Phish concluded their run in Chicago with another show anchored by a jam eclipsing the 20-minute mark as the second set “Carini” highlighted the show just a night after the band delivered a 27-minute “Simple.”
To start the night however the quartet once again offered up a variety of new and old as they relied on some of their most played first set songs like “Possum,” the Mike Gordon-led “555,” “Tube,” “Ocelot,” Page McConnell’s serenade on “Lawn Boy” and the first sign of improv on the night, “Stash.”
While the Picture of Nectar song stayed within the parameters of the song, the group did manage to stretch their legs a bit before more standard readings of “The Line” and “Birds of a Feather” as well as another chance for Gordon to take the lead on “Funky Bitch.” A raucous “Run Like an Antelope” closed the first set.
The aforementioned “Carini” got things going in the second set and the band followed a proven formula for the song, starting the improvisation out in a darker territory before patiently transitioning to a more uplifting place after wading in a lengthy ambient section. The dissonance at the end of the song turned into the heavy “Twenty Years Later” and a short but sweet “Piper.”
From there, the group debuted another new song entitled “Thread,” marking a debut at each of the first three shows of the tour. Watch the tune below.
The rest of the show leant heavily on the band’s rock sensibilities as “Bathtub Gin” stayed within the Type I category with Trey Anastasio taking the lead while “2001” and “Cavern” brought the set to a euphoric close. “Wilson” and “Character Zero” provided a worthy 1-2 punch to bring the run to a close.
Phish will now head to the Nutter Center in Dayton, OH for their first show at the venue since 1997 on July 18.
Here’s a look at the setlist:
Northerly Island, Chicago, IL
Set I: Possum, 555, Tube, Ocelot, Lawn Boy, Stash, The Line, Birds of a Feather, Funky Bitch, Run Like an Antelope
Set II: Carini > Twenty Years Later > Piper > Thread*, Bathtub Gin > 2001 > Cavern
Enc: Wilson, Character Zero