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Link Monday, 08/11/1997
Deer Creek Music Center, Noblesville, IN

Set 1: MakisupaMakisupa Policeman -> Maze, Water in the Sky, Guyute, GuelahGuelah Papyrus, LxLLimb By Limb, Horn, AntelopeRun Like an Antelope[1]

Set 2: TimberTimber (Jerry) > Piper, Vultures > My Soul, YEMYou Enjoy Myself, Character Zero

Encore: CoilThe Squirming Coil

[1] "Rye Rye Rocco" section included Page on theremin.

Noteworthy Jams: Maze (highly recommended), Run Like an Antelope, You Enjoy Myself

Average Song Gap: 9.6

Performers: Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon

Notes: The “Rye Rye Rocco” section of Antelope included Page on theremin.

Song Distribution:
3 The Story of the Ghost
2 Stash
2 Rift
2 Lawn Boy
2 The White Tape
1 Farmhouse
1 Billy Breathes
1 A Picture of Nectar
1 Junta

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1997 Summer U.S. Tour."

MiguelSanchez , attached to 1997-08-11 Permalink
MiguelSanchez this show is commonly mentioned as a let down, but i think it is pretty damn solid. sure, some of the jams get lost, but there are enough highlights here to make it worth your while.

makisupa>maze is a red hot opener. maze in particular really burns. page and trey really light up the middle section of this one. water in the sky works well in the early set cool down slot. then they pull out a still quasi rare guyute. they really nail this one, much to the delight of the crowd. guelah papyrus is another nice cool down treat before they pull out the first new song of the night. limb by limb is not all that swell here, but they follow it up with a pretty solid horn. they pick the energy way up for the antelope set closer. the whole band is in sync on this one, and it gives the fired up deer creek crowd a lot of hope for the 2nd set.

timber ho! works well in the opening slot, repeating the first night opener from deer creek 96's first night. fishman and gordon lay down a nice foundation, but at times, trey seems a little lost in this jam. he finds some nice stuff, but they never quite get there. piper starts out promising but it never quite gets there in my opinion. vultures, another new tune, really works here. some friends griped about the placement, but i really like it. despite not playing exceptionally so far in this set, it did fit the mood extablished thus far. my soul was fun, but not really 2nd set material. then they drop yem. by drop, i mean they drop the ball. this one is sooooo long, and they never quite hook up with each other on this one. there is very little cohesive jamming. to their credit, they keep looking for that groove, but they never quite get there. character zero is very cheesey, so this is somewhat disappointing. i always welcome a coil closer too. nice to page last one off....

while i would not say that the deer creek '97 run was a "classic run" like '96 or '98 there are some good songs in the two nights to hear. this show is one of the rare ones in which i like the first set a little better than the 2nd. a bulk of the 2nd set is just spent searching for that groove.

highlights:

set 1:
makisupa policeman>maze, guyute, antelope

set 2:
timber ho!, vultures
Score: 1
ReeYees , attached to 1997-08-11 Permalink
ReeYees Most people seem to like the 1st night at Deer Creek 97 better. For some reason I go to this night more often. Makisupa “Schwag” -> Maze should not be overlooked. A super-tight Guyute not heard for 25 shows and one of the best YEM’s I’ve witnessed make this show worthwhile for me every time I listen to it. Summer 97 was a very interesting tour. The new tunes were in heavy rotation for sure but they were growing nightly. Water In The Sky, Limb By Limb, Piper and Vultures were all pretty interesting this night. No complaints from me on the Antelope either.
Score: 0
ReeYees , attached to 1997-08-11 Permalink
ReeYees Most people seem to like the 1st night at Deer Creek 97 better. For some reason I go to this night more often. Makisupa “Schwag” -> Maze should not be overlooked. A super-tight Guyute not heard for 25 shows and one of the best YEM’s I’ve witnessed make this show worthwhile for me every time I listen to it. Summer 97 was a very interesting tour. The new tunes were in heavy rotation for sure but they were growing nightly. Water In The Sky, Limb By Limb, Piper and Vultures were all pretty interesting this night. No complaints from me on the Antelope either.
Score: 0
ReeYees , attached to 1997-08-11 Permalink
ReeYees Most people seem to like the 1st night at Deer Creek 97 better. For some reason I go to this night more often. Makisupa “Schwag” -> Maze should not be overlooked. A super-tight Guyute not heard for 25 shows and one of the best YEM’s I’ve witnessed make this show worthwhile for me every time I listen to it. Summer 97 was a very interesting tour. The new tunes were in heavy rotation for sure but they were growing nightly. Water In The Sky, Limb By Limb, Piper and Vultures were all pretty interesting this night. No complaints from me on the Antelope either.
Score: -2

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