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Link Tuesday, 07/21/1998
Desert Sky Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ

Set 1: BagAC/DC Bag > Fluffhead, Roggae, Tube[1] > Sparkle > Cavern > Frankie Says > AntelopeRun Like an Antelope

Set 2: Mike'sMike's Song -> Simple -> Bittersweet Motel[2] > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove, Brian and Robert, Ghost -> She Caught the KatyShe Caught the Katy and Left Me a Mule to Ride > Funky Bitch

Encore: Sleeping Monkey > Rocky Top

[1] Followed by brief reprise of the jam section.
[2] Debut.

· San-Ho-Zay tease in Ghost

Noteworthy Jams: Tube, Mike's Song, Simple, Ghost

Average Song Gap: 66.88

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

Notes: Tube was followed by a brief reprise of the jam section. Bittersweet Motel debuted at this show. Ghost contained San-Ho-Zay teases from Trey. She Caught the Katy was played for the first time since July 30, 1988 (1,036 shows).

Song Distribution:
4 The Story of the Ghost
2 The White Tape
1 Rift
1 A Picture of Nectar
1 Lawn Boy
1 Junta
1 The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1998 Summer U.S. Tour."

idahophiend , attached to 1998-07-21 Permalink
idahophiend This show was truly special. Funny how it works, too, because many people on tour did not go down to AZ of TX, as the summer temps were very high and these shows were seen as a bit out of the way. Also, many kids wanted a break from the first half of the west coast, before the midewest and east coast. Anyway, I say this 'cause the fist thing I noticed there was lack of people. Lots of room, the lawn/GA section was barely occupied. Also, it was HOT....103 or 104 if I remember correctly. The heat alone put an interesting energy to whole show.

From the parking lot we could here the sound check. Three songs, one was bittersweet motel, which we didnt know at the time because it had never been played before...though they played it second set that night. Also checked funky bitch, also played second set...can't remember third song. The heat was intense as we entered the show....I recall people looking around, and you could just feel the tension...nobody wanted to go too deep...but the heat was pushing everyone to another place.

AC/DC->Fluffhead opener, WOW. To this day, one of the best I can imagine. They really toyed and played with the bundle of joy bit in fluffhead and the ending was so clean and totally rocked!! By the end of Fluff, everyone was completely engaged and the energy was amazing!! Roggae was a perfect way to bring it down, I've always liked this slow; its fun and interactive and Fish and Trey have a great back and forth vocal combo...But after Roggau, it was right back into serious energy with TUBE. The only way to further the Fluff jamming was wit ha song like tube. Real intense, but super clean jamming...then things needed to come back down a bit, not so serious. Thus sparkle followed. It's a classic, though not my favorite, it seemed so appropriate. With Fluff and Tube, the music was super strong and the guys were just on, totally pushing it! Then Cavern; what? Mid first set Cavern...gotta love it! By this point it was Bag, Fluff, Tube and Cavern in the first six songs...everyone, if not already, was now totally into it!

Then Relax, or Frankie Says I guess...which was just a way for them to slow it down a bit before going totally deep with Antelope! I think Antelope might be the strongest first set closer out there? was tight! Such a fitting way to end a toatally rocking first set!

Set II
Was very nicely reviewed by someone above. But I will mention some things. Mike's opener always sparks intrigue and hooks the crowd, so many ways to go from there?! And they went into simple. Honestly, as said by the reviewer before, this is one of the most unique versions of simple ever! Not sure how to explain it, except by telling you that it was the only time I have ever laid down at a show! Dont get me wrong, I'm a wet noodle...and I was having one at this show!! BUt this simple was just so relaxing and peaceful, that I laid on my back looking up at the stars. Because there was so much room in the lawn area, people had just found a place to sprawl out and lay down to enjoy the music! Then came Bittersweet Motel, a new one for all of us. Since its debut, this song has built quite a reputation. From holding the namesake to their documentary film, to being referenced as the slowest most boring song, even by Trey himself, Bittersweet Motel's debut at this show was very well received. Its lyrical foundation engaged the entire crowd, we were all wondering what Trey was going to was a great way to get everyone back from their travels during Simple...

And get us back they did, with Mike busting into Weekapaug Groove with the longest most intense bass solo I have ever heard begin that song. After hearing this, I have begun to notice the subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, differences in the way weekapaug begins. This one was all Mike, I mean a true Bass Solo to begin Weekapaug, it was awesome! I love Weekapaug, and this one was just so good. Then Brian and Robert, another new one...very slow and somber...but appropriate after the heights reached in Weekapaug. The Ghost was sick...after the Albany '97 Ghost, this song became a personal favorite of mine. It had everything, including a jam into She caught the Katy...didn't know the song, but did know it was something old that they dusted really enjoyed the treat! Funky Bitch seemed a bit off at first, but they took it very funky which made it a fun way to end the set.

The jamming had been done; and with the encore they help bring us back down nice and soft with Sleeping Monkey->Rockytop. Sleeping Monkey is a very endearing song, love fishman and the passion he has for his monkey! Rockytop is nothing but good clean energy, fun and fitting to help us away safely! A truly wonderful show that I think of often.
Score: 3
JOEB7891 , attached to 1998-07-21 Permalink
I was not at this show but I have played the tape more than any other 98 summer tour show.

The 2nd set has the best Simple ever. I still have not heard a Simple that's better than this one.
If there one out there let me know.

The Mike's>Simple>Bittersweet>Weekapaug is just killer. The jam in Mike's song has this super cool
rocking groove and I can listen to this jam over and over again. It never gets old. Simple is the
most peaceful Simple ever. The playing between Trey and Page is very pretty and its just perfect.

The Ghost is rocking and the jam into She caught the Katy is this super cool rock groove.
This is a great set. I wish I was at this show. We did the whole summer tour but this show and the Texas shows this year. I guess you can't be at them all.
Score: 2
WayIFeel , attached to 1998-07-21 Permalink
WayIFeel I think it was Phish that brought the heat to Arizona this night. This show is a scorcher! Bag Fluffhead opener had us all dialed in out of the gate. Roggae at this point was becoming a tour favorite and this helped cool people down but only briefly before the funked up Tube which is definitely in top 3 best Tubes ever. The rest of the first set is solid with a nice and funky Antelope to end the set. I love this Antelope. The second set is rockin. Mike's Simple is a highlight worth checking out but GHOST was the monster of the set. It's not one of those funked out Ghost but just a blazing jam that just keeps building and building and then they drop into She Caught the Katy. Definitely a treat for all in attendance. This is one of those shows that goes under the radar which is fine because I was there but trust me the few of us at this show know what went down and if you get a chance give this show a listen and you won't be disappointed.
Score: 2
montaigne , attached to 1998-07-21 Permalink
This was my first exposure to Arizona July heat. I remember waking up in our car after being asleep, and thinking that someone had put me into an oven.
Holy shit, people live here?
The best part? I now live in Arizona. What a strange world.

Anyways, the show. This show kicked ass. I saw 11 shows this tour, and this and 7-29-98 were my favorite ones.

Tube is just a sick jam. It's always a sick jam. But sometimes, it sicker than others. I think of Dayton 12-7-97, I think of the aforementioned 7-29-98 show (my fave version!), and then this one. There are many others, these are just the three that stick out for me.

I need to listen to it again, it has been a long time. I only know that when they played She Caught the Katy, I was running around the lawn like an absolute madman.

I also remember thinking I was one of the few people who knew what a rare treat they were getting.

Viva Montaigne.
Score: 0
amberkow , attached to 1998-07-21 Permalink
Everyone has a first show, and this was mine. I had been listening to the band for about 2-3 years, but had never experienced a live show before.

I went to the show with some idea of what to expect, but I was blown away. I recognized majority of the songs at the time, and enjoyed the high energy opener of AC/DC Bag.

Since to see many other shows across the country, but I will also look back fondly at my first.
Score: 0

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