Phish just wrapped up their second night of their two-night run at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York.
The band started the show with an uproarious start with “Fluffhead” that immediately had to dangle the energy in front of the crowd for about two or three minutes while a bass technical issue was rectified. A great version of the song followed and anyone chasing “Fluffhead” was just given the memory of a lifetime.
“Guyute” was sound-checked and was given the number two slot in the show, and for the most part the band delivered a confident version (a bit rocky in the frantic part, though). “Martian Monster” is a great groove for the set and immediately the band laid into a good vibe for a bit. “Llama” picked things back up, while “Steam” and “Poor Heart” brought down and back up again. A fantastic “Sleep” made its first appearance since 2011, as well.
Set two featured a segment to launch the set that was a solid “No Men in No Men’s Land > Dirt” which was a solid 20 minutes of music. But the “Plasma” segment that followed launched the set into a segment I’d be talking about if I was there, which was the segue into “We Are Come to Outlive Our Brains” which fell perfectly out of the previous song. But in somewhat wild Phish fashion, they went right back into “Plasma” about as quickly as they could.
After jamming for the song’s conclusion, somehow Trey found a way to weave into the “Tweezer” guitar riff and all of a sudden the band was back in “Tweezer Reprise” rather unexpectedly. The place went nuts.
After that, “The Wedge” gave everyone a nice slow down and “Sneakin’ Sally > Run Like An Antelope” seemed like it would be the big conclusion to the set with maybe a big encore on tap. No instead the band kept the set two long and went for “More > Slave to the Traffic Light” to leave fans with a full show experience.
The Velvet Underground’s “Rock and Roll” cover was the only encore tonight and the band took a bow and hopped into their busses. The band plays in Boston at Fenway Park this weekend.
Phish @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, New York 7.3.19
Set I: Fluffhead*, Guyute, Martian Monster, Llama, Steam > Poor Heart, Crazy Sometimes, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Sleep, Drift While You’re Sleeping
Set II: No Men in No Man’s Land > Dirt > Plasma -> We Are Come to Outlive Our Brains > Plasma > Tweezer Reprise > The Wedge > Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley > Run Like An Antelope, More > Slave to the Traffic Light
Encore: Rock and Roll
* – the band had some brief bass technical difficulties, so audibly you’ll hear a bit of an ambient jam of sorts
— TheVic (@TheVic) July 4, 2019