Notes: Reba did not have the whistling ending. Perhaps responding to fan predictions of a Michael Jackson cover album on Halloween, the band teased Black or White before GTBT as well as Beat It before and in Hood and in Suzy Greenberg. Suzy also included Stairway to Heaven and Tweezer Reprise teases. The soundcheck's Dog Log contained YEM lyrics (Wash Uffizi and drive me to Firenze). This show is available as an archival release on LivePhish.com.
This was a stellar show. It was my 6th of this tour at this point and best except for maybe Spokane(10/7). We didn't know what to think when Tweeprise lit up. I was taping and started my DAT late as I was blown away by what was happening and forgot to unpause my D-7. Great flow and high energy all around. I remember at the "Boy" part of YEM, Trey was like a race horse that couldn't wait to get out of the gate. Man, was he off to the races. Awesome! The Michael Jackson teases worked well here and we all wondered about Halloween. I would find out 10 days later as my last show of this tour.
The lot scene was really laid back(especially compared to Omaha the following year.) I met Amy walking around checking for copyright infringement issues. We parked on the top floor of an adjacent parking garage. It was a self contained ho-down in itself. Lots of energy in the air as it was Saturday and The Cornhuskers were playing nearby as well. The scene hadn't quite blown up yet and this show had a real casual/comfortable feel to it.
Complete opposite of 11/16/96... Wow! Bad vibes! Bad juju! Great show! Weird how that worked out.
How about a Tweeprise to kick things off? I had to check and see if I'd inadvertently started playing disc 3! By opening up with this song, Phish effectively pulls the net out from under themselves as they step onto the tightrope: if the rest of the show turns out to be lackluster, they'll look rather silly, won't they?
Reba jams don't often get me off, but I'll propose that this one is quite nice. Kung surprisingly pops into existence the very moment that CTB concludes, with an extended chorus of “Kung! Kung! Kung!” chants (in the middle of which Fishman hilariously poses the question on everyone's minds: “Kung?”)
Fast forward past a handful of tunes (all featuring highly inspired, TIGHT playing)... GTBT. Right, fair enough, this will be the close of an excellent set. But wait, this is a bit odd: Trey is really pushing the boundaries with his solo, stacking up the tension, and almost playing out of key. Hmm... The rest of the band just plays along as usual, probably not quite sure what else to do. The end of Trey's solo comes around, and just then he effortlessly sliiiides back into Tweeprise! It's apparent that the rest of the band didn't quite see this coming, but they turn on a dime and the transition is very smooth. Wow! (This took my breath away the first time I heard it!)
Set 2 appropriately opens up with a snappy 2001, which soon disintegrates into Bowie. The band tries hard as hell to make this an excellent version, and I'd say they succeed. Trey leaves plenty of space for Page to jump in with some tasty licks. Between 13:00 and 14:00, there's a a short-lived tempo change with a muddy, heavy metal feel – pretty cool. The effects that Trey applies during the climactic breaks will certainly put a smile on your face.
Lifeboy is especially pretty. YEM is a hard-groovin', ass-shaking throwdown. Purple Rain, while absolutely absurd, is strangely appropriate following YEM's extended vocal jam. Harry Hood also plays its part in contributing to the excellence of this set 2.
While it's certainly a fantastic set 2, set 1 may have even been better! When all is said and done, this is a *GREAT SHOW*, entirely deserving of the LivePhish “archival release” treatment.
Incredible show with a ton of energy. 1st set sandwiched between a Tweeprise!!!!...Good Times Bad Times smokes.....2001 --> David Bowie is worth a listen....YEM --> Purple Rain --> HYHU is stellar.... I love the way Harry Hood's ending plays out in this version...Highway to Hell!!!! wow....classic '95
Highlight for me is the 20+ min Dog Log from the sound check... blissful to say the least!
For the most part EducateFright said everything I would've review-wise. Just wanted to add a bit about the GTBT>Tweeprise to close the first set. First off Trey rips the solos, I think Jimmy Page would be proud, and the end jam morphs from pure rock hose to classic phish tension release. After the second or third release its actually mike who deviates the bass line from the more standard GTBT type riff to the E F# G A (the Tweeprise baseline a whole step higher (I believe it's normally in D)). Man, mike never abuses his harmonic power as the bass player in jams but when he recommends a course of action like that it always seems to be a great call (most notable example is probably the great went Gin). Sorry getting off track. Anyways, you see Trey look over when he hits the G giving the nod of approval and they're all immediately on board. Seamless transition to the end chorus of Tweeprise and the crowd goes wild. And it's in a different key! give these guys some credit they're true musicians. You can tell because Trey can't play the normal tweezer reprise riff at the end (although I suppose he could've on the low e-string). Gold. Also, acoustic army reminds me of when Zeppelin would do like going to California (and some other of their acoustic songs). Love seeing the Zeppelin influence