The 2014 Phish summer tour continues to roll on and is an ever-unraveling adventure in jam sequences and setlist construction. The show held at Canandaigua in the 3rd week of July was no exception. The foursome launched into “Buried Alive” straight out of the gates and segued into an adventurous but oddly placed first-set “Twist”–in just over 8 minutes!
Thereafter Phish delved into the straight-forward versions of “Halley’s Comet”, “555″ and “Heavy Things”–before finding their stride into what was arguably the most focused 2nd half closing of a first-set that the band has managed to play this summer tour. Phish then kicked off a three-night stand at Northerly Island in Chicago.Live Phish web casted all across the weekend for the sorry souls who continued to linger on their Couch Tour. Its needless to mention that the adrenaline packed audience at the venue was left panting for more.
A quick flash back to last year brings a mixed bag for fans present at the same venue : postponements, rain delays, two “Prince Caspians” , Harpua and a special three-set event to make up to one and all. On the current Phish summer tour, the weather at Windy City looked more promising and doled out a lot more to fans.
This Summer Tour has succeeded in featuring enough top-shelf jams that are capable of filling up your old iPod nano—with the best still waiting to arrive on the table. The fans in Chicago are understandably enthused with Phish’s renewed focus and tunes like “Llama”, “Lizards, “Vultures”, “Fee”, “Guelah Papyrus” ,“Saw it Again” and “The Mango Song” making their 2014 debuts.
The Rock Bottom’s fundraiser and offerings of a hoppy red ale christened “Sample in a Jar” supported their cause in Chicago. Here, the highlight was their performance at the Concord Music Hall. The Dopapod After-Phish Party held on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at the same venue, was the talk of the town too.
Even though they are in the middle of a whooping 25-show summer tour, it hasn’t stopped the much loved band from announcing its Fall Tour…… Phish marches on.