After the mammoth that was Big Cypress, Phish played a number of radio sessions leading up to their first full show of 2000: May 21st at the world famous Radio City Music Hall. Starting off the tour with a short 60 minute set, Phish played only one Farmhouse tune in the first set: the opener – First Tube. They would continue on to play five more songs off Farmhouse including Gotta Jibboo, Dirt, Twist, Piper, and The Inlaw Josie Wales.
Although it was not the most incredible show, many fans seemed to absolutely love their night of Phish. After Velvet Sea, Page told the crowd how he had come to Radio City many times as a child to see concerts. Trey then exhibited his affection for the venue and their loyal fans. “...we don’t want to screw anything up, so let’s just keep this going for as long as we can.” As you all know, Phish went on hiatus a few months later. Josie Wales was played on acoustic guitar and “a roll-lickin' Loving Cup sent [the crowd] out to 6th ave with smiles on!”
"This was a really special show....even though it often gets overshadowed by the next night with that legendary Ghost. For the most part, tickets were very difficult to come by. I suspect that in 2000, most fans were still trying to get through to Ticketmaster by TELEPHONE at 10:00am on the day of a ticket release...because I got my tickets online and it was a SNAP!
Security at the venue was very friendly, for the most part, although they DID ask us kindly to put the video camera away during Limb By Limb. As the night progressed, I saw the security guy less and less, and we decided to go for it. Glad we did.
This was Phish's first show after Big Cypress. I remember hearing lots of people here & there try to get a Cheesecake chant going, but it never took. LOL. They didn't say it like they were pissed. It's kind of interesting watching this Banter video where Trey is talking about how grateful the band is for all the fans, and about them wanting to continue on for the long haul and he mentions specifically about NOT WANTING TO MESS ANYTHING UP...........is it just me, or did he seem reeeeeally uncomfortable during that chat? Almost like he knew what was going to happen..........oh well.....it's all good now!
A few more random memories........I remember, before the show, Trey stuck his head out of a window above RCMH and we all waved to him. I also remember seeing people stomping out their cigarette butts on the brand new carpet at Radio City. I didn't like that."
Why upload now?
I LITERALLY stumbled upon it in an old shoebox filled with junk and a few DV tapes. I had totally forgotten we had filmed anything more than a few minutes worth of footage! Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!
Check out the rest of the never before seen footage below along with some reviews of the night.
Especially enjoyable is the pre-show footage including shots of the spectacular lobby.
Harry Hood - http://youtu.be/pkgo8iiEB5Y
Velvet Sea - http://youtu.be/8J1wpxTDafI
Guyute - http://youtu.be/ZLxSY2tFT0A
Inlaw Josie Wales - http://youtu.be/p9h0dVkppNo
Loving Cup - http://youtu.be/fmG8_1nlSt0
Thanks Jeff for the videos and the memories.
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