On Tuesday night, Phish played their first of a two-night run at Camden, NJ’s BB&T Pavilion (formerly Susquehanna Bank Center, the E Centre, and the Tweeter Center), returning to the venue for the first time since June 10th, 2011. Fans were eager to get back to the southern-New Jersey shed that Phish has played some noteworthy performances at in the past.
After a strong first set, Phish opened with a monstrous 24-minute “Down With Disease”, easily surpassing the previously three played renditions this summer. The jam was complex and intricate, veering in different directions throughout its path, with a Page McConnell-led power-rock segment; blissful, fluffy territory; and a hard-hitting Anastasio guitar build-up, leading to the culmination of one of the summer’s top jams.
The Camden “Down With Disease” was not the only noteworthy extended jam of the evening. Later in the set, the band took “Light” on a thrilling 16-minute voyage. With Fishman and Gordon powering the train, Anastasio and McConnell blasted off, delicately building on each other’s solos before Trey took things into his own hands and tore the roof off of BB&T Pavilion. This is one jam you don’t want to sleep on. Thankfully, Phish has now shared pro-shot footage of the fantastic “Light” jam from the webcast-less Camden night one, so everyone can get a glimpse of the magic.
You can watch pro-shot footage of Camden’s bubbly and deep “Light” below:
Phish – “Light” [Pro-Shot]
Setlist: Phish | BB&T Pavilion | Camden, NJ | 8/7/18
Set One: Crowd Control, No Men In No Man’s Land, Blaze On, Lawn Boy, Infinite> Wilson> Roggae, Rift> 46 Days, Sparkle> David Bowie
Set Two: Down With Disease> Backwards Down The Numberline> I Always Wanted It This Way> Miss You> Light> Mike’s Song> I Am Hydrogen> Weekapaug Groove
Encore: Show of Life
Notes: Down With Disease was unfinished.