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Link Saturday, 10/31/1998
Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, NV

Set 1: Axilla > PYITEPunch You In the Eye > Roggae, BOAFBirds of a Feather, Sneakin' SallySneakin' Sally Through the Alley[1] -> CDTChalk Dust Torture[2] > Lawn Boy, Mike'sMike's Song -> Frankie Says > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove

Set 2: Who Loves the Sun?[3], Sweet Jane, R&RRock and Roll[3], Cool It Down[3], New Age[3], Head Held High[3], Lonesome Cowboy Bill > I Found a Reason[3], Train Round the Bend[3], Oh! Sweet Nuthin'[3]

Set 3: Wolfman'sWolfman's Brother[4] -> Piper > Ghost

Encore: Sleeping Monkey > TweepriseTweezer Reprise

[1] No vocal jam.
[2] Unfinished.
[3] Phish debut.
[4] Fish on vacuum.

Teases:
· Simple tease in Mike's Song
· Esther, Saw It Again, Sleeping Monkey, and Lifeboy teases in Wolfman's Brother

Noteworthy Jams: Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley (highly recommended), Chalk Dust Torture, Rock and Roll, Wolfman's Brother (highly recommended)

Average Song Gap: 22.65

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

Notes: Sneakin' Sally did not contain a vocal jam. Chalk Dust was unfinished. Mike’s Song included Simple teases. The second set "musical costume" was The Velvet Underground's Loaded. All of the songs in the second set were Phish debuts, except for Sweet Jane and Lonesome Cowboy Bill (which hadn’t been played since June 10, 1995, or 268 shows). The long jam out of Wolfman’s included Makisupa, Esther, Saw It Again, Sleeping Monkey, and Lifeboy teases and featured Fish on vacuum. The band left the stage during Ghost, as the sound of Trey’s delay loop ended the set. This show was webcast live and was officially released as Live Phish 16.

Links:
LivePhish Download LivePhish Download

Song Distribution:
4 The Story of the Ghost
2 A Picture of Nectar
1 Farmhouse
1 Hoist
1 Lawn Boy

Songs by Debut Year:

waxbanks , attached to 1998-10-31 Permalink
waxbanks Four years prior to this night, the Halloween '94 show yielded several (arguably) best-ever takes on classic Phish songs on top of that outlandish Beatles cover; this is a more ambivalent pleasure. Not for nothing did the band choose the somewhat dopey fun of the November Hampton shows for a big-budget CD release rather than this weird outing.

The second set is probably the strongest Halloween costume in non-Phish (ahistorical) terms and the first set is standard excellent late '98 stuff, but it's the third set that gets the (decidedly mixed) press. Yes, it's three songs in just over 50 minutes; yes, Trey apparently walked off the stage in a weird mood mid-Ghost jam; yes, Wolfman's Brother tops out at a half-hour of complex, largely ambient improv. Like the 46 Days from 2003's IT festival, this late-nite Wolfman's has a terminal feeling to it; the song passes through a cloud of fearful noise before emerging into an exhausted groove, which leads in turn to Piper. Piper and Ghost have an ominous feeling; the ending of Ghost is downright scary. This show is *different* from the usual, as a Halloween night should be. Serious, somehow. The next show is the playful yin to this one's twilight yang, and both have entered the canon, though for very different reasons.
Score: 13
GRAPEKING , attached to 1998-10-31 Permalink
Trey wore a wolfman mask and kept staring at me. He wasn't the only one who pee'd his pant that night. Oh boy what a 3 nights that was (the scary ass Reba from EL Lay included). I like terror-rock. It's what I'm addicted to - the terror on the faces of those around me and absolutely feeling like everything is about to completely self destruct and then.... somehow.... luxurious magical wonderment and beauty and humor. I like to be scared; it's not all rainbows and unicorns, but it just might be in a minute, if you let it..
Score: 4
MountainKung303 , attached to 1998-10-31 Permalink
MountainKung303 Loaded is their most accessible album too. VU FUCKIN' ROCKS!!!
Score: 0
GeeForjay , attached to 1998-10-31 Permalink
Did the guys come out in the 3rd set with painted faces or was that the a figment of my imagination?
Score: 0
dogogbyn , attached to 1998-10-31 Permalink
dogogbyn I like this whole show. This first set is really where it's at--high energy and creative. The Mike's--> Frankie's --> Paug is one of my favorite Mike's sandwiches.
Score: 0
fluff4u , attached to 1998-10-31 Permalink
This what I remember from this show.

On Halloween night we took a cab to the T&M center from our hotel. When we were dropped off outside the venue there were just tons of people scattered all around. Alot! of people looking for tickets. People were pretty much the most out of control as I have ever seen at a Phish show. The most striking thing I remember was people throwing glass beer bottles and hearing them shatter everywhere. I was in shock..I just have never seen this before...this just plan out abandon in the parking lot before a show. Craziness.

Once we got in we saw the Playbill and it was for the Velvet Undergrounds Loaded. Our jaws just dropped because this wasn't even on our radar for an album. I thought to myself this must be a joke. I wasn't, at this point too familiar with this album and could think of 100 other albums I would rather them play. We were all shocked. But, then they come on and play first set and it was ok. Then they came out and played Loaded, it felt really dark and down beat. I left to go outside and there were many people out there as well and the ones I talked with felt as I did that there was just too much energy inside for such a down beat album. But the majority of the crowed was tuned up. The rest of the show was bad and no horns ever showed up. This was a big turning point in me and my friends for how we would look at Phish shows in the future. But, if you really want to hear the real story you have to listen to the Harpua from 11/2/98.
Score: 0

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