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Link Friday, 10/30/1998
Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, NV

Soundcheck: Dog Log

Set 1: Wilson > Meat > SOAMuleScent of a Mule > Back at the Chicken Shack[1] > SOAMuleScent of a Mule, Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress, AntelopeRun Like an Antelope, GuelahGuelah Papyrus, LizardsThe Lizards, Cavern

Set 2: Stash -> Manteca -> Tweezer -> NICU > Jam > CaspianPrince Caspian > GolgiGolgi Apparatus

Encore: Driver[2], Free Bird

[1] Phish debut.
[2] Trey on acoustic guitar.

Teases:
· Manteca and You Better Believe It Baby teases in Tweezer

Noteworthy Jams: Run Like an Antelope (highly recommended), Stash, Manteca, Tweezer (highly recommended), NICU, Jam

Average Song Gap: 91.28

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

Notes: This show included the Phish debut of Back at the Chicken Shack, the first Long Cool Woman since the first Phish show, December 2, 1983 (1,207 shows), and the first Manteca since November 14, 1995 (219 shows). Before Long Cool Woman, Trey remarked that “they tell us that this is the exact day” of the band’s fifteenth anniversary, though later research revealed this to be incorrect. Fishman teased a return to Long Cool Woman before Antelope but quickly aborted. Tweezer subsequently included Manteca and You Better Believe It Baby teases. Driver featured Trey on acoustic guitar. The entire second set and encore, as well as Antelope, was included as filler on Live Phish 16.

Song Distribution:
5 A Picture of Nectar
2 Stash
2 The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday
1 Farmhouse
1 The Story of the Ghost
1 Billy Breathes
1 Hoist
1 Lawn Boy
1 Junta
1 The White Tape

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1998 Fall Tour."

waxbanks , attached to 1998-10-30 Permalink
waxbanks The first set is fine and fun and light and so forth, but the big money is on Set II, which is nearly enough to justify a Live Phish 16 download all on its own. Nothing here is as *essential* as the third set of Halloween '98, but if you're up on your Phish history you'll recognize that Stash > Manteca pairing as an echo of the classic 11/14/95 show. The Tweezer > NICU transition is flawless, though you kinda have to admit Tweezer had a little pro forma feel by late 1998. The post-NICU ambient interlude emerges from the final chord, not the song's ska-via-the-cow-pasture rhythm, but it's still a lovely preview of the Wolfman's Bro from the next night. And after a very patient and welcome full-band buildup, an upbeat Prince Caspian delivers needed catharsis. A very strong, old-fashioned-and-new-fangled set in Vegas.
Score: 3
moephan , attached to 1998-10-30 Permalink
moephan The first time I traveled across the country for phish. It did not disappoint.

The antelope, guelah, lizards run in the first set were worth the 1000 mile drive alone.

Then there was the second set. It's better than it looks on paper. Top 5 phish moments for me.

Stash->Manteca->tweezer->NICU->jam->caspian

What more could you want?
Score: 1

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