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Link Friday, 07/09/1999
Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD

Soundcheck: Bug, What's the Use?, Sleep, Back at the Chicken Shack, Vocal Check, Funky Bitch

Set 1: LxLLimb By Limb, Farmhouse, BOTTBack on the Train, DividedDivided Sky, Train Song, Llama, Driver, Runaway Jim

Set 2: PYITEPunch You In the Eye > Free > WTU?What's the Use? > Meatstick > Mike'sMike's Song -> Twist > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove

Encore: HoodHarry Hood

Teases:
· Sweet Emotion quote in Mike's Song
· Spooky tease in Twist
· Macarena tease & quote in Weekapaug Groove
· Meatstick tease in Harry Hood

Noteworthy Jams: Mike's Song (highly recommended), Twist

Average Song Gap: 5.56

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

Notes: Sofi Dillof made a guest appearance during the Meatstick dance. Mike's Song contained Sweet Emotion quotes, Twist included Spooky teases and Weekapaug included Macarena teases and quotes. The Hood encore closed with a Meatstick tease.

Song Distribution:
4 Farmhouse
2 Billy Breathes
1 The Siket Disc
1 The Story of the Ghost
1 A Picture of Nectar
1 Junta
1 The White Tape

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1999 Summer U.S. Tour."

sethadam1 Phish.net Staff , attached to 1999-07-09 Permalink
sethadam1 [Originally posted on Wed, 14 Jul 1999]

Okay, I knew for sometime I'd write a review, I just didn't know for which show I went to. Well, a few days after the fact, I've decided that Merriweather was the money show.

Limb by Limb opened the show. I hadn't seen this song open a show since 6-30-98, which was incredible so my hopes were high. Unfortunately, Merriweather Post has a horrible angle, so I couldn't see the band, but I guarantee they were jammin, cause everyone around me was -forgive me- bouncing around. Farmhouse is a great song I never mind. The jam is tight, the changes are simple...it just was surprising since they played that at Merriweather last year. Get Back on the Train is one I don't quite care much for yet. I liked it better acoustic, and it's one I need to learn to like. If there was any doubt, it vanished when I heard that open A chord of Divided Sky. The last Divded I heard was flubbed so badly they ditched it in Barcelona last year, so this version swept me away. Train Song, a great, sweet breather, was the worst version I've heard. I've seen it a bunch of times, so this version did nothing for me. Finally, I see Llama. This was my first Llama, and according to ZZYZX, the odds of that were about .04%. I rocked out to it, as did everyone around me. Driver is nice enough, but I was thinking to myself, "C'mon guys, kick it up a notch." They must have heard me, because Runaway Jim was on fire.

But that was nothing compared.

They returned with PYITE, one of my favorites. Yes, this song seems to follow me around, but I'm not complaining! That was a fun jam, nothing particularly stands out as monumental, but it got me dancing good. I was much more excited about Free. My last Free was Fall 96, and now that Free's radio airplay has calmed down, I was glad to see it again. I love the way they keep the tempo so steady. What's the Use is real out there. It's kinda spacy, again....pick up the energy level. I must admit the show I caught were definitely spaced out by many slow-it-down songs. Then it was time for the Meatstick. This song does shock my brain. I loved it on the Bearsville tapes, and I loved it the night before. Though caught off guard at its second appearance in 2 shows, I wasn't upset at all. What could cap this night off better than Mike's?? Another song abandoned in Barcelona, this version tore shit up. I feared they might kill my energy again by segueing into Sleeping Monkey or Swept Away or something, but fear not: My #1 wish list song: Twist Around. I had a minor stroke or something for a second, I went nuts, and loved this awesome version of Twist. They came a little bass intro to a totally smokin Weekapaug.

How can they top that I thought? Encore: Harry Hood. Now Hood is the most common song I've seen, but unlike, say Character Zero, I can't seem to dislike it. Everytime it blows my mind. And this was no exception. I'll have to hear the tapes to see if 98 Merriweather was better, but this version, though shorter, was fantastic. All in all, Merriweather was a great time. Other than the fact that these MD schmucks cannot seem to handle parking, this venue gets the band playing their best. Have fun on tour!
Score: 3
andrewrose , attached to 1999-07-09 Permalink
andrewrose Summer 99 is an underrated tour in my book. Maybe not the most even, but the band went deep often and to usually to great effect. It would be a stretch to say that this show was one of its highlights--you'll probably want to hear 7/8, 7/10 (released at Live Phish 8), 7/13, 7/15, 7/17-18 (Oswego), and 7/24 first--but it does boast maybe the best Mike's of the summer, if not the year. Clocks in around 18 minutes and goes well out of the usual (for the 97-00 era) Mike's jam sound early. They quote Sweet Emotion (with lyrics) towards the end of it as a wall of sound emerges, and then Trey's pulls off a pretty seamless segue into Twist. Nice stuff.
Score: 2
TheDeputy , attached to 1999-07-09 Permalink
TheDeputy This was the first show on a little two week tour. And I thought it was an awesome way to start my summer 99 adventure. I haven't actually listened to the show since the show, but I remember loving the 2nd set. What's the Use is one of my favorites and I loved the macarena and sweet emotion stuff in Mikes. Boom! Now I can cross off reviewing and rating a show in my 'achievements'.
Score: 1
art_vandelay , attached to 1999-07-09 Permalink
art_vandelay the "mike's song" from this show is worthy of a listen, and some other highlights include a stellar "runaway jim", a solid "free", and an always welcome "harry hood". from a musical standpoint, i'd rate this show close to a 4, but i gave it a 3 overall because my experience at merriweather was less than stellar. i ended up having to park my car on an exit off-ramp 'cuz the traffic navigation was abysmal, my view of the stage was non-existent due to the slope on the lawn, and my witnessing more than one incident with over-aggressive security put a damper on my evening. it was my last show of a five-show run, and after this evening, i was actually ready to head home...
Score: 0

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