Phish returned to Lakewood for the second night of a two-show run in Atlanta. Friday night was a heater. Let's see if the boys can keep it up on Jerry Garcia's birthday. If there's ever a time for a Dead cover, it's tonight.
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Phish, 8.1.15 Lakewood, Atlanta, GA
Set 1: Runaway Jim > Undermind, Nellie Kane, Blaze On, Halfway to the Moon, Ocelot, Heavy Things, Theme from the Bottom > Antelope
Set 2: TWEEZER >Waiting All Night, Backwards > Carini > Waste > SAND > Tweeprise
Encore: Rock and Roll
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Quickie Couch Tour Recap: Hotlanta Heat Night 2
Lights went down at 7:40pm with a run-of-the-mill Runaway Jim opener. First debut of Jim this tour... Rock-star-streamer-Periscoper @lvnphish loved Undermind so much that she had to boogie down! They video was temporarily disabled while she grooved hard to Octo-Fish... Remember the days when Phish always played a country song in the first set so Gordo could channel his inner redneck? Nellie Kane, technically a cover, was only the second cover all summer (aside from Boogie On in Bend)?.. Blaze On has now appeared at every other show and the fourth time in 8 shows. It's a perfect uppity summery first set tune... Doctor Scotch thought last night's "blue moon" would draw out a Halfway to the Moon appearance. Leo waited until Saturday. The key to digging Moon is the jam out, yet it requires patience because it feels like it takes forever to get there. Every time I hear Moon, I secretly wished Phish busted out Let It Loose instead. Leo slays covers, especially from the Stones... Ocelot crawled out of the jungle for the first time this summer. One of the deeper jams of the set, but it barely scratched the surface... Heavy Things included an Happy birthday tease to Jerry. BTW, Heavy Things is that bouncy summer song that even the super-emo tatty girl barista would nod her head to for a few seconds before returning to the winter of her discontent... Theme from the Bottom still does an impeccable job at taking you on an underwater adventure... Another Hail Mary from Trey with Antelope. Second time this summer felt like Phish was getting blown out at the end of the first set, so Trey scrambled and connected on a bomb of pass to Antelope for a late score to trim the lead going into halftime. Lakewood's Antelope was high-energy but nothing too crazy to cap off a 75-minute set... I understand if you glanced at the setlist on paper and felt skeptical. At this point, it was obviously not optimal song selection, but solid and concise. @pzerbo aptly described as "tight passive"... Set 2 launch time commenced at 9:27pm with Tweezer. First time for Tweezer in a set 2 opener slot since the infamous night in Tahoe (thanks @yemblog). Jam went dark momentarily before it ventured into the land of blissful bubbles... 26-minute Tweezer? I needed a cold shower after that sticky-sweaty orgy... Waiting All Night could be a snoozer, but that slow tune was a welcome respite after that insane Tweezer. Everyone needed a breath or two to get their space together... Backwards was a Pauly Smokes A Bowl Song, which I needed before shit got fucking bananas... Carini popped up again. Unlike the condensed version in LA, this Carini was a fierce fucker. Didn't waste any time either before it went sideways, like that rogue girl in your Catholic HS who would sneak into the confessional to diddle herself while taking key bumps of Xanax. Faded-bad-girl-in-plaid-jam... Waste gave Fishman a moment to catch his breath...
Saturday Night SAND Dance Party. Twerk City, USA... Tweeprise Twerkprise closed the set and they didn't save it until the encore, nah, they unleashed it as the set closer... The encore was not a Dead song (in honor of Jerry Day), but a cover of Velvet Underground's Rock and Roll. Lou Reed fist-bump-approved.... It was going to be tough to top Friday night's "Phish Destroys Atlanta" show and the band sort of conceded that right away with an odd start and first set theme that resembled something akin to "Let's play the exact opposite of what the crowd wants right now!" The second set included a pair of jagged, mountainous peaks (Tweezer and Carini). The boys brought harnessed the Hotlanta heat for a second night in a row. Second of two shows in Atlanta dunzo. Eight shows in the bag overall. Alabama is on high alert. Hide your daughters. Lock your medicine cabinet. The psychedelic circus is headed your way. Next stop Tuscaloosa.
* * * *Recaps: Bend - Shoreline/LA - Austin - Grand Prairie - Atlanta1
Setlists: ALL Summer 2015
Credits: Setlist art by @neillybop, @change100 and @taopauly