So, we go in and went to check out where our seats were....and they way up in the top on Fishman's side....and this show was not even close to full...all of the sudden some members of Phish's staff came walking through the upper areas with extra tix handing them out to everyone around?...kinda odd, then they made their way over to us and gave us tix for the floor!!! They told us Trey and the band wanted everyone down close and packed in...not all spaced out over the huge venue...score one for the fans.
First set was solid "opening of a tour" stuff...Jim opener gets thing going, Antelope is a monster. Kind ho-hum set beyond those two.
Second set is truly one of my favorites....Boogie is very nice (not a chula vista...but there never will be), Jibboo really swings and is fun. Bathtub totally rocks...not a funky or noodling jam...but total Trey leaning back on his ax playing a thousand beats a second and destroying the Palace...oh and it's 19 minutes long. Then the Tub drops into a really crazy 2001 with Trey playing on his keyboard and leaving this crazy DJ-scratching sound being looped over the whole time....very unique. Boom...YEM, and this one is one (like everything else in this set) is very unique...its not a "best of all time" or anything....just a very very cool jam...not funky, just rhythmic and textured and then it settles into this jam that's hard to place...then all the boys start humming/chanting over this crazy rhythm....it finally ends up with nice little holiday cheer and the actual vocal jam turns into little drummer boy.
If anyone knows what the YEM jam is...please drop me a line or post...after 11 years I still can't place it. The YEM is a true gem stashed away in an odd tour.