Phish Live on Letterman
What an incredible night. Never in my life did I expect I would get to see Phish in a 400-seat theatre. Never. Those times came and went and I was a toddler when it was all happening. I started seeing Phish in 2009 and the smallest venues I've seen them play in are Bill Graham Civic Center (6,000 capacity) and nTelos Wireless Pavilion (6,500 capacity). When Phish announced they were going to play a full set of music at Ed Sullivan Theater as part of the Live on Letterman web series, shit got real. I'm lucky enough to know two great friends who hooked me up with a ticket. I owe them unlimited beers and whiskey drinks for life. Phish has been pimping their new album, Fuego, and many of us assumed we would hear a lot of new songs and maybe one or two other tunes just for fun. Boy were we wrong. They only played 3 songs from the new album. "46 Days">"Undermind" to open the set was a great choice. Both high energy songs. Kicked everything into high gear right away. First new tune they played was "Halfway to the Moon." It mellowed out the crowd a bit, but we probably needed it. The energy inside Ed Sullivan Theater was electric. Then first notes of "Carini" started and the place went nuts. I certainly didn't see that one coming. Two new songs followed-- "Devotion to a Dream" and "555." Both are great tunes in my opinion. I hope to see them rotated into the first sets this summer. The always welcome "Twist" closed the set. It's impossible not to dance during "Twist." I dare you to try. "Character Zero" encore closed out the show. The place was rocking. The lights in the theater were shaking. No one wanted to stop dancing. Good thing summer tour starts in 6 days.