Photo by Rene Huemer

Last night a passing rain storm forced Phish to postpone the start of the second concert of their four-night Labor Day run at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. The inclement weather forced a partial evacuation of the venue, and the Vermont quartet got things started around when the second set was expected to begin.

After the cloudburst, the crew arrange the set as rapidly and efficiently as possible as fans returned to their spots with tarps, rain gear and seats. Phish took to social media to share an update that read, “Door have re-opened @DSGpark and the show will begin as soon as we possibly can. There will be no set break tonight, just one long-ass set. Thanks for your understanding.” The last time Phish were forced to make a call of this nature was on Aug. 4 during a show at Pine Knob in Michigan.

Following the delay, Phish kicked the show off just a minute after 10 p.m. with “Carini,” effectively letting lose much pent-up energy after the wait. During the track, guitarist Trey Anastasio kept things jovial by changing by playing around with the lyrics “I saw you with Carini and that naked dude” and added, “at least he had some boots” as a nod to a streaker who rushed the field during the delay with nothing but boots on. They then moved into “You Enjoy Myself” and kept the jam flowing with a paring of “Ghost,” which saw the band fully in peak improvisational form, and “Julius.”

They continued the one-set show with “Reba,” which was spiced up with an opening sequence followed by a thematic section. Phish then performed “Tube,” which was chock-full of freeboard fireworks Anastasio had stored up from the impeded evening. They continued the jam of “Tweezer,” followed by “What’s The Use” as the clock passed 11:30 p.m.–the time fans exited the venue the night before. During the song, Lighting Director Chris Kuroda dim the lights over the stadium, offering a calm not dissimilar to the moments before the storm over the cinematic instrumental. The storm arrived in the form of “Weekapaug Groove,” catching fans a little off guard as “Mike’s Song” did not precede it and instead flowed into “No Men In Man’s Land” before finding its way back into “Weekapaug Groove.”

Phish closed out the non-stop jam with a cover of David Bowie’s “Moonage Daydream”  and then set closer “Chalk Dust Torture.” Ending the “one long ass set” just before midnight. They returned of an encore of “Pebbles And Marbles” and “Tweezer Reprise,” treating fans to 15 more minutes of fun. Phish will play again at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. tonight and as of this writing, no rain is expected.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – Commerce City, Colo.
Sept. 2, 2022

Set I: Carini[1] > You Enjoy Myself -> Ghost > Julius, Reba, Tube > Tweezer > What’s the Use? > Weekapaug Groove -> No Men In No Man’s Land > Weekapaug Groove > Moonage Daydream > Chalk Dust Torture

Enc.: Pebbles and Marbles, Tweezer Reprise

[1] Lyrics changed to “at least he had some boots.”

This show started late and consisted of only one set due to a lengthy delay following a thunderstorm. Carini’s lyrics were changed to “at least he had some boots” in reference to a streaker who ran out onto the field during the weather delay wearing only a pair of boots. Trey teased Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now in Carini and Streets of Cairo during Tweezer.