The Baker’s Dozen run continued last night with the last of three shows over the weekend before the band breaks albeit briefly until Tuesday when the mid-week run begins. Last night was Red Velvet night as each fan was given a red velvet donut upon entry and the band once again played to the theme right off the bat.
Entering the stage bathed in red lights, Trey Anastasio took to the drum set and allowed Jon Fishman center stage to lead the crowd on Velvet Underground’s slow burner “Sunday Morning.” Fishman, dressed like a bishop, played up to the Sunday theme by blessing the band and crowd (Anastasio also mimed throwing holy water on the drummer) before returning to his post.
From there, the quartet turned things up with the rocking “Axilla” and Chilling Thrilling standout “Your Pet Cat” as well as a patient, funky “Back on the Train” that reached a satisfying conclusion. Mike Gordon led the band on “How Many People Are You?” featuring another frenetic jam before the first “Glide” since August 15, 2015.
The conclusion of the set was highlighted by an extended version of “It’s Ice,” harkening back to its glory days of the 90s with a lengthy version stretched out to the tune of 15 minutes, with Page McConnell leading the funk-heavy jam into the set’s finale, Big Boat anthem “More.”
The second set began by taking a page from 1998 with “AC/DC Bag” and “Wolfman’s Brother.” While “Bag” stuck within the confines of the song, “Wolfman’s” included an impressive funk jam, continuing many of the themes established in the first set before giving way to an equally-impressive “Twist,” with the full band interplay on full display for a strong start to the set.
“Waves” took things into a more ambient territory with Anastasio layering his guitar to create a spacey jam that took the group in a different direction than they established during previous jams. The long, droning improvisation evaporated into the Big Boat ballad “Miss You” and then the energy was picked up yet again with a brief “Boogie On Reggae Woman” before the red lights returned again for the appropriate “Wading in the Velvet Sea” closer.
To cap the night with a bookend of Velvet Underground covers, Phish returned to the stage for “Sweet Jane,” the first performance of the song since June 29, 2012 and just the fourth performance ever.
Phish return to the stage Tuesday night for a “Jam-Filled” evening.
Here’s a look at the setlist:
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Set I: Sunday Morning, Axilla, Your Pet Cat, Back on the Train, How Many People Are You?, Glide, Theme From the Bottom > It’s Ice > More
Set II: AC/DC Bag > Wolfman’s Brother > Twist > Waves > Miss You, Boogie On Reggae Woman, Wading in the Velvet Sea
Enc: Sweet Jane