, attached to 1997-12-06

Review by Anonymous

(Published in the second edition of The Phish Companion...)

Auburn Hills certainly isn't my favorite venue, but I left it the night of 12/6/97, rethinking everything I had ever thought about it (and that's saying a lot, because I was a philosophy major!). The “Tweezer” that opened the second set is one of the best I've heard. It contained a long jam, which bring you to Funk Central Station. The segue into “Isabella” is fantastic, and we are treated to an atypical jam that can only be construed as a "licentious funk groove." The segue into “Twist Around” was — once again — fantastic, and then they played the best “Piper” I have ever heard. “Piper” was technically unfinished, as the jam launched off with the power of a space shuttle from Cape Canaveral. This “Piper” took me to another world. It was so intense that Aaron, my traveling companion for the last part of tour, was worried that I would spontaneously combust.
“Sleeping Monkey” was perfectly placed, and the “Tweeprise” that closed the set threatened to bring down the house. I can't remember the encore. This entire set has no regard for accepted rules, morals, or standards. Get this tape…but be very afraid!


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