Phish fans all across the country packed inside the “World’s Most Famous Arena” faster than a jelly donut for the chance to see the Vermont jam-band during their 13-night residency at Madison Square Garden.
That is why, in honor of Phish’s memorable 13-concert series, New York City recently declared, Aug. 6th, Phish Day in Manhattan.
— NYC Mayor's Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) August 6, 2017
Following the conclusion of the almost two-week-long, donut themed concert series, “The Baker’s Dozen,” we take a look back at what the four have served up so far.
NIGHT 1: Coconut
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With each night representative of a different donut, “coconut” was tossed around a lot for the first night of 13. The four surprised everyone with an entirely acapella cover of “Lime in the Coconut” to close the set. Phish came back on for a final encore, a cryptic performance of “The Mango Song” and a cover of the Led Zeppelin classic “Good Times, Bad Times.”
I: Shake Your Coconuts, Martian Monster, Timber Ho! > 555, Pigtail, Halfway to the Moon, Reba, Moonage Daydream [David Bowie cover], Walls of the Cave
II: Tweezer > Seven Below > Billy Breathes > Sparkle, Everything’s Right > Slave to the Traffic Light > Suzy Greenberg, Coconut [Harry Nilsson cover]
Encore: The Mango Song > Good Times Bad Times [Zeppelin cover]
NIGHT 2: Strawberry
— Phish (@phish) July 22, 2017
Starting off strong, Phish kicked off the opening set of the second night with an acapella rendition of The Beatles classic song, “Strawberry Fields Forever.” Sticking with the strawberry motif, the band performed a cover of the Brother’s Johnson classic, “Strawberry Letter 23,” to segue into “Birds of a Feather.” For the encore, Phish brought out their cover of Frank Zappa‘s “Peaches en Regalia,” cover of Talking Heads‘, “Cities,” and “My Sweet One” to end the night.
I: Strawberry Fields Forever [Beatles cover], Halley’s Comet > The Moma Dance > Breath and Burning > Funky Bitch, Mound, Foam, Roggae, The Squirming Coil
II: Down with Disease > Strawberry Letter 23 [Brothers Johnson cover] > Birds of a Feather, I Always Wanted It This Way > All of These Dreams, Split Open and Melt > Down with Disease > Shine a Light
Encore: Peaches en Regalia [Frank Zappa cover] > Cities [Talking Heads cover], My Sweet One
NIGHT 3: Red Velvet
— Phish (@phish) July 23, 2017
I don’t know about “red,” but night three was plenty “velvety,” with the band serving up not one, but two, incredible covers of the late-60s/early-70s New York City proto-punk band, The Velvet Underground.
The second set was all about feeling funky, with a slew of more upbeat Phish essentials, including “AC/DC Bag,” “Wolfman’s Brother” and “Twist.” They appropriately wrapped up the night with a performance of “Wading in the Velvet Sea” from their 1998 album, The Story of The Ghost, with an encore performance of The Velvet Underground classic “Sweet Jane.”
I: Sunday Morning [Velvet Underground cover], Axilla, Your Pet Cat > Back on the Train, How Many People Are You, Glide, Theme From the Bottom > It’s Ice > More
II: AC/DC Bag > Wolfman’s Brother > Twist > Waves > Miss You, Boogie On Reggae Woman, Wading in the Velvet Sea
Encore: Sweet Jane [Velvet Underground cover]
NIGHT 4: Jam Filled
— Phish (@phish) July 25, 2017
As promised… for Night 4, Phish served up a jam-filled evening with a 30-minute rendition of “Lawn Boy” and “Sample In A Jar” to kick off the evening. “Fuego” opened the second set with a sweet jam into “Thread” and a cover of the Talking Heads‘ tune “Crosseyed and Painless.” And, in typical Phish fashion, the band through even the headiest fan through a loop with an encore performance of “Julius,” into the conclusion of “Lawn Boy” to close out the evening.
I: Sample In A Jar, Lawn Boy > My Friend, My Friend, Stash, Bathtub Gin
II: Fuego > Thread, Crosseyed and Painless > Makisupa Policeman > End of Sessions [debut] > Tuesday, Cavern
Encore: Julius > Lawn Boy
NIGHT 5: Powdered
— Phish (@phish) July 26, 2017
Phish, again, took even the most die-hard fans through a loop with a surprise acapella performance of the Fleet Foxes, “White Winter Hymnal” to kick off the evening. The set continued with “Cars, Trucks, and Buses,” a cover of Ween‘s “Roses Are Free” and the first performance of “Pebbles and Marbles” in three years. Fans also got a chance to party like it was “1999” during the second set when Phish bust out a 15-minute cover of the Prince party anthem.
For the encore, Phish busted out with yet another surprise cover of Neil Young‘s “Powderfinger.”
I: White Winter Hymnal [Fleet Foxes cover], Cars Trucks Buses, My Soul, Roses Are Free [Ween cover] > The Very Long Fuse, Gumbo, Yarmouth Road, Pebbles and Marbles, Farmhouse, Tube
II: Carini -> Mr. Completely > 1999 [Prince cover] > Steam > No Quarter [Led Zeppelin cover], Character Zero
Encore: Powderfinger [Neil Young cover]
NIGHT 6: Double Chocolate
— Phish (@phish) July 28, 2017
Phish started off night six with an acapella cover of Tay Zonday‘s YouTube sensation, “Chocolate Rain.” The first set would also include performances of “The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony,” “Divided Sky” and “Sand.”
Of course, the second set was not devoid of chocolate, with a cover of “You Sexy Thing,” by the British soul band, Hot Chocolate.
The night ended with an encore performance of “Fee” and a cover of David Bowie‘s classic, “Space Oddity.”
I: Chocolate Rain [Tay Zonday cover], Ass Handed, Free, Weigh > Undermind > The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony, The Dogs, Destiny Unbound, Divided Sky, Things People Do, Sand
II: Have Mercy, Chalk Dust Torture, You Sexy Thing [Hot Chocolate cover] > Mercury > You Sexy Thing > Backwards Down the Number Line > Rock and Roll [Velvet Underground cover]
Encore: Fee, Space Oddity [David Bowie Cover]
NIGHT 7: Cinnamon
— Phish (@phish) July 29, 2017
The band wanted to add a little spice for the halfway point of their 13-night run. The cinnamon themed evening opened with renditions of “Llama,” “Wilson,” “Ya Mar,” “The Birds,” “The Line,” and a cover of The Beatles‘ “I Am The Walrus.”
For the encore, the band performed a cover of Neil Young‘s “Cinnamon Girl” for the first time since 1997.
I: Llama, Wilson > Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan > Ya Mar, Tela, The Birds > The Line, Water in the Sky, Vultures, Train Song > Horn, I Am the Walrus [Beatles cover]
II: Blaze On > Twenty Years Later > Alumni Blues > Letter to Jimmy Page > Alumni Blues > Meatstick > Dirt > Harry Hood
Encore: Cinnamon Girl [Neil Young Cover]
NIGHT 8: Jimmies
— Phish (@phish) July 30, 2017
Phish served up a side of sprinkles with their “Jimmy” themed set list. During the second set, while performing the fan favorite, “Harpua,” the band sat at the front of the stage and discussed how the universe was the shape of a donut.
For the encore, the band treated fans with the debut of a Jimi Hendrix cover, “The Wind Cries Mary.”
I: The Curtain With > Runaway Jim, Waking Up Dead, Esther, Home, Brian and Robert, Nellie Kane, Colonel Forbin’s Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird > David Bowie
II: Drowned, A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing, Harpua > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Golgi Apparatus, In The Good Old Summer Time
Encore: The Wind Cries Mary [Jimi Hendrix cover]
NIGHT 9: Maple Glaze
— Phish (@phish) July 31, 2017
Phish served up a sticky sweet set for their “maple” themed performance, which featured the debut of “O Canada,” and “Maple Leaf Rag.” For the second set, the band surprised everyone, yet again, with a performance of TV on the Radio‘s “Golden Age.”
I: O Canada > Crowd Control, Sugar Shack, When the Circus Comes, Daniel Saw the Stone, Army of One, The Wedge, Guelah Papyrus, Maple Leaf Rag, Guelah Papyrus, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters > Limb By Limb > Walk Away
II: Golden Age [TV on the Radio cover], Leaves, Swept Away > Steep > 46 Days > Piper > Possum
Encore: Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide [Bowie Cover]
NIGHT 10: Holes
— Phish (@phish) August 2, 2017
What could Phish bust out for “holes”? Maybe some more Zeppelin, “Houses of the Holy,” or perhaps some bizarre cover of Nine Inch Nails, “Head Like a Hole”?
Not exactly. The band opened with a cover of the Tom Waits tune, “Way Down in the Hole,” and the Christmas time classic, “O Holy Night.”
I: Way Down in the Hole [Tom Waits cover], Buried Alive, Kill Devil Falls, Guyute, I Didn’t Know, NICU, Meat > Maze, Ginseng Sullivan, Waiting All Night, Heavy Things, Run Like an Antelope
II: Mike’s Song > O Holy Night > Taste > Wingsuit > Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley [Robert Palmer cover] > Weekapaug Groove
Encore: A Day in the Life [Beatles cover]
NIGHT 11: Lemon
— Phish (@phish) August 4, 2017
What could they possibly serve up for their “lemon” themed evening? Well, nobody could have guessed it’d be a cover of Blues musician, Blind Lemon Jefferson‘s “See that my grave is kept clean.”
Phish came back to open the second set with a cover of the classic spiritual, “Dem Bones.” They would also debut their cover of Radiohead‘s “Everything In Its Right Place” and encored with Edgar Winter‘s “Frankenstein.”
I: See That My Grave Is Kept Clean [Blind Lemon Jefferson cover], Punch You In the Eye > Party Time, Big Black Furry Creature from Mars, Dinner and a Movie, Ocelot, Poor Heart, Winterqueen, Bold As Love [Jimi Hendrix cover], First Tube
II: Dem Bones, No Men In No Man’s Land > Everything In Its Right Place [Radiohead cover], What’s the Use? > Scents and Subtle Sounds > Prince Caspian > Fluffhead
Encore: Frankenstein [Edgar Winter cover]
NIGHT 12: Boston Cream
— Phish (@phish) August 5, 2017
Phish served up a somewhat predictable performance for night 12, when the motif was “Boston Cream.” Would they play a little Boston? Or perhaps, a little Cream? No… they would play both, in a strangely symbiotic medley dubbed “Sunshine of Your Feeling.” It featured covers and teases of Cream classics, “Sunshine of Your Love,” “White Room” and “Tales of Brave Ulysses,” as well as Boston’s “More Than A Feeling” and “Foreplay/Long Time.”
The second set opened with “Ghost” and featured “The Lizards” and a cover of the Bob Dylan tune, “Quinn the Eskimo.”
I: Soul Shakedown Party, Uncle Pen, The Sloth, Gotta Jibboo, Fuck Your Face, Sunshine of Your Feeling [Boston & Cream medley], Frost, Scent of a Mule, Fire, Alaska, Plasma
II: Ghost, Petrichor, Light > The Lizards, The Horse > Silent in the Morning > Quinn the Eskimo [Bob Dylan cover] > Rocky Top
NIGHT 13: Glazed
— Phish (@phish) August 6, 2017
For their final night, Phish went with the classic “glazed” theme to close out their historic 13-night run. The first set brought back a few classics, including “Sanity,” “Bouncing Around the Room,” “Rift,” “Bug,” as well as a surprise performance of “Most Events Aren’t Planned.”
The second set was filled with covers, including a performance of The Rolling Stones‘ “Loving Cup,” from Exile on Main Street.
To close off the night, the band encored with a performance of Willie Nelson‘s “On the Road Again,” into a reprise of “Lawn Boy” into the rock-heavy “Tweezer Reprise.”
I: Dogs Stole Things, Rift, Ha Ha Ha, Camel Walk, Crazy Sometimes > Saw It Again > Sanity > Bouncing Around the Room, Most Events Aren’t Planned [Vida Blue cover], Bug, I Been Around, Izabella
II: Simple > Come Together [Beatles cover]> Starman [Bowie cover], You Enjoy Myself, Loving Cup [Rolling Stones cover]
Encore: On the Road Again [Willie Nelson cover] > Lawn Boy Reprise > Tweezer Reprise
Happen to miss out on any of the shows? Don’t fret, you can always check out livephish.com for high-quality soundboard recordings from all 13 performances.