, attached to 2000-09-15

Review by MDosque

MDosque This is not a bad show at all. Really is a weird venue, though. We made the hour drive from college and headed to Chocolate City. Security is a nightmare and anyone that saw this show or the much more ballyhooed 95 show here knows it. Plus, they cover the infield grass with a horrible weird rubber surface. Really odd. In any event, I thought the band showed flashes of inspiration. I have seen this show ripped by some in the blog world, but it really wasn't that bad. In fact, I will give it a general 6 out of 10.

Set 1:
First Tube was still a relatively new song at this point and fired up the energy. I was pleased to hear it live because it sounds so good on the studio album and they came through. Jiboo was played constantly during the summer of 2000 through this point and I was just ok with it. Nice little jam, but nothing special. Corinna was weird, but that's ok for the third song of the first set. I recall BOAF absolutely smoking, but Windora Bug was along the lines of Corinna and the crowd was confused. OK, maybe this set was up and down. The Antelope had a really nice, patient intro and great energy when they kicked into it. Good jam and Tom on vocals. I knew we would hear Bittersweet considering the commonwealth we were in, but in hindsight, it looks like they should have switched it with Golgi.

Set Break: I wandered around on that crazy rubber floor in the stadium, met up with some friends, and took in the scene. Truthfully, Phish fans looked dazed and out of place in that venue. Maybe it was just me, but with the lights on and that floor, people looked tweaked.

Set 2:
The run of songs that open the first set should be sought out, especially by people that were there so they can relive it. It was hot. Lizards was really strong and Page was on point, while Tube got thick and sticky. I really enjoyed it. I can't remember commenting that it was a short set, but that seems to be the consensus gripe about this show. Also, Circus and Zero kind of cheesed out the set. Possum encore simply felt obligatory.

So let me rethink my initial thoughts. This is an average show. There is nothing wrong with that. I had a blast, saw some friends I had not seen in years, and made it back to campus in beautiful Emmitsburg, MD in one piece. The music had high points and mediocrity, but an average Phish show is an experience to be savored.


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