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Permalink Posted by MiguelSanchez on , attached to 1999-07-23
MiguelSanchezI had hit a few shows early in the tour, and now, i was hopping back on for the back stretch. my buddy and i got hooked up through phish/mail order. we sitting 3rd row page side on this night, the best seats we had for the back stretch of the tour, so obviously, we were hoping they would be busting out the big guns tonight.

Yamar: this is one of my favorite nice summer day openers. this was well played and pretty straight forward.

nicu: good solid nicu. one of my favorites that does not pop up all that often

chicken shack: this one is a little pedestrian but trey did play some pretty hot bluesy licks. you can skip this one though

punch you in the eye: this was a good solid punch. they were really honed in in the intro. this one got the crowd revved up.

fefy: not my favorite... well played though

gbott: this was getting played about every other night on this tour so no big surprise here. solid version

david bowie: here's your set closer. good bowie. page had some really nice licks in here, as did gordo. pretty strong set closing bowie but wait....

strange design: looks like this set is not over. being so close to page, this was really nice. it was like he was singing to us in my living room or something.

possum: there's a reason they kept that set going. trey blasted this possum. very good set closing possum

set2

ghost: this may be the best ghost i have seen them play. a monster storm moved in during set break. it was not quite as bad as the one in nashville at the beginnning of the tour, but this was no joke. it was one of those storms that seem to ignite the band. no single member stood out in this jam; they were all in sync and this jam just flowed for a good 15 minutes before....

FREE: this is definitely my favorite version of free that i've seen. this one seemed to be in sync with the thunder/lightning and it got pretty crazy. the whole time trey is bobbing and weaving and pumping his fist. this free was rocking, he knew, and he loved it. there was no funk in the middle section of free, pure rock thunder! check it out

boaf: i thought this would be a bit of a momentum killer, but i learned differently quite quickly. you could tell they were just looking to rip the back section of this one. trey was not too focused on the lyrics, missing a few here and there, but once they started jamming again, we were cooking. think sunra's space is the place played boaf style. a nice loose face paced jam ensued for a good 25-30 minutes. there are a few sloppy portions here and there but all in all, this is a very interesting jam. eventually it gave way to...

meatstick: i was getting a little tired of ye 'ol meatstick already, but there was an interesting twist in this one. trey confirmed the florida new year's run, which got the crowd gassed up. he spoke, again, of breaking the number of people doing the same dance record. florida ny run... yeah!!

fire: finish a hot set with some hendrix. good version, good set list choice. they really blew out any steam they had leftover from boaf

enc:

batr/rocky top: 2nd set was so good, those of us down low were laughing off the crappy encore. back to the hotel to party down!

overall:

the first set was well-played but the song selection was not all that inspired. The second set was amazing! I feel this show gets overlooked a bit being around the massive alpine encore plus some other gems in that show and the super fun first night of deer creek. don't pass this one by!

1st set highlights:
pyite, bowie, possum

2nd set

ghost>free>boaf>jam (all this i would classify as must hear!)
Score: 1

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