Tonight (April 28), Phishing will webcast their performance on October 28, 2016 in Las Vegas, NV’s MGM Grand Garden Arena as the sixth episode in their ongoing archival webcast / kitchen series, Dinner and movie. You can tune in below as of 8:30 p.m. ET and catch our initial review of the show here.
Phish ‘Dinner and a Movie’ Ep. 6 – 10/28/16 – MGM Grand Garden Arena – Full show
The last episode of Dinner and movie follows the show “F— You Face” of 08/31/12, 07/27/14 Merriweather “Tweezerfest”, the Baker’s Dozen “Jam-Filled” evening of 07/25/17, Magnaball the second night (8/22/15), and the first night of last year at Mohegan Sun (07/19/19).
Tonight’s “Dinner and Movie” selection brings us back to the first night of Phish’s 2016 Halloween Race to Vegas, which took place at the end of a brief fall tour with stops in North Charleston, SC. ; Jacksonville, Florida; Nashville, Tennessee; Alpharetta, Georgia; and Grand Prairie, Texas.
It is worth noting that you may notice a different lighting system than what you are used to behind the group. If you remember, Chris Kuroda used a system of mechanically operated LED screens in 2016 that would expand and contract as the show went on. This platform was discontinued for a more traditional configuration in 2017.
While Phish had previously celebrated Halloween with multi-night runs in Las Vegas, the 2016 run marked the first time they had extended their stay in Sin City to four days (down from three). Funny the difference a few years can make: When the group announced in early 2016 that the Vegas Halloween Race of the Year would be four nights instead of three, all of the staff at Live for live music joked that four nights could kill us. This, however, was before those lovely couple weeks in 2017 known as Baker’s Dozen. By the time Phish announced his next trip to Vegas – a four-night Halloween 2018 – our reaction was considerably different. Four nights? No problem.
The group’s 2016 Halloween run, like most of Phish’s Halloween runs, is best known for its 10/31 show. In 2016, the All Hallows Eve show saw Phish recreate the classic David Bowie album, The rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust and the spiders of Mars. The group, however, had a lot of excitement in store for fans in the days leading up to Bowie’s costume.
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The 10/28/16 show, the first of four, began with “Martian Monster,” a nod to the group’s last trip to Vegas in 2014, when they created a new set of songs with Disney’s. The chilling and pulsating sounds of the haunted house sound effects album like shot. To celebrate this redesign, longtime choreographer of Phish Jon Rua, who was responsible for Halloween 2013 Abe vigoda The 2019 New Year’s Eve “Wombat” Dance and “Clones” Shenanigans have shared a new “Martian Monster” dance tutorial and will be holding a Zoom call during the broadcast for everyone to dance together. Freshen up with the tutorial below:
“No Men In No Man’s Land” succeeded “Martian Monster” in both slots, followed by the first of several bust-outs of the night with “Dogs Stole Things”. This interpretation of the ’97 -vintage Trey Anastasio/Tom marshall blues vamp marked its first performance since 6/17/12 in Atlantic City. It has only been played two more times since, on the last night of the Baker’s Dozen (8/6/17) and the second night of last year’s Mohegan Sun race (10/7/19 ).
Another rarity followed from there, as Del mccoury‘Beauty of My Dreams’ made its first appearance in Phish since New Years Eve 2010 (a gap of 227 shows). Rare song selections continued to be the name of the game as the 10/28/16 opening set went from there to Mike Gordon– fan favorite, “Destiny Unbound”, which was relaunched earlier that year at Lakeview Amphitheater after an absence of two years.
The first set continued with “Limb By Limb”, the second performance of Big boat “Home” track, Los Lobos‘”When The Circus Comes”, a strong “Steam”> “The Wedge” segment, an energetic “Cavern” and a usual closing “Walls of the Cave”.
To kick off the second set, Phish dove into “Crimes of the Mind” for the first time since 11/29/09, a gap of 283 shows. Written by a longtime songwriter Steve pollak (a.k.a The guy of life), “Crimes of the Mind” has not been performed live by Phish since that night.
Things really did move, however, with the set’s second song: a sprawling 25-minute improvisation odyssey on TV on the radio‘S “Golden Age” which remains Phish’s longest take to date on the beloved cover. After a few scintillating peaks and many Type II explorations, the band slipped smoothly into “Simple” followed by a relatively compact but sonically diverse “Light”. The “Light” got a little darker as the band moved from there to “Twenty Years Later” before closing the set with “Blaze On” and a superb “Squirming Coil” filled with McConnell Pageis a still powerful piano solo.
Finally, after starting their encore with “Bouncing Around The Room”, Page got one last chance to shine on a closing cover of Jimi Hendrix‘s “Bold as Love”. The ever-welcome cover has only been performed twice since: on “Holes Night” at Baker’s Dozen (8/4/17) and at last year’s Mexican destination event (2/21/19).
Tune in at 8:30 p.m. to relive Phish’s performance on 10/28/16 at the MGM Grand for Dinner and movie Ep. 6.
Setlist: Phish | MGM Grand Garden Arena | Las Vegas, Nevada | 10/28/16
First set: Martian monster, No Men In No Man’s Land, Dogs stole things, The beauty of my dreams, Destiny Unbound, Limb by Limb, Home, When the Circus Comes, Steam> The Wedge, Cavern, Walls of the Cellar
Second set: Crimes of the Mind, Golden Age> Simple> Light> Twenty years later> Blaze On, The Squirming Coil
Again: bounce around the room, bold as love
Trey teased San-Ho-Zay during No Men In No Man’s Land and Sand in Golden Age. Simple contained a teaser of Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now by Trey and Page. Dogs Stole Things was performed for the first time since June 17, 2012 (182 performances). Beauty of My Dreams was performed for the first time since December 31, 2010 (227 performances). Crimes of the Mind was performed for the first time since November 29, 2009 (283 performances).