Red Rocks was the night before. I remember it was the first time I did the drive through the Rocky Mountains to get to the next show. Northern lights and orange sunshine were our rocket fuel. We smoked the whole way and I don't think we realized the gravity of sketchiness that driving thru Utah on drugs entails. Béla Fleck and the Flecktones opened (my first time seeing them). They sat in most of the second set.
Buried Alive starts up the show. They opened with this song quite a bit back in the day. Then into Poor Heart. Foam is a little off in the middle. Page is slipping for a few measures. They quite the song down and play softly for a few bars, then play gradually louder and louder. The first three song of this show are a bit off. Guelah Papyrus is sounding better. Followed by a decent Rift. The Stash that they play at this show is one of the highlights, an absolutely stunning version. It has that Phish “1.0” jam going for it. I believe they were doing their “filling the hey hole” style of jamming (all the be-bop scholars out there will know what I’m talking about). By the time they finished this Stash I was glad that I made the drive. Sparkle really got us dancing. I was definitely laughing laughing. Into The Landlady which hasn’t been played in this form since 1994 (at least as I write this, you never know what they’ll surprise us with next). A hopping version to be sure. Next up they do I Didn’t Know. Fish auditions for a washboard part on Bela Fleck’s next album. They close out the set with Runaway Jim. Complete with extended trippy, hair razing jam at the end. Yehaa!
Possum bake to start the 2nd set with a nice introduction. A nice solid Horn slows it down a bit. Then they throw down a Bill Monroe song called Uncle Penn. Now I have always held that Phish was probably the first “jam band” playing bluegrass in the early nineties. The term “jam band” hadn't been heard at that time. And the music industry was a different beast. They don’t play much bluegrass these days. Next is Fee followed with an extended outro to introduce Béla and the Wooten brothers. They jump into Llama followed by a nice Lawn Boy. Victor Wooten plays the bass solo on this one. The David Bowie that follows is a bit choppy at the beginning, which is understandable. However the second half of the song throws down a great improvisational jam. HYHU and Fish gets reacquainted with his old friend - his brain. Vacuum style. A cool percussion jam and into a great Hood with Béla solo. Phish never plays a bad Hood… ever. I would have to go out of my way to find a Hood that is sounding off. Daniel Saw the Stone closes it out. They do a vocal jam with Victor Wooten accompanying on bass.
Encore: Amazing Grace w/out a mic and Nellie Kane to finish. Catch a bus back to the cheap hotel. Good times…