Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Setlist: Phish 12.30.09 American Airlines Arena ~ Miami, FL

Set 1: Soul Shakedown Party*, Runaway Jim, Jesus Just Left Chicago**, Dixie Cannonball***, Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan, Corrina****, What's the Use?***** > Tela******, Gone$, Rocky Top $$, Chalkdust Torture, David Bowie

Set 2: Sand, The Curtain With, Lifeboy$$$, Back on the Train > Wading in the Velvet Sea, Hold Your Head Up > Love You$$$$ > Hold Your Head Up > Free > Boogie On Reggae Women, Run Like an Antelope

Encore: Frankenstein

* Last played 4.17.04 (64 shows)
** Last played 7.13.03 (90 shows)
*** First time played, Hank Williams cover
**** Last played 2.24.03 (100 shows)
***** Last played 11.28.03 (74 shows)
****** Last played 11.24.98 (236 shows)
$ Original, First time played
$$ Last played 7.19.03 (86 shows)
$$$ Last played 8.09.04 (54 shows)
&&&& Last played 4.16.04 (63 shows)

Hidden Track: Phish Heats Up Miami

Written by: Scott Bernstein

If you’ve seen a bundle of Phish shows, it’s probable that you’ve been asked “why do you see this band so much?” repeatedly over the years. Everyone’s answer to that question is different, but most involve the aspect of surprise and the fact that neither the band or the audience knows what will happen. The second night of Phish’s New Year’s Run in Miami contained many unexpected moments, which is what we look for at each show.

The show started innocently enough with a straight forward first set that included the second Access Me ever and the first since June 26, 2004. Mike Gordon wrote the brilliant little ditty for Undermind that same year, but the song seemed to have disappeared after Mike and Trey performed a version of Access Me in Utica back in 2005 at a 70 Volt Parade show. Yet there it was in all its glory with Anastasio’s high harmony, Page McConnell’s plucky clav playing and Gordon’s heavily-syncopated bass line. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait five years for the next version. Another rarity performed in last night’s first set also came off of Undermind, The Connection. While we only get a taste of the tune on the album, the quartet stretched The Connection out ever so slightly at the basketball-only arena.

As fun as the rarities were, the highlight of the first set was a groovy Reba with a jam that had a quicker pace than usual which seemed to inspire Anastasio. Not only was the jam good but the band nailed the composed parts that lead up to the improv, a theme that would continue on this night that saw a highly confident version of Phish. The Divided Sky was another tune that was nailed from first note to last. All in all the first set was a nice appetizer for what would ultimately be a most delicious main course. Read On

Video: Phish Maze 12.29.09 American Airlines Arena ~ Miami, FL

Video: Phish Wolfman's Brother 12.29.09 American Airlines Arena ~ Miami, FL

Video: Phish The Connection 12.29.09 American Airlines Arena Miami, FL

Video: Phish Driver 12.29.09 American Airlines Arena ~ Miami, FL

Video: Phish Golgi Apparatus 12.29.09 American Airlines Arena ~ Miami, FL

Setlist: Umphrey's McGee 12.29.09 The Vic Theatre ~ Chicago, IL

Set 1: Andy's Last Beer, Walletsworth, In the Kitchen, 40's Theme, Front Porch*, The Floor, JaJunk

Set 2: Preamble > Mantis Ghetts > Pay the Snucka > Mantis > Mantis Ghetts > Mantis > Pay the Snucka, Partyin' Peeps > Nothing Too Fancy**, Nemo's Fat Bottomed Good Times

Encore: Nopener, Steppin' Razor$ > Nothing Too Fancy

* with Little Drummer Boy tease
** with Don't Fear the Reaper tease
$ first time played, Joe Higgs (Peter Tosh)

Setlist: Phish 12.29.09 American Airlines Arena ~ Miami, FL

Set 1: Golgi Apparatus, Maze, Driver, The Connection, Wolfman's Brother, Ocelot, Reba, Access Me, The Divided Sky, Cavern

Set 2: Kill Devil Falls, Tweezer -> Prince Caspian, Gotta Jibboo > Wilson -> Gotta Jibboo -> Heavy Things > Also Sprach Zarathustra, Slave to the Traffic Light

Encore: Sleeping Monkey, Tweezer Reprise

Notes: Tweezer featured a Manteca jam.

Recommended Listening:
Wolfman's Brother, Ocelot, Reba, Access Me, Tweezer ->, Gotta Jibboo > Wilson -> Gotta Jibboo -> Heavy Things

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