".  A beautiful take on "Bouncing Round The Room" was next, and "Ghost" > "The Line" wasn't far behind.  We even got a "Little Drummer Boy" tease from Trey Anastasio (guitar/vocals) during "Ghost"  "Simple," one of the evening's bigger jams, would ultimately lead into The Velvet's Underground's "I Found A Reason," and you guessed it...another bust out.  This one hadn't been touched since Phish's 1998 Halloween show (493 shows).  One of the most familiar jams of 2015, "No Men In No Man's Land," was up next and continued to prove it's worth as a vehicle for improvisation.  "Billy Breathes" brought about yet another bust out and easily one of the band's most underrated tunes.  A solid take on "Bathtub Gin" would ultimately bring the set to a close.

"Water In The Sky" made it's first appearance since last July in Austin, but this time with the slower pace that many were accustomed to in the late 90's.  The always explosive "Character Zero" would follow, sending the packed house in St. Paul into an all out frenzy.  It certainly appears as if Phish is gearing up for another magical summer.

Phish continues their summer tour this weekend with two nights at Wrigley Field in Chicago, followed by what's sure to be a monster Sunday show at Klipsch Music Center (Deer Creek) in Noblesville, Indiana.  Stay tuned for future updates from Live & Listen. 

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Watch a clip from "Dear Prudence" here:
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 Watch a clip from "Weekapaug Groove" here:

Setlist: Phish at Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN - 6/22/16

Set 1: Pigtail, Wolfman's Brother, Daniel Saw the Stone, The Dogs, Undermind, Dear Prudence, Stash, Round Room, Horn, Uncle Pen, Halfway To The Moon, Walls Of The Cave

Set 2: Mike's Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Bouncing Around The Room, Ghost > The Line, Simple > I Found A Reason, No Men In No Man's Land, Billy Breathes, Bathtub Gin

Encore: Water In The Sky, Character Zero

Notes: This show featured multiple bustouts: Pigtail (last played December 28, 2010, or 195 shows), Daniel Saw the Stone (last played June 30, 2012, or 140 shows), Dear Prudence (last played October 31, 1994, or 796 shows), Round Room (last played January 1, 2011, or 192 shows), Uncle Pen (last played August 31, 2012, or 123 shows), and I Found A Reason (last played October 31, 1998, or 493 shows). Trey teased The Little Drummer Boy in Ghost. Page teased Magilla in Simple.

Setlist and notes via Phish.net 


Chasing Phish Through The Southeast: Atlanta: Night 1 August 07, 2015 17:03

Written by Jordan Kirkland - Live & Listen

Photos by Live & Listen

Just when we thought that the month of July couldn't get any better, last weekend brought about our favorite annual summer tradition: Phish in the Southeast. For the dedicated following this band has built over 30 years, the 2015 Summer Tour has justifiably created as much hype and anticipation as any previous tour. After finishing 2014 with a legendary three-night Halloween run in Vegas, and another amazing four-night New Years' run in Miami, we had all been counting the days until the boys hit the road again. Trey Anastasio's role and performance in the "Fare Thee Well" Dead 50th anniversary shows only fueled the fire that much more, giving us all reason to believe that this tour would be one for the books.

Just as the lawn began to fill, and the sun began to set, the Southeastern run was underway with the weekend's first bust-out, "Prince Caspian." Rarely even placed in the first set, much less as the first song, “Caspian” provided for a smooth intro to the night and appropriately foreshadowed an evening full of surprises. "No Men in No Man's Land" made for an instant dance party, a new tune that seems to have already been universally embraced, as this was its third appearance in just seven shows. The energy and vibe of this night would only build from this point. A 13-minute "Ghost" would follow with "The Wedge" and "The Moma Dance" not far behind, keeping up the energetic start to the set. Mike Gordon's "How Many People Are You" made its second summer appearance just before "Rift," which can almost always be expected early in the night. It was at this point that Trey addressed the crowd and said something along the lines of, "Now we're gonna pick up the tempo!"

After the "Mike's > Wedge > Fuego > Shade > No Men's > Weekapaug" in Bend, it was to be expected that the classic "Mike's > Hydrogen > Weekapaug" was coming at some point this weekend. The opening notes to "Mike's Song" took an interesting turn as (Jon) Fishman led some major "false starts" with the tempo (Was that the intro drum roll to "My Sweet One?"). A slowed-down, reggae-ish groove would ensue before the band erupted into the standard flow of "Mike's Song." The always peaceful, breath-of-fresh-air "I Am Hydrogen" gave us all a moment to collect our thoughts before "Weekapaug Groove" sent the entire venue into a frenzy and wrapped up a stellar first set, full of hits from every era of this band.  

If you follow Phish in any capacity, it would have been hard to have missed the enthusiasm surrounding Friday night's second set. "Kill Devil Falls" went places we never imagined, and it's difficult to think that this particular tune will not be forever tied to 07.31.15. As the song progressed from the normal rhythm of KDF, Trey seemed to utilize an effect we hadn't yet heard, while Page moved from the piano to the organ. Carrying on for nearly 24-minutes, a sufficient dose of "type-2 jamming" ensued, developing into one of the summer's biggest moments thus far.  Just when we thought we had a moment to rest our dancing legs, (Page) McConnell triggered the narration/intro of "Martian Monster," the final song of the band's 2014 Vegas Halloween 2nd set. I'm not sure there could have been a better call at this moment, and I'm convinced that the echo of the crowd reaction was likely heard 20-miles north in Alpharetta. The "rotation jam" performed at this point began with Trey and Mike playing behind their backs, before Trey would ultimately stand behind Mike while playing his bass. He then moved behind McConnell to play keys, before meeting Mike back behind the drums, while Fishman moved up front to play bass. Mike was now on lead guitar, and the rotation was in full effect.

After returning to their normal positions, the subsequent segue into "Twist" was executed perfectly. "Twist" has always felt like the perfect party tune, as Trey's main riff almost seems to wind you up, all the way until it's time to scream "Woo!' After a solid 10-minute jam on "Twist," the familiar sound of "Back on the Train" was born. I guess you would call this the "breather" of the second set, which feels like an absolutely ridiculous thing to say. One of the finer executions of "Reba" would follow where we would witness Trey absolutely go off on this famously beautiful solo. My biggest concern at this point was whether or not the classic "Reba" whistle jam would occur, and it seemed as if it would not. The first and only pause of the set came before firing into "Bathtub Gin," which was placed as the second set closer for the first time in Phish history. This was also the first Gin to follow a Reba in 25 years (+1 to Phish.net). To make things even sweeter, the Reba whistles surfaced after the first verse of Gin. The whistles continued throughout Gin, which carried on for nearly 15-minutes, without one band member skipping a beat. The closing jam of Gin that we all know so well was as crisp and clean as any I have ever heard.  

Throwing "Farmhouse" into the encore was undoubtedly an interesting call. While it's not ever going to be my personal favorite, if there is a time and place for it, that may be towards the end of a show of this magnitude. There was absolutely no doubt that something huge would follow to finally put this party to bed. "Character Zero" was the right call and seems to become more and more explosive the later in the set it is played. The final roars of this song made for the perfect ending to what many are calling the show of the summer.  

The level of expectation approaching this show was unrealistically high, and of course, this band found a way to exceed those expectations. From the “Caspian” opener to the first ever second set “Gin” closer, this show was living proof of how creative this band continues to be. Knowing that there were two (possibly three) more shows ahead, gave us all a level of satisfaction like no other. The level of effort and strategy that they continue to give with each passing show, even with the most minor details, is what keeps me chasing them as often as possible.  

Stay tuned for our recap of Night 2: Atlanta, Night 3: Tuscaloosa, and Night 4: Nashville in the coming days!


Phish Texas Webcast Bundle Info + HD Video Footage From Shorline July 27, 2015 08:17

After a successful two-night run in Oregon and two scorchers in California this weekend (Shoreline Amphitheatre, The Forum), it's no surprise that Phish has given us yet another opportunity to be a part of Summer Tour from the comfort of our own home.   The band moves on to Austin, Texas on Tuesday (Austin360 Amphitheater) and Grand Prarie, Texas on Wednesday (Verizon Theatre at Grand Prarie), before heading to the Southeast (Atlanta, Tuscaloosa) this weekend.

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-Don't miss our Phish After-Party in Atlanta w/ McLovins at Aisle 5 on Friday night!

 

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Setlist/Notes via Phish.net
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Phish: Sat, Jul 25, 2015
The Forum, Inglewood, CA
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Set 1: Martian Monster, Down with Disease, Waiting All Night, Heavy Things, Axilla, 555, Limb By Limb, Ya Mar[1], Fuego > Walls of the Cave

Set 2: No Men In No Man's Land > Carini -> Tweezer > My Friend, My Friend[2] > Roggae > Backwards Down the Number Line > Slave to the Traffic Light

Encore: You Enjoy Myself[3]

[1] Mike and Trey laid on their backs and kicked their feet in the air.
[2] No "Myfe" ending.
[3] Trey held his guitar in front of Mike and played it around Mike's back. Trey later played Mike's bass from around Mike's back and Mike began playing Trey's guitar. Trey also joined Fish on drums during the bass and drums segment.

Notes: Trey teased Follow the Yellow Brick Road during Limb By Limb. Ya Mar featured Mike and Trey laying on their backs and kicking their feet in the air. My Friend did not contain the "Myfe" ending. During YEM, Trey held his guitar in front of Mike and played it around Mike's back. Trey later played Mike's bass from around Mike's back and Mike began playing Trey's guitar. Trey also joined Fish on drums during the bass and drums segment of YEM.

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Setlist/Notes via Phish.net

Friday, 07/24/2015
Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA

Soundcheck: The Line, Waiting All Night

Set 1: The Line, MomaThe Moma Dance, KDFKill Devil Falls, Yarmouth Road, Undermind > Free, Reba, 46 Days

Set 2: Blaze On > Twist > Light > Joy, HoodHarry Hood > Cavern

Encore: Character Zero

Teases:
· Twist tease in Light

Notes: Trey teased Twist at the end of Light.