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Sunday night, Phish returned to Bethel Woods for the last of three performances at the venue. Sidestepping the obscure opening songs that kicked off the previous two nights, Sunday’s show began with the more common “AC/DC Bag.” The rest of the set continued to offer classic, fan-favorites, including “Rift,” “Ya Mar,” and “The Oh Kee Pah Ceremony” into “Suzy Greenberg.” Of note was Jon Fishman’s trademark banter during “Suzy,” where at one point he swapped in “Paging Dr. Pollak, paging Dr. Pollak”—likely a reference to Steve Pollak aka The Dude of Life.
While not as improvisational as the previous night’s first sets, the band delivered strong versions of “Ocelot,” and “Timber,” and delved briefly into ambience during “46 Days.” The set was rounded out with Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Ballad of Curtis Loew,” followed by “Run Like an Antelope” which featured teases of the “Loew” intro.
In the second set, Phish turned to its anthems, opening with the much-loved “Mike’s Groove” combination (the extended sequence that begins with “Mike’s Song” moves into another tune and then climaxes with “Weekapaug Groove”). Rather than “I Am Hydrogen,” which most commonly fills the middle slot, the group went with “Simple,” which was the highlight of the set and offered one of the night’s few psychedelic moments. Similar to the first set, Sunday’s second half contained fewer improvisational than Friday and Saturday and instead turned into more of a rock-focused performance. The show came to an end with “Loving Cup,” followed by the long-awaited “Tweezer Reprise” that capped of the version of “Tweezer” that opened the run on Friday.
Phish has the day off for Memorial Day before heading to Holmdel, NJ for shows on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Here is the setlist via our Box Scores section
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY
Set I: AC/DC Bag, Sample in a Jar, Rift, Ocelot, Ya Mar, Timber (Jerry) > The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg > 46 Days > Twenty Years Later, The Ballad of Curtis Loew, Run Like an Antelope*
Set II: Mike’s Song > Simple > Weekapaug Groove, Meatstick^ > Fluffhead > Joy, Also Sprach Zarathustra > Light > Slave to the Traffic Light
Enc: Loving Cup > Tweezer Reprise
Notes: *With Curtis Loew teases ^With Japanese lyrics