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Permalink Posted by Bwana on , attached to 1998-11-02
BwanaIt's hard to express how much certain shows mean -- but in the greater context of my experience following Phish -- this night was as emotional as any I've had... Sometimes for whatever reason these four guys connect to their phans and to the greater positive energy in this life and the universe is uplifted. I don't think there's ever been a band that's been as organic as Phish, by that I mean: nothing is sacred, everything is sacred...

Yes, Dark Side was liquid time, but the whole night was simply special... From the opening licks of Tube, everyone was in the fishbowl, swimming in a complete range of musical style and emotion -- the best way Phish knows how -- unexpected, off-the-beaten-track, intimate, and connected. Listen to the stories from the DeadGoat salon -- these guys don't necessarily need the hype of Vegas to have a good time -- they rocked out an open-mike with a handful of people... This is why I believe they can command the stage anywhere, because they remain approachable, humble, and keep it real...

Yes, I was spinning the whole night... Probably had my eyes closed for the majority of the night... There was so much room in the back half of the floor that I didn't have to worry about dancing into someone. When people talk about having spiritual experiences at concerts -- these are the nights where everything peaks... Yes, there was plenty of "are they really going to play it" moments leading up to Time -- and equally for me there was plenty of "well, whatever happens I'm giving myself over to this trip, because up to now it's been amazing".... And sure enough it continued, right through the encore...

It was the only show I saw that Fall Tour. I didn't get Vegas tickets in the lotto or on-sale... I was working as a Wilderness Ranger at Natural Bridges N.M. in southeast Utah. The night before the show I drove solo up to Arches N.P., backpacked out to Delicate Arch and camped under a Full Moon that rose above the horizon and through the arch... That fall for me was an awakening of a life-defining relationship with the natural world that continues to guide me... And on that night at the "E" Centre, I knew I was on the right path...

I like to think I have to muses in life: Nature and Phish...
Score: 11

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