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Permalink Posted by Brian Bavosa on , attached to 2003-02-21
Phish.Net contributor(Published in the second edition of The Phish Companion...)

I would have expected nothing less than a shitty, overcast day in Cincinnati, OH to celebrate my 100th show with the boys. And that's exactly what I got outside....however, inside the U.S. Bank Arena this night was completely different story. I have often said to my kidz that the colder and shittier the weather outside a show, the hotter it is going to be inside musically. They all look at me like I am crazy (some truth there) and say "shut up." I haven't heard those words again since this show.
The first set opened with a blistering trio: “Wilson” > “Frankenstein” -> “Down With Disease”. “Frankenstein”'s appearance this early in the show made my ears perk up just a little more than usual. “Disease” was especially hot, with the boys nailing one of those "firing on all 4 cylinders, locked in" type of jams.
Following this was "Lifeboy." I don't care what anyone says, I love this song. It was especially nice to hear it at my 100th show since they played it a lot at my first couple. It was also extra special to be around all my kidz again during this one because the last year since I graduated, "God was certainly not listening to what I said". Anyway, Page shines on this version. Keep this in the rotation boys.
Set II was where things really got rolling. "Mike's Song" kicked off the set. Welcome to Cincy everybody, the most underrated stop on tour. Following a "I am H2" tease by Fish, "Free" was busted out. Next was an always beautiful "Waste", which eventually found its way into "2001." Excuse me, this is where I put my pen down and try my best to breakdance.
The encore was "Velvet Sea" which I really didn't mind as I closed my eyes and was overwhelmed with all of the memories, thoughts, kidz, and emotions that I had been through 100 times with my favorite band in the world. Thanks to all of you who I've met and shared them with along the way. You know who you are. Here's to another hundred.
Score: 2

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