Tonight (Tuesday July 28), Phishing will broadcast their performance on the theme “Double Chocolate” from the 2017 Baker’s Dozen residency at Madison Square Garden on 7/28/17 as the eighteenth episode of their ongoing archival webcast / kitchen series, Dinner and movie. Tune in below at 8:30 p.m. ET and scroll down to follow our 7/28/17 broadcast companion.
Phishing Dinner and movie Episode 18: 07/28/27, Madison Square Garden [Full Show]
The eighteenth episode of Dinner and movie follows the show “F— Your Face” of 08/31/12, 07/27/14 Merriweather “Tweezerfest”, the Baker’s Dozen “Jam-Filled” evening of 07/25/17, Magnaball night two (8/22/15), the first night of last year at Mohegan Sun (7/9/19), First night of the group’s 2016 Halloween Run in Las Vegas (10/28/16), Last night of the 2017 Mexican Destination Event (1/15/17) , the group’s first of three nights in Alpharetta, GA in 2018 (8/3/18), opening the 1997 US tour with a guest appearance on LeRoi Moore of Dave Matthews Group (07/21/97), the second improvised evening of their 2018 Madison Square Garden New Year’s race (12/29/18), Friday evening 2013 at The throats (07/26/13), the group’s debut in 1995 at Deer Creek Music Center (06/19/95), the fiery Wednesday night at Mann in 2015 (8/12/15), an emblematic evening Greek theater in Berkeley, CA from 2010 (8/7/10), and a ‘cutting edge’ set of two videos from Northampton, MA in 1989 (5/1/89), Wild from 2019 Alpine valley final (07/14/19), and the third night of Phish’s return to Hampton Coliseum in the fall of 2013 (10/20/13).
This week’s archive feed marks the second iteration of the series which will take place on the anniversary of the show’s original date, following the 7/14/19 airing in Alpine Valley on the occasion of her first birthday for episode sixteen. Tonight’s broadcast also marks the second episode of Dinner and movie to be taken from Baker’s Dozen, Phish’s 13-performance residency at the world’s most famous arena in the summer of 2017. In early April, the group presented the series’ fourth “Jam-Filled” night as third episode of the series. Now we’re going to resample the sixth “donut” of the dozen: the “Double Chocolate” night.
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The 7/28/17 show marked the start of the middle “run” over the 13-night streak, and by this point fans had gotten the hang of it. On the morning of each show, Phish announced a donut flavor for the evening. That night’s performance would then play on the flavor of the day as the theme of the show, inspiring thoughtful song selections, bursts of surprise, and left-field covers depending on the dessert of the day. You can read our full show-by-show rundown of the Baker’s Dozen here.
– Phish (@phishing) July 28, 2017
The chocolate references started with the first song, as the band took to the stage in a cappella formation for perhaps the most unusual cover of the entire residency: “Chocolate Rain”, the ubiquitous song by Tay zonday salad days of the viral video era. Much like Zonday did in his original “Chocolate Rain” video, the band even “walked away from the mic to breathe” in unison, leaving the already amused Garden crowd in the points. Foolishness still in their minds, the band moved on to an interpretation of Jon fishman‘s “Ass Handed” in the second slot.
Song selections like these were part of what made Baker’s Dozen so special. Thanks to some particular baked goods, “Chocolate Rain” was performed in front of a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden and cemented in the Phish tradition for years to come. This brief moment in the Garden has allowed the Phish / Zonday connection to linger to this day: Cameo video. The donut makes the loop …
Tay Zonday – “Ass Handed” (Phish)
[Video: Scott Bernstein]
In terms of themed-focused chocolate references, the band also came up with alternate lyrics of “Fee” during the encore (the lyrics changed to “grab a chocolate donut and catch your breath”) and the first cover of Hot chocolate‘s “You Sexy Thing” during the second set. While the chocolate antics were fun to see, however, it was the “regular” Phish around thematic selections that propelled this show to the top of most fan’s “Best of the Dozen” lists.
With 5 nights of songs now off the table as part of the no-rehearsal run, the first set continued with a mix of staples and rarities like “Weigh”, “Undermind”, “The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony “,” The Dogs “,” Destiny Unbound “,” Divided Sky “,” Things People Do “and” Sand “.
The second set was where the group really got down to work for one of the best sets of the 26 they played in the New York arena that summer. Phish kicked off the second set with a shock, as “Have Mercy” from Powerful diamonds served as a stand-alone opener for the first time. At this point, “Have Mercy” had only been played a handful of times, and all of them except this version have come in the middle of a long jam. [Note: The show-opening rendition in Charlotte last summer now shares this distinction with the Baker’s Dozen version]. “Have Mercy” is usually a surprise that springs from the ether of ambitious improvisation, so to say that fans were caught off guard by the song’s placement at the start of the set would be an understatement – and we were just getting started. .
From there the band moved on to “Chalk Dust Torture” and made the most of Dozen’s single appearance of their classic track by riding it on over 20 minutes of sublime improvisation. After leaving “Chalk Dust” unfinished just before the 25-minute mark, Phish’s debut of “You Sexy Thing” elicited an eruption of approval and appreciation from the crowd. For a fan base long accustomed to the concept of “Miracles,” adding this tune to Phish’s repertoire seemed obvious as soon as Mike Gordon started to sing. The Garden simply erupted in excitement when the band started the soulful cover, and while Mike struggled mightily with the song’s high notes, MSG fans were too busy singing and laughing to care. .
After guiding “You Sexy Thing” into a sparse and funky groove with a unique interaction between McConnell Page and Trey Anastasio, the band sank into “Mercury”, still a relatively new issue in Phish’s catalog at that time. As LivePhish marks this segment as “You Sexy Thing”> “Mercury,” the distinctive bassline of the classic Hot Chocolate has faded around the 12-minute mark of “Mercury,” and a cover of the chorus. followed suit. Debates continue to this day as to whether this “cover” “You Sexy Thing” was a nod to the “double” part of the “Double Chocolate” theme. We say to each other why not?
With time for a few more, the group moved on to “Backwards Down The Number Line” followed by a festive shoot on The velvet metro‘s “Rock & Roll”. The crowd couldn’t help but feel the feelings of the tune – during Baker’s Dozen, everything was fine. After the opening of the recalled “Fee” modified with chocolate, the group closed the sixth evening with their a cappella arrangement of David Bowie‘s “Space Oddity”.
Check out a photo gallery from the show below courtesy of the photographer Andrew Blackstein and tune in to relive the show at 8:30 p.m. ET tonight, July 28.
Setlist: Phish | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 07/28/27
SET 1: chocolate rain, Ass Handed, Free, Weigh> Undermind> The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony, The Dogs> Destiny Unbound, Divided Sky, Things People Do, Sand
SET 2: Have Mercy, Chalk Dust Torture, you sexy thing > Mercury -> You Sexy Thing> Back Down The Digital Line> Rock and Roll
YET: Fresh, space oddity
 Phishing starts; a cappella, with Page on a midi controller keyboard.
 Phish debut.
 Trey sang verses on the megaphone. The lyrics changed to “grab a chocolate donut and catch your breath”.
This show was the sixth night of Phish’s Baker’s Dozen at Madison Square Garden and consisted of a chocolate donut theme. Donuts with dark chocolate frosting with chocolate cookie crumbs were offered to fans arriving on site, and the show featured the debut of Phish from Chocolate Rain and You Sexy Thing. Chocolate Rain was performed a cappella and presented Page on a midi controller keyboard. Chalk Dust Torture was unfinished. Fresh featured Trey on megaphone. Fee’s lyrics have been changed to ‘grab a chocolate donut and catch your breath’.
Phishing | Bakery Dozen Night 6 | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 07/28/27