Phish continued their fall tour on Friday night, returning to Virginia’s Hampton Coliseum for the first of three shows at the venue that housed the band’s iconic fall 1998 Hampton Comes Alive shows. Last night’s opener featured some staples and some surprises, including only the third-ever “Mock Song,” a sprawling second-set “Golden Age” and more.
The evening kicked off with Phish’s cover of The Brothers Johnson’s “Strawberry Letter 23,” a callback from last summer’s Baker’s Dozen shows in New York, which led straight into an energetic “Blaze On” that continues to be a band favorite for improvisation this year. Next up was the return of “Mock Song,” which was debuted back in 2003 but only played once more before last night, on the first day of Magnaball in August 2015. Phish then dove into the always beautiful “Divided Sky,” following it up with a hard-hitting “Roggae” and a quick run of “Sparkle.” The band got playful with “Meat,” then closed out the first set with “Rift” into a peak-filled “Walk Away.”
Set two opened with energy in “Carini” leading into “Sand,” before Phish’s cover of TV On the Radio’s “Golden Age” blew the crowd away with an eclectic, 23-minute version that went deep and dark and included some lyrics from Chilling, Thrilling cut “Shipwreck.” After “Twist,” the band cooled it off a bit with “Mountains in the Mist,” followed by crowd-favorite “Meatstick” and an extended “Split Open and Melt” that rounded out the set with more energy. The night was then closed with an encore of “The Lizards.”
See the full setlist below, along with some video from the night. Phish return to Hampton Coliseum tonight for round two of three.
Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA
Set I: Strawberry Letter 23> Blaze On> Mock Song, Divided Sky, Roggae, Sparkle, Undermind, Meat, Rift> Walk Away
Set II: Carini> Sand> Golden Age> Twist, Mountains in the Mist, Meatstick> Split Open and Melt
Enc: The Lizards