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Phish Toronto 2013 Setlist And The Skinny

FULL BREAK DOWN OF FIRST CANADIAN PHISH SHOW SINCE 2000


[Photo via @Phish_FTR]

This evening, Phish returned to the Great White North to play their first
Canadian show in over 13 years. The band visited the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, site of
their last performance in Canada and delivered a show heavy on staples that featured an
exceptional start and end to the second set.


Phish opened with “The Moma Dance,” a song they actually played their previous two times
at the venue. The last time “Moma” kicked off a show was way back on October 4, 2000. Next
came “Chalk Dust Torture,” which became the first song Phish has peformed six times in
2013,
and was followed by a tour debut – “Undermind.” While not quite as jammed out as
recent versions, “Undermind” gave drummer Jon Fishman a chance to shine before keyboardist
Page McConnell took a turn in the spotlight for “Army Of One.” A typical for this era
short romp through “Halley’s Comet” led into a first set “Twist.” It may have taken
the quartet a decade to drop a “Twist” in the opening stanza between February 18, 2003 and
Saturday night’s show in Chicago, but it only took them two nights to replicate the feat.
McConnell did the honors of teasing “Oye Como Va” during tonight’s fiery rendition of
“Twist.” Phish then reeled off repertoire staple “Bouncing Around The Room,” a strong
version of “Stash,” another take on the Mike Gordon/Scott Murawski original “Yarmouth
Road,” a quick but tight “Tube” and the 50th “Ocelot” ever. The high-energy “Suzy
Greenberg” brought the set to a close.


When the Vermonters returned for the second set, they came out of the gates with an
otherworldly “Down With Disease.” The band patiently and expertly explored a number of
interesting and contrasting jam spaces over the course of nearly 20 minutes. After a pair
of well-played staples in “2001” and “Free,” Phish dove right back into the full-band
improv with “Piper.” Though not nearly as long as “Disease,” tonight’s “Piper” had a few
intriguing moments. As soon as there was the slightest lull in the action, Anastasio took
the opportunity to start up “Tweezer.” Anastasio and McConnell engaged in a bit of call-
and-response to start the “Tweezer” jam. Eventually the pair settled on a descending riff
they used as the basis for a massive build in tempo and intensity. Not the most
exploratory version, but a fun one that even included the old-school slow breakdown
ending. “Silent
In The Morning” filled the ballad slot, and once again was “horse-less,” leading many to
wonder what’s become of “The Horse.” “Chalk Dust’s” time as the only original Phish has
played six times this tour was short lived as “Backwards Down The Number Line” joined the
“6 Club.” “Cavern” kept the energy up and gave way to “David Bowie.” The “Disease” opener
saw the band turn a dark minor-key jam into a pretty major-key jam and they did so again
multiple times in the blissful “Bowie” closer. This must-hear version had it all from
gritty peak to beautiful jam to precision on the composed section. When Phish returned for
the encore, McConnell mentioned how rough the tour has been weather-wise and that he not
only appreciates the fans who’ve stuck it out, but also tipped his hat towards the band’s
crew for their hard work. The quartet then bid adieu to Canada with a triple encore of
“Loving Cup,” “The Squirming Coil” (a tour debut) and “Tweezer Reprise.”


Setlist…


[via Phish.net]


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Here’s The Skinny from Phish’s first of three shows in Chicago…

  • Venue Capacity / Attendance / Type: 16,000 / 11,000
    (Estimate) /
    Outdoor Amphitheatre
  • Previous Shows at Venue: 2 Shows – 07/20/1999 and
    07/06/2000
  • Number Of Songs / Length – First Set: 12 / 7:40 p.m. – 9:01
    p.m. (81 Minutes)
  • Number Of Songs / Length – Second Set & Encore: 12 / 9:34
    p.m. – 11:12 p.m. (98 Minutes)
  • Total Number of Songs / Covers / Originals: 24 / 2 / 22
  • Biggest Bustout: Undermind – 20 Shows (LTP – 8/31/2012)
  • Tour Debuts: Undermind, Squirming Coil
  • Average Song Vintage: 1995
  • Debuts: N/A
  • Weather: 71° and Mostly Cloudy at Showtime
  • Average Song Gap: 5.65
  • The Spread: Junta – 1, Lawn Boy – 2, Picture Of Nectar – 5,
    Rift – 1, Hoist – 1, Billy Breathes – 1, Story Of The Ghost – 1, Farmhouse – 2, Undermind
    – 2, Joy – 2, Misc. – 4, Covers – 2
  • Longest LivePhish Track / Shortest LivePhish Track:
    Down With Disease 18:57 / Tube 3:47
  • Audio: Live
    Phish


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