Notes: The encore, which included the Phish debut of Messin’ with the Kid, featured Sugar Blue on harmonica and vocals. Hoochie Coochie Man was played for the first time since April 10, 1993 (382 shows). This was the first Phish show to be webcast live.
This was my third show, sixteen years old and in the mist of a six show run. I sat 5th row center, never been that close since that night, during Wolfman's Brother I stood on my chair did a double finger point at Page and said "YOU!!!" He looked back at me, gave me smile a quick thumbs up and I was hooked for life. The guy that was standing next went nuts when I jumped off my seat back to the ground he said "I can't believe that Page just did that, how fucking awesome." I have to give my uncle a shout out for those tickets, he was director of marketing at the time. I love listening to this show, especially Gumbo, Lizards, It's Ice(One of my all-time favorites.), and oh course Wolfman's Brother.
I have been a member of this site for some time and never posted anything before. Partly because I don't have the time and partly because all the hate that people spread on these Phish sites. I have only one thing to say, if you don't like what they play or if you don't want them to play new songs then you have no idea what you are doing going to see this band. Why even waste your time and money, because you are just gonna keep getting disappointed.
Maybe I was spoiled, but this was the first show I left feeling kinda, meh.... It was a great rock concert, the Gumbo alone is worth the price of admission. My girlfriend was seeing her second of five shows and that could have played a part. Thankfully, Alpine and Deer Creek got rid of the meh pretty fast.
You may look at this setlist (especially the second set) and think "meh", but there are two fantastic jams in this show in Gumbo and Wolfman's Brother. Gumbo is funky and develops into a heavier rock jam. Also worth mentioning from the first set is It's Ice, which contains a pretty long and cool jam. Wolfman's Brother's funk jam is perfect for summer and segues very well into Free. A good version of Limb by Limb follows. The latter half of the second set is a bit unusual without any of the big hitters like Tweezer, Ghost, YEM, Mike's, etc, and I think a rating of 3 is right for this show.
This was a fun show. The Gumbo was super funky and cool. The piano solo in Lizards is still
burned into my memory. It is one of my favorite Lizards because of this. Mikes bass in
wolfman's>Free was rattling the entire venue. Limb by limb was very cool too. The Chalkdust was super
high energy. Treys solo was almost like an Antelope style solo. Trippy.
I was 14 years old, and I attended this show with some friends and one of those friend's mom. I owmed junta and had heard some other songs here and there. Sparkle was my first song ever.
I got a Lizards at my first show! Unfortunately I hadn't read the book. They didn't play the songs I liked from junta such as fee, yem, fluffhead or Golgi. What I mostly remember were a bunch of fans spinning in circles to music I didn't quite yet get.
My freshman year of college my roommate, throughout college, crammed phish in my ears. I liked it, but he still couldn't drag me to any winter 2003 post hiatus shows. Finally he got me to alpine on 7/19/2003, and I have never looked back (shoulda gone to deer creek).
Of course being the fan I am, of course I have relistened to my first show. The setlist is pretty solid, but it doesn't translate off paper into sound. With that being said, had I known what I know now, I would have been so pumped after this show. I know Alpine the next night was better, but I would have been there too.