The State Theater in New Brunswick is perhaps the nicest place I have ever seen the boys. Not nearly as funky as the Fox in Atlanta, it is the type of place you would expect see the Philharmonic, not a rock show. It made the Tower Theater we visited the night before look like a complete dump in comparison. I can't tell you how relieved I was to see how nice the place looked as I walked in with my Dad in tow.
It seemed my parents just couldn't fathom why I would travel to see so many shows by the same band ,so I invited my Dad to this show and he loved it! Needless to say, I did, too. It is still one of my favorites.
The "Tweezer"Ě was the first time I heard Phish really take a left turn from the structure of the song. They completely left the typical "Tweezer"Ě jam behind (they were in a groove of playing "typical"Ě "Tweezer"Ěs at the time) and forged ahead, landing in "Manteca"Ě before coming full circle back into "Tweezer"Ě. This may not be shocking to anybody now, but it completely blew my mind at the time, and I was already pretty well versed in things Phish.
While that was perhaps the musical highlight of the show, it was a far cry from my personal highlight. The real magic of this show was the moment the boys absolutely nailed the big "Baby's mouth"Ě harmony in "Curtain"Ě. It was so perfect and beautiful it sent chills down my spine. I turned to my Dad and he to me, both of us grinning ear-to-ear, and I could tell he had the chills, too. This is absolutely my favorite Phish moment, ever. Incomparable!
After the show, I asked him what he thought. He loved it! He recalled how caught up in Beatlemania he had been as a youngster, and said he completely understood my obsession. His one complaint: "they just shouldn't play one note over and over like that."Ě Upon further questioning I surmised that he was referring to the "Melt"Ě jam that featured Trey locking in on one repetitive pattern for a solid minute. He didn't like that!