Tweeter Center, Mansfield, MA
Set 2: AntelopeRun Like an Antelope > 2001Also Sprach Zarathustra > GolgiGolgi Apparatus > Waves > Tweezer -> HYHUHold Your Head Up > Terrapin > HYHUHold Your Head Up, Drums -> TimberTimber (Jerry) > SampleSample in a Jar
 Phish debut; with audience member on vocals.
 Jammed for awhile, with Fish on vacuum.
 Trey and Fish.
· Hold Your Head Up jam in Tweezer
Average Song Gap: 26.25
Notes: Disease and Antelope were unfinished. During Suzy, Trey introduced Fish as “Johnny B. Fishman” on snare drum, whereupon Fish took a snare drum solo. This show featured the Phish debut of Tears of a Clown. Unfortunately, no one knew all of the words to Tears of a Clown, so they picked a member of the audience to come onstage and sing (prompting Trey to note, “She saved our ass.”). Tweezer contained a HYHU jam at the end (with Trey still on guitar and Fish on drums). During HYHU, Fish introduced himself as “Prince” and added some vacuum accompaniment. Before Terrapin, Trey joked, “Won’t be needing this anymore!” and acted as if he was going to throw his guitar into the crowd, to a reception of lusty boos from the crowd. After Terrapin, Trey took an impromptu poll of the audience as to whether a Fishman tune makes the show or destroys the show, with Page notably coming in on the side of destroys the show, though softening the blow by explaining, "Well, it's a crapshoot. Sometimes it's great, but sometimes... you wonder." Mike, more charitably, stated, “On a scale of two to three, I give it a three.” Before the Drums Jam with Trey and Fish, Trey noted that it had always been a dream of his to start a song with a double drum solo; this was the first known instance.
Songs by Debut Year:
The snare drum solo and drop into the funk in Suzy is awesome, seems like Trey is teasing Heavy Things for a minute in there. Suzy has probably the shortest version of the "Suzy Reprise Jam" that popped up a few times in the 1.0 era. It's a nice knotty groove, Mike's DWD effects kind of creep into his playing for a little bit before the jam drops out and the DWD intro starts.
The DWD jam is basically all of a piece, rhythmic yet spacey, some nice piano from Page providing the gravitational well at the center of it and Mike & Trey circling it with dramatic minimalism. The descent into Caspian is fucking gorgeous. Another reviewer characterized this 3 song sequence as a cheap crowd pleaser, but it defied convention at every (ok, the first two at least) turn. Plus I'm pretty sure that by the year 2004 we should have stopped pretending that the shows were filled with 14 year old kids who only wanted to see Bouncing and Sparkle and the other massive radio hits.
I love when Phish doesn't finish the "Big Finish" songs. Bowie, Hood, Antelope, Slave, whatever. Leave that crescendo hanging and try something different. Phish's decision to bail on the Antelope peak and just get a little weirder was a good one. There are good moments in this, especially after the Peak That Wasn't, and the -> and 2001 itself is nice and clean. Just nothing too special despite the uniqueness on paper. I can see why someone would like this 2001 a lot, if they're not into the loops and whatnot.
Second sets highlights are Waves- soaring Type I.5 improv, beautiful stuff with shades of mystery- & the Timber with the double-drum solo. FWIW, The Ghost from 7/25/97 starts with a double drum duo also doesn't it? C'est la vie.