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Link Monday, 10/04/1999
Redbird Arena, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Set 1: Uncle Pen, Funky Bitch, Vultures, Runaway Jim, JJLCJesus Just Left Chicago, LxLLimb By Limb, Wilson > DwDDown with Disease

Set 2: Ghost > SampleSample in a Jar, WedgeThe Wedge > BagAC/DC Bag > MakisupaMakisupa Policeman[1] > Sand > Ya Mar, Character Zero

Encore: R&RRock and Roll

[1] Trey on keyboards; keyword was "NORML."

Noteworthy Jams: Makisupa Policeman

Average Song Gap: 16.59

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

Notes: Uncle Pen was played for the first time since August 17, 1997 (136 shows). Makisupa featured Trey on keyboards and included the keyword “NORML.” At the end of Rock and Roll, Trey jokingly thanked the show’s sponsors, NORML and the (musical) Key of “A.”

Song Distribution:
2 The Story of the Ghost
2 Stash
2 Hoist
2 The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday
1 Farmhouse
1 Billy Breathes
1 Rift
1 The White Tape

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1999 Fall Tour."

Stecks , attached to 1999-10-04 Permalink
Another show of the "Page McConnell is NOT a baseball player" portion of the tour - he came out on crutches (apparently from a sprained ankle sustained during a softball game). Nice thing that he gets to sit for shows, another advantage of playing keys. Venue was lousy - the aisles were set up such that we were constantly being walked over (the friend I went with had enough of it and was being a jerk). I was living in Peoria, IL at the time, and ended up meeting up with some dudes I met earlier that summer who went to Illinois State at their dorm/apartment to pre-party! (Bradley basketball still is superior to ISU). The NORML keyword was pretty obvious (As ISU is in Bloomington/Normal). Uncle Pen opener was fun, JJLC was an obvious choice, nice Ghost>Sample.... Excellent encore! If I remember correctly, Trey sang some of Mike's vocals during Funky Bitch but I could be completely wrong (oh fungi... how you have the ability to distort one's perception of reality, you industrious little organism!)

Not the best show I'd seen, but still had a blast.
Score: 3
Fikus , attached to 1999-10-04 Permalink
Fikus My 7th show, located a quick 45 minute drive from U of Illinois. Lights went down almost immediately after we got inside at 7:30. Seats were behind the stage, Page-side, and there was a lot of room - definitely not sold out.

Overall, a standard show, with a couple odd setlist choices. Some highlights/notes:
Uncle Pen - great opener, got everybody bouncing and extremely well-played considering it was such a bust-out.
Funky Bitch - after a 136 show bustout, they decided to play a song they had played the night before. Good version, though.
Rest of 1st set was played really well - esp. Jesus Just Left Chicago. Wilson > Disease was an energetic one-two punch at the end.

Second set sounded great and was fun. Ghost was very strong, though it was a pretty rough segue into Sample. Loved the transition between Wedge and Bag, as Bag picked up off the Wedge's last beat. Sand was very groove oriented, as was normal for the time. Good, rocking show but nothing earth-shattering.
Score: 2
Corey , attached to 1999-10-04 Permalink
Corey Set 1: Uncle Pen, Funky Bitch, Vul(the venue was unprepared to let the phans in and therefore 1/3 of us were still outside when the 1st set started...)tures, Runaway Jim - standard., Jesus Just Left Chicago - eh.., Limb By Limb, Wilson (nice jam), Down with Disease.

Set 2:sounded amazing. In a round room. Ghost > Sample in a Jar, The Wedge > AC/DC Bag > Makisupa Policeman[1], Sand, Ya Mar, Character Zero

Encore: Rock and Roll
Score: 0

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