Jon Fishman’s trusty Electrolux vacuum made an appearance in Albany, NY on Wednesday night, adding some extra flare to Phish’s two-set offering at the Times Union Center.
Although the band opened with “Crowd Control,” the set one MVP was definitively the type-two, 15-minute “Chalk Dust Torture” that followed. As Phish made their way out of the murkiness of “CDT,” they dug into an “All of These Dreams”> “Wolfman’s Brother”> “Scent of a Mule” segment (first “Scent of a Mule” since 8/5/17).
Fishman’s vacuum solo came not soon after, on the tail end of “Steam”> “I Didn’t Know.” Phish ended the first half with a 12-minute “Bathtub Gin.”
Newer tune “Set Your Soul Free,” kicked off set two (this marked the fifth “SYSF” ever, after a debut at The Gorge in July). Phish segued into “Birds of a Feather” and then jumped into a nice pairing of “Mercury” and “Light.” Stand alone versions of “The Wedge” and “Wading in the Velvet Sea” followed, and set two closed with a crowd pleasing “Wilson”> “Slave to the Traffic Light.”
Between an encore “Julius” and the band’s final “Rocky Top,” Trey Anastasio thanked the crowd and mentioned how Albany felt like a “hometown show.”
Check out the full setlist and a video of “Chalk Dust Torture,” via YouTuber Gregory Marcus below:
October 17, 2018
Times Union Center Albany, NY
Set I: Crowd Control, Chalk Dust Torture, All of These Dreams > Wolfman’s Brother > Scent of a Mule, NICU > Gumbo, Steam > I Didn’t Know, Bathtub Gin
Set II: Set Your Soul Free > Birds of a Feather, Mercury > Light, The Wedge, Wading in the Velvet Sea, Wilson > Slave to the Traffic Light
Enc: Julius > Rocky Top