For the third night of their triumphant return to Madison Square Garden, Phish served up a 16-song show that featured both fan favorites and unexpected bust-outs.
The band opened set one with a blistering “Mike’s Song” before slowing things down with “I Am Hydrogen.” Not soon after, the crowd cheered at the sound of Gordon’s signature “Weekapaug Groove” intro, officially cementing a “Mike’s Groove” jam arc.
After a brief pause, Phish kept the heavy-hitters coming with a 20-minute “Tweezer” that featured plenty of exploratory guitar work. The jam concluded with a slo-mo refrain, before Fishman took the spotlight for his own “Ass Handed.” Later, as the band was deep into a 14-minute “Bathtub Gin” jam, Trey was visibly tapped into the rooms energy, leading the band into several peaks.
“Brother,” was the bust-out of the night. Played often in the early ’90s, the tune hasn’t been heard live since 6/17/2012 (216 shows). Phish then segued back into their newer material with a set-ending “More.”
A five-song set two opened with a raucous, unfinished “Down With Disease” that led into an oscillating type-2 jam. A heavy “Steam” jam followed, with plenty of ambiance provided by Fishman on marimba lumina. “Light” emerged from the thick layer of “Steam,” and after a quick departure with “Farmhouse,” the band laid into a scorching “Run Like An Antelope” to cap off the set.
For the encore, Phish dusted off “Sleeping Monkey” (last played 7/23/2016) and brought the evening full circle with the always amplified “Tweezer Reprise.”
Phish returns to the stage tonight for New Year’s Eve.
Check out the set list, and videos of set openers below:
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
SET 1: Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Tweezer > Ass Handed, Kill Devil Falls > Bathtub Gin, Brother, More
SET 2: Down with Disease$this->footnoteID(‘1’,’‘) -> Steam > Light > Farmhouse, Run Like an Antelope
ENCORE: Sleeping Monkey > Tweezer Reprise
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Set two opener: