Phish brought their fall tour to the Sleep Train Amphitheater in Chula Vista, Calif. on Saturday night, marking the long-running jam band’s fourth performance at the venue and their first since 2003.
The Vermont quartet took the outdoor stage just after 8 p.m. and launched into “Devotion to a Dream,” off their latest album “Fuego.” They followed with a rocking version of “AC/DC Bag,” that gave way to a fun romp through “My Sweet One,” which featured a brilliant piano solo from Page McConnell, who also shined hoping over to his clavinet on the band’s next tune “The Moma Dance.”
Phish then tore through “Halley’s Comet” and a cover of Son Seal’s “Funky Bitch” before bringing more funk with “Wolfman’s Brother.” The band busted out a version of bassist Mike Gordon’s track “Destiny Unbound.” According to Jambase, it marks the first time in 62 shows the band has performed the song. The last time the quartet busted out the rare track was back on July 20, 2013. Watch the video above.
The band served up “Timber,” and then dusted off their classic ballad “Tela,” to the delight of the audience before closing with a moving rendition of “Wingsuit,” book ending the first set with songs from the band’s latest album “Fuego.”
Phish opened up their second stanza with “Free,” which was featured on the band’s 1996 album “Billy Breathes.” The band was clicking as “Free” morphed into an uplifting cover of TV on the Radio’s “Golden Age.” Then the group launched into versions of “Gotta Jibbo,” and “Carini,” complete with guitarist Trey Anastasio teasing “The Odd Couple” theme in the midst of the song. A rousing version of “Piper” gave way to “Prince Caspian,” before the band launched into a nearly 12-minute version of fan favorite “Tweezer.”
A short rendition of The Velvet Underground’s “Rock and Roll” set up a run through “You Enjoy Myself,” which was the longest track of the night at just over 19 minutes. In the middle of the song, frontman Trey Anastasio and bassist Mike Gordon hopped on trampolines perfectly to the beat of the Phish classic. The band concluded the set with a lengthy and spooky vocal jam at the end of “You Enjoy Myself.”
Phish capped the night with a raucous version of “Suzy Greenberg” that saw the band hitting on all cylinders before closing with “Tweezer Reprise” that had everyone up and out of their seats.
Phish will close their fall tour with a three-night run at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. on Sunday Nov. 2. The band will perform a four-night run in Miami, Fla. starting on Dec. 31. Check out their tour dates here.
You can download Phish’s Chula Vista, Calif. show here.
Phish setlist from the Sleep Train Amphitheater in Chula Vista, Calif. on Oct. 26:
Devotion to a Dream
My Sweet One
The Moma Dance
Rock and Roll
You Enjoy Myself