Phish debuts in “So in bed” in Sacramento


The classic ‘The White Tape’ finally saw the light of day more than 35 years after Trey wrote and recorded the instrumental.

By Scott Bernstein October 16, 2021 • 5:20 a.m. PDT

Phish’s fall tour kicked off Friday at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento with the band debuting on location and their first show in the California capital since 1996. The band made opening night count by adapting the live debut. from the 35-year-old original “And So To Bed” along with other rarities in the setlist and delivering a handful of stellar jams.

The quartet kicked off the concert and tour with Kasvot rocker Växt “The Final Hurray”, marking the first time the song opened a show. Hopefully the group doesn’t make a statement with the selection. LD Chris Kuroda wasted no time moving the farms that are part of the platform for Phish’s first indoor shows since New Years Eve 2019, as guitarist Trey Anastasio lamented and keyboardist Page McConnell responded with jazzy rhythmic work. Next, an unusually placed “Harry Hood”, appearing at the start of a first set for the second time since December 2, 2003. Drummer Jon Fishman triggered sound effects in the intro as it appears his electronic drum pad controversial is not going anywhere. this tour. Anastasio donned one cute melody after another to kick off the “Hood” jam and squeeze some devilish minor riffs into the mix before quickly peaking.

This was followed by Phish’s first cover of the Taj Mahal classic “Corinna” since December 30, 2019. August 17, 2012 was the last time the band performed “Corinna” at a venue other than Madison Square Garden. Attractive placements continued with only the second “The Squirming Coil” made in the middle of a first set in the last decade. Phish embarked on a few full group jam-inspired moments before McConnell played his typical solo that ended the song as his bandmates watched. Bassist Mike Gordon had a turn in the spotlight of the lead vocals for subsequent frolics through Little Feat’s “555”. Next, Page led the group on his Undermine contribution, “Army Of One” before Phish dusted off their Del McCoury Band cover, “Beauty Of My Dreams,” for her first play since November 2, 2018 – running for 72 shows.

The first Type II jam of the night and of the tour developed from the “Mercury” that followed. Gordon settled into a progression and his group mates quickly lined up. Anastasio then led a move into happy territory as McConnell worked on his synth and grand piano. Eventually, Trey stepped in to bring the mid-tempo jam to a boil before Phish returned to “Mercury” to wrap up the song. Phish topped off the ensemble with a typically unleashed “Zero Character”.

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The Setlist

The place

Gold Center 1 [See upcoming shows]


The music

9 songs / 8:07 p.m. to 9:21 p.m. (74 minutes)

13 songs / 9:52 p.m. to 11:39 p.m. (107 minutes)

22 songs

19 originals / 3 covers


13.67 [Gap chart]

And so in bed


Brother LTP 12/30/2017 (107 Show Gap)

Mercury 18:36

The beauty of my dreams 3:33

Junta – 1, Lawn Boy – 1, Billy Breathes – 3, The Phantom Story – 1, Farm – 2, Undermind – 2, Fuego – 1, Kasvot Växt – 1, Sigma Oasis – 2 Miscellaneous. – 5, Blankets – 3

The rest

69 ° and sunny at Showtime

Koa 4

“Scents And Subtle Sounds” got the call to open the second set and started after a false start. Friday’s show marked the first time the integral “Scents” opened a set since December 4, 2009. “Complete” may be overkill as the jam barely kicked off before a smooth transition to “Plasma”. While “Scents” didn’t contain a lot of improvisation, “Plasma” did have a fair amount of group jamming. Fishman provided a heavy walking rhythm on the snare drum under the exquisite interaction of McConnell, Anastasio and Gordon. The final notes bled into “Free”, a track like “Character Zero” featured on Billy breathes, an album released 25 years ago today. It seemed like the big step was on the band’s minds as the title song filled the ballad spot. Next is an adventurous ‘Piper’ who saw Phish explore various jam spaces with Page taking a tour of her rig throughout what was a highlight of the evening in improvisation. The last section of the Sacramento “Piper” was a delightfully strange and dissonant affair. “Piper” was followed by another jam vehicle in “Ghost”. Phish settled on a magnificent progression and led him to glory.

What happened next was one of the most unexpected moments in Phish’s history when it came to the original songs. The quartet made their live debut on the instrumental “And So To Bed” 35 years after the track appeared in the demo collection The white ribbon. “And So To Bed” was originally found on the Green Dolphin Street demonstration, a tape that Trey Anastasio distributed as a Christmas present to his friends and family in December 1985. The beautiful composition written by Anastasio had never seen the action in concert and was considered to be forgotten. Apparently Trey never forgets. The white ribbon was released as a demo in 1986 before receiving a suitable version in 1998.

The quartet followed the dark with “Sigma Oasis,” the title track from their 2020 studio album. Anastasio struggled with the lyrics, one of the only rust he or a band member showed throughout. of the evening. From there, Phish unleashed an unusual “Tube” with teases from Anastasio’s “Tears Of A Clown” and a sweet but euphoric jam. As if opening night weren’t memorable enough, Phish went from blissful “Tube” to “Brother.” The bust was last performed on December 30, 2017 and Friday’s “Brother” was only the 18th release since 1992. “Brother” gave Phish fits and the band started “Brother” a second time afterwards. that Trey told the crowd, “It’s been a while since we played that one. Phish pulled it together for a sweet jam on a song credited to the four band members. Anastasio asked the crowd what Another song ends with Phish pulling at their throats. McConnell beat the crowd by responding with the correct answer, “Rift.” Trey was impressed and joked, “Ten points for the keyboardist!” He then mentioned that it sounded like a while that Phish hadn’t played in Sacramento and a member of the crowd told him that the band’s last gig in town was in 1996.

A laborious “Golgi Apparatus” ended the +90 minute set. Phish would have been excused for playing a quick recall due to the extended second set. However, they turned into a tight “Sable” to end the night.

Phish makes his Chase Center debut in San Francisco tonight. Live broadcasts are available through and the concert will be broadcast on SiriusXM’s Phish Radio.

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