Date: Fri, 20 Dec 2002 21:18:04 EST
From: GONEPHISHIN126@aol.com
Subject: 11/20/98
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This show is underrated among phans. People grumble about the second set
not having enough jamming and maybe that's true but the show still kicks
ass. The first set is top notch. The boys open in grand fashion with
Rock and Roll pt 2>Tube. I was so damn excited when they started up Tube
I almost exploded. This version isn't too long but it rips. It's funked
out and powerfull. Now as excited as I was for Tube paled in comparisson
to my elated soul when I heard the opening notes of Quinn the Eskimo.
Actually I didn't recognize it right away but once I did I hit the roof.
Once again I'll say the third song of the first set is always key to
Phish's huge shows. It's a sure indicator of a smokin show. Quinn
featured a smokin I mean smokin solo from Trey. It was beautiful. Funky
Bitch was next and to me this song never dissapoints. I was also ectatic
to hear top notch versions of Guelah (sickest version ever!!) and Rift
which is a real treat now a days. The Meat>Stash that followed was
amazing. Stash had an insane jam as usual. Now I was sure they would
close the set with Stash because it was so hot but they continued on
shredding on Possum. And the Melt that closed the set was vicious. It
totally kicked ass. I haven't seen a Melt that hot since maybe Fall 95.
When setbreak came I was totally satisfied and I could have walked out
then happy. Of course I decided to stick around for set 2 and I had no
Idea what was in store. Now I must say Bathtub Gin is my personal
favorite Phish song. I love it to death. Most of my favorite jams of all
time come from Gins (eg: 8/13/93, 12/29/95, 8/17/97). The 98 Hampton Gin
is hands down my favorite jam of all time. It features Phish
communication at its best. The Went Gin may have peaked harder but I
prefer this one. It's smooth as silk and every note is just ON. It
builds and builds and explodes into a majestic peak before fadding into
Piper. I can't even begin to explain how this jam made me feel. It's the
jam I've always dreamt of and I finally GOT IT!! I know you all think I'm
crazy and there are several better Gins but nothing has ever hit me as
hard as this one. It was like a toe curling orgasim that I could never
put into words. ANYWAY..... Piper was next and I think it was the
perfect follow up. Most people I know dog this Piper for not being jammed
at all but I dissagree. Most of us have become way too spoiled with the
sick jams Phish has put on over the years and we talk shit on every show
that isn't a non-stop jam. Don't get me wrong I love those shows but come
on man show some respect to the greatest band ever. I also happen to like
this Hood. I mean Phish just doesn't play Harry like they did in 94/95 so
get the fuck over it people. It's still a gorgeous song and it's always
amazing. I have nothing more to say about this amazing show. I love it
and will always cherish every note of it. Especially that other-worldly
Gin. Thank you Phish!!!



 AJ

From markah@umich.edu Sat Dec 12 16:21:23 1998 Date: Sun, 22 Nov 1998 13:27:30 -0500 (EST) From: Mark Hutchison To: traders@umich.edu, sauldude@hotmail.com, jps@umich.edu, aaronr@ruf.rice.edu Newsgroups: rec.music.phish Subject: Hampton Reviews!!! Hello all - first - WHAT A WEEKEND!!! Whew! Honestly, I think this quite possibly could have been the best weekend of my life. With the exception of the run-in with the makisupas to end it all on a bad note... Yes, I woke up this morning, stinky kind in my pocket, and wound up in the slammer. Oh well....THE WEEKEND WAS THAT GOOD THAT IT CANTT BRING ME DOWN!! Ok - so what made it so nice??? Friday November 20, 1998 Hampton Colesium I: Rock & Roll #2, TUBE, Quinn the Eskimo, Funky Bitch, Guelah Papyrus, Rift, Meat->Space->Stash!!! Trainsong, Possum, Roggae, Driver, Split Open & Melt II: GIN!!, Piper, Axilla, Roses are Free, Farmhouse, Gettin' Jiggy wit' it!!??!??!?!??, Harry Hood, CHaracter Zero E: Cavern w/ Carl Gearhardt ------------------------------- Trust me, that was twice as wierd to type as it was to read. Rock & Roll #2 is the official name of the tune they play at the Bulls (and countless other sporting events) games where everybody shouts "Hey!" during the 'chorus.' Or, at least, this was the title of the chart when we played it in Marching Band. The TUBE, of course, smoked - no tube jam, tho. QUINN THE ESKIMO?!?? Wow - never thought I'd near that one. The FUNKY BITCH was good - not great, but I was so geeked to see a show open the way it did, it didn't matter how they played it. I labeled "Space" in between Meat & Stash - not like the GD Space, obviously, but more like 'Phish Space' - whatever. ANyway, that roughly segued (fell, more like) into STASH, which was VERY GOOD. The rest of the set was just solid, smokin, and all around good. :) SOrry - but my time is nearly up on this machine. I'll need to hurry... Set II was even better (as they usually are...) with a GIN opener that did not strech to lengths like this summer (ie Ventura, St Loo...) but was good nonetheless. PIPER to me seemed to have a bit of a false peak - in that I thought it came out of nowhere,and too quickly, but was still good. The highlight of the set was difinately GETTIN JIGGY WIT IT where FIshman came out with the little horned-Viking-type helmet he's been wearing to sing & do the little dance. Quite nice to see, but I think it might have been a better rendition musically if the backup vocals (Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah) could have stopped laughing. HOOD was average...CAVERN with a trumpet is always nice, imo. :> OK - time up. Day II to follow!!! - Mark ----------------------- Date: Mon, 23 Nov 1998 19:11:08 GMT From: Arturo Pardavila Subject: Hampton 11/20 review What an amazing two-show run in Hampton this weekend. Here's a review of Friday's show I posted to the Phunky Bitch list on Saturday afternoon. A review of the second night is to come. I'll go on record as saying Friday's show was one of the best I've seen. I thought 10/30/98 was amazing. This show is giving it a run for its money. Lowdown on the scene: Lots of ticketless, maybe more than Vegas. But it is very chill. Not many cops in the lot. Our hotel, the Fairfield, is right across the street from the Coliseum. Talk about convenient. We got in around 6:15. I sat on Page's side, looking over the Chairman of the Boards. This was show No. 26 for me this year. The sound in the Coliseum is pure. I don't know if I've ever heard a show so clearly. There are going to be some A+ tapes out there of this show. The 13-song first set blew the doors off the Mothership that is the Hampton Coliseum. It was 90-minutes of pure fury. The Rock&Roll Part II opener was fun. I thought I was back at a N.J. Devils' game. It set the mood for what was going to be a rip-roaring, shoot and score kind of night. The Tube was nice, much better than any I have seen live. Quinn the Eskimo was another surprise. The Funky Bitch was good, but then this set really got cooking. Guelah was insane and the ending was different and extended. Mike and Trey decided to add another dance step. Rift was a treat, then a very funked out Meat that the guys also extended. The jam into Stash was so sick! I was blown away. I thought the set was going to end with Stash, but no, here came Train Song. The boys decided to slow things down. But they got cooking again with Possum. So I'm thinking, OK, Possum ends the set... I don't think so. Here comes Roggae -- IMO the best song on SOTG and one of the band's new epics. This is a beautiful tune. Driver came next. I like the new acoustic tunes. This is a very funny song. That was followed by Split Open. What a way to finish a stellar set! During set break, I was thinking, "Did they blow their load? Can they come back strong in Set II?" They sure did. The Gin opener may have been better than the one I saw in Ventura this summer. The segue into Piper was UTTER BRILLIANCE! And the Piper had me going crazy. I love this song, especially the buildup into the chorus. The Piper featured a glowstick war (More on that later). Axilla I followed, then came Roses are Free and Farmhouse. So it seemed to me the guys but things up to Piper, extended into Axilla, then were bringing it down. It was all good. They were setting the stage for a surprise. And when I heard the opening chords of HYHU, I knew something was up. Brad Sands came out and put three big pieces of oak tag in the front of the stage. Fishman came to the mic and Got Jiggy with it. I couldn't stop laughing! He even threw a Bob Weaver reference in taboot! I felt like I was on the Grind on MTV! Yeah baby! A very funky, Star Wars-esque Hood followed. BEAUTIFUL! Again, better than the one I heard in Ventura. It also gives the one at the Went a run for the cash. Another glowstick war. Why do people intend to throw glowsticks at the band? Do you want to hurt the guys? Give me a break! I hate glowsticks. They are really pissing me off! Character Zero followed, sweet. So now the encore. Carl Geahart of GCH comes out with the Phearsome Phoursome. My first thought....Suzie? WITH A HORN! Then I think ... Lizards! But not, it was Cavern and it was good. Get the tapes ASAP, people. This show turned me inside and out and about. May the force be with you. Arturo Pardavila III art@nj.com Sports Producer/Columnist New Jersey Online The Art of Sports ->http://www.nj.com/sports/art Tapelist -> http://www.gadiel.com/tapelists/art.html ------- 11/20/98 - Hampton Colliseum, Hampton, VA From: Keith Forman Kfor5311@postoffice.uri.edu To: andy@gadiel.com Subject: 11/20/98 Hampton Review (Long) 11/20/98 Hampton Coliseum Review (Long) I just got back from the two night run in Hampton and I have never been so overwhelmed from just two shows in my 39 show tenure. The scence was perfect, as the cops and security let everyone get down and enjoy themselves. Inside, the energy was tearing the roof of the coliseum as we waited for what could possibly be one of the greatest two night stand in Phishtory. As for the music, the setlist does no justice to these two absolutely wonderful shows. 11/20/98 Hampton Coliseum - Hampton, Virginia I (1:28): Rock 'n' Roll Part Two*, Tube - Quinn the Eskimo** - Funky Bitch, Guelah Papyrus, Rift, Meat - Stash, Trainsong, Possum, Roggae, Driver***, Split Open and Melt II (1:05): Bathtub Gin^ - Piper^^, Axilla - Roses are Free, This is a Farmhouse, HYHU - Gettin' Jiggy Wit It^^^ - HYHU, Harry Hood^^ Character Zero Enc (0:04): Cavern+ * - Gary Glitter cover; first time played, though teased on 12/31/94; this version was about two minutes long; ** - last Quinn the Eskimo - 08/10/87 according to the Helping Phriendly Book! *** - acoustic ^ - with Rock & Roll tease (chorus played, not very obvious ^^ - with glowstick war ^^^ - Will Smith cover from the album Big Willie Style; first time played; with Fishman on vocals, reading from cue cards and leading the crowd in arm waving; with vacuum solo; + - with Carl "Gears" Gerhard on trumpet Rock and Roll Part Two: This song was quite pleasing to the ear and must have been in the response to the crazy crowd before the show. If anyone called this opener they must be in the band or something. Perfect way to start the run. Tube: BANG! Two songs into the first set and were already seeing the big guns. The most solid version I've seen since the Hampton ^96 Tube. Not too much funk going on here just rocking. This led straight into.... Quinn the Eskimo: Wow! First Quinn in 11 years. Very solid. Trey appeared to be very hot from the start. I hope they continue to play this Dylan tune. This led into... Funky Bitch: After the Quinn I was expecting something much more slow and quiet. Again, very rocking and very solid. The band seemed to be having lots of fun with this particular version. The place was going absolutely crazy. I had no clue what to expect after this one, but out came... Guelah Papyrus: I hadn't seen Guelah since my 8th show and this version was almost flawless. Perfect placement and it brought back great memories from the Hampton ^96 show. Everyone seems to be very happy with the return of this song. After Guelah came... Rift: After 5 songs nobody expected this one either. Very tight and solid. Every section was nailed and the place was still rocking very hard. I was waiting for the funk and out it came with... Meat: This song has grown on me since the summer. I still don't find all the starts and stops necessary. Again, very well played and very high energy. After a short trancy jam they found they're way into... Stash: Perhaps one of the best versions of this song ever. I've heard this song a million times and this version was perfect. The whole band just clicked. After the peak Trey took a little bow to recognize how solid this version was. Just Sick!! Finally a song to chill and sit down to... Train Song: Nothing to say except nothing. This found it's way into... Possum: I could have sworn this was gonna close the set. Awesome version. Nothing different from the normal hard rocking fun possums that have made their way back into heavy rotation from the summer. Next came... Roggae: Just like Meat...this song has grown on me as well. A little longer than usual although it may have dragged a little bit in the end. I was absolutely exhausted and the next song gave me time to sit down to... Driver: Interesting little tune. I was kinda of confused by the placement, but whatever. The set closer came next... SOAM: Holy Shit! Crazy! Perfect! Tight! I love the Hampton Coliseum. On to Set Two: Bathtub Gin: Short and sweet...very nice theme in the end when Trey brought the rest of the band down into... Piper: I love this song now and this version got the place going nuts. I hate glowsticks and it could have ruined the song but what was to follow was incredible... Axilla: Just fucking rocking!!!!!! This found it's way quietly into... Roses Are Free: I am so happy they began to cover song. Good placement and it kept things interesting. This led into... Farmhouse: Sitting here now, I'm still confused at the placement of this one, but still a very good tight version of this song. After this came... HYHU-Gettin Jiggy Wit It-HYHU: I refuse to comment on this one...just get the tapes. Harry Hood: Unfortunatley, this version was short and rushed, the only downer of the show if you could even call it a downer. After this came... Character 0: NO COMMENT. Poor Placement, I'm sure most of you agree with me. Stop playing this one!!!! I saw them bring out the extra mic and I knew we were in for a treat. Encore: Cavern: Trey introduced Carl Gearhardt and this version was just slammin', perfect way to end a perfect night. On a scale of 1 to 10 I will give this show an 8.9 just because of some strange placements and the Character 0 show closer. Just Solid and Fun!!!! Keith Forman and Matt Herbst From: Mark Hutchison markah@umich.edu Subject: Hampton Reviews!!! Hello all - first - WHAT A WEEKEND!!! Whew! Honestly, I think this quite possibly could have been the best weekend of my life. With the exception of the run-in with the makisupas to end it all on a bad note... Yes, I woke up this morning, stinky kind in my pocket, and wound up in the slammer. Oh well....THE WEEKEND WAS THAT GOOD THAT IT CANTT BRING ME DOWN!! Ok - so what made it so nice??? Friday November 20, 1998 Hampton Colesium I: Rock & Roll #2, TUBE, Quinn the Eskimo, Funky Bitch, Guelah Papyrus, Rift, Meat-Space-Stash!!! Trainsong, Possum, Roggae, Driver, Split Open & Melt II: GIN!!, Piper, Axilla, Roses are Free, Farmhouse, Gettin' Jiggy wit' it!!??!??!?!??, Harry Hood, CHaracter Zero E: Cavern w/ Carl Gearhardt ------------------------------- Trust me, that was twice as wierd to type as it was to read. Rock & Roll #2 is the official name of the tune they play at the Bulls (and countless other sporting events) games where everybody shouts "Hey!" during the 'chorus.' Or, at least, this was the title of the chart when we played it in Marching Band. The TUBE, of course, smoked - no tube jam, tho. QUINN THE ESKIMO?!?? Wow - never thought I'd near that one. The FUNKY BITCH was good - not great, but I was so geeked to see a show open the way it did, it didn't matter how they played it. I labeled "Space" in between Meat & Stash - not like the GD Space, obviously, but more like 'Phish Space' - whatever. ANyway, that roughly segued (fell, more like) into STASH, which was VERY GOOD. The rest of the set was just solid, smokin, and all around good. :) SOrry - but my time is nearly up on this machine. I'll need to hurry... Set II was even better (as they usually are...) with a GIN opener that did not strech to lengths like this summer (ie Ventura, St Loo...) but was good nonetheless. PIPER to me seemed to have a bit of a false peak - in that I thought it came out of nowhere,and too quickly, but was still good. The highlight of the set was difinately GETTIN JIGGY WIT IT where FIshman came out with the little horned-Viking-type helmet he's been wearing to sing & do the little dance. Quite nice to see, but I think it might have been a better rendition musically if the backup vocals (Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah) could have stopped laughing. HOOD was average...CAVERN with a trumpet is always nice, imo. : OK - time up. Day II to follow!!! - Mark ---- traders@umich.edu http://www-personal.umich.edu/~markah/traders "It's kind of silly when [fans are] making pie graphs about set list openers. But then, I always liked a good graph." - Mike Gordon in an interview with the Detroit Free Press December 5, 1997 From: DeadLax97@aol.com To: andy@gadiel.com Subject: FALL_REVIEW 11/20 Well, let me start off by saying traffic was Ok. Passed a lot of heads between 3:30 and 5:20 on our way down from Richmond. Place was packed lot scene was extremely mellow. And if anyone cares I was front row right in front of Page. I talked with some security before the show. They were in awe about how mellow the place was...Guess they're just not used to us...And now the show...It was like 8:07 or so when the boys took the stage. SET 1 Rock and Roll part 2 * , Tube , Quinn the Eskimo # , Funky Bitch , Guelah Papyrus , Rift , Meat Stash , Trainsong , Possum , Roggae , Driver , Split Open & Melt What a way to start of the set. The entire ban was loving this arena classic...Played for about two minutes or so...The crowd got two HEY! chants in...Into a minor pause and out comes Tube...yeah here we go...I was thinking opener tomorrow night but this was just as cool...not a very long blues jam and a fairly standard version unlike '97's...Another brief pause...I can honestly say I had no clue what the next song was for about 10 seconds...Then it hit me...Maybe the most fun song of the first set...I was thinking the last time they played this was '89 but it was earlier...Funky Bitch, what can I say, the energy was so high when they hit the opening riff to this song...a fairly standard version...Trey started doing some scratching on his guitar...kind of like the Guyute pre-intro thing, and then stopped...talked to the band and we got Guelah...my first since '95 wahooooo...such a fun song and yeah the energy was running high...Rift!!!!!, another call i made for this run another incredibly fun song and the vocals and play were perfect...first of fall tour???Another break by the boys...quick discussion and we got Meat...another fun song, pretty short maybe 4 mins...Trey sets up a strange digi-loop, and i was thinking Floyd's Time, but alas, we got Stash minus the first few notes...A weak Stash, the weakest point of the whole show, IMHO, but this song doesn't do it for me anymore...Trainsong, standard fun at shows, hate it on tape, but it's short enough anyways...Possum, hot version, really short, but standard high energy, fun as hell thought it was the end of a short, short set, but i was wrong...Now here comes a gripe and it's not meant to be anything, but the placement of two otherwise awesome songs sucked...Roggae, and Driver, two little masterpieces all in their own...but not good here, should've bypassed those songs and went straight to MELT!!!!!, this was on fire, at about 14-16mins long...It raged, easily the jam of the evening...and at 91mins setbreak was extremely welcome... Set2: Bathtub Gin Piper , Axilla pt 1 Roses are Free , Farmhouse , Hyhu Get Jiggy Wit It ^ Hyhu , Harry Hood Character Zero Pretty long setbreak about 50 mins, Brad put out a little sheet on Fishman's kit, we were thinking a little Bob Weaver and got some...set got going aroud 10:20...second set was short, but so sweet...opens up with a bathtub, i was thinking solid version throughout the song, cooler than VA Beach, but i'm not so sure anymore...it was still solid, into Piper, crowd went wild...Piper was short like 8 mins, nothing like Merriweather, pretty flawless, glowstick war short like 8 mins, nothing like Merriweather, pretty flawless, glowstick war began here...Trey had the biggest grin on his face talking to Page after this song...and out comes AXILLA I...Yeah, my first in a while...raged with the Axilla II ending...I didn't remember a segue into Roses Are Free, but i was so happy to hear it...it was just like the 8/6 version, nice and short, they finished this song and stopped for a few seconds...Trey played the first two notes to the VU's New Age, and then stopped talked to Mike, then Page, and we got Farmhouse...another song i was happy to hear...standard not as good as merriweather, but fun like always...Trey then proceeded to take off his guitar, walk to the drum kit and Brad brought out three giant cue cards. Fish gets up and takes place behind Trey's mic...Drum beat ensued, and we got "Gettin Jiggy wit it, Robbie called this song after the drum intro...This was the coolest Fishman song I've ever seen...we wanted I Didn't Know, but this was awesome...After the song, in which Paul couldn't control himself at all, he was going crazy laughing, Fishman took a victory lap around the stage, almost lost his helmet and came close to flashing the audience once again...And they assembled for Hood...which i thought was a little early to be played...set was like 40 mins at this point...short Hood...with Trey throwint 10-12 glowsticks off the stage...he also caught one, and Mike seemed to like the war, he had as close to what you can call a smile coming from his face...Hood was nice, and I was hoping it wouldn't be over...it wsn't...we got Character Zero, fun to hear live...this was an extended version probably clocked in at 7 minutes...the thank you thing came out, and one of the sound guys brought out the extram mic...we didn't know what to thik, but Cavern w/ Gears awesome, this song smoked and left us happy...Horns tonight??? I'll see ya there!!!!!!!Ryan E: Cavern ** Gary Glitter cover aka Jock rock last played 12-31-94 # Bob Dylan cover last played 8-10-87 948 shows ^ Will Smith cover concert debut ** With Carl Gears Gerhardt From: Aaron Spohn rg235495@oak.cats.ohiou.edu To: andy@gadiel.com Subject: FALL_REVIEW - Hampton 11/20 Ahem.......WOW! Whatever that opener is called, Fame, Rock & Roll II, whatever, it was totally unexpected (how could it be?!) and definitly set the tone for an AMAZING night. First set I was about 15 feet from Page and the boards and what a great spot to be in the spaceship of Hampton Coliseum. Tube was called in the car ride into virginia, as were a couple others (what a GREAT show!!!), but Quinn was so awesome to hear. it was such a great version. the sound is so good in hampton that the vocals on Quinn seemed to come from everywhere. Another Funky Bitch is always welcome in any set, and this one got the crowd really moving. only next did I fully realize how great this set was shaping up to be - the ever-more rare Guelah!!! Outstanding! Rift was next, another song I've been dying to hear, but always miss the one or maybe two a tour. Chris worked the lights spectacularly during this rocking rift. the best of the lights was yet to come, though. after another fun, funky as all shit Meat (one that's coninually growing into a new favorite of mine), the best Stash that I've ever seen was next. Being that close on the floor, you can't really get into as much of the light show as if you are farther back, EXCEPT when Chris throws the rotating colors on the crowd behind the stage and the band is silueted (my spelling sucks, i'm still so excited) against them - the kids are just GROOVING during this Stash. It just kept building louder and louder and more intense, in that greatest of great Stash's way, if you catch me. Super, Super Cool!! a definite slow down was necessary and I love to hear a Train Song in this spot. perfect little break for - fucking POSSUM! AWESOME! the entire song I'm thinking how great an ending to a great set. Possum dances everyone into hysteria, but as it's winding down, Trey's not stepping into the mic. Wait...more? A wonderful Roggae and Driver followed (my first Driver), but it was the phenominal SOAM that closed set I that almost made me pass out and crumble to the floor. GREAT GREAT GREAT FIRST SET!!!!! Bathtub was called at set break, which we all agreed on. gotta lovwe that feeling when the song you were just talking about 10 minutes earlier starts up. It got us grooving really hard and didn't let up. The jam was intense and INCREDIBLE! I want to hear the Gin from 11/9 UIC to compare because this one was really good. a good Piper followed, not the best ever, but maybe because EVERY OTHER SONG that night had seemed like it was, in its own right. Axilla was placed great, as if taunting the crowd into exhaustion. Believe me, we didn't let up at all either. Now, I love Ween. I was so glad to see Phish cover Roses and caught the superjammed version at the minispring tour. of course I was glad to see it again, this one was truer to the original and they finally rocked out the ending like I knew they could. on all the others, they never seemed to really be playing as solidly as they could (maybe I'm critical because they are my two favorite bands) I like Farmhouse more every time I hear it - this was the 'break' for set II and it still rocked! the intensity throughout this set was unbelievable (god, first set was soooo fucking good too! both sets are completely amazing in different respects) Afterwards, Trey sets down the guitar and heads for Fish. YES! but who could expect a superphat Will "princely-fresh" Smith cover?! Gettin' Jiggy Wit It?!?!?!?!?! So goddamn cool, it has to be heard by everyone and I wish it couldv'e been seen by everyone! Fishman with his horns on again rapping will smith - he's pretty good at it for a white boy. hearing everone else chime in the na na na na na na vocals was hilarious! everyone in my section was just dancing their asses off wearing the biggest grins. afterwards, Fish ran all over the stage, blowing kisses to kids in the back and ran back to the front to throw the lyric placards into the audience! I hope they did't get ripped by overzealous drunk kids. The Vac solo was sooo cool too. Fish sported a kinda "beat box" through it. he was kinda going back through the verses, just mouthing the tones thorugh the vac to the beat. really funky and funny. classic fishman. After the best Hood of my life in the same building a year earlier, I was exstatic to hear it again. Never one to open my eyes during Hood, I won;t say anything about the stupid glowsticks (don't get me started about second night, I'm not going to write a review about it because I would just go off on a tangent about the damn things - who threw that one at Mike during Divided Sky?!?!?! he missed his time to come in and it totally took me and everyone around me out of the Sky and a good part of the first set; during fucking Divided Sky!!!!!! what's wrong with people? it really sucked!) anyway, sorry, the Hood was very beautiful, i just can never get over the sound in Hampton, so crystal, so perfect. The only thing the entire night that made me go "ugh" was hearing the start of CharZero. I rode out the repetive chorus towards the jam. this was the best Char0 I've ever heard in person on such a perfect, awesome night. I wish you all could've been there. ripped, absolutly RIPPED! For the encore, cavern was pretty cool. it was made extra special by the added talents of Carl Gerhardt on trumpet. I wish they would've played one more, but after a 95min set I and a non-stop dance fest of set II (not that set I wasn't), I left the venue COMPLETELY GLOWING, grinning from ear to ear, knowing my previous year's experience in Hampton had somehow been topped again by the greatest band on this planet! get these tapes, listent to them over and over, and enjoy! I mean, Quinn the Eskimo?!?! C'mon, soooo cool! see you all in NYC! From: bkc.cheerful@mindspring.com To: andy@gadiel.com Subject: FALL_REVIEW Hampton VA.......11/20/98 This was one of the best shows I've ever seen...no joke...it kicked ass!!! Rock and Roll part two - awsome way to open the show...it floored me! Tube - into a smokin tube........who could ask for more.... Quinn the Eskimo - Where the hell did this come from....thank you Mike ! It was incredible and very much appreciated Funky Bitch - good as usual, vey funky... Guelah Papyrus - I could not have asked for anything better,,,,tghis one was awsome.. Rift - sweet. just plain sweet Meat - a new song thats always nice to hear into.... STASH - Trey pulled out all the stops on this one Trainn Song - Love to hear Mike sing this one Possuem - Can you say Mike's on Fire ! Roggae - One of favorites of the new stuff...really nice to hear Driver - lovely acoustic piece Split Open and Melt - Can you say end the set with a fuking bang!! Thats just what they did!!! Second Set Bathtub Gin - Phenominal version of this classic song...it rocked!! Piper - Great Piper, had a glowstick war in the build up of the jam...it was killer!! Axilla Part I - nice treat to hear...my first one!! Roses are Free - I love this Ween tune....I wish the boys would play it more often.....it is a great adition to any show Farmhouse - beautiful new tune...I really do love this one already Gettin Jiggy With It - Can you say Holy Sheep Shit batman....this was so hilarious and just plain out wacked out....it was the bomb...Page was gettin funky on those keyboards and Fishman was having a blast singing this one Harry Hood - phanomanal Hood...brought tears to my eyes it was so good...and a great glow stick war as usual Character Zero - Trey loves this song..as we all know...he really gets into that ending jam doesn't he....which is why this song is always a pleasure to see cause you know it is alwyas going to rock . Cavern - Oh my lord Carl Gears Gerhart is up on stage with them blasting out the best Cavern I've ever seen....this was an amazing treat for me to see...I love the Giant Country Horns...and this capped off an already fantastic night From: Meredeth Simmons boopper@sprynet.com Subject: FALL_REVIEW This is what I've been waiting for!!! We just got back from Hampton and I have a favorite show. I'm relatively new to the Phish scene; shows I've seen: Deercreek 97 & 98, the Went, Cols 98, and this fall Cleveland, Cincy and NC on the way to Hampton. I've been patiently waiting for Phish to blow my mind, and 2nd night Hampton was definately worth the wait. I had never been to this venue, which only added good excitement to the whole weekend. The lot scene was cool, and I was with awesome company, anticipation was the among the best buzzes. To the Coliseum: What an incredible place! We had great seats both nights (phuck the phloor), Page side in the roped off section first night (hassle to get, well worth it), Mike side in the lower-level middle 2nd night (felt just as close as Fri). Security was not only relaxed, but nice. The sound was also way better than the bouncy drums of Winston-Salem. Friday night was intense, but honestly I smoked too much (bad girl!) and I was still wanting more from the shows. Don't get me wrong, I had a great time. The first set had me thinking this was the best show I'd seen yet...But, I still wasn't totally fulfilled. Which brings me to Saturday. I had lunch with a family friend, and Ohio State beat Michigan so the day was off to a great start. We got in to the show early and had plenty of time to get comfortable in our seats. The intensity of the crowd kept building, people were way more hyped than Friday night. If you want the setlist, you know where to find it, and my perception was a bit altered (MC kept saying we weren't high yet), but let me say the boys rocked. "Phish does punk-rock" got things off to a great start. I had seen Boogie on Reggae Woman at Deercreek, and dug it. I had mentioned to the boys I was with that I would love to see it again. When MC tapped me on the shoulder as this opened up, I could tell I was in for a special night. At the end of the first set I didn't think it could get any better than this. I was wrong. At the beginning of Free, my boy AdamD leaned over to me and said "I'm free to do what I want and I can't imagine having any more fun". That pretty much summed it up for me especially after the Free went into Fishman's deliriously, infectious lyrical masterpiece (hahaha) and back into Free. Wow! My opinion- Phish IS the world's greatest cover band. Their influences are as varied as my own (very important in my world) and they know how to have fun. I will continue to rave about these shows. This weekend ranks up there among "best time ever's". To make the fairy tale complete: I giggled all the way back to Ohio, riding off into a beautiful Allegheny Mtn sunset. Phish, AdamD and MC, all the other kids: Thank you! for a real good time. I want tapes of these shows! P.S. We had extras for both nights and were looking to trade for 12/31, but people only laughed(?) at us. Wish us luck on the phones! Date: Tue, 24 Nov 1998 01:25:58 -0500 From: Ted Tolliver tedtnt@email.msn.com To: dws@protos.lifesci.ucla.edu Subject: FALL98_REVIEW To whom it may concern: I don't have a review, however I was at Hampton and after seeing the setlists I realized that a mistake was made in the naming of a song. "Rock & Roll Pt. II" is actually a song called "Doctorin' the Tardis" by a band called the Time Lords. "Doctorin' the Tardis(or Doctor in the Tardis)" is an old-school dance song about the PBS series Doctor Who, whose spaceship(a phone booth) was called the Tardis. If you remember The KLF("KLF is gonna rock you!") they were first the Lemurians of Mu(or Agents of Mu), then they became the Time Lords, then the KLF. I used to dance to the song at progressive dance night when I was an early teen. The song follows a pattern such as: Doctor Whhooooooo HEY!!! Doctor Who Doctor Whhooooooo HEY!!! In the Tardis Doctor Whhoooooo Anyway, thanks for your time and if you have anymore questions you can email me at discordia99@hotmail.com. By the way the shows were phenomenal(first night my 66th and favorite so far) and I can't wait till Hampton '99. Thanks, Stephen Emmerich Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 08:15:32 -0500 From: Terri Salasin taste4free@email.msn.com To: dws@protos.lifesci.ucla.edu Subject: FALL98_REVIEW I love Hampton! The venue is very simple and the people are always nice. Their is definitely a west coast venue philosophy here. I am in agreement with everyone that thought the weekend was one for the books. However, I also agree with the disappointment with Saturday's encore. I don't care if Phish plays a whole show of cover songs (thank you for Roses are Free!). I like that they feel confident enough to explore the boundaries of others music. However, no matter how good they are and no matter who they bring out to sing with them, some songs just stink! They played a great Tub-thumpin' but, it doesn't make it a great song or even a good song. I know that they can play what ever they want, it is their concert but, I was disappointed with such a commercial, teeny-booper song.