Phish closed out their summer tour with the third of three shows at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Colorado after an opening Midwest run and an unprecedented thirteen shows at Madison Square Garden as a part of the Baker’s Dozen. The show, webcast for free on LivePhish, saw the band lean on a number of their most reliable tunes and jam vehicles as well as a few surprises.
Kicking off the show with a humorous “Buffalo Bill” (Trey Anastasio thanked the crowd after the tune) the band was off and running with tight readings of “Moma Dance” and “Birds of a Feather” along with the Mike Gordon-led “Sugar Shack.”
Page McConnell’s Vida Blue tune “Most Events Aren’t Planned” made its second appearance on the Phish stage after making its debut during the Dozen. Again, the group used the song to deliver a searing, relentless jam that highlighted the first set before tuning down to the funk of “Back on the Train.” Anastasio emptied some of the fiery playing leftover from “Most Events” on the song, bringing it to a guitar-led peak before diving into new song “Leaves.”
The rest of the set played out with a tight “The Wedge” and more Anastasio fireworks on “46 Days” before a sprawling “Bathtub Gin” closed the set as all band members contributed equally to well-paced jam. Mike Gordon specifically led the quartet through a number of unique passages before its conclusion.
With their improvisational legs under them after the “Gin,” the second set kicked off with a 21-minute “Down with Disease” that went through its normal progression before dropping off into a mostly ambient section as the band felt around for a groove. Suddenly, the quartet latched onto a particular idea and brought the energy of the jam back up. The revival lasted a number of minutes before another ambient section where Anastasio called for “Light.”
Another jam vehicle started off with a quirky, erratic jam but all members found themselves on the same page for a brilliant end section that rivaled the previous “Disease” and stands among the number of noteworthy versions of the song played at Dick’s over the years.
Anastasio’s inclusive anthem “Rise/Come Together” was next before “Piper” felt rushed and fizzled out into “Meatstick.” In lieu of a guitar solo, Anastasio brought the band into “2001” which climaxed into a bluesy “Possum” and a celebratory “Suzy Greenberg” for the set-closer.
The final encore of the tour started off with a “Waste” ballad before another Anastasio-led moment of guitar fireworks with a “First Tube” finale.
Here’s a look at the setlist:
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO
Set I: Buffalo Bill, The Moma Dance, Birds of a Feather, Sugar Shack, Most Events Aren’t Planned, Back on the Train, Leaves, The Wedge, 46 Days, Bathtub Gin
Set II: Down with Disease* > Light > Rise/Come Together > Piper > Meatstick, Also Sprach Zarathustra > Possum > Suzy Greenberg
Enc: Waste > First Tube