, attached to 2000-06-24

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads This was my second show, from two in a row at Lakewood that year. I had a ticket for Tennessee the night before but everybody's car was packed and I couldn't drive. I had only become really aware of Phish and started listening to them after The Story of the Ghost came out in Fall 1998. I quickly bought all the studio albums and it wasn't long 'til I was trading tapes. Mostly receiving B&Ps and I thank the people who did that. The Internet was friendlier at the time; RMP was a far cry from today's PT and even phish.net reviews with their missing the point and denying people the right to hold opinions.

I remember being really pleased with the Moma opener. This looks back to the night before (6/23/00) but I remember when they started up Bouncing a lot of people around me moaned. I wasn't jaded enough to mislike Bouncing yet so I just found it ironical. The Tweezer: the main thing I was thinking about was how it was almost as long as the one on A Live One. Don't remember the Rider tease but I got into the Dead after Phish.

Really psyched to hear BOAF open the second set. Bug put me in a really reflective mood, since (as some phans agree) I think the song is partly about the Y2K fear and really any pre-millennial tension. I really enjoyed Frankie Says. I got a bit uptight during Carini because one of our crew had just arrived and well, someone was hogging my new bowl from the lot. Excellent encore: Guyute is the only Phish song even now I can capably pull off on electric guitar so I look back fondly. Driver was a really nice moment, everyone was kinda just floaty and blissful.

I kinda burst my own bubble open by overindulging in psychedelics so I don't know if I'll ever see Phish live again. I still continue to pre-order the LivePhish MP3s and listen next day to every show. Everyone I met at these two Lakewood '00 shows was really friendly, but maybe I've been spending too much time on PT where everything is always negative. The idea of playing smaller venues appeals to me but I'd like some indoor Fall Phish without having to travel too far. Good show, for 2000, for 1.0, for Phish.


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