, attached to 2000-07-14

Review by EducateFright

EducateFright My third show, and I have a lot of good memories. By this time I was well on my way to becoming a hardcore fan. My friend and I had a good time driving through Ohio and trying to find our hotel (this was the days before GPS, after all). Prior to departing for the show, we inadvertently set off the hotel's fire alarm! Such are the adventures of the young, naïve Phish fan.
During the first song (Sample), it started to rain like nobody's business. After finishing the song, Trey said they would be back in 5 minutes... it was more like 30. We huddled under the pavilion, but the rain still soaked us to the bone. It was a very sobering experience. For whatever reason, one of my clearest memories is of hearing a nearby fan call Water In The Sky... alas, it was not to be. Taste was great!
By set 2, I was really having fun. Mikes > Frankie Says worked very well (I wish they played Frankie more). At the time, I thought it was so cool that Mike was willing to sit on the same repetitive bass line for all 15 minutes of Sand. Josie Wales was truly a remarkable moment of bliss for this fan. I hope they bring it back at some point.
On the way out of the venue, I was very chatty, turning to people left and right, exclaiming, “Gosh, wasn't that a great show?” Everyone nodded to me appreciatively, with discerning smiles. However, upon listening to this show again, I must say it's not terribly impressive (my aud could be better quality, too). Typical, average playing for this time period. If you're looking for the very best of 2000, you can safely pass this one up.


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