Phish Summer Tour 2012 continued tonight at Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in Pelham, Alabama; where the band last played on September 28, 1999. Interestingly, the quartet didn’t play one song tonight that was debuted after their last visit to the venue as they stuck to material from the ’80s and ’90s.
[Photo via @ThisWeekOnLot]
From the time the band took the stage they appeared loose and happy. Dotting the first set with banter about their return to Alabama and the audience members in front of them, Phish rolled through heavy-rotation staples including a trimuvirate of songs from 1994′s Hoist LP (Sample In A Jar, Down With Disease, Julius). For the loose and happy emotions flowing from the stage, the group had a hard time connecting musicially at points as they struggled through a few of their compositions, especially Sample In A Jar. Back On The Train and a set-closing cover of While My Guitar Gently Weeps stood out as the highlights of the first set thanks to two above-average Trey Anastasio solos.
Phish kicked off the second set with a 15-minute cover of Rock and Roll by the Velvet Underground that featured a distinct tease of Paul McCartney’s Live and Let Die and peaked with a gorgeous major-key segment. The jam eventually faded into the year’s second Lizards. A straight-forward Halley’s Comet led into Sand which contained a dose of groovy, out-of-the-box improvisation before giving way to Twist. Both Twist and the Birds that followed were tight and energetic. The run of well-played, straight-forward standards continued with covers of Boogie On Reggae Woman and 2001 before Waste filled the ballad slot. A typically beautiful Slave To The Traffic Light, with a bit of added oomph at its climax ended the set. By the time Phish had encored with Good Times, Bad Times they had gone the whole show without performing anything they had debuted this century – an old-school affair through and through. The tour continues tomorrow in Atlanta.
Encore: Good Times Bad Times
 Live and Let Die teases from Trey.
 Oye Como Va jam.
Notes: This show was officially webcast via LivePhish. Rock and Roll contained Live and Let Die teases from Trey. Twist contained an Oye Como Va jam.
Here’s The Skinny from Phish’s return to Oak Mountain…
- Venue Capacity / Attendance / Type: 9,936 / 9,936 / Outdoor Theater
- Previous Shows at Venue: 2 Shows – 10/15/1994 + 9/28/1999
- Number Of Songs / Length – First Set: 13 / 7:56PM – 9:21 (85 Minutes)
- Number Of Songs / Length – Second Set & Encore: 11 / 9:53PM – 11:26 (93 Minutes)
- Total Number of Songs / Covers / Originals: 24 / 16 / 8
- Average Song Age: 1992
- Biggest Bustout: Ginseng Sullivan – 22 Shows
- Debuts: N/A
- Weather: 81° and Partly Cloudy at Show Time Following Pre-Show Storm
- Wardrobe: Trey – Red, White and Black Checkered Long-Sleeve Button-Down and Jeans / Mike – Grey Short-Sleeve Polo Shirt and Red Pants / Page – Navy Short-Sleeve Button-Down Shirt and Jeans / Fish – Dress
- Average Song Gap: 6.79
- The Spread: Lawn Boy – 1, Picture of Nectar – 1, Rift – 1, Hoist – 3, Billy Breathes – 1, Story of the Ghost – 1, Farmhouse – 3, Misc – 5, Covers – 8,
- Longest LivePhish Track / Shortest LivePhish Track: Rock and Roll 16:28 / Ginseng Sullivan 2:51
- Audio: Live Phish
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