The last time I traveled for phish (other than a cushy 500 mile radius) was the summer of '09. I'm in a sales rep job, so basically as long as I have my phone on me and wi-fi I can travel around. The last two years however saw me keeping planted in seeing shows in the radius I mentioned above. I was itching to see phish out of the South again.
Flash back to 2004. One of my oldest friends, and phish travel companion moved from NC to Tulsa, OK. I made the visit in 2005 to see him. However, it's Oklahoma. And, being a crap friend that I am did not make a visit after that first trip. So when phish announced the 2nd leg and the St Louis and OKC shows popped up I was happy for two reasons: phish OUTSIDE of my radius and the BEST possible reason to catch a flight to Oklahoma and reunite with my pal.
Fast forward to the St. Louis show. Amazing time. Indoor phish (in my opinion) can't be beat. Especially phish at a College arena. Just good, good stuff.......So after the show it was on to Oklahoma City. Nothing better than late night nachos at the mid-west's favorite stop: QT
We get to OKC the following day about an hour before gates open. I made a point to get there early because I was meeting some fellow tapers and for GA shows, you want to claim the sweet spot (which we did). What a great venue this place was. A little run down (but hey, so is Lakewood), but not a bad seat in the venue. It's intimate, sounds amazing and the beer is cheap (6 bucks for a pint can, however, lower avb levels).
By now you have probably listened to the show in some form or another. It wasn't St. Louis. Not even close. But listening back to the recording, it was played amazingly well. The band isn't crying for attention, the band isn't on the rocks, the band isn't pissed with the fans. I'm not sure where people start getting all these idea. This was a straight forward show and although the song selections are kept short, they were all played very well and confident by all the members.
This show wont be remembered for anything except it being the bands first trip to OKC. But that's ok. I'd rather remember this show for the great atmosphere, great friends and a great band rather then to remember a show such as 6/25/00 (my first) and how bad it sucked.
Give this show a listen, it deserves it.