fall tour starts in Music City

When Phish took the stage Friday night for the first of a three-night run at Bridgestone Arena, it marked the first time the band had visited Music City since 2021’s return summer tour. This show was also notable as Phish’s 2,000th, a factoid bassist Mike Gordon acknowledged in an Instagram story.

“Thanks for coming along that ride,” said the bassist, who with guitarist Trey Anastasio, drummer Jon Fishman and chairman of the (key)board Page McConnell, formed the quartet in 1983 in Burlington, Vermont.

And what a ride it’s been.

Trey Anastasio of Phish performs at Bridgestone Arena on the first night of a three day stop in Nashville, Tenn., Friday night, Oct. 6, 2023.

The crowd met the fall tour opener with notably jubilant energy as the band launched into a rollicking “Julius,” which was last played as an opener almost a year ago at MGM Grand. McConnell played the keys with enough energy to match the crowd.

The band next took “Back on the Train” for a 10-minute ride before pausing for a breath, eventually settling on a sloppily started “Moma Dance.” The band eventually settled into a groove and further got it together for “Axilla I.” Anastasio also looped in elements of “Axilla II.” “It’s like the best of both worlds,” the frontman joked. “You know this one and the other one.”

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