Star Lake Amphitheatre, Burgettstown, PA
 Phish debut.
Average Song Gap: 9.53
Notes: This show marked the Phish debut of Gold Soundz (Pavement). Trey forgot some of the lyrics, and Mike subsequently flubbed some of the lyrics to Ginseng. Before Limb By Limb, Trey remarked that they would try to get all the verses correct on the next song. Simple contained a Magilla tease and Weekapaug included Super Bad teases.
Songs by Debut Year:
This show was part of the "1999 Summer U.S. Tour."
Well, this one has been swept under the rug altogether, and that's a crying shame. Granted, the first set is nothing special, unless you're a Pavement fan. The first and last performance of "Gold Soundz"¯ was a treat for those of us in the know, but otherwise there's not too much to report from Set 1.
Set II, however, is a completely different story. Why, you ask? "Simple"¯ -> "My Left Toe"¯ -> "¯Jam"¯, that's why. About a half hour of music that gets completely undermined by the way "Mike's"¯ > "Simple"¯ > "My Left Toe"¯ > "Caspian"¯ looks on paper. Hidden gem, plain and simple. The "My Left Toe"¯ comes out of the "Simple"¯ jam so effortlessly that more than half the crowd didn't even notice it. And the jam out of "My Left Toe"¯ is full of melodic Mike, patient Page, fantastic Fish and glory Trey. You should hear this.
Set 1 is satisfying, despite a few trivial flubs / rough spots. They really stretch out and build to a screaming climax on Taste. Limby gets ambient for a bit. Bag and Cities are solidly explored, if a bit leisurely in pace. Moma has a quirky, floaty feel. It's easy to get lost in the middle portion of this set, & lose track of space and time.
Set 2 takes things to another level. Simple > My Left Toe > Caspian is worthy of the praise that the other reviewers have given. The segues flow naturally, and there is a perfect balance of energy + bliss throughout the trifecta. The Mike's Groove bookends are equally notable, with a couple of inventive diversions from the norm that work nicely.
Golgi is solid enough. Then the encore delivers an exquisite pairing of sweetness and heat. If you don't feel chills during this version of B&R, then you're either not human or not listening!