Phish wrapped up the first leg of their 2012 Summer tour on Sunday night in Saratoga Springs, NY. I am only able to see a handful of shows each year with a family and career, so I have gotten a kick out of letting modern technology work for me. I have either listened to or watched every show this summer from the comfort of my home via couch tour, streaming, webcast, and through the LivePhish app and I can say this is some of the most consistent playing and showmanship that I have heard from Phish in years.
I just wanted to say a special “THANK YOU” to Scott Marks (phish.net) and Scott Bernstein (Hidden Track) who have both provided excellent ‘in-show’ reporting and reviews on each show the duration of the tour. If you have not done so yet, be sure to follow @bizarchive and @YEMblog on Twitter for the most in-depth Phish analysis available anywhere.
As a whole, the three night stand at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center book-ended a 20-show summer tour that has been full of bust outs, interesting jams, and well-thought out set lists from a band that is on top of their game.
Sunday night’s show at SPAC gave us some of the stronger Phish 3.0 versions of “Party Time,” “Split Open and Melt,” “Kill Devil Falls,” and “Piper.” Phish also dusted off ZZ Top’s “La Grange” and played the rare “Swept Away” > “Steep,” and the always welcomed “Kung.” The crowd in Saratoga Springs were also treated to what has become a somewhat rare “YEM” encore.
The band kicks off the second leg of their tour on August 15th in Long Beach, CA and if you have the chance, go see Phish this summer-you will not be disappointed!!!
-Will Fisher, The Showbiz Kids