Phish finished off the second night of a two-show run at the Mann Theatre in Philly, the home of "ice-cold fatties" and cheesesteaks.
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Phish, 8.12.15 Mann, Philadelphia, PA
Set 1: AC/DC Bag, Free*, Ya Mar, Sample in a Jar, CITIES, Stash, Birds, The Line, ICE, Zero
Set 2: GIN, No Man's Land > Twist, Scents and Subtle Sounds, HOOD
E: Loving Cup
* with Martian Monster interjection
|Official poster by D. Welker|
* * * *Quickie Couch Tour Recap: Philly Night 2
Phish returned to Philly's Mann for the second of two-night stand in the land of 2-for-20 balloons. After a bitchin' show on Tuesday night, Phish attempted to pick up where they left off with Martian Monsters dancing in their minds... Lights went down at 8:03pm with a standard AC/DC Bag opener, which was just a warm up for the schwilly Philly crowd... What seemed like a run-of-the-mill Free quickly blasted off into hyperspace. Deep-deep-space achieved, Page dropped a Martian Monster sample. Crowd went berserk. Those brainwashed-schwil-meisters lapped up that Halloween shit up. The Martian Monster interjection was just a tantalizing appetizer before returning to Free for a ripping jam out... Ya Mar kept Gordo happy and thumping along before a Sample in a Jar sing-a-long... Waiting for a big-time Cities and we got a gusher. Page was playing the Talking Heads cover with a little extra mustard (as ScottyB would say). The urban jam went sideways and got pretty radical, so fucking rad that I forgot what song they were playing (and I was totally sober aside from 1/3 weed chocolate bar and and 2mg Dilaudid)... Stash up next with some very crisp, on-fleek audience clapping... Birds (with They Attack) barrage... The band huddled and eventually reached a compromise: The Line. Ah, The Line was just a little filler to keep the peace (like when my girlfriend and I don't want takeout from the same boring, local Indian curry house, yet we passive-aggressively debate for an hour on what other places to order at before we exhaustively compromise and order from the same old Indian place). Yup, Line'd... Ice felt thunderously dangerous throughout and the under-the-frozen-pond jam unexpectedly went hyperspace before we fell backwards into an upside down K-hole... Zero ended the 82-minute opening set with a trio of high-water marks: Free, Cities, and Ice...
Set 2 was anchored by a Bathtub Gin (approx. 13 mins) that broke through the other side for a brief moment before it gently returned to Earth... No Man's Land funk-a-thon. Page slaying hogs in that jam-slaughter house. Leo shredded some serious pulled pork sandwiches... Twist bliss jam included some subtle Slipknot teases. Dead-like tendrils from Page and even some Dark Star riffs as well in this 22-minute misty mountain top and highest peak of the show... Scents and Subtle Sounds was soundchecked and one of those songs that gets better and better with more time in the rotation. This SSS had a lil hot sauce in it. It's funny how fickle, self-entitled, brats we are as phans. In 2.0, we bitched and moaned when Phish took up huge chunks of sets devoted to new 2.0 material, yet today in 3.0, we gush over 2.0-era material and eat that shit up like it's a mountain of free molly (the pure "molecule" shit, none of that ketamine-laced chalky-crap Bisco-wookettes are slinging)... Harry the Hood bliss out. The fifth song in a rare 5-song set. Miss those olden days when Phish jammed out a second set with impunity. We were treated with a slew of 6-song set 2s this summer, so I go ga-ga over 5-songers. The less-is-more theory works with me... Loving Cup encore. As per usual, Leo slices and dices and slays away those classic rock covers... Philly night 2 had a few glistening gems including the 45-minute start to set 2 (Gin, No Man's and Twist), plus don't sleep on the Ice and Cities jams from the first set... The Philly double dip has come to a close. The circus migrates south for a quick trip to North Carolina on Friday before hitting up MPP this weekend.
* * * *Setlists: ALL Summer 2015
Recaps: Bend | Shoreline/LA | Austin | Grand Prairie | ATL1 | ATL2 | Bama | Nashville | KC | Philly1
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