After two nights of solid playing and setlist exploration, Phish put the cherry on top of their run in Mexico with a thrilling show featuring some of their most storied tunes packed into one night, making for a fiery close to the weekend.
The night got off to its unique start with the first ever “Boogie On Reggae Woman” show opener. While the band fumbled through bits of the song, the light-hearted nature of the night continued with “Simple” before Phish got down to business with a rare early “Tweezer.”
Phish showcased the patience they’ve had throughout the whole run within the “Tweezer,” moving together as a true quartet for an overall successful version of the song that certainly settled them into the night. A further comforting “Roggae” followed, fitting for the breezy beach setting, as Trey Anastasio led the band through the tune with more patient playing.
Undermind‘s “Nothing” provided a brief ballad interlude for the set, marking its first appearance since August 16, 2015, before the band ramped it up yet again with a first set “Ghost” continued the full-band improvisation foundation laid during “Tweezer” to the tune of another 13-minute jam marking one of the most improv-filled first sets in recent memory.
The run to the end of the first set saw Mike Gordon lead through “Ya Mar” before Anastasio took control with a blistering solo in “Steaming Time From the Faulty Plan” before a strong pairing of “Rift” and the powerful “Fluffhead” brought the impressive frame to a close.
Wrapping up their final set in Mexico, Phish kicked things off with a “Down with Disease” that didn’t quite go off the deep end but did manage to yield some strong improv, with the band once again working together to craft a soundscape worthy of lighting the palm trees behind them before landing into the funky “No Men in No Man’s Land.” A fairly standard run through “No Men” led to another one of their staple funk covers, “Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley,” that included elements of “Shipwreck” (from the band’s Chilling Thrilling set in Las Vegas) before the band found themselves into “Possum” that once again featured samples of “Shipwreck.”
If a callback to the set signaled a more evil, darker tone that certainly came to life with the following “Carini” as Anastasio leaned into the short but impactful version before Jon Fishman started the “David Bowie” intro and McConnell added the “Shipwreck” samples once again before Anastasio delivered his usual theatrics at the end of the tune and the band said goodbye with one more anthem, “Harry Hood,” bringing the set to a rousing close.
If that wasn’t enough, Phish would return for one more treat as “Slave to the Traffic Light” brought on “Tweezer Reprise” and a final goodbye from the band, as Anastasio remarked they would see everyone “pretty soon.”
Here’s a look at the setlist as it appears in our Box Scores section:
Barcelo Maya Beach Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo , Mexico
Set I: Boogie On Reggae Woman > Simple > Tweezer > Roggae, Nothing, Ghost > Ya Mar, Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, Rift > Fluffhead
Set II: Down with Disease* > No Men In No Man’s Land > Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley > Possum > Carini > David Bowie, Harry Hood
Enc: Slave to the Traffic Light > Tweezer Reprise