, attached to 1999-04-17

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads It's easy, and perhaps commensurate, to view this April '99 Phil and Phriends Warfield run as one big show spread out over three nights. That said, Trey tends to take a more patient approach to his lead guitar in this show, not really ramping it up to Phish levels of intensity until Down with Disease in the second set. This is wonderful, because it means that Steve Kimock has more space in the music for he, himself, to shine on lead guitar. There's a good deal of Phil on vocals in this show, and I'm really a grate phan of Phil on vocals. Dark Star is interwoven throughout the show, making it pretty much the centerpiece--though one could maintain that Terrapin Station to open the second set at about 20 minutes long is a centerpiece in itself--and that's also to the good, because these shows feel most to me like a celebration of Grateful Dead music, and an extension of the musical spirit of Jerry Garcia. They're essential for fans of Phish and Grateful Dead and any of Kimock's various projects, and frankly I feel they carry the legacy forward in a way that set somewhat of a template for future incarnations of The Other Ones, The Dead, and Furthur--and Fare Thee Well and Dead and Company--that had been left partly vacant heretofore.


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