Phish Tour 2021 – Setlist, Recap & The Skinny: DICK’S Night 3

Phish Tour 2021 – Setlist, Recap & The Skinny: DICK’S Night 3

Phish summer tour concluded on Sunday with the band’s third night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado and 30th concert at the venue since making their debut on September 2, 2011. The bar had been set high over the past five weeks of the tour and previous two nights at Dick’s, yet Phish would not be denied and ended their best tour in a long time with a stellar show featuring rarities, beloved classics, plenty of Type-II jamming and mashup madness.

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“The Moma Dance” got the call to open in making its fifth appearance of the 22-show tour. Guitarist Trey Anastasio toyed with his vocal phrasing as has been a trend played out this tour. “Watch out!” drummer Jon Fishman exclaimed before Anastasio started his solo. The tight and concise “Moma” was followed by the return of “McGrupp & The Watchful Hosemasters,” a Gamehendge classic last played on July 24, 2018 — a span of 99 shows. However, there was no rust as the band moved through each segment with purpose and passion. Page McConnell‘s piano work on the song was especially impressive. Another tour trend played out in “Sand” as McConnell focused on Wurlitzer stylings in mimicking and accentuating Anastasio’s angular leads through a transition from an evil minor key to a blissful major key and then into an ethereal jam space. The keyboardist hopped on synth for the fourth and final segment of the nasty “Sand,” a potent, balls-out rockfest.

“Sigma Oasis” emerged from “Sand” and surprisingly broke form. The first Type-II version of the title track from Phish’s 2020 studio album was stunning in its beauty and spanned 15 minutes. Mike played lead bass utilizing a synth’d out effect while Trey uncorked choppy rhythms, Page delivered gorgeous melodies on Wurlitzer and Fish provided a delicate yet pulsating backbeat. Anastasio eventually stepped into the forefront and landed on the riff that guided the band into their first version of Round Room ballad “All Of These Dreams” since October 17, 2018. Next up was another treat in “Reba.” The therapeutic jam section featured plenty of bliss and a typically euphoric peak.

“Bathtub Gin” closed out the set, complete with a hard-driving jam in which Trey gave a master class in tone and built the improv to a rolling boil. While the “Gin” never went Type-II, it’s still well worth multiple relistens. The all-killer, no-frame had great flow, was expertly executed and featured plenty of outstanding improvisation.

Read on after The Skinny for the rest of the recap and more.

The Skinny

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The Setlist

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The Venue

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park [See upcoming shows]

27000

29 shows — 09/02/2011, 09/03/2011, 09/04/2011, 08/31/2012, 09/01/2012, 09/02/2012, 08/30/2013, 08/31/2013, 09/01/2013, 08/29/2014, 08/30/2014, 08/31/2014, 09/04/2015, 09/05/2015, 09/06/2015, 09/02/2016, 09/03/2016, 09/04/2016, 09/01/2017, 09/02/2017, 09/03/2017, 08/31/2018, 09/01/2018, 09/02/2018, 08/30/2019, 08/31/2019, 09/01/2019, 09/03/2021, 09/04/2021

The Music

7 songs / 7:56 pm to 9:12 pm (76 minutes)

12 songs / 9:49 pm to 11:29 pm (100 minutes)

19 songs / 19 originals / 0 covers

2004

34.7 [Gap chart]

None

McGrupp And The Watchful Hosemasters, All Of These Dreams, Catapult, Meatstick, Bliss, Billy Breathes,

McGrupp And The Watchful Hosemasters – LTP 07/24/2018 (99 Show Gap)

Set Your Soul Free – 19:29

Bliss – 1:18

Lawn Boy – 2, A Picture of Nectar – 1, Billy Breathes – 2, The Story of the Ghost – 1, Farmhouse – 1, Round Room – 1, Big Boat – 1, Kasvot Växt – 1, Sigma Oasis – 1 Misc. – 8

The Rest

76° and Clear at Showtime

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Phish kicked off the final set of Summer Tour 2021 with a “Set Your Soul Free” which stands among the top jams of a tour filled with amazing improvisation. The first movement of the “Set Your Soul Free” jam was based on an anthemic and uplifting progression, not far removed from the “Bathtub Gin” jam territory explored earlier. LD Chris Kuroda accompanied the improvisation with an array of kaleidoscopic and mindblowing looks as he made the most of his best rig yet, incorporating LED light bars and moving trusses. The quartet traversed pretty soundscapes until approximately the 15-minute mark, when they fired the afterburners for an explosive exploration akin to “Tweezer Reprise.” This was Phish connecting and hitting paydirt in a way that can only come from four musicians and friends who have 38 years of history together. “Set Your Soul Free,” especially the last few minutes, was one of many moments this tour in which the band hit a new level it was tough to imagine they’d ever reach so late into their career.

The lilting “Lonely Trip” provided a breather following “SYSF” and ahead of “Simple.” Phish went in an evil direction to begin the “Simple” jam rather than the typical pretty progression they use as a springboard to Type-II terrain. Anastasio, McConnell and Gordon connected on an ascending riff they worked over while Fish played a funky beat. The filthy groove was the soundtrack for “Catapult,” as Mike and Trey sang Gordon’s lyrics to the A Picture Of Nectar obscurity over the nasty progression. Anastasio changed the words to, “I went to Dick’s and I hooked up to a machine,” while the bassist quoted “Cool Amber & Mercury.” Both Mike and Trey focused on the word “machine” and sang it repeatedly. Phish was right back to that next level mentioned earlier with all four members impressively contributing to the deliciously weird “Catapult.”

“Catapult” bled into the tour’s first “Meatstick” and the Japanese lyrics were followed by a return to “Catapult.” Anastasio eeked out computer and analog phone sounds from his guitar. Trey sang a bit of both “Catapult” and “Lonely Trip” while Fish continued playing the “Meatstick” groove. Wild mashups have been another tour trend and the “Catapult”/”Lonely Trip”/”Meatstick” mix came two nights after a show-recapping mashup medley in “Plasma” on Friday.

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“Ruby Waves” came next and while only spanning 12 minutes, the jam covered plenty of ground and was dense with musical ideas. From there, Phish dusted off instrumental “Bliss” from their 1996 studio album Billy Breathes for the first and only other time than its live debut at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on December 30, 2018. Anastasio stuck with his electric guitar for “Bliss” unlike at MSG when he played an acoustic. “Bliss” led into “Billy Breathes” last night in the same sequence that Phish performed in NYC and found on the studio album. The ballad was played well and brought the seamless start to the set to a close as the first song of the frame that was truly finished.

Next, Page McConnell led the group through “Most Events Aren’t Planned” from his Vida Blue project’s self-titled 2002 debut studio album. McConnell shined on Clavinet towards the beginning of the funk workout and then Anastasio tore through his solo. Phish ended the frame with the beloved “Harry Hood.” The quartet’s straightforward version contained a patient build featuring a particularly long held-out note from Anastasio just ahead of the conclusion.

“Thank you all so much for having us with you for this beautiful weekend,” Trey told the crowd upon the band’s return for the “More”/”Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S” encore. “We love you, we appreciate you and we are grateful that you invited us to share this time with you.” The feeling is most certainly mutual as the foursome provided so much joy over the past 22 shows. Up next for Phish is their Fall Tour 2021 that begins October 15 in Sacramento, California.

The Moma Dance

Set Your Soul Free

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