Phish will be taking the stage shortly for their first of two nights at Boston’s famed Fenway Park where the Red Sox call home. It’s not the first time the band has played the venue, but they’re treating it like a big event and made some special merch for the shows.
You can tune in from home via the paid webcast that the LivePhish team is running. Otherwise you can follow along here.
The show kicked off with a great version of “Free” and a nice jam that edged out of “Blaze On” in the #2 slot. For “Tube” the band stretched out and really delivered a great Type I jam in the early part of the song, then transitioned perfectly to the blues jam. After the tune, Trey seemed to notice a little w00k up front that was digging that jam in particular, so Trey kinda motioned to him and tossed him the pick he was using.
After Tube, Trey spots a little dude upfront and grabs a pick and tosses it his way. Kid gets beyond stoked. Face lights up. Webcast camera zooms in on the moment. Gawwwww ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 #phish pic.twitter.com/pKWWxLwFa5
— LIVE music blog (@livemusicblog) July 5, 2019
What a moment. For the rest of the set the band played a great selection after another and ended up confidently closing the set on their classic “Runaway Jim”.
For set two, the band started with a pretty standard version of “Sand” that didn’t fully end up anywhere else too far off where it usually does, so the energy picked up hard when they went into “Axila” after. The “Mercury” that followed was really where the band sonically shined during the first night of the run, and y’all shouldn’t dig on the “Wading…” that follows which was a tremendously beautiful version. “Fuego” and “Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S.” will also be a highlight for most people, as the jam that got out of “Fuego” got super deep and interesting, and a high-energy SANTOS that followed got everyone pumping fists.
The band encored with a beautiful “Bug” after Trey pulled an audible out something else, and a gorgeous version of “The Squirming Coil” closed the show with the band jammed with Page as he tickled the ivories and sent everyone off into the night.
Check out the setlist from the show below…
Phish @ Fenway Park, Boston, MA 7.5.19
Set I: Free > Blaze On, Tube, Brian and Robert, Halfway to the Moon, Ocelot > Rift, Everything’s Right > Runaway Jim
Set II: Sand > Axilla, Mercury > Wading in the Velvet Sea, Fuego > Say it to Me S.A.N.T.O.S. > Character Zero
Encore: Bug, The Squirming Coil