, attached to 1998-08-01

Review by MailOrderTicketStub

MailOrderTicketStub Writing a review in 2014 of what still has to be among my favorite shows I've seen since 1998. This is before Clear Channel and when the lot was a rampaging circus of goods and hilarity. Like when you could still buy just about anything in row after row of cars.

It's funny that a couple of the reviews mention how trashed some folks in the crowd were. I remember it being that way too. I mean there were several people I saw being taken away on stretchers or just straight up no longer in control or probably even sure of where they were at.

When you yourself are on a pretty ripping hit of acid yourself the stream of fucked up poops being hauled away makes you oh so paranoid about turning into that guy too... That part wasn't so good at times, but the trip evened out due to the awesomeness of this show.

What a treat this show was though. I'll note that this was still when marshmallows were being thrown in addition to glow sticks.

Ramble On cover to open gets the crowd going. This is a really hot cover of the song and Trey really commits to this fully. It is just a smoking start to the show. Mikes - Esther - Weekapaug with the WG being one of the harder / faster versions of the song with a huge (I mean huge) glow stick and marshmallow war.

Let me just say how much I appreciate getting that Esther even though Page kind of flubs the organ music intro. It was just a rare one up to then and a very rare one after. I for one feel lucky to have caught this very sparingly played song.

Guyute, Fikus, Birds just keep with the high energy and very spirited jamming that was the hallmark of that awesome summer of 98. They really had a special presence with high paced chewy jams that you are really seeing them 3.0 in a sharper and more vertical speed vs. horizontal if that makes any sense. I guess what I mean is the jams were spirited and sprawling grooves that they really nailed when they were at their very best. 3.0 of late is really reminding me of that, but in a higher paced and more vertically deep jam.

Closing the set with Funky Bitch that followed a great cool down with Lawn Boy capped a very blues / funk high energy spirited jam set.

Set two opens with a high paced and jammy Piper that goes into a sick Wilson. As I recall, CK5 nailed... I mean nailed the lights on this one. I think that made this a very memorable moment in the show. The darkness really kicked in and the lights really stretched out into the lawn amazingly on this song.

The Also Sprach - Magilla - Also Sprach was just signature 98 jam out goodness.

Tweezer and Fluffhead were just slamming as a one two punch and are both very well worth listening to. They rip into Tweezer via a thrashing Trey transition into it. This is a funky one. The Fluffhead was one of the better versions too.

This set up a Brian and Robert breather. This is was a very pleasant and well done version of it too. Another debut / cover of Neil Young Albuquerque was another gift and this got the crowd an awesome breather couple songs.

Chalkdust and a thrashing version of it followed by Frankenstein to close out the set made it take right back off and even out nicely.

This show encores with the Jane's Addiction cover of Been Caught Stealing. The crowd went NUTS and was singing along with a gusto to this one making it a super fun encore. How on Earth can you ever complain about getting a Tweeprise cap on it for two songs?

This show opened with a great Ramble On, had two cover debuts in addition, and a very rare Esther blended into a smoking rendition of 98 Phish in a stellar song selection.

You need to check this one out if you haven't. This one was a special one.


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