photo by Rene Huemer (via Phish From the Road on Twitter)
Phish continued their summer tour on Tuesday evening with the first of two performances at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT, and the band offered some setlist surprises and another debut of a Ghosts of the Forest cut.
Set one kicked off with a cover of The Apples in Stereo’s “Energy,” a tune that the band hadn’t played since August 2013, the only other year it appeared in any Phish set. (Read our 2013 interview with Apples in Stereo founder Robert Schneider about Phish covering the band’s song here.) The group then seamlessly moved into “Weekapaug Groove” (sans “Mike’s Song”) nodding to the song’s namesake town, which sits not too far from Mohegan Sun in Rhode Island. Phish then offered an energetic “Moma Dance” and a “Maze” that included a “Lengthwise” interpolation, before guitarist Trey Anastasio gave the crowd a break with his “Petrichor” composition.
After the first set closed out with an extended “Bathtub Gin” that included some crowd-pleasing type-II improvisation, Phish opened set two with “Soul Planet,” followed by the band’s debut of “Wider” from Anastasio’s Ghosts of the Forest.” Phish also fit another GOTF tune into the set, playing “Beneath a Sea of Stars Pt. 1” just a few songs later, following a run of another newer song, the Kasvot Växt cut “The Final Hurrah.” The quartet launched into one of the highlights of the evening, a version of their classic “Ghost” that included a tease of “Under Pressure” from Anastasio and unexpectedly moved into a quick reprise of “Weekapaug Groove” before flowing into “Birds of a Feather,” which also included some type-II jamming.
Following the set-closing “Golgi Apparatus,” Phish returned to the stage for a three-song encore, kicked off with the first-ever “Foam” placement in an encore frame (also the first appearance of the tune since July 2017 at the Baker’s Dozen). Last night’s encore also included “Contact” and the night-closing “More.”
Check out the full setlist below as it appears in our Box Scores section, along with fan-shot videos from the night. Phish return to the Mohegan Sun stage tonight for round two.
Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, CT
Set I: Energy > Weekapaug Groove, The Moma Dance, Maze > Lengthwise > Maze, Petrichor, Things People Do > Sample in a Jar, Bathtub Gin
Set II: Soul Planet > Wider > Undermind, The Final Hurrah, Beneath a Sea of Stars Part 1, Ghost > Birds of a Feather, Waste > Golgi Apparatus
Enc: Foam, Contact, More