Phish Delivers Bust Outs and an Exploratory “Camel Walk” at The Gorge Amphitheater
Phish kicked off their West Coast leg of summer tour last night at The Gorge Amphitheater showing no signs of rust from their week off of touring. The Vernont quartet celebrated their 20th show at the iconic venue by delivering bust outs and extended jams in songs that don’t usually get the type 2 love.
The band got the night started with an unexpected “Torn and Frayed” into “No Man in No Mans Land” which featured a tease of “Let It Grow.” Next up was a Page McConnell led “Leaves” from their latest album ‘Sigma Oasis.’ Now with the ball rolling, Jon Fishman played the opening drum beats to “Split Open and Melt” and stopped. Trey Anastasio responded by saying “you can’t just stop” and in return they delivered a monster version.
At this point, it was apparent the band was loose and enjoying themselves. Anastasio then asked McConnell a very important question, “where have you been?” After he let him know “I Been Around,” Phish busted out with “Ha Ha Ha” which hasn’t been played since their Bakers Dozen run at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. Up next was a Mike Gordon led “Mull” a brand new song only being played for the second time featuring a nice tasty jam. After blocking the light with “Shade,” the group threw a one-two punch with “Alaska” and “Golgi Apparatus” to end the first set
Set 2 began with the COVID anthem “Sigma Oasis” with everyone singing along which came to a complete end before breaking out with a nice and dark “What’s the Use.” “Blaze On” was the bands next selection and had a nice up beat groove going unlike other versions of the song. The song segued into “Lifeboy,” yet another bust out.
“Camel Walk” took the award for the biggest jam of the night in an unusual late second set slot. The song offered unique chord progressions and woo’s back from the crowd which reaching past the 16 minute mark. Phish wrapped up the second set with a nice and chunky “Chalkdust Torture” and “Slave to the Traffic Light.”
The band encored with “Drift While Your Sleeping” to wrap up an incredible first night back on the West Coast. With night 2 up next, we can’t wait to see what the group does next. Full setlist below:
Set 1: Torn and Frayed, No Men in No Mans Land, Leaves, Split Open and Melt, Tube, I Been Around, Ha Ha Ha, Mull, Shade, Alaska, Golgi Apparatus
Set 2: Sigma Oasis, What’s the Use?, Blaze On > Lifeboy > Camel Walk > Chalkdust Torture > Slave To The Traffic Light
E: Drift While You’re Sleeping