, attached to 2000-09-29

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround SET 1: Carini: Energy pre-show was super intense. People were ready to get down and thoroughly prepared to do so. The opening notes of Carini shook Thomas & Mack, fans were in full throat, yours truly included these being my first Phish shows in Sin City. Fish straight up SCREAMING Carini Had a Lumpy Head at the end. Nuts. Rift: Not perfect by any stretch, but the effort and energy are all there. Frankenstein: Awesome in the three hole, just ratchets up the energy that much more if that was even possible. Scrambled my eggs BIG TIME. Mellow Mood: The irony of this being played at one of the bands more rock and roll shows of all time is not lost on me. Good stuff. Probably good they gave us a breather because folks were bouncing off the walls. Wilson[1] 4.5 minutes in and this one is just…different than most versions. Gets ugly and sinister, absolutely brilliant! Has such an edge to it, evil Phish. > Spock's Brain: Way, way, way out of left field. Took me a good minute to figure it out. Huge bust out. > Bathtub Gin: Out of the composed section the jam is speedy and upbeat. A slower pace is recognized around 9 minutes and the Chicagoans in attendance get the rest of us to clap along and band obliges. Mike is owning faces in this segment and beyond. The peak is incredible, not sure why this version has generated a bit more love over the years. If I could bottle the feeling I had during this and sold it, I would be a billionaire. Cloud nine > Character Zero: Rock stars, arena rock stars. Just crushed. First set summary: I was floored! Regarding replay value, I would definitely advise anyone reading to checkout Wilson and Gin. Both are fantastic. But I had a ton of fun relistening to the whole thing just now remembering so much of what happened from 22 years ago. At set break, spirits were soaring. The wave got going and a frisbee was being tossed for the narrow side of the second deck, across the floor and over to the other side of the arena in the second deck. Ever seen that happen? Nuts! SET 2: Dinner and a Movie: Another epic bust out, last played was the Slip, Stich and Pass show first since March 1, 1997, or 242 shows. What a way to come out of the set break swinging a very heavy bat! The Moma Dance: This Moma rages in a way that few ever have or will. It is just incredibly fierce. Words won’t do it justice, but you listening to it will. Little space jam tacked on to the ending > Also Sprach Zarathustra: The place is melting at this point and grooving as one. Super cool to be a part of this. Walk this Way tease early on. > Fluffhead: Pretty well played and big, ol’ end shred has the arena on fire. Cool little space jam into… > Meatstick: Standard > Walk This Way[2] When Kid came out, I was disappointed. I felt like the show was on its way to all timer type territory if they played a couple more bangers. But oh well. Screechy screech time. Rapper's Delight[2] Fishman antics were funny You Shook Me All Night Long[3] Screeeeech ENCORE: We're an American Band[4] I had badly wanted to see this since hearing the tapes from 11.16.96. The alternate lyrics were…eye opening. Second set summary: Moma, whew buddy, so much replay value there and really through Meatstick is just a ball. So much fun and the band and the fans are intimately connected throughout. The Kid Rock stuff has kind of grown on me over the years, it is what it is. I love this show, always will and likely have severe attendance bias. With the Wilson, Gin and Moma standouts I would rate this a strong 4.1 out of 5. [1] Heavy metal jam. [2] Phish debut, Kid Rock on guest vocals. [3] First Phish performance in its entirety, Kid Rock on guest vocals. [4] Kid Rock on guest vocals. Wilson included a heavy metal jam, complete with Trey waving his guitar in the air. Kid Rock provided guest vocals from Walk This Way through the encore. Walk This Way and Rapper’s Delight (with funny stage antics from Fish, who danced on his knees like Kid’s sidekick Joe C.) were Phish debuts. You Shook Me (All Night Long) was played in its entirety by Phish for the first time, although it had been jammed on other occasions. Walk This Way was also teased during 2001. Spock’s Brain (first since June 24, 1995, or 391 shows), Dinner and a Movie (first since March 1, 1997, or 242 shows), and American Band (first since November 16, 1996, or 271 shows) returned after long absences. The Carini opener was preceded by a Wilson tease and saw Trey have several problems with his guitar. Meatstick featured Mike and Trey doing the Meatstick dance.
, attached to 1995-09-29

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround PHISH, FRIDAY 09/29/1995 GREEK THEATRE Los Angeles, CA Soundcheck: Jam, Dog Log, Funk Jam > Funky Bitch, Poor Heart SET 1: AC/DC Bag: Hot fire to get this show off on the right foot > Sparkle: Standard > Divided Sky: Fall 95 perfection. Strange Design: Nice cool down and chance to catch your breath. Cars Trucks Buses: Three shows in a row. You Enjoy Myself: Love the placement. After the composed section, the jam starts off pretty quiet but builds into a screamer as you would expect. Sweet Adeline: Standard. Suzy Greenberg: Hot closer. First set summary: Very solid. This is a well-constructed setlist and the playing is great. I don’t have anything that I would revisit necessarily, but that is not a demerit on the tunes and the playing. SET 2: Also Sprach Zarathustra: Nice and spacey with some nice loops and effects > Maze: Absolutely smoked! Trey sounds so good! Free: Not a big fan of this era of Free, just sort of drones on to my ears as does this version. Ya Mar: I know they used to play this tune a good bit in the second set but that largely disappeared starting with US 98 summer tour. I am not a big fan of the placement here. Playing is fine though. Split Open and Melt: This one does in fact get out there a decent bit, nothing too crazy but still hold on to your hat. Trey does seem to rip chord the ending a bit and catching the others by surprise? Billy Breathes: Three shows in a row. Set is now officially choppy. Beautifully played though. Hold Your Head Up > Cryin'[1] > Hold Your Head Up: LOL at Fish’s commentary before Cryin: “Alright I’m not too proud, I don’t know the words to this song, so I have my cheat sheet. The fact that I don’t know the words isn’t the point.” LOL!!! Page: “That wasn’t too bad” Trey: “That was for Bert Goldstein” A Day in the Life: Standard. ENCORE: Chalk Dust Torture: Standard face melter. Not seen in the encore slot since 7.14.94 at Finger Lakes. Trey at the end “We apologize for that guy” Did some wook jump up on stage? Second set summary: No flow, too choppy. For me, I feel like I would go back and listen to 2001 > Maze and SOAMelt, but that’s it. The show is solid 95 fare but the setlist construction leaves something to be desired. As such, I would rate this show as a 3.6 out of 5. [1] Phish debut. Cryin’ made its Phish debut at this show. In the soundcheck, Dog Log was performed in a funk style and Poor Heart was a cappella.
, attached to 2019-12-30

Review by Pagegrrl34

Pagegrrl34 This Tweezer. I can't love this band more than I do during this monster. Around 22:30-ish > 23:00 I swear I hear Morning Dew. The entire show is tits but the 2nd set is everything because of the Tweezer. They are so locked in and we reap all the blissful orgasmic JOY. We are beyond lucky to have found this band. Nobody beats Phish. No one ever could. 31:00-32:00 reminds us why we will always love Trey.
, attached to 1999-09-28

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround OAK MOUNTAIN AMPHITHEATRE Pelham, AL SET 1: Wolfman's Brother: Crowd is super pumped before the start of this. Composed section is really snapping and popping, Mike sounds GREAT. Big ol’ loop at 9:15. Solid jam, nothing that will knock your socks off with historic respect regarding this song – but what a way to get this show underway! Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley[1] – Not played since Oswego, 26 show gap. Nice, funky little jam but this doesn’t really merit being on jamcharts, right? Tube: Pretty much any version from 99 is bound to impress. This one is no different. Ginseng Sullivan: Standard > Roggae: Mike dropping big bombs! Maze: Smokes! Must have left many craters. Wading in the Velvet Sea: Perfect placement and played perfectly, would re-listen for sure – this one has something extra. Harry Hood: Unbelievable version. I hold this version in high regard. Great version regardless of ANY era. To close a first set is extra special. Trey gushes about how much they love the venue. ‘Don’t do anything we wouldn’t do.’ SET 2: Farmhouse: Has that extra something, played with a lot of heart and emotion. Great opener! Heavy Things: Standard. First Tube: Energy is through the roof at this point. Fans are frothing at the mouth, and then… Tweezer: Fans are rewarded! Just the third of four Tweezer’s played on the entire tour. Sick loops employed to kick the jam, multiple layers. Headspace!!!! Trey and Mike team up in the 8- and 9-minute range to perfection, playing off one another. Just incredible. Trey is lead in the latter 9-minute range. I LOVE how the loops remain constant through the jam, always present and adding an extra edge. Trey lays back in the 11.5-minute range, deferring to Page. But a theme is discovered largely by Trey in the early 12’s. 13 even Trey breaks everyone out of this loudly and the fans love it, but this is brief, and they delve back into that theme. The fans are son engaged that a Chicago style clap along comes about around 14:50, and the band completely follows the fans, so awesome!!!!!!! > Makisupa Policeman: Huge ovation once Makisupa is realized Key word schwaaaaaag There are so many cool effects going on in this one, for me; it is difficult to tell who is doing what. I love that! Trey on mini keyboard at 5:13 but only briefly. This jam is lengthy and awesome. Great pick for Live Bait volume 19. Chalk Dust Torture: What a jolt to the system coming out of that mellow Makisupa jam. They are briefly out of sync in the early going, but only briefly. Fans going off throughout – this show has SOOOO much energy. Little sloppy towards the end, but it is all about the ENERGY. You Enjoy Myself: Wow. Could not be a better set closer. Absolute perfection. Nirvana section is sublime and patient. 5 minute mark Page and Trey get pretty crossed up but just briefly. The funk jam that breaks out here is to die for. Imagine fans were just getting down so hard to this. At 17 minutes they go for the vocal jam. ENCORE: Halley's Comet: Sloppy, Trey struggles a good bit > Tweezer Reprise: Ripped! Second set summary. Wow, just wow. This show is one I will hold near and dear as long as I can breathe yet did not attend. From the opener to the closer, the band recognizes energy and returns it in spades. Beautiful night in Alabama. It’s cool how Phish can light crowds on fire outside of their traditional strongholds and this show is a perfect example. Fantastic set and show. Would rate this higher than I know most would: 4.5 out of 5. Fight me! [1] No vocal jam. The YEM vocal jam included Sweet Home Alabama quotes.
, attached to 1995-09-28

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround SUMMER POPS, EMBARCADERO CENTER San Diego, CA Soundcheck: Gumbo, All Things Reconsidered, Mound, The Fog That Surrounds, Hello My Baby Fair warning, the source on the Relisten App is rough in that there is a ton of crowd noise seemingly right on top of this microphone. SET 1: Cars Trucks Buses: Played on back-to-back nights. Runaway Jim: Nicely ripped! Billy Breathes: Played on back-to-back nights. Scent of a Mule: Standard. Stash: Not much going on here, played very close to the vest. Fee[1] Standard -> The Fog That Surrounds: This is version you need to hear simply for the comic relief. Fish completely forgets his lyrics and they literally have to restart the whole tune. Trey was like, Fish I think you need to redo, that – we are going to redo that – or something like that. Funny stuff. They egg Fish on with some HYHU stuff, lol. Acoustic Army: Standard Slave to the Traffic Light: This was rock solid, loved what I just heard. At this point in their career, Slave had only closed a first set three times: 4.27.84, 4.24.94, 6.7.95. First set summary: I enjoyed Runaway Jim and Slave. Both I would relisten to again. SET 2: Theme From the Bottom: Standard > Poor Heart: Standard. If you are listening to the source on the Relisten app, the crowd noise right on top of this taper’s microphone is brutal. Don't You Want To Go? Standard. Last time played ☹ Tweezer: Standard. There isn’t much to sink your teeth into here at all. The last couple of minutes get a bit out there and then segue into… > Keyboard Army: Standard. Amazing Grace: Standard. Sample in a Jar: Standard. This deep in the second set, c’mon man. Run Like an Antelope: Standard, short, curfew’d? ENCORE: Fire: Standard. Super short curfew and a short Antelope = must have been up against the clock. [1] Trey sang verses through megaphone. HYHU was teased after Fog That Surrounds. Second set summary: Nothing at all grabbed me – nothing that I would ever come back to unfortunately.
, attached to 2000-09-27

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround SET 1: Sample in a Jar: Good energy out of the gate. My Friend, My Friend: Cool little jam tacked on to the end. Beauty of My Dreams > Standard My Soul: Slower and jazzy intro. This version rocks. Limb By Limb: Trey absolutely CRUSHES this, absolutely a highlight. Just smokes! Dirt: Good place for a breather after that Limb face melter. Split Open and Melt: Don’t sleep on this version, it flies under the radar but is a rocking version. I was blown away by it at the show in the moment. Horn: Had forgot how badly Trey struggles on this one, he has a multiple Marty McFly disappearing hand moments. Ouch. They also mess up the vocals at the end. Taste: Standard. Cavern: Standard. First set summary: Good flow and energy throughout. Limb by Limb and SOAMelt have replay value for sure. Solid set. SET 2: Piper: Check out the tension they build at 5:37 and then just explode at 5:58. I LOVE IT, makes me smile every time I hear it and it’s something I want to hear in every Piper I have heard since this night. The effects that start at 10:13 – some of my favorite Phish happens from here through the end, just incredible. > Gumbo: I love the chill theme they get on to at 5:45 and ride that through 7:25. 12:17 Trey power chords and Fishman egging him on for harder, faster, louder. Epic. > Ghost: This Ghost is no slouch, very underrated. Pretty aggressive version, especially for the time period. Total face melter right here! > The Mango Song: Nicely jammed. Heavy Things: Groaned then and groaned just now. Really long pause after this before they start up Brother… Brother: Huge bustout, 153 gap since last played at 7.28.98 You Enjoy Myself ENCORE: Loving Cup [1] No "Myfe" ending. The My Friend ending did not contain the "Myfe" lyric. Brother was played for the first time since July 28, 1998 (153 shows) after which Trey commented, “That song is all about the ending.”
, attached to 2022-09-25

Review by BrotherOpener

BrotherOpener Soundcheck from my sonic vantage in the west porch: I Never Needed You Like This Before, I Never Left Home (!), hey stranger, Julius. Julius was fully played; they were working out ideas for that one. Great show. It was my birthday, surrounded by excellent friends and love, weather was stellar. Got my birthday Jibboo too!
, attached to 2022-09-25

Review by BrotherOpener

BrotherOpener Soundcheck from my sonic vantage in the west porch: I Never Needed You Lije Thus Before, I Never Left Home (!), hey stranger, Julius. Julius seemed like it was fully played; they were working out ideas for that one. Great show. It was my birthday, surrounded by excellent friends and live, weather was stellar. Got my birthday Jibboo too!
, attached to 1993-03-05

Review by kipmat

kipmat I agree with @DollarBill's review, this is an excellent show to check out if you're looking for something off the beaten path from 1993. The spreadsheet source is an above-average AUD. Just wanted to add that Southern Methodist University is located in Dallas, where Page attended between 1982-1984. NFL Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson had earned first team All-American honors while at SMU in 1982, so Trey takes a moment after Stash to acknowledge the connection Page and Eric Dickerson share. Although in retirement Eric Dickerson has been an advocate for addressing racial injustice in college and professional football, he had received suspensions in 1990 and 1991 for refusing to submit to a team physical, allegedly due to sustained drug use. Perhaps that's why the Bowie intro also features an Eric Dickerson reference, with Page quipping, "Lotta memories..." ;-)
, attached to 1995-09-27

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround PHISH, WEDNESDAY 09/27/1995 CAL EXPO AMPHITHEATER Sacramento, CA Soundcheck: Funky Bitch (one and a half times), Jam, The Fog That Surrounds SET 1: Wolfman's Brother: Standard. Rift: Standard > Free: Nicely jammed! Has some length to it coming in at 9:12. It's Ice: Gets pretty sinister there for a moment or two, nice and creepy. > I Didn't Know: Henrietta on Trombone. The Fog That Surrounds: Trey – “Some of you may think you know this song, but you don’t.” Strange Design: Standard Chalk Dust Torture: Standard. The Squirming Coil: Awesome Page solo, feel like this is one of the longest I have heard? First set summary: I would venture to say that this is a solid opening set of the tour. Free and Coil both caught my ear and would he happy to listen to both again in the future. SET 2: Cars Trucks Buses: Debut. AC/DC Bag: Nicely jammed, has a bit of length to it. David Bowie: Page and Trey are amazing at creating tension here in the early going. This is a very solid Bowie to my ears; has everything I have come to want and expect of this song over the years. Really good jam. Billy Breathes: Debut. Keyboard Army: Debut. Harry Hood: This Hood is going along as you would expect when it sort of takes a left turn onto a darker path and lingers here for a bit. It then goes back to what you would expect of a Hood jam and has a nice peak. Then when you would expect it to start the wrap up process, it meanders back into a mellow, spacy jam and then ends. Leaves you wanting more and a bit of a head scratcher, and if I recall correctly, the same feeling that the Spokane Hood left me with. Hello, My Baby: Debut and dedicated to Pete Schall. A Day in the Life: Standard ENCORE: Possum: Definitely a ’95 face melter, highly recommended! Second Set Summary: Pretty cool set, yet uneven. Bag, Bowie, Hood, and Possum all have replay value. Lots of debuts. This show only rates as a 2.8 on .net which seems quite harsh. To me this is a nice, average show for the era. It has something for everyone and for my money – 6 tunes that I would go back and listen to. Good tour opener on one of the best tours ever. Let’s get the show on the road indeed! This tour opener brought the first performances of The Fog That Surrounds, Cars Trucks Buses, Billy Breathes, Keyboard Army, and the Phish debut of Hello My Baby (which was dedicated to Pete Schall). I Didn’t Know featured Fish on trombone. Trey teased Slipknot! in David Bowie. Harry Hood was unfinished. Possum contained Johnny B. Goode teases from Trey.
, attached to 1994-10-29

Review by MrPalmers1000DollarQ

MrPalmers1000DollarQ Only two nights before the fellas would tear down Glenn Falls and begin one of my favorite Phish traditions, they left a massive crater in Spartanburg, SC. The post-Halloween back half of Fall '94 typically gets a little more love, but the October shows certainly have their moments, not the least of which is 10/29. MFMF opens with some very strong Fishman and a fun outro jam that was typical of the time. Runaway Jim and Foam provide two more mid-set highlights with more tremendous drumming and some spectacular Trey. The Melt->Buffalo Bill->Makisupa->Rift sequence is a super unexpected conglomeration of tunes, but the band manages to make them flow super well. SOAM builds and shreds in a fashion typical of '93 before dissolving to sonic chaos (an approach to the jam that Trey seems to have revived this past summer). The ship then crash lands into a playful groove and evolves into Buffalo Bill (a subtle hint to the White Album show that would follow). This transitions naturally to a spacy Makisupa, which peaks up speed and energy, teasing BBFCFM before Trey takes us to Rift. I think this is the only time Rift has closed a set, fun fact. With all the excitement packed into the first set, it's obvious the band is dialed in. DwD opens in classic '94, ferocious fashion, but appends an extended, ambient outro that gives way to TMWSIY. Out of the reprise of this tune emerges an awesome Sparks, which is always an omen for a banger of a show. A couple tunes later, YEM absolutely blows the roof off. Played just a tad slower than some other '94 versions, this YEM leans harder on the funk side than the rock side and features a really excellent Page solo section. The B&D extends coolly into the VJ as well. The Antelope->Sleeping Monkey->Antelope finale is another unorthodox segue pairing, but works extremely well. Trey's May the Force Be With You tease is a sweet touch, and can be heard again in the Glenn Falls Soundcheck Jam from 10/31. As the jam charts point out, the Hood encore is one of great company in the Fall '94 HOF. Excellent ascent from the valley to the peak, driven in large part by the rhythm section. Show's available in SBD in Relisten, go check it out.
, attached to 2022-09-23

Review by nerd767

nerd767 Great show, first Phish-adjacent show I've been to. I thought the first set was the better of the two but it is fantastic throughout. It was also pretty neat that 6 1/2 minutes debuted. The highlight for me is Gotta Jiboo, the section of the lawn I was on went crazy when Trey hit the siren. The other highlight was coincidentally the other set closer; Sand. I loved the solo. The band is was very locked in with few mistakes I could notice. Highlights: Gotta Jiboo, Sand, Ghost, Everything's Right
, attached to 1999-09-26

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround SET 1: Sweet Virginia: Debut of the Rolling Stones songs. Drugzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz First Tube: Standard > AC/DC Bag: First Bag since the forever famous Boise Bag! Could there be another nutty version to follow up on that one? NEIN. Dirt: The intro with the whistling and vocals…off. They sound – ahem – wasted. Michael Ray was in the house, so... Guyute: Standard. Bouncing Around the Room: Standard. Cars Trucks Buses, Funky Bitch, Mozambique, Cavern: Tim Green guest spot is awesome. Michael Ray is ok, light years better than 9.9.00. First set summary: Nothing here for me to revisit. Guest spots went on too long. Nothing to revisit. SET 2: Twist: This version is just straight up rock and roll, Trey leading the charge the whole way. No him sitting in the back, mini keyboard, and loops. No sir. This Trey is aggressive and goes for the throat. He lights the world on fire with the end shred on this one. Must hear version! The fact that this is not in jamcharts is laughable and criminal. > Piper: Another Trey led rock fest. In your face and aggressive, but short. Mountains in the Mist: For those in attendance, I imagine this breather was needed as the previous 25 minutes were hard core. Heavy Things: Brutal placement. That’ll leave a mark. Not only that but this one is slow and listless. Call to the Post teases after Heavy Things is over. Birds of a Feather: Call to the Post tease at 4:02. This jam starts of very quiet. Trey and Mike playing off one another nicely. 7:35 Trey lays back and Page takes the lead while Trey creates a loop. Trey seems tentative here and there. Uncertain where to go and what to do. Around 9:30 is where everyone picks up the pace and collectively shreds through the ending. This is a decent jam. Meat: Horrible placement. Down with Disease: This is one of the shreddiest versions you will ever hear. Trey is a rock God here. Do yourself a favor and check this one out, it will blister your behind. ENCORE: Meatstick: Standard > Rocky Top: Standard [1] Phish debut. [2] Michael Ray on trumpet and Tim Green on saxophone. Sweet Virginia made its Phish debut at this show. The last four songs of the first set featured Michael Ray on trumpet and Tim Green on saxophone. Call to the Post was teased before and during Birds. Trey teased Meatstick at the end of Rocky Top. Second set summary: Really up and down. Shows like this is where you wish they would have a setlist written down and stick to it. Twist, Piper and DWD all smoke. Birds is decent. If you are looking for Type II jamming, just keep on moving, nothing to see here – please disperse. If you want shreddy jams, then you will find some gems in here. For me, this show is below average. I would rate it a 3.2 out of 5.
, attached to 1999-09-25

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround SET 1: Tube: couldn't pick a better opener than this tune right here. Short and sweet. > Runaway Jim: Nice little jam here this early in the set and the show has tons of energy. Ya Mar: Nice little jam. Horn:Standard. Limb By Limb:at 8:20 Trey hits a subtle loop and the jam takes a cool direction. However this only last for about a minute or so and then they cruise back into familiar territory for this song with high energy jamming. Salad jammin one that I would likely revisit. On Your Way Down: This tune was made for Page's vocal range, just perfect. Sleeping Monkey: awesome dedication, does anybody know this young woman? > Wilson:Rages! First set summary: not a lot to revisit here outside of the Limb by Limb. The Relisten app source of the AKG480's sounds GREAT. SET 2: NICU: Only opened set two three times before, 11.30.97, 12.13.97 and 12.31.98. Trey is having a blast with many Leo callouts. -> David Bowie:Huge loops in the intro. Sinister and evil. The loops that kick off the jam are SICK. Oddly enough this one goes major key for a couple of minutes in the midst of the jam. Pretty odd for a 1.0 Bowie. Not a huge fan of the ending coda in this one, feels rushed. I will say I am a huge fan of this one being in the two hole in the second set, great placement. The Squirming Coil I love the placement of this coming up off of that strong version of David Bowie. there's actually a very cool little jam in this version definitely has replay value! > Prince Caspian trey's vocals are very shaky coming out of the gate here. This is an incredible version, absolutely soaring! trey just rips this one to shreds. > Rock and Roll: Standard, huge loops > Also Sprach Zarathustra Absolutely brilliant. Outer space and beyond. Has the DIE DIE DIE effect. > Frankenstein: standard > Julius: Standard ENCORE: Character Zero: Standard Second set summary: there are some really high points in the second set such as David Bowie and 2001 and I really liked squirming coil but they just failed to take this to the next level and had ample opportunity to do so. As such I would rate this show as a 3.75 out of five. Before Monkey, Trey and Mike pulled a woman out of the crowd who had been calling for Sleeping Monkey; the band then played the song for her.
, attached to 2000-09-25

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround SET 1: Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey: Cool little jam, had to have caught everyone by surprise. Down with Disease: Holy Toledo – what a way to start a first set!!! First ten minutes is raucous, but the rest is very boring. The Lizards: Not the tightest version I have ever heard but tough to complain about this song in the three slot in the first set. Tweezer: The jam right out of the gate is eerily reminiscent of the July 15, 1998, California love version. Mike truly owns this segment. 97 cow funk at 13:13 to start closing this one out. I really like this Tweezer. Back on the Train: Standard. Water in the Sky: Standard Bug: Standard Julius: Nicely jammed. First set summary: On paper this looks amazing. It is a solid first set and the tweezer is easily the highlight, and it has definite replay value. It's too bad they didn't do more with DwD. SET 2: Gotta Jibboo: This jam seriously rocks and is super underrated. There is never any lead up whatsoever. > Mike's Song: Solid > I Am Hydrogen: Classic. > Weekapaug Groove: Fish and Mike just dominate the middle portion of the jam, Page adding some nice color as well. Fantastic and patient jam. Trey takes the lead back at 8:45 and overdrive commences. This Weekapaug has tons of replay value! Axilla: they easily could have gone with a ballot here but instead they choose to keep the energy sky high, much appreciated! > Harry Hood: this is a below average version and it's weird that you can barely even hear the vocals at the end of the song > Funky Bitch: this tune has only closed a second set three times all of which were in the 1.0 era. 11.6.96 and 7.6.97. ENCORE: Boogie On Reggae Woman: Standard and very short. > Driver: Trey's dedication to the couple from the 7.28.98 is awesome! > Tweezer Reprise: ending the show on a serious high note! Second set summary: The show is always going to be a dark horse selection for me. It has long been criminally underrated. I think a lot of that has to do with the folks that attended the show it was outdoors it was cold and cannot remember if there was rain involved or not but certainly that played a large part in how people felt about the show. Tweezer and Weekapaug are both fantastic from the show. I mean, how cool is it that they open the show with Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey??? I would rate this show a 3.75 out of five. [1] Unfinished. Everybody’s Got Something To Hide was played for the first time since October 31, 1994 (434 shows). Disease was unfinished.
, attached to 2000-09-24

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround Mellow Mood: Cool opener. Chalkdust Torture: Short and sweet. Back at the Chicken Shack: Last time ever played. Sparkle: Only played twice on fall tour (Blossom) The Sloth: Cool! Only played twice on fall tour and…wait for it…also at Blossom! Divided Sky: Like peanut butter and chocolate, The Sloth and Divided Sky were meant for each other. Good version. Roggae: Dreamlike. First Tube: Good placement, set needed some punch. Punch You in the Eye: Interesting late first set placement. Like! Sample in a Jar: Ok, guess they are saving it all for the second set. First set summary: It’s not hateful but there is literally nothing here to revisit. At all. Cities: Subtle loop at 6:49. I see the clap along crowd from Chicago made the trip to MN. How could you clap along to this extremely mellow groove in the 8-minute range? Defies logic. Most think this is over at 9 minutes and applaud as if they are going to go to another tune. Nope. This jam is beyond mellow, enough to put you to sleep. This jam could almost be out of the Lemonwheel ambient set. I'm only half kidding. Free: This Free rocks big time. Mike thumps. Crowd eats it up. Ya Mar: What an incredibly odd place in the set for this tune. Carini: Rocks, good little jam. HYHU LOVE YOU HYHU: Fun with Fishman Cool it Down: RARE. Huge bust out. First time played since its debut at 10.31.98, 130 shows. This jam consists of a lot of boring strumming. Sleepwalking. David Bowie: Pretty strong Bowie and a great way to close the set. Encore: Fire: Rip roaring good time. Second set summary: This show just does not do it for me. Cities is the big highlight and it is too mellow for my tastes. Cool it Down has that big bustout cache going for it. Free, Carini and Bowie were all good. But certainly not great. I would rate this as a 3.3 out of 5.
, attached to 2000-09-24

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround Mellow Mood: Cool opener. Chalkdust Torture: Short and sweet. Back at the Chicken Shack: Last time ever played. Sparkle: Only played twice on fall tour (Blossom) The Sloth: Cool! Only played twice on fall tour and…wait for it…also at Blossom! Divided Sky: Like peanut butter and chocolate, The Sloth and Divided Sky were meant for each other. Good version. Roggae: Dreamlike. First Tube: Good placement, set needed some punch. Punch You in the Eye: Interesting late first set placement. Like! Sample in a Jar: Ok, guess they are saving it all for the second set. First set summary: It’s not hateful but there is literally nothing here to revisit. At all. Cities: Subtle loop at 6:49. I see the clap along crowd from Chicago made the trip to MN. How could you clap along to this extremely mellow groove in the 8-minute range? Defies logic. Most think this is over at 9 minutes and applaud as if they are going to go to another tune. Nope. This jam is beyond mellow, enough to put you to sleep. This jam could almost be out of the Lemonwheel ambient set. I'm only half kidding. Free: This Free rocks big time. Mike thumps. Crowd eats it up. Ya Mar: What an incredibly odd place in the set for this tune. Carini: Rocks, good little jam. HYHU LOVE YOU HYHU: Fun with Fishman Cool it Down: RARE. Huge bust out. First time played since its debut at 10.31.98, 130 shows. This jam consists of a lot of boring strumming. Sleepwalking. David Bowie: Pretty strong Bowie and a great way to close the set. Encore: Fire: Rip roaring good time. Second set summary: This show just does not do it for me. Cities is the big highlight and it is too mellow for my tastes. Cool it Down has that big bustout cache going for it. Free, Carini and Bowie were all good. But certainly not great. I would rate this as a 3.3 out of 5.
, attached to 1999-09-24

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround First Tube: At this point on the tour, they are playing this basically every other show. Not that this is a foreign concept for Phish. When they debut a tune and fall in love with it, they pound it into the ground. This one sounds like the rest, which is to say, super high energy and gets everyone dancing more than likely. Punch You In The Eye: Awesome one, two punch. Love this tune as an opener or early in the first set. Farmhouse: Good stuff, nothing out of the ordinary but solid. Water in the Sky: Page and Trey seem to have slight difficulty hooking up early in the jam. That is quickly resolved. The Moma Dance: Played a step slower out of the gate. Mike’s bass sounds awesome. Down with Disease: Interesting version. Once this quiets down, Trey’s strumming gets very repetitive while Page lays down some cool effects. As mentioned by Westbrook in a previous review, there are similar elements in this trippy section that are reminiscent of the Boise Bag. Pretty cool and worth a listen for sure. Roggae: Beautiful and A + placement. Back on the Train, Guyute, Loving Cup: All sound fine, interesting how Loving Cup has not been played in the first set since 8.9.04. First set summary: No replay value outside of that cool jam in DWD. Set is fine and well played, but very first setty. Peaches En Regalia: 3rd and final time played until busted back out again 12.2.09 at MSG. Possum: Not a huge fan of this placement. Wolfman’s: That’s more like it. Breaks out of its little funk pocket right before the ten-minute mark as Trey creates a loop. Bliss jamming at 12:00, reaching some major heights here. Considering how few and far between bliss jamming was employed back then, this is a real treat. 13:45 briefly re-visiting the original Wolfman’s structure. 14:30 really getting quiet and introspective now. Big, sonic loop. 15:25 Trey on mini keyboard. This melts away into -> The Lizards: Ladies and Gentlemen – THAT is how you Phish. Killer Wolfman’s into Lizards, sign me up! Sand: Interesting that the debut was super jammed out, but they wouldn’t really take it out for another jam ride until 12.8.99. Some really cool effects in the last 90 or so seconds, wish they would have kept that going but Trey sort of rip chords > Misty Mountain Hop: Not a huge fan. Page’s vocals, oof. Encore: Boogie On Reggae Woman: Theoretically cool in the encore slot but this one is pretty forgettable. Chalkdust Torture: Some awesome effects at 4:58 but they are here and gone quickly. Other than that, this is played pretty close to the vest. Cool in the encore slot though. Second Set Summary: Nothing grabs me outside of the Wolfman’s into Lizards which was seriously outstanding. The rest is just standard fare. This show is rated as 4.2 out of 5 on .net. Not feeling that at all, this is an average show. I would rate it a 3.5 out of 5. DwD and Wolfman’s have replay value. Rest of the show is solid yet unspectacular.
, attached to 2000-09-22

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround Down with Disease: The band thanks the crowd for their intense energy leading up to the first notes and rip the first 9.5 minutes of this one. The next 8 minutes are…boring. If you are feeling generous you may refer to it as groove based but Trey just strums here and there while the rest of the band does what they can to drive more action where they can. This crowd is so amped that they get into full throat when Trey strums a little bit harder here and there as they trey and urge him on. Meat, Poor Heart, Wilson: All standard. Wilson gets the fans as riled up as possible. Slave to the Traffic Light: Unique placement, pretty cool. Never quiet gets ‘there’ though. Dogs Stole Things: Standard. Bathtub Gin: This version has the rage, rock and roll and length and with the crowd energy this makes for a fun listen. Definitely blew the roof off, at least I think it did, have never found a source that is not muddy. Really good Gin! Heavy Things: Standard. Folks love to hate on this back then and it gets mostly golf claps. You Enjoy Myself: Upon hearing the first notes, Allstate Arena spontaneously combusts. There are some a couple of really loud, sustained cheers leading up to the note. Glow stick war? The jam is extremely funky with Mike and Fish leading the way. Decent YEM if you are into the groove/funk versus the shred. Personally, I prefer the shred. This was fun though. First set summary: On paper, this one just jumps off the page. Really good first set but just a bit deceiving seeing an 18-minute DWD to open the show, but it did not deliver the goods. Tube: Excellent Tube, Trey’s effects are great in the latter part of the jam and definitely add to the greater good. Reba: Quick little Stash tease at 10:12. Solid composed section. The jam is like the Energizer bunny, it just keeps going and going. Initial peak is around 13:20 and is great, they come off of that and keep jamming right along for another minute and end it – into the whistling. This is a super solid Reba. Would be happy to recommend this. Ghost: Straight ahead rocker, just under 12 minutes. Not much here to revisit. The Wedge: Standard, good placement – time for a little breather after the first three tunes smoked. When the Circus Comes: Standard Meatstick: Standard Antelope: Other than the Meatstick stuff, standard. Spliff. Compact version – 11:25. The place goes berserk during the encore break; you can hear a glowstick hit Fishman’s kit at one point. Encore: Bold as Love – what a great tune to encore with, I would take this every time. This one rocks as they all seem to do. Second set summary: That set rocked although it’s a bit short coming in at 70 minutes. Tube/Reba/Ghost really light the place on fire. The set does lose momentum from there until Antelope, but it can’t all be fire I suppose. I remember hanging out with friends, watching the Matrix, and checking the setlist late this night and we couldn’t believe how great it looked. I mean, on paper this show really is a throwdown. For the most part it is, but there are times throughout this show and certainly the tour where you can just tell the band is tired and kind of out of ideas and creativity. They were ready for hiatus. Anyway, I would rate this show a solid 4.2 out of five. For my ears, Gin, Tube and Reba all have replay value. Your mileage may vary. Cheers and thanks for reading!
, attached to 2000-09-23

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround Come On Baby Let’s Go Downtown: Phish debut. Phish is covering tunes about scoring heroin now? Huh. Hiatus looms large. Moma Dance: Hot, hot, hot. Rock star’d. Frankenstein: Cool placement, unique. Halley’s Comet: Another jammed version so soon after LTP @ 9.18.00? Yep. Very sleepy jam. Keep thinking it will evolve into something of substance. It does not. Crowd urges them on to no avail. Fee: Clap a long at 5:41. Ugh. So Chicago, these people will clap a long to anything. Stash: Glow sticks presumably go nuts at 2:18. Crowd FREAKS. Stick pegs Fish’s kit @ 3:25. Angry jamming and a big crowd peak at 9:47. Again at 10:06. Glow sticks? A ton of tension has been built by 12:00 but it peters out quickly from there and by 12:22 they are wrapping up, what a shame. First set summary: 54 minutes, lol. DO NOT THROW GLOWSTICKS AT THE BAND. Nothing here to revisit really other than the Moma. Birds of a Feather: Great opener, tons of energy – straight ahead. Tweezer: 17 show gap (last was 7.8.00) - last gap like this was 18 shows from 7.21.17 to 12.30.17. Then the next biggest gap was 37 shows from 8.2.97 to 2.20.97. Interesting stat, no? This one snaps and pops as you would expect it to through 8:48 and then begins to settle. ‘Groove’ based from here through the end at 15:47. 2000’d. NICU: Standard. LTP in set two was 12.13.99. SOAMule: Standard. FEFY: I adore this tune. But the second set is officially off track at this point. Piper: Rock and roll through 9:55, drooling 2000 groove based space jam from there through the end 19:15. Character Zero: Standard. Encore: Sleeping Monkey: This show did not deserve a Monkey. Tweezer Reprise: Yep. Summary: Not much here to report on y’all. Moma smoked. Halley’s had length but was boring, nothing like Blossom. Stash had potential but the band was not happy getting hit by glow sticks. Tweezer? Did not do much. Piper? The same. Super long encore break. Hmmmmmm. I would rate this show a 3.5 of 5.
, attached to 1994-10-25

Review by MrPalmers1000DollarQ

MrPalmers1000DollarQ A few really sweet jams in here. The second-set JJLC features some of this tune's best shredding. Biggest highlights by far though are the first-set SOAM and the Weekapaug Groove. Check out the SOAM SBD on Live Bait 17, this one dives deep in a whole bunch of directions. As the jam charts point out, the band interplay warps and evolves but the band never loses track of where they are, even when things decompose beyond all recognition. The final couple of minutes grow from a growling rumble, brooding and evil, to an upbeat finale. The Weekapaug is even more fantastic, and is absolutely one of my new favorite renditions of the tune. The Type I jamming is spot on, reminiscent of some moments from 8/16/93 in St. Louis at times. But around five minutes in, we start to drift off for a subdued stint through space where the band members seem to disconnect for a bit, letting the tension settle in. Slowly we come back together for an anarchic groove with wild vocals and eventually give way to a more musical and ripping synchronism. The band continues to ascend, accumulating energy and leaving you on the edge of your seat for the dive into a ripping finale of Weekapaug proper. Trey, Mike, and Fish are fucking incredible here (unfortunately Page gets a little lost in the AUD). Can we pretty please get this one remastered, Shapiro?
, attached to 1994-10-23

Review by MrPalmers1000DollarQ

MrPalmers1000DollarQ Great Fall '94 classic here. CDT opens with Fishman dialed to 11, and MFMF gets a little extended outro that plays on the vocal part. Stash->Catapult->Stash is our first big jammer and it dives a bit below surface level to a place of some pretty irrefutable dissonance that approaches a peak before the band pulls back. Trey delivers Catapult over a nice descending riff, and we head back for the top again. Maze is noteworthy for Trey's fiery locomotive of a guitar solo. Plenty of shrill and energetic play here. Fishman is still on fire. Runaway Jim is a pretty solid set opener; I always love when they work in the Gypsy Queen tease. Bouncing->Halley's is a surprising but welcome surprise of a transition. The Bouncing drum beat is fun over Mike's beep-joop. After this, we head for the first of this show's twin peaks. Whatever's in that Vibration of Life in YEM's quiet section should certainly be banned from competition, because the YEM jam is juiced out of its mind. Page's clav solo, Mike's signal to dive into Another One Bites the Dust, and Trey's Mission Impossible tease are just the beginning. Fishman's brooding floor-tom beat starts the jam section off nice and low, but the ascent to the peak soars. Amazing B&D here, as well. A flaming Down with Disease follows, and again Fishman is going ballistic. He really is the star of the show on this one, and he feels himself enough to take the mic for Purple Rain. We've all heard this Hood a thousand times, so I won't feign to tell you what you don't already know. For as many more musically interesting versions as may exist out there, this one will always elicit the most raw emotional response from me. It's also really funny to hear the band go from one of the most legendary performances of their entire career (which most of us probably remember as heading into an epic Squirming Coil finale on A Live One) to Fee, where Trey struggles with the megaphone. What an amazing juxtaposition of what this band has to offer, lol. Last highlight is the Squirming Coil outro, which is actually sampled on A Live One as well for Page's parting thanks.
, attached to 1999-09-22

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround Also Sprach Zarathustra: Can you come out of the gate any better? Big, spooky loops to get underway. Wicked effects at 3:44 from Trey. Trey’s mini keyboard actually adds to the greatness of this jam instead of taking away as so often happened when he jumped on it. This 2001 out of the gate is a home run, they crushed it! > Chalk Dust Torture: While this is ‘standard’, would encourage everyone to listen to this. Trey is just at the tippy top of his game. He smokes this one big time. Guelah Papyrus: Nice placement, perfect for this tune and what came before. Allows folks the opportunity to unscramble their eggs. Axilla: Standard My Mind’s Got a Mind of its Own: Standard: Beauty of My Dreams: Standard Bathtub Gin: Hose city, definitely another all-time Gin. Like 9.12.99, it has some of the highest highs. Mozambique: Energy stays very high with this one, great placement. Sand: Surprised that they went for another jam, but this is September 99 Phish and they are tough to predict. This one like the past two stays fairly structured but smokes just the same. First set summary: This set just never gave an inch, full steam ahead. For my money, it has two premier jams in 2001 and Gin and then one good jam in Sand. Energy was unrelenting. Great set! Gotta Jibboo: Fan of this one. There is a repeating groove that they very gradually take higher and higher from 5:15 to 8:15. This is abandoned for face melting rock through the end. Ghost: This Ghost is extremely solid and for it not to be a jamcharts version is interesting and is an indication of just how many truly great versions of this song there are. The tempo is very fast, a blistering pace. Big peak right around 12 minutes and then this one settles into an ambient space > Taste: This version is crushed and certainly worthy of its placement on jamcharts. Brian and Robert: Perfect placement. Mikes: First jam is slow and brooding out of the gates, loops of course. Eventually this bows out to some intense and evil stuff. They never really climb that mountain and bust a big peak, this version is very steady though. No sure how .net shows > and not -> Simple: Standard. Train Song: Interesting placement, has to be a nod to how sparsely attended this show was leading to an intimate environment. Weekapaug Groove: Standard/solid 9-minute version. Encore: La Grange: Another snooze, you loose aspect of this show. The band shows love by throwing this down in the encore slot. Great way to send the fans down the road. Two days and 600 miles to get to the next show in Austin. This tour covered some serious miles! Second set summary: IMHO, first set > second set yet again on this tour. Second set is no slouch though, it just doesn’t have any major standouts other than maybe Taste to revisit. All told, this is a great phish and one I would easily rate in that 4.2/5 type territory. Have revisited this show many times over the years and imagine it will continue to do so. Thanks for reading!
, attached to 2000-09-12

Review by Abe_Froman

Abe_Froman Decent show. The first night at Great Woods is probably more interesting, and certainly Darien Lake two nights later towers over this one. Still…that’s a different kind of Wilson to close set 1, Disease has some, I repeat some, of the same flavor as Darien’s Drowned jam, Split is worth a listen and come on, even if there’s little to no jamming, are you telling me that a Mike’s Groove to end the show and a Squirming Coil encore aren’t welcome?
, attached to 1997-07-21

Review by Shadowfox0

Shadowfox0 DMB and SIMPLE needing saxaphone i get the irony of not playing simple on this night but the better show between this and 1998 sorry to say is 1998 i know this one got the higher rating slightly and both are epic Phish shows but i have now been to 3 DMB shows sorry to say Leroi already died and Boyd the pedophile gay dude was already taken out two of their best members but my best and favorite drummer is NOT Fishman sorry Fish but the best Drummer on earth dead or living is Carter Beauford always will be but you are a close 3rd or 4th for me and in the the best band ever so you are 1/4th of the best thing ever and Trey named it after you so forget what I say listen to what Anastasio says I guess what do i know i am just a stupid fan . . .but I am asking for an official release of 1998 Virginia Beach because that was the show that changed my life that one and Portland when they came home from Europe I love 1998-1999 my favorite Phish years 2012 13 15 17 are also epic and that means they still have gas in the tank and then 2021 was amazing also but because of being cooped up due to Covid but 2022 was lackluster and disappointing i must say i can only hope 2023 will be better than 2022 and i went to the best show on that tour and am still saying that maybe i am just the realist ok pessimist at times Blossom was amazing but the tour was not
, attached to 1998-08-09

Review by Shadowfox0

Shadowfox0 Make this into an OFFICIAL Soundboard release please somewhere in the Phish higher ups?? I beg you I will tell you why for me personally. I always hated the Somewhere over the Rainbow renditions when it was a vacuum solo done mostly and solely by Fishman I understand making fun of Bike or Neil Diamond's Rosie and that other ND song but you cannot make fun of such an iconic song w vacuum i do not like it . . the LivePhish Volume that had 1996 vacuum the SHOW was great but only this show did what should be done with Judy Garland and made it into a slow epic quiet guitar solo I know Trey steals the show most nights anyways but on this one fuck Drummers we need electric Guitar to play Dorothy This is the ONLY good version of The Wizard of Oz ever I love Fishman doing If I only had a brain do not get me wrong I love Treys guitar solo version far far far more I want to hear THIS version not the HYHU version in the new millennium
, attached to 1999-09-21

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround Poor Heart: Interesting in the opening slot, especially for this tour. Been a good while since it had opened a show, 11.24.96. Sample in a Jar: Standard. SOAMelt: Yes! Big loops to kick off the jam at 4:15. Huge, screaming loop at 4:35. Time to get down! This Melt is quite standard but in retrospect is better than anything they played at 9.19.99 including Stash. Show is definitely off to a good start and about to get even better… Drowned: This one rocks hard up until 12:08 when it shifts into a redundant theme. They quickly ditch this in favor of more Trey shredding like crazy at 12:44. Just Hendrix type stuff, going off. At 13:48, things take a conscious approach towards something slower. Page sounds great in here on the baby grand with very nice fills as Trey strums away and Mike and Page are thumping. Very danceable, outstanding groove. This melts away slowly until Trey ends it at 17:09. A fantastic version of Drowned! Completely laughable that this version is not on jamcharts, how is this possible? I Didn’t Know: Standard Back on the Train: A little slower than usual? Pretty boring version that fades away into the end. Meh. Birds of a Feather: Standard. Theme From the Bottom: Standard. First set summary: Good energy, one good jam and one great jam. Have to be pleased with this set. Above average in my eyes. Carini: Pretty standard Carini, I mean the song really is over at 8 minutes but that is followed by a bunch of loops and sinister, swirling effect for another 2:04 then > Bug: Super shreddy. Rock star type stuff on display here. Strange Design: Not sure a breather is needed in the three hole. First two tunes were heavy but not that heavy? Long pause at the end of this I assume to discuss what to play next… Vultures: Starting to question the makeup of this setlist at this point. That said, this does have a very good jam as Trey lays back. Solid jam especially if you are into the less is more type jams. Nice -> Limb by Limb: Very well played and Trey really sounds great here. Will it Go Round in Circles: Raucous. Run Like an Antelope: This is how you Antelope. Seriously. They take their time more than most/any and build tension. School was in session here on tension building. But when they get to the shredding aspect of this jam, look out below because this is absolutely smoked. A must hear and for this not to be on jamcharts is just criminal. What a way to close out an underwhelming set. Might just have saved it as a matter of fact. Encore: Reba: Wow! Not played as an encore since 3.31.91, 780 shows, what an honor to place it here! This is such a solid Reba here and like Antelope, so patient! This one likely deserves more praise across the pantheon of Reba’s historically. Only reason I can think why it is not more well known is because it doesn’t have that one signature moment that you can point to? This one is like that very reliable .295 hitter in baseball that you can always count on for singles, doubles, and a fair number of RBI’s. Still, for them to play this in the encore slot and play it this well is very meaningful. Bold as Love: Wow!! At this point is it safe to say they felt obligated to make up for a lackluster second set with these last three tunes? My answer is yes. This Bold as Love is ripped wide open multiple times, impressive and an awesome end to an interesting show. Second set summary: The source on phish.in / relisten app is very heavy on the bass, very heavy. What a strange show, after all these years and many, many listens it’s still hard for me to formulate an opinion that I can stick with. Sometimes I feel like it’s a great dark horse selection. Other times I feel it is actually overrated. But I just hit it at 4.5 stars and here’s why: You have a rock solid SOAMelt, a killer Drowned, a rocking one-two punch coming out of set break, an interesting jam in Vultures, an all time Antelope, super solid Reba and Bold as Love is the band telling the fans they love them. What a high note they ended on. I suppose I will continue pointing to this show when I think of dark horse type of shows. Out of the way, sparsely attended or talked about.
, attached to 1999-09-19

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround NICU: Solid opener, nice energy. Funky Bitch: Standard First Tube: Rages as you would expect. Imagine folks would be getting tired of this by now though. 5th time played since it’s debut at the Vancouver show. Gotta Jibboo: Solid jam Heavy Things: Standard Farmhouse: Standard Stash: Finally, something to sink your teeth into! Really doesn’t do to much until early in the 14’s and then things start to get serious. Trey starts to soar with urgency. There are three or four solid minutes of solid jamming into the end. Solid stash. Workmanlike, if you will. First set summary: This is about the most vanilla set of Phish you will find I would think outside of something from 1996. Odd for the time. Were they out late after the Chula show? Were there a bunch of suits in attendance that they had to play a ‘normal’ set for them? Twist: Some nice spacey elements develop at 7.5 as Trey solo’s above. Returning to the theme at 10:45, but just briefly and then they take it back into the jam space. Very high energy jam but it is played close to the vest and does not stray far at all from it’s true structure. Trey shines amidst this Type I rager. Sand: Third time played on the tour since it’s debut at the Gorge and only two shows ago at Shoreline. Like First Tube, this is in heavy rotation. Big loops to kick off the jam at 3.5 minutes. Similar to Twist, this Sand does not stray outside its boundaries. Just a straight up 14 minute and change rager. Smokes! Rock start Trey. Wading in the Velvet Sea: Standard. Slight space jam after Wading is done and then… The Squirming Coil: A ballad followed by a ballad deep in the second set? LOL. This show is dunzo. Loving Cup: Standard rager. Down with Disease: 9-minute version plus one minute of effects. Straight ahead rager. Encore: Guyute: Standard Character Zero: Standard Second Set Summary: Even the two jam songs in this set are played close to the vest. Followed by two ballads? Not sure I see the logic in this but hey, it’s not my band. Loving Cup serves to wake up the crowd a bit. DWD if you were there you might have though that they might actually jam something, and the set could be somewhat salvaged. But the play a very short version and the show is over sans encores. The encores while one a lengthy composed tune and the other a rager, cannot salvage the show either. Now, the show is played well. But two observations, one mentioned before. It’s almost like there was a contingent in attendance for a record label that they were playing for to get a better deal than what they currently had. For many years, if I knew someone that was not familiar with the band but had some interest and was unaware of what their live show might entail, I would burn this show for them as it really gives them a feel for what live Phish is without scaring them too badly with any way out there, outrageous jams. Hope that makes sense. In a month of really strong shows, they were due for an off night and that is what this is – an off night.
, attached to 1998-08-09

Review by Shadowfox0

Shadowfox0 please release this show as a soundboard show I have many reasons but one is ummm it is 1998 so almost every show is worthy ok that is weak as a reason better reason is The Lizards my favorite song ever was played to perfection another reason PYITE opener is almost the best opener ever followed behind Wilson and YEM and Golgi Apparatus and 1999>2001 Enough silliness this show had my almost favorite Esther of all time and that song is a rarity and I like her better than all the girl bitches (yes better than FEE and REBA and SING MONICA (the slut we all know from college) not maybe quite as good as Tela my girlfriend is Amanda and Tela but Reba and Esther are close seconds wait does that make me a pedophile i hope not she dies anyways so statute of limitations grew out on charges for being the Armenian man that killed her w that voodoo doll of mine. . .great epic version of Esther BTW spoil alert in 2000 Trey's birthday SHE DIES!!! SHE IS DEATH SHE IS DEAD!!!! Ok now onto serious shit Make this a real release because yes it is 1998 and all shows from that year should be but i regress and i admit that is true but not good enough reason what makes this show even in the best year ever UNIQUE? The Wizard of Oz not played like the other ones like the If I Only Had a Brains and Wanna Be Like You btw those make sense and are fucking awesome mostly the monkey song in 1994 was hilarious and works as a Fishman Vacuum song but when they then made Dorothy and her Ruby Wave Slippers into a farce like the Sci Fi Soldier album i called bullshit and did not like it It is what Trey says in Bittersweet Motel direct quote Rock and Roll on a certain level is a bunch of BULLSHIT but music is NOT music is the real it is the realist thing in the world to me And i agree with you Trey but you also love Rock and Roll Gags and the song Cover so i have to call half of what you say is lies bullshit on you there because that is a MORE reference to your love of using Rock and Roll to your benefit when it suits you and then making fun of sell out bands like Green Day and Kid Rock when it suits you and i get it I hate Rock and Roll too but then why do you cover a song w that exact title so very often You have to ask yourselves these questions as growing men in the faith and married real men and I respect you guys you have been together the same original members for 40 plus yrs now whotf does that except the Stones and I hate the stones minus 4 or so good songs Torn and Frayed Loving Cup Satisfaction and Shine a Light on us Jesus i respect you both and i only respect bands like you as much as maybe The Smashing Pumpkins (the best GRUNGE band ever fuck Kurt Cobain and Eddy Vedder they know nothing of Halloween pain) and Radiohead Nirvana Foo Fighters Pearl Jam Eric Clapton Bob Marley Tori Amos DCTalk Third Day Caedmon's Call i bet no one reading this knows those last 3 because no one loves Jesus Leaving Chicago Anymore not even Phish after the MET in 2019 they fell away from the faith after Covid and so did my sister a so called Christian so i dont blame you guys This SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW alone is the reason i want you to make this a live release It is the only sweet guitar solo melody version around The rest are Fishman doing a wonky bullshit drum solo mixed with vaccum garbage making fun of Dorothy and OZ and Judy Gardland and i get it she became a barbituate freak but Trey became a Heroin Cocaine and Alcoholic freak around this time from 1999-2006 so be humble and stop making fun of Good artists like Trey and Judy and Elvis and Johnny Cash yes JC and Judy Garland died of Barbituates and Elvis Dies of Heroin on his toilet in the 80s but Trey also could have I started seeing Phish live in 2003 and i hate to say this but high as fuck works for a while until you burn out in 2004-2006 I loved the early days too and it all falls apart because you are addicted now not to music anymore but Rock and Roll and Satanic lies called being a Opiate Drunk nightly till the drugs and alcohol stop working and you split up your band and blame it on an opera singer saying it is self righteous because the best artists stop at the pinnacle high of their careers because she never wanted anyone to think of her as anything but that sweet angel that she once was Trey has never spoken about that Opera singer he talked about on Charlie Rose Gee I wonder why One Charlie Rose turned out to be a freak pedophile that loved underage woman and lured 18+ girls to his apartment w no clothes on after a shower and said if you want a deal cuddle and suck my cock. . .wow Trey please pick interviews better after being sober because you and Rose were lost in SaTANIC LIES You guys should both be in hell but luckily and gracefully and there is no such thing as luck so you are blessed Trey and Charlie is CURSED by his lies I wanna hear more though about your bullshit half lies about why you never stopped at the height of your career based on this song bird angel that says i never want them to hear me as what i now am because i am not what i used to be What a crock of shit release this show it is EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
, attached to 2000-09-18

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround Carini: Can’t ask for a better opener than this! Standard and properly raged. Sparkle: Not a bad place for this. Played well too. The Sloth: Very cool, love it here in the three hole of the first set! Maze: Momentum continues, and intensity ratchets higher. I love Maze in this slot. Very sinister, evil loops leading into Pages opening keys. Trey’s rhythm playing really pushes Page to extend his part and it works very well. Trey’s solo – interesting sounding effects at the beginning. Works well, very well. This is Maze has some length to it so kind of early on Trey throttles down a bit and plays around a bit. A good bit of trilling – impressive. Trey’s guitar is LITERALLY screaming at 10:46-10:58! First peak is exceptional, there is a second peak, and they build for one last peak but their seems to be a miscommunication here. Oh well, that was a massive Maze with that I would be happy to revisit. Guelah Papyrus: Good stuff, nice playing by Trey throughout the lyrics, tasteful, subtle licks. My Mind's Got a Mind of its Own: Show is really quite old school at this point. Picking and grinning. Sample in a Jar: Old school continues. But first set is very first set at this point, know what I’m saying? Trey’s solo has some mustard on it. Cool continuation of the end that segues > Rift: Old school first set! Trey is sloppy @ 2:51. Huuuuuuuge cheer at 5:15 during the pause before ‘And silence contagious in moments like these’. Crowd just loses their mind, from anyone that attended – what exactly transpired to bring such a visceral reaction? Sleep: Hard for me to sum up in words how much I love this tune. Most would say this placement is not ok. I love it after that huge crowd reaction in Rift, think it’s a perfect compliment. But the tune that comes after it needs to be sharp… > Prince Caspian: Now this placement? Yeah, not a fan. This would need to be an amazing version for me to justify where it sits and the fact that it did in fact close the set. This is a solid Caspian but to close out the first set, I feel like this does not suffice. First set summary – Super solid, old-school set. No complaints outside of the closer. Boogie on Reggae Woman: Pretty interesting that two of the best versions of this tune happened on the same date – this one and Chula from 9.18.99. At just after 9:00 this one settles down and meanders towards funky town. Mike and Fish really do a number on this segment, Fishman especially – total superstar. Great runs! 11:41 Trey starts something that you will hear later in the tour in the 9.27.00 Piper – its brief but it’s there and was heard earlier this tour, just cannot remember in what right now. -> Twist: The segue into Twist is outstanding and originates from a wall of sound and effects familiar to that signature 99 Phish sound. Spectacular! Fishman does what he can to push this jam into a more upbeat tempo at 7:20 and is mostly successful. Page gets very jazzy at 8:20 on the baby grand, not something you will hear often in Twist – check this out. Things are getting mellow again in the early 9:00’s. The wrap up starts around 10:40. McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters: Huge cheer for The march of Colonel Forbin - And his fleet hound called McGrupp. The jam opens up with Page tickling the ivories like only he can. Crowd is restless/obnoxious – tons of yelling and whistling. Trey starts adding color around 7:20, Mike too becomes more prominent, and this is sounding fantastic. This is definitely Page’s jam as he leads the band through some truly beautiful areas. At 9:20 he begins to guide the band back into the song proper, but they are really taking their time with it. 10:01 and they are certainly back into normal McGrupp territory. Fish crushes it at 10:18 and the triumphant close begins albeit with a minute or so of space added in. Huge applause for this masterpiece. Halley’s Comet: Just a straight ahead rager for 10 straight minutes – no subtle nuance to this one – just in your face rock and roll. Trey walked off as the band continues to play for a bit. Per someone that I trust that was in attendance and close to the stage, Trey took a glowstick to the face, hence the walk off. Who can blame him? Encore: Axilla: More rock n roll, baby. Standard rocking Axilla, cool choice for the encore. First time ever played in the encore slot and only twice ever (11.21.09) Taste: Only the third time played in the encore slot, and this is the last time they have done this as of the writing of this review (9.18.22). This version while solid does not have the full body of work as a great version although the trills at the end are sweet. Second set summary – 4 song second set, that just does not happen very often. The Boogie On was great, Twist was solid, McGrupp was brilliant as was Halley’s. The encore selections were rare and well played sending everyone home on a high note. This show is above average for sure. It’s not a great show but it sure is a very good show. I would rate this as a solid 4 out of 5.
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