This past weekend, Phish headed to Riviera Maya, Mexico for the third edition of their Mexican destination event. This year’s Mexico trip has been widely hailed by fans as the best of the band’s three Mexico runs, with rare bust-outs, long-lost covers, and plenty of improv popping up throughout the three-show engagement. Following their triumphant trip south of the border, the band has shared pro-shot video of their bubbly, feel-good “Carini” from the second set of their third and final show on Saturday, February 23rd.
Phish showed no signs of slowing down as they opened their second set on 2/23/19 with a bouncy “First Tube”. Trey Anastasio threw down some sinister wails out of the gates before jumping around like a mad man all over the stage. As Chris Kuroda’s mind-bending rainbow light patterns reflected off of the water, Phish moved forward with “Mike’s Song”. For the first time since 1998, the band decided to forego the middle of their usual “Mikes Groove” sandwich, moving straight forward with a plinko-heavy “Weekapaug Groove”. With Trey dancing around on his pedals, some hints of “First Tube” reemerged, followed by a ripping finale that led back into the vocal closing segment of “Weekapaug”.
Phish kept it rolling with “Fuego”, igniting a full-fledged dance party for those lucky enough to be boogying under the Spanish moon. A standard but smooth-sailing “Fuego” led way to “Tweezer”, as Trey dialed things in, leading his bandmates into an at first eerie and dark jam, which quickly took a hard-turn into blissful Type II jam territory. With Jon Fishman laying down the foundation, Page McConnell and Trey connected and found their sweet spot, progressively evolving into an earth-shattering peak. Slowing down the tempo coming out of “Tweezer”, a possible hint of a forthcoming slower tune was the biggest fake out of the evening, as Phish instead crashed into “Carini”.
Saturday night’s “Carini” was as tender and silky-smooth as it gets, the kind of Phish that every fans travels thousands of miles to bask in. With Trey laying down some heavy-fan action on his Languedoc, he quickly spit out the “Tweezer” lick before taking the charge forward with the opening “Ghost” riff.
You can watch pro-shot video of Phish’s Mexican “Carini” below:
Phish – “Carini” [Pro-Shot]
Phish will now take the next few months off as the band members head out to perform with various side projects including a number of Trey Anastasio Band dates, the first-ever performances by Trey Anastasio and Jon Fishman‘s new Ghosts of the Forest project, and a number of March shows by Mike Gordon‘s solo outfit. All four members of Phish will reunite in June to commence their 2019 summer tour.
For a full list of upcoming dates, head here.
Setlist: Phish | Riviera Maya, Mexico | 2/23/19
Set One: The Curtain With > Punch You In The Eye > Blaze On > Destiny Unbound > Most Events Aren’t Planned > Divided Sky, Steam, Chalk Dust Torture
Set Two: First Tube, Mike’s Song > Weekapaug Groove, Fuego , Tweezer > Carini , Ghost > Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S.
Encore: Simple > Martian Monster > Kung > Big Black Furry Creature from Mars, Sleeping Monkey > Tweezer Reprise