I was hanging out in Athens, GA in 1998 and made it up to the Greenville show and then onto Winston the next night. The Greenville show was in the brand new Bi-Lo Center, a venue that the boys have yet to return to. The parking garage adjacent to the venue was a mad house. Seriously, like a five floor disco party before and after the show.
Tickets were super easy to come by and I ended up taking my cousin to her first show this night. To our delight, we would up sitting in the first few rows up the rise about 30 ft from Page and had an outstanding 'long' view down the stage.
I really dug the 'Chicken Shack' opener, hatching out a thick, laid back groove to kick things off. They could bring that one back anytime as far as I am concerned. As others have mentioned, the 'Bowie' is hot. The second set is the bacon though and the opening 'Wolfman's' is definitely of the deep dish version. And hey who can complete about a tight 'Lizards' and an 'Albuquerque' - man I love the texture Phish brings to that song. I feel for it hard that night.
It might not translate as well over a recording but the encore was really, really special. I mean check it out! Not only is it a four song affair but the intimacy of that encore was something I had not (yet) experienced with Phish and it was a transformative moment for me with the band. And the 'Coil' topped it all off in fine form. What a great night, great show - and as it stands now a bit of a 'secret'.
while the first set had its share of entertaining moments, "bowie" was the only thing that really made me take notice. the second set was another story, starting with a remarkable "wolfman's" & maintaining its high level until the closing "character zero"....definitely a set worth listening to, highlights throughout. the four-song encore was a nice treat, capping off a trip to greenville i felt was much worthwhile....
This was one of my first shows when in High School and the first event to take place in the brand new Bi-Lo Center. The first set was solid, and the boys were having fun, but the second set was classic. Wolfman's was my favorite version of all time - nearly twenty minutes and half of it open jamming that split my wig. Lizards was a nice treat, Slave was superbly executed, and the four song encore (3 songs acoustic?) with the final Squirming Coil was a great way to end a classic night. Page's Coil solo was one of the best of the late 90s.
Get this show for the Wolfman's. I would kill to have it on remastered soundboards.
An underrated show, at the time of my review this was scored by 6 voters as a 3.3 . The Wolfman's alone is worth a 4. Throw in a solid Fluff, a stellar Slave and a fun 4 song encore and you've got yourself a show worth seeking out. Wolmans in particular is some serious hose.
This and the next night in Winston Salem are over shadowed by Hampton, and they really should'nt be by all that much. The Hampton shows were indeed a blast but I don't think they played anything at either of those nights that bests this Wolfman's.
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