For me, this breakout is much more significant than a Harpua would be, simply because Trey has mentioned previously that Fly Famous Mockingbird is the most difficult song they play when it comes to having to have your chops up. So, with it, Fluffhead and other rarities now back out in the open (Destiny Unbound, Dinner and a Movie, My Friend, My Friend, etc.), Phish's return truly is triumphant. And with the band breaking out at least one rarely-played song each night during the second leg of summer tour, God himself doesn't even know what Phish has in store for us during the last two nights of Summer Tour.
Can you still have fun? Hell-fuck-yes!!!
PHISH AT HARTFORD'S COMCAST CENTER SET LIST
August 14, 2009
Punch You in the Eye, AC/DC Bag, NICU, Colonel Forbin's Ascent -> Fly Famous Mockingbird*, Birds Of A Feather, Lawn Boy, Stash, I Didn't Know, Middle Of The Road, Character Zero
Down With Disease -> Wilson -> Slave To The Traffic Light, Piper -> Water In The Sky, Ghost -> Psycho Killer** -> Catapult*** -> Icculus -> You Enjoy Myself
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
*First Forbin's -> Mockingbird since 9/30/00 in Vegas, and only the fifth tme played since 12/30/95, part of the famous Madison Square Garden run that more-or-less punctuated the second or third chapter of Phish's career. Tonight's version had no narration -- possibly the first time in history (not confirmed); **Second Psycho Killer in history, the only other time being 12/7/97 in Dayton, Ohio (a must-have show from that era) during the 1995 Fall Tour that oozed and dripped with Cow Funk and mad, tension-release jamming; ***Only the third Catapult played since 11/23/96 and the first since Phish's return; ****18th time Icculus has been played in history, debuting 4/1/86 at Hunt's in Burlington (I believe this is the version heard on re-releases of Junta), and last heard on 7/18/99 at Camp Oswego -- prior to that it had not been performed since opening the Halloween 1995 show in Chicago.
You can download an audience recording of tonight's show courtesy of PhishThoughts.com's "No Spoilers" 2009 Summer Tour download series. Thanks to Mr. Minor for making each and every show since the first night of Hampton available for download within just a couple of hours of the end of each show. Truly an amazing feat. And the recordings are so good they are often mistaken for soundboards at first glance.
Or, if your prefer, for about $11 you can download an official two-track soundboard recording of tonight's show via LivePhish.com
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