Photo by Rene Huemer
Phish closed out their three-night stand in Atlantic City, N.J., on Sunday, Aug. 7. The show kicked off with a nearly 12-minute rendition of “Wolfman’s Brother” and featured a particularly jam-heavy second set that featured the first complete “Mike’s Groove” of the summer tour.
After immediately kicking into high gear with the aforementioned “Wolfman’s Brother,” Phish moved into “Tube,” which featured a funk-fueled jam that guitarist Trey Anastasio led into a more melodic, blissful realm. After the one-two punch of jams to open the first set, the quartet slowed things down with “Mountains In The Mist.” The downtime was short-lived as the band quickly kicked into a jammed-out rendition of “Ocelot” before transitioning into “Fluffhead.” After the fan-favorite ended, Phish kicked into a short “Mercury” that melted into “Gumbo.” “Gumbo” then transitioned into “Carini,” complete with a shreddy, climactic jam, to close out the first set.
The second set of the night saw Phish continue the energy that began earlier. The four-piece opened the set with “Mike’s Song,” which featured a funky, melodic jam. The jam transitioned into the peaceful “I Am Hydrogen” before Phish once again ramped things up with “Weekapaug Groove,” completing the first full “Mike’s Groove” of the tour.
Phish kept the jams going, launching into a heavily-jammed “A Wave of Hope” that lasted for almost 20 minutes. The jam saw the band flex their exploratory muscles as they transitioned from fast and melodic to slow, spacey and ambient. “A Wave of Hope” slowly morphed into “You Enjoy Myself,” which the band took for an almost 25-minute stroll. The funky minor jam was filled with shreddy, face-melting peaks and featured a tease of John Coltrane’s “Mr. P.C.” After the signature vocal jam, the band grabbed their instruments and began jamming once more, leading “You Enjoy Myself” into “Suzy Greenberg” to close out the set.
Phish returned to the stage for an encore of “Wading in the Velvet Sea,” fitting for Atlantic City’s beachfront venue, and an energetic “First Tube” to close out three high-octane nights. Phish will return to the stage on Aug. 10 at Budweiser Stage in Toronto.
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Atlantic City Beach – Atlantic City, N.J.
Aug. 8, 2022
Set I: Wolfman’s Brother, Tube, Mountains in the Mist, Ocelot > Fluffhead, Mercury > Gumbo > Carini
Set II: Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, A Wave of Hope > You Enjoy Myself > Suzy Greenberg
Enc.: Wading in the Velvet Sea, First Tube