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Concert: Phish Rocks the LA Forum

Incredible light show accompanies the Phish musical performance at the Los Angeles Forum on July 22, 2016. Photo courtesy of Andy J. Gordon 2016©.

By Andy J. Gordon

Phish, the quintessential jam band, brought their 2016 summer tour to the famous Los Angeles Forum on July 22, 2016. The rebuilt Forum is a premier location for live music with an excellent sound system, comfortable seating and good sight lines throughout the venue. Phish has a cult-like following and they put on a lengthy show that kept their faithful “phans” entertained for over three hours.

Many of their admirers trek around the country to see their heroes. Thousands of Phish “phanatics” crammed into the parking lot for pre-show “phestivities” before streaming into the arena. The show was an electric, symbiotic connection between the band and audience. The die-hard followers seem to have a magical connection with the band and in turn, the musicians on stage feed off of the energy in the crowd. Throughout the show, the Phish phans were a gyrating, glow-stick throwing and colorful-ball tossing throng.

Trey Anastasio with Phish at the Los Angeles Forum on July 22, 2016. Photo courtesy of Andy J. Gordon 2016©.

Trey Anastasio with Phish at the Los Angeles Forum on July 22, 2016. Photo courtesy of Andy J. Gordon 2016©.

Lead singer and guitarist Trey Anastasio was the focus of much attention as he wailed multiple solos. The other band members — Jon Fishman on drums, Mike Gordon on bass and Page McConnell on keyboards — all received love as well. The crowd roared any time Gordon or McConnell took a solo. All four members contributed vocals and there was some amazing harmonizing during the show.

Mike Gordon playing a bass solo with Phish at the Los Angeles Forum on July 22, 2016. Photo courtesy of Andy J. Gordon 2016©.

Mike Gordon playing a bass solo with Phish at the Los Angeles Forum on July 22, 2016. Photo courtesy of Andy J. Gordon 2016©.

Jon Fishman pounding the drums with Phish at the Los Angeles Forum on July 22, 2016. Photo courtesy of Andy J. Gordon 2016©.

Jon Fishman pounding the drums with Phish at the Los Angeles Forum on July 22, 2016. Photo courtesy of Andy J. Gordon 2016©.

Page McConnell playing with Phish at the Los Angeles Forum on July 22, 2016. Photo courtesy of Andy J. Gordon 2016©.

Page McConnell playing with Phish at the Los Angeles Forum on July 22, 2016. Photo courtesy of Andy J. Gordon 2016©.

A Phish live show is not just about the music. Longtime visual effects coordinator Chris Karuda did an amazing job of synchronizing the light show with the music. Phish at the Forum proved that seeing them live is not just a concert, but a unique multimedia experience of the senses.

SET ONE

The Moma Dance (8:03)
Sample in a Jar (5:04)
Paul and Silas (2:49)
Yarmouth Road (6:02)
Kill Devil Falls (6:51)
Horn (3:56)
Halfway To The Moon (7:38)
Heavy Things (5:36)
Blaze On (8:17)
Stash (10:35)
Cavern (4:27)
Run Like an Antelope (11:12)

SET TWO

Axilla I (4:06)
Fuego (12:52)
Back on the Train (7:36)
Saw It Again (3:49)
Prince Caspian (5:35)
Waves (8:07)
Joy (5:57)
The Wedge (7:02)
Scent of a Mule (10:34)
Rock and Roll (8:42)
You Enjoy Myself (19:24)

ENCORE

Boogie On Reggae Woman (5:02)
Bouncing Around the Room (3:45)
Golgi Apparatus (5:32)

About Andy J. Gordon (180 Articles)
Andy J. Gordon, a Los Angeles-based marketing and strategy consultant, made his writing debut in “Brentwood” magazine in 2007. His interests include music, sports, consumer electronics, premium libations, fine dining, travel, fast cars, and enjoying life.