Deer Creek Music Center, Noblesville, IN
 Speech from Trey.
 Phish debut; unfinished.
Average Song Gap: 8.17
Notes: Disease was followed by a feedback-enhanced jam that included 2001 teases before Mike redirected the band into SOAM; Fish continued playing the 2001 drumbeat underneath parts of SOAM. The end of Melt contained a speech from Trey that mentioned how happy the band was to be playing for their audience. Trey also spoke of the damage wrought at Woodstock 1999. He subsequently quoted Turning Japanese when mentioning the upcoming trip to Japan. Woodstock, which made its Phish debut at this show, was unfinished.
Songs by Debut Year:
This show was part of the "1999 Summer U.S. Tour."
they kicked things off with farmhouse, which i thought to be a very poor opening choice. i was hoping they would come out firey...not so much. gbott was very overplayed on this tour,so i figured we'd be seeing that at the creek in one of the two nights. this song was ruined for me after seeing the bad ass dobro infused version in nashville. none of the other versions i heard could even come close. after they cranked up vultures, i thought this set would start to turn a corner, but as soon as they wrapped that up they dipped into sleep. this one is a snoozer. my hopes rose again with gumbo, where they explored some nice funk grooves that eventually found there way into a solid nicu. beauty of my dreams kept the energy going. bathtub gin got me fired up, but once it got going it did not really do too much. they dipped back into snooz'ville with mtnsi n the mist. axilla kept the roller coaster set going before closing out a some what disjointed stash that, like gin, tried to go somewhere but it never quite made it.
there have been many times i've seen phish play an uneven 1st set and rally back to kill the second. this was not one of those nights. wolfman's did start things off really well. they dug into some explosive funk grooves before winding around into piper. this piper also had some nice exploration. i really thought this show had turned around, but some problems started to arise during theme. it sounded like gordon got a little lost but the theme jam seemed a little muddled. after an odd little feed back jam led into down with disease, gordon and fishman's timing continued to be off. trey shot gordon a mean shitty grin as he sang the line in dwd about "always loosing time." you could feel the inner band tension. this jam had some interesting points, but all in all, it lacked focus and direction. finally they found their way into 2001 but all of a sudden gordon just starts playing soa melt. i don't know if gordon ate some mushrooms before this show or what, but this was not good. the notes below the set list describe the 2001 as a tease and say mike "redirected" the band, but that is not wholly accurate. they were playing 2001 and gordon just boned it. this is the only show where i was not wowed by gordo's playing, but something was up on this night. like the previous songs, the melt never really took flight, and the summer tour was coming to a close.
woodstock: this was a nice little moment to a not so hot show. i hadn't really been paying attention to the woodstock happenings since i was catching the end of phish tour, but all hell had broken loose. despite a not so hot phish show, it was still better than being anywhere else.
julius: not my favorite, song.... weak way to end the tour.
set 1: gumbo>nicu
set 2: wolfman's piper
On the other hand, Theme>DWD>jam is unbridled, at times aggressive rock and roll, and the "jam" is Siket Disc worthy stuff.
Phish threw their 100 MPH fastball the night before, but this one's a curveball with some heat. Check it out!
I don't know what was in the green tea that night but he is in the for front in this show just nailing it.
If you want a Trey show this is it.
Farmhouse is notable for it being above average. The solo is just beautiful. Gumbo has some nice experimentation, maybe working towards to the Boise Gumbo a month or so later? Gin takes a nice short detour into space, and stash is very strong. As state above Trey is just lighting up the fret board the whole time.
Set 2 opens with a above average Wolfman. Trey moves it to shredding to mellow ambiance and back to shredding to a great conclusion. This goes into a stereotypical slow build piper which is a nice touch. The DWD Jam is interesting because it is mostly feedback/ambiance. Almost reminds me of the 97' Amsterdam Llama->Wormtown Jam (without the narration of course). They land gloriously into SOAM, which takes a left turn directly after the song turning into a dark and nasty jam.
Woodstock gets my thumbs up during an encore. And Julius as usual gets the job done.