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Permalink Posted by Mikesgroover on , attached to 2003-12-02
MikesgrooverAt the time, this was the most hyped show of Phish version 2.0, and demand for tickets was unbelievable. Luckily, we were gifted a pair of excellent floor seats by a friend, allowing my touring partner and I to avoid the awful acoustics I'm sure those who sat near the rafters had to deal with.

Harry Hood was a bold opener choice, however it never really came together and the band seemed a little uncomfortable and ill at ease. The first set was awkward and disjointed, giving little boost to the audience's energy. Was it the pressure of the event, with many friends and family in attendance? Piper showed hints of what was to come, but when Disease came to a close and the video screen descended, the night seemed to turn a corner. The 25-minute video retrospective of some of the band's funny and triumphant moments reminded the audience why they were all there.

Whatever the band did during setbreak, it was obvious that they were much more relaxed and comfortable when the second set opened. A massive Rock and Roll contains an obvious Cold Rain and Snow tease and powers into an out-of-nowhere Weekapaug. During Tweeprise, Trey walked over to Mike's microphone and sang "Trapped in time, and I don't no what to do..." A hint at the announcement that would come the following spring?

FrankenKung is massive psychedelic Phish experience aided by CK's strobe lights, while Maze is one of the best post-2000 versions I've heard. Waste and the Bug encore were interesting choices and powerfully played. "It doesn't matter..."
Score: 4

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