loving cup: i've grown very weary of this song in the encore slot, but i really liked it here. especially since i was still in the parking lot polishing off a rogue 22. this got me hustling through the gates.
cities: aw... safely in my pavillion seat for this talking heads classic. quick but nifty little funk jam that works smoothly into
gbott: pretty standard version but it worked well coming out of cities
vultures: i love this tune, and it was played oh so well.
mmgamoio: great phish bluegrass cover. gordon sounded good on this one.
dwd: here we go... i was certain this was going to pop up as a 2nd set opener over the next 4 nights. like loving cup, i was not surprised they played, just when they played it. as for this take on dwd, it was very strong, especially for a first setter. trey really knocked this one out of the park before landing in...
rock and roll: very nice pairing. they didn't do anything too crazy with rock and roll here, but it worked as a great set closer. page hit his high note.
tube: this is the best tube i have ever seen. gordon and fishman were on fire in the middle section. trey also lit it up. i had not seen tube since deer creek 2000. this song is so much better when trey stays on the guitar and off that mini keyboard. he had some really hot licks too. did mention gordon and fishman really drove this one. oh yeah, trey seemed to really hammer home the bluesy bring it back into tube guitar lick after the jam. very good and it dropped into...
run like an antelope: this was a pretty sharp high energy antelope. they danced through the intro part and when this one broke they really cut loose. the crowd needed a breather after this one.
wedge: score! good second set "breather" tune. well executed
timber ho!: getty up! excellent timber ho!. i was actually with a bunch of people that had never caught this song, and they longed for it. it made it a little extra spiffy, as if timber ho! is not spiffy enough. fishman and trey really hammered this one down.
prince caspian: i hate this song, but after such a hot start, i took this opportunity to burn a quick one, right in time to hear them move into...
simple: fishman, again, was a monster on this one. i really liked the "peter out" jam on this version. the moved the tempo around with ease, and they sounded really nice and tight, similar to the bt gin the night before. it finally worked its way into...
wotc: i was not a huge fan of this song until i heard this version. as they moved into the jam portion, they explored the wotc theme for a couple of minutes before they shifted into familiar territory. while staying in the key of wotc they were playing the ending to dwd. it was a very cool way to end the deer creek run.
coil: cant boo coil. it may not be a super unique selection, but i love ending a run with page alone on the stage. ALL HAIL PAGE!
I thought this two night run was very similar to the 98 deer creek. both nights were really strong on all fronts, and it is tough say which one is best. also, they did without playing the typical big guns, ghost, tweezer, yem, and mike's song. very fun time. while i thought the 2nd night of alpine was the best show of the midwest run, i think, all in all, i like the deer creek run, as a whole a touch more.
vultures, dwd>rock and roll
tube (must hear), timber ho!, simple>wotc>dwd