Phish busted out a number of rarities last night at Columbia, MD’s Merriweather Post Pavilion. The show opened with two long-shelved songs: the band’s first take on “Walfredo” since September 30, 2000 and Phish’s first cover of Bob Marley’s “Mellow Mood” since August 2, 2003.
The rarely played “Walfredo”—which features the unique onstage configuration of Trey Anastasio on piano, Mike Gordon on electric guitar, Page McConnell on drums and Jon Fishman on bass—includes the venue-specific line “eating crab at Merriweather Post.” The modern day rarities continued to pop up later in the set with the Gamehenge ballad “Tela” and “My Soul,” both of which Phish busted out for the first and only time in over a decade in Miami, FL this past December. The group’s first set also include choice versions of “Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan,” “Bathtub Gin,” “Brian & Robert” and “Run Like An Antelope.”
If Phish’s first set was highlighted by more obscure songs than the band’s second set focused on tight improvisation. After a jammed out “Meatstick,” which included the Japanese lyrics Phish picked up on tour in Asia circa 2000, the members of the group ran through a long improvisation passage that moved from” I Saw It Again” (last played 8/3/03) into “Piper,” “Ghost” and a first time cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” The group briefly reprised “I Saw It Again” before playing Gordon’s “Contact” and teased the song for the rest of the night.
Phish will perform in Canandaigua, NY tomorrow.