By now you’ve probably already seen the setlist from last night’s Phish show in Atlantic City, a triumphant run to finish their fall tour with an homage and nod to a band that’s always been a big influence on the band: Little Feat. Right at 6pm when the doors opened, our crew debated whether or not we wanted to “know” what album the band would cover before we actually made it inside and got our own copy of the Phishbill. Reason succumbed to madness and we used our coveted 3.0 technology (i.e. Twitter) and got notification that the band would be covering Waiting for Columbus, a live album by Little Feat. What a curveball.
So our crew suited up…
…and made our way into the show for an awesome night of music. I’ll be writing up more thoughts once I have another chance to digest what I saw and listened to, but I’ll just say that you were either there or you weren’t. These concerts were not meant to be experienced through an iPod; this was easily some of the three best nights of music I’ve ever witnessed and I am forever humbled by how much this entire thing means to me and how it constantly drives me insane with happiness. Read on for the setlist that you may have missed…
Phish @ Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ 10/31/10
Set 1: Frankenstein, Big Black Furry Creature from Mars, Ghost -> Spooky, The Divided Sky, Roses Are Free > Funky Bitch, Boogie On Reggae Woman, Stash, Character Zero
Set 2: Fat Man in the Bathtub, All That You Dream, Oh Atlanta, Old Folks Boogie, Time Loves a Hero -> Day or Night, Mercenary Territory, Spanish Moon, Dixie Chicken -> Tripe Face Boogie, Rocket in My Pocket, Willin’, Don’t Bogart That Joint, A Apolitical Blues, Sailin’ Shoes, Feats Don’t Fail Me Now
Set 3: Down with Disease > Back on the Train > Gotta Jibboo, Camel Walk, Suzy Greenberg, Wilson > Harry Hood > The Horse > Silent in the Morning, You Enjoy Myself
 Page on keytar.
 Phish debut; Giovanni Hidalgo on percussion.
 Phish debut; Giovanni Hidalgo on percussion and Aaron Johnson, Stuart Bogie, Ian Hendrickson, Michael Leonhart and Eric Biondo on horns.
 Giovanni Hidalgo on percussion and Aaron Johnson, Stuart Bogie, Ian Hendrickson, Michael Leonhart and Eric Biondo on horns.
 Phish debut; Page on bass, Mike on piano, Trey on drums and Fish on vocals.
 Phish debut; A cappella
Notes: Page performed Frankenstein on keytar. Spooky was performed for the first time since 4/14/93 (751 shows). The second set “musical costume” was Little Feat’s 1978 Waiting for Columbus. Join the Band (the first track of Waiting for Columbus) was played over the PA before the start of the second set. Subsequently, Phish was introduced as “Little Feat” before Fat Man in the Bathtub. All of the songs in the second set other than Time Loves a Hero were Phish debuts. All of the songs in the second set, other than Don’t Bogart That Joint and Willin’, featured Giovanni Hidalgo on percussion. A five piece horn section consisting of Aaron Johnson, Stuart Bogie, Ian Hendrickson, Michael Leonhart and Eric Biondo joined the band for Old Folks Boogie, Time Loves a Hero, Day or Night, Mercenary Territory, Spanish Moon, Dixie Chicken, Rocket in My Pocket and Feats Don’t Fail Me Now. Willin’ featured Page on bass, Mike on piano, Trey on drums and Fish on vocals. Prior to the piano solo at the beginning of Willin’, Fish remarked, “That should be Paul Barrère.” Don’t Bogart That Joint was performed a cappella. Trey introduced the guest musicians before Feats Don’t Fail Me Now. At the conclusion of the second set, the entire band marched the perimeter of the floor. Disease was initially botched and had to be restarted, prompting Fish to declare, “This one’s off our album.” Julius featured Giovanni Hidalgo and the Waiting for Columbus horn section.