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Link Monday, 07/12/1999
Tweeter Center, Mansfield, MA

Soundcheck: My Best Friend's Girlfriend, Centerfold, Dream On, Rift

Set 1: Foreplay/Long Time[1] > DwDDown with Disease, BOTTBack on the Train, WTU?What's the Use?, SOAMeltSplit Open and Melt, Water in the Sky > Character Zero

Set 2: Twist > MomaThe Moma Dance > MakisupaMakisupa Policeman > BowieDavid Bowie, LizardsThe Lizards, Guyute

Encore: R&RRock and Roll

[1] First Phish electric version.

Noteworthy Jams: Twist

Average Song Gap: 28.14

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

Notes: Foreplay/Long Time was played for the first time since December 9, 1994 (310 shows) and was the first time Phish had ever performed it electric. Guyute was followed by band introductions, including Mike Gordon as “Michael ‘Soft G’ Jordan.”

Song Distribution:
3 The Story of the Ghost
2 Farmhouse
2 Stash
1 The Siket Disc
1 Billy Breathes
1 Hoist
1 Lawn Boy
1 Junta
1 The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday

Songs by Debut Year:

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

ColForbin Phish.net Staff , attached to 1999-07-12 Permalink
ColForbin [I was looking back on some 1999 shows I attended but didn't remember much from, so I decided to give them a download and re-listen to figure out if they were any good.]

Foreplay/Long Time is an amazing way to start a show, and a nice nod to being back in Boston (well, the Boston area at least). This first (and at the time of this writing, only) electric version is played with tons of energy, and nearly flawlessly. Page on the keys in the Foreplay section is great. This bustout was my main memory from the show, and I and the rest of the crowd were going crazy. The band hops without a break from Long Time into an uptempo DWD. Cool jam that headed into a chill somewhat spacey section around 12 minutes in and finishes up with the main riff. Not bad for the second song at a show. BOTT has never been one of my favorite tunes, and kind of lumbers along for a few minutes. What's the use? is a great spacey anthem that was still fresh in the live department, having only debuted a week earlier. Melt has an excellent dark Type I jam. WITS and Zero are fairly standard Set I closers, with the exception of some fun introductions by Trey at the end of Zero.

A funky Twist starts off the second set, and the funk gets deeper with Moma. Makisupa code phrase is "Stink Kind," which gets a huge cheer (of course). Great bass solo by Mike. Fun funky start to Set 2. Things get serious with the start of Bowie. Really really cool quiet jam section in Bowie around 7 minutes in, with a surprisingly attentive crowd response, made all the more awesome as the song slowly builds back up in tempo and amplitude. Some really great stuff in this Bowie, not quite type II, but with multiple tension/release cycles. Lizards is a nice come down off the Bowie, but nothing special (beyond the inherent fun the song typically possesses). Guyute is always fun, a few flubs but overall pretty solid. Funny banter from Trey at the end of Guyute letting people know that the "G" in Mike Gordon is a soft G, and yelling "Air Jordan on bass." Rock and Roll is a great finale for the show, letting Trey get some final shredding in.

Overall a fun show, highlights being the only electric Foreplay/Long Time, the DWD and a really cool Bowie jam. Would give it 3.5 stars if I could, but I can't, so I'll round up to 4.
Score: 2
Nigelphish , attached to 1999-07-12 Permalink
Nigelphish Great show, we had caught on ATL for the 4th, MPP and va bch (sucked) traveled up to Martha's after the Camden show. We drove up in my buddy's parents ride and got to bypass all the traffic because of a handicap placard and park right next to the entrance to the venue.
Very intense, first mass show. Great fun, page started in on foreplay on keys and I was shocked because I had heard an acoustic version on tape before, I was thinking was gonna go acoustic at any moment, nope.
Then trey blared out on the electric, incredible. The crowd went nuts.
It got a little customary at that point into down and get back. What's the use was the same as merriweather, the Camden show had all the what's the use teases at different speeds, but no what's the use so it was cool to hear it again before I left to go back to Memphis.
The sec set was tight, a lot of props to mike by trey, "it's Jordan". Bowie was tight, moma was nice. They did a great job on lizards and R&R. Loved the Tuesday's gone the next nite with Mikey's buddy from max creek. Would love to get this show.
Phun as usual. Then I had to come home and no Oswego.
Score: 0
dutchbug , attached to 1999-07-12 Permalink
dutchbug This is a great show from start to finish. Foreplay/Longtime is a ballsy way to start a set. The energy never seems to let up. I'm surprised this show is regarded more highly, as it's all killer, no filler. I like songs from this show that I'm not normally as fond of. People who say that Mansfield hasn't seen may great Phish shows are wrong.
Score: 0

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