Phish Destroys Jones Beach

The Phish shows at Jones Beach Theater on 7/3 and 7/4 were my 46th and 47th Phish shows. I just learned my exact show count this afternoon after downloading The Helping Friendly App. I had been meaning to do this forever. The app is definitely worth the $1.99 purchase price. It is amazing that I still enjoy their shows as much as, if not more than, I ever have. It is a bit of a hassle to get out to Jones Beach from the city; however, we had perfect weather on both 7/3 and 7/4 so the trip out there was more than worth it. It also didn’t hurt that Phish threw down some spectacular set lists both nights. These shows are the only Phish shows I’m going to see this summer so there were a number of songs I was hoping to hear, particularly a Mike’s Song > I am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove. I got really lucky and Phish played almost all of the big songs I wanted to hear on the first night! There is something special about seeing Phish at an outdoor venue with great weather that really makes it feel like summer. Check out the set list from the first night:

Tuesday, 07/03/2012
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY

Set 1Skin It BackPossum[1]TubeHappiness Is a Warm GunMike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug GrooveHalley’s Comet > Axilla > Ya MarJoyJesus Just Left ChicagoBackwards Down the Number Line > Golgi Apparatus

Set 2Chalk Dust Torture[1]Sand[2] -> Golden AgeWolfman’s Brother -> Walk AwayBug > Fluffhead[3] > The WedgeRun Like an Antelope

EncoreCharacter Zero

[1] Skin It Back tease.
[2] Izabella tease.
[3] Dave’s Energy Guide tease.

Notes: Skin It Back was played for the first time since July 29,1988 (1,417 shows). Happiness is a Warm Gun was played for the first time since October 31, 1994 (658 shows). Possum and Chalk Dust Torture contained Skin It Back teases. Sand contained an Izabella tease. Fluffhead contained a Dave’s Energy Guide tease.
*Setlists curtsey of 

The first night was filled with a lot of high energy heaters (Walk Away in the second set was the highlight in my opinion), but the second night started off with a mix of obscure songs and new songs. It was refreshing to see such a unique set list from the boys. They did a great job bringing something different to the table. The second set was a little more straight forward, but it was certainly enjoyed by all. I was really glad to see that Phish sounded as good as ever on their 4th of July run at Jones Beach. It was disappointing that they weren’t able to have fireworks at the venue, but people set off some serious fireworks in the parking lot after the show so I got my fix. I can’t possibly think of a better way to celebrate our liberty and freedom than to see Phish throw a 20,000 person beach party just outside of New York City.

 Wednesday, 07/04/2012

Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY

Set 1Alumni Blues > Letter to Jimmy Page > Alumni BluesHead Held HighThe Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu > The Man Who Stepped Into YesterdayKill Devil FallsBittersweet MotelThe Moma Dance > Gumbo > David BowieAlaskaSusskind HotelHold Your Head Up > Purple Rain[1] > Hold Your Head UpThe Star Spangled Banner

Set 2Boogie On Reggae Woman > Tweezer > Twist > Taste > Quinn the Eskimo >Julius > Rock and Roll > The Horse > Silent in the Morning > Harry Hood > Shine a Light > Show of Life > Slave to the Traffic Light

EncoreSleeping Monkey[2] > Tweezer Reprise

[1] Lyrics changed to “tucking in the Purple Rain.”
[2] Lyrics changed to “Why’d you tuck my monkey on a train.”

Notes: Alumni Blues was preceded by a Dave’s Energy Guide tease. Head Held High was played for the first time since October 31, 1998 (356 shows). The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday and Avenu Malkenu were played for the first time since6/21/09 (136 shows). Bittersweet Motel was played for the first time since 8/2/09(132 shows). Purple Rain was played for the first time since 7/25/99 (314 shows) and included alternate lyrics “tucking in the Purple Rain” and “I am Friar Tuck!” Sleeping Monkey contained alternate lyrics “Why’d you tuck my monkey on a train.”
*Setlist curtsey of 


3 thoughts on “Phish Destroys Jones Beach

    • Hey Felicia… thanks for visiting!!! Just downloaded the shows. Did you know that you get a free download with all ticket stubs now? I thought you could only do it with mail order tix, but apparently you can use the barcode number on all ticket stubs to get the shows for free!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s