Phish opened their second extended run of Summer 2018 in Alpharetta, Ga. on Friday night. The band followed a 10-song first half with an impressive, jammy second set featuring coveted, far-reaching jams like “Tweezer,” “Carini” and more.
The band kicked things off by diving head first into “First Tube,” complete with guitarist Trey Anastasio wielding his guitar in mid-air at the crescendo. Then came a funky “No Men In No Man’s Land” followed by a peaking, 20+ minute “Ghost.” The band slowed things down with the tenth-ever “All of These Dreams” (last played 7/22/2017), and made their way through “Back on the Train,” “Free” and the second “Martian Monster” of Summer Tour.
And while an improvised “Tube”> “555” segue was a nice highlight, it was the set-closing, electrified “Walls of the Cave” that was a good sign of what was to come.
Phish’s second half was full-throttle from start to finish, with a “Tweezer” jam that bled into “Blaze On” and then fan-favorite “Prince Caspian.” A sharp-edged “Carini” followed, which opened up into an exploratory space jam. The band eventually extracted the anthemic “Simple” out of the ether. “Winterqueen” came next, and for the final song of set two, Phish set off their fans with an always-welcome “Harry Hood.”
After going backstage for a moment, the band returned with the first-ever show-closing “More.” And while many expected to hear a “Tweezer Reprise” to close the show, it’s worth remembering that the band still has two more setlists in Georgia to play with.
Phish return to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park on Saturday Aug. 4 and Sunday, Aug. 5.
Check out Friday’s full setlist below:
Aug. 8, 2018
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
Set I: First Tube, No Men in No Man’s Land, Ghost, All of These Dreams> Back on the Train, Free, Martian Monster, Tube> 555, Walls of the Cave
Set II: Tweezer> Blaze On> Prince Caspian> Carini> Simple> Winterqueen, Harry Hood