HT faves Phish played their first indoor show in California since early 2003 tonight when they kicked off the second leg of Summer Tour 2012 at the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, Calif. The Long Beach Arena is one of five venues that will host Phish for the first time during the 13-show run.
New Phish fan Justin Bieber learned a lesson at his first show that has taken other fans years to learn – you can’t always judge a show by its setlist. While an uneventful opening stanza gave the band a chance to get their legs under them following a five-week layoff, the second set started with powerful and exploratory versions of Rock and Roll and Ghost that set the bar high on an improvisational level for the next two weeks. Clocking in at 25 minutes, the second-set opening Rock and Roll checked off both the “quantity” AND “quality” boxes. The Ghost that came next featured a vicious Trey-led peak which made the crowd go nuts. So while this opening show may not feature any bust outs or setlist antics, the beginning of the second set and the unusual Harry Hood which came later made it a fine showing in Long Beach for Phish.
 Whole Lotta Love tease.
 Roggae tease and quote.
Notes: Kill Devil Falls contained a tease from Trey of Whole Lotta Love. The jam at the end of Ghost included a Roggae tease and (vocal) quote from Fish.
Here’s The Skinny for Phish at Long Beach Arena…
- Venue Capacity / Attendance / Type: 13,500 / 13,121 / Indoor Arena
- Previous Shows at Venue: Phish Has Never Played Long Beach Arena Before Tonight
- Number Of Songs / Length – First Set: 10 / 8:18PM – 9:33PM (75 Minutes)
- Number Of Songs / Length – Second Set & Encore: 8 / 10:09PM – 11:41PM (92 minutes)
- Total Number of Songs / Covers / Originals: 18 / 5 / 13
- Biggest Bustout: Guyute – 13 shows
- Debuts: N/A
- Weather: 74°F and Partly Cloudy at Showtime
- Wardrobe: Trey – Jeans and Grey T-Shirt w/ Light Grey Jacket, Mike – Black Sleeveless T-Shirt and Jeans, Page – Navy Short-Sleeve Button Down Shirt and Jeans / Fish – Dress
- Average Song Gap: 4.5
- The Spread: Lawn Boy – 2, Picture of Nectar – 2, Rift – 1, Story of the Ghost – 3, Farmhouse – 1, Hoist – 1, Joy – 1, Misc. – 2, Covers – 5,
- Longest LivePhish Track / Shortest LivePhish Track: Rock and Roll (25:27) / Dirt (4:50)
- Audio: Live Phish