_Josh Frances_

Phish opened up the first three-night run of their summer tour on Friday night, kicking off their weekend at the beautiful Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA, with an evening that featured plenty of band classics, some darker improvisations and the Phish debut of a Trey Anastasio tune.

Wasting no time in getting the new song into their repertoire, Phish kicked off set one and their Gorge run with “Set Your Soul Free,” an upbeat cut that was first debuted with Trey Anastasio Band this past fall. The opening frame also featured favorites like “Wolfman’s Brother”, “Roggae” and “Simple,” before closing with “Ya Mar” and the TAB staple “Sand.”

The band returned for set two with a monster “Chalk Dust Torture” that spanned over 20 minutes, offered some multi-faceted improvisation and led straight into fan favorite “My Friend, My Friend.” Live staple “Fuego” then preceded the relatively seldom called-upon “Sparkle.” A playful “Halley’s Comet” kicked off the set’s final run, which also included “Light,” the meditative “Waste” and an energetic set-closing cover of Velvet Underground’s “Rock and Roll.” The night was later rounded out with a two-song encore that included a funky “Tube” and wrapped up with “Golgi Apparatus.”

See the full setlist below as it appears in our Box Scores section, along with fan-shot video from the “Chalk Dust” jam. Phish return to the Gorge tonight for round two of three.

Gorge Amphitheatre George, WA

Set I: Set Your Soul Free*, Wolfman’s Brother, Roggae, Poor Heart, Undermind > Simple, Ya Mar, Sand

Set II: Chalk Dust Torture > My Friend My Friend, Fuego, Sparkle, Halley’s Comet > Light, Waste, Rock and Roll

Encore: Tube, Golgi Apparatus

Notes: *Debut

Source: Phish.net