Over the last 15+ years as a Phish fan I’ve been treated to some magical experiences and last night’s concert is near the top of the list. One of Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio’s career goals was to play with the New York Philharmonic and he made his opportunity count at Carnegie Hall. Songs like Brian and Robert, Divided Sky, First Tube and The Inlaw Josie Wales sounded so natural in this setting you’d think Big Red wrote them for an orchestra.
The highlight of the show came near the end when Anastasio and the orchestra unveiled their version of You Enjoy Myself. A lot of thought was put into each section of the song from Trey’s post-tramps solo to the vocal jam to the way the trombones played the “boy, man, god, shit” sequence. The only shitty part of the experience was seeing multiple people pass out after ingesting nitrous outside of the iconic venue. You can take the kidz out of the Phish lot, but you can’t take the Phish lot out of the kidz.
I’m putting together my full review, but I wanted to post the setlist plus links to audio and video.
Set 1: First Tube, The Inlaw Josie Wales, Brian and Robert, Divided Sky, Water In the Sky, Pebbles and Marbles, Guyute Orchestral
Set 2: Time Turns Elastic, Let Me Lie, You Enjoy Myself
Encore: If I Could
- Audio: Source #1 – MP3s, FLACs,
- Reviews: NY Times, Hidden Track,
- Video: YEM [VQ: C+, AQ: B+], YEM [VQ: B-, AQ: B-], Divided Sky [VQ: B, AQ: B+], YEM (Post-Tramps) [VQ: B-, AQ: B], YEM [VQ: B-, AQ: B], If Could Pt. 1 Pt. 2 [VQ: B, AQ: A-], Guyute [VQ: A-, AQ: A-], YEM – complete [VQ: B-, AQ: B+] YEM – best vid [VQ: A-, AQ: A-]