Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI
 The band skipped the second verse.
Average Song Gap: 8.7
Notes: Antelope included Yakety Sax and Jibboo teases. The band skipped the second verse of Suzy. This show was officially released as Live Phish 05.
Songs by Debut Year:
This show was part of the "2000 Summer U.S. Tour."
pyite: in true 2000 fashion, they dug deep into the punch intro. good opener that got the crowd gassed.
nicu: this one folowed punch really well. good straight forward version.
my soul: this one seemed to have a little extra snap on this evening. straight forward but good.
poor heart: ditto what i said for the last 3 songs.
wolfman's brother: this allowed for the nights first real exploration. they did not take it too far, but like everything else in this set, it was a nice tight version.
first tube: trey seemed to get a little extra rowdy on this take. page also got in the mix a little bit here.
llama: good sharp llama... my lord, everything in this set is sounding soooo clean and sharp. high energy too on this one.
guyute: of course, they nailed it!
run like an antelope: huge surprise! i was certain this one would hold out to deer creek; little did we know, we'd get it at the first night of deer creek too. well, the made their first alpine valley antelope count. real nice set closer.
heavy things: standard warm up stuff.
piper: they really cut loose on this one. trey and page are all over the place before settling into...
rock and roll: their playing in the first set carried over to this rock and roll. after cutting loose in piper, they tightened right back up for this one. high energy, tight playing.
tweezer: this is one of my all time favorite tweezers. trey's guitar solo was outrageous. it hit such a hard climax before dropping into...
walk away: ah, rocking the james gang. page, like in rock and roll, really hits this one vocally. the musical momentum of tweezer is really felt in this walk away.
twist: pretty solid version. it's on par with the one they would play at the next show at deer creeek.
the horse>silent: not really what i was looking for here, but it worked well. good version of a good tune.
possum: always a good closer to get you ready for a decent little drive down to indiana. this version is not as over the top as some, but it satisfied.
suzy>tweezer reprise: par for the course on this evening, this encore was pretty straightforward but played with a ton of energy and was razor sharp. then it was time to jet down to deer creek to catch phil and friend before phish's 3 night stand....
I feel that if Phish needed live takes of some classic tunes for radio air play, this would be the show to pull from. the horse>silent, nicu, my soul, poor heart, and llama were all very straight forward but they were all played particularly well on this evening. The second set was killer too. they only really cut loose in a couple of songs, but they just simply nailed everything.
pyite>nicu, my soul, llama, run like an antelope
piper>rock and roll, twezer>walk away
The PYITE>>Poor Heart segment is classic Phish setlist mastery, flowing easily between the hard licks of Punch (my personal favorite version of the song), through to the silly bluegrass of Poor Heart, stopping effortlessly in between to throw down some blues along the way. Wolfman's opens things up, but to my ears is the overall low-point of the set (just not a very interesting jam, particularly for Wolfman's) but then they're right back at it with a perfect First Tube, a perfect Guyute, and a rocking, raging Antelope. Really, just an amazing frame of music that seems to get no attention at all due to the lack of big, open-ended jamming. Don't be deterred!
Set II, as others have mentioned, is also very good. The Tweezer is just silly (a perfect example of Trey playing billions of notes but somehow making it work) and the Piper>>Rock & Roll should be enough to satisfy the jam chasers.
One of my favorite ways to introduce non-phans to the band is by playing them Disc 1 of Live Phish 5, paired with Set II of, say, 12/6/97 or an assortment of 12/31/95 jams. It's a pretty perfect way of seeing the range of music we get from this band, and yet is all too often under-appreciated with modern fandom's obsession with type-II excursions.
Give this one a look.
Second set was the true meat-and-potatoes of this show, however. I can't complain too much about the opener of the 2nd set; maybe the boys wanted to warm up and gather more ju-ju for the remainder of the set. Piper is amazing, and the jam into R&R is sick, sick, sick! I sometimes think that this show's existence as on official Live Phish release is due largely to this particular jam. It soars and whistles and twists, giving way to a (rocking) beautiful version of R&R. Tweezer is cool, but as mentioned above, Trey is just wailing bluesy guitar solos all night long! This bluesy angle on Tweezer makes this well-worth the listen. Walk Away is cool, short yet sweet. Twist is nothing spectacular; I've definitely seen better versions. Horse>SITM is very rote. Possum is always welcome. Suzy>Tweeprise to close is a treat!!