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Link Sunday, 12/05/1999
BlueCross Arena, Rochester, NY

Set 1: Carini > JibbooGotta Jibboo, BOTTBack on the Train, Taste, Bug, Sparkle, Tube, Lawn Boy, GinsengGinseng Sullivan, Twist[1]

Set 2: Mike'sMike's Song -> Meatstick > HydrogenI Am Hydrogen > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove, Brian and Robert, Jennifer Dances[2], Maze, Fluffhead > CDTChalk Dust Torture > Frankenstein

Encore: Character Zero, Hello My Baby

[1] Slightly new arrangement.
[2] Debut.

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

Average Song Gap: 8.48

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

Notes: Twist emerged at this show with a slightly new arrangement. After Trey remarked of his affinity for this venue, Jennifer Dances made its debut.

Song Distribution:
4 Farmhouse
2 Billy Breathes
2 Rift
1 The Story of the Ghost
1 Stash
1 A Picture of Nectar
1 Lawn Boy
1 Junta

Songs by Debut Year:

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

Palmer , attached to 1999-12-05 Permalink
Palmer First I will say the police in downtown Rochester were like Night and Day. They were so chill before the show and transformed into maniac arresting machines after the show emptied. It was a strange thing to observe. It was a cold December day. ....the nights before Christmas and all through the house. SET ONE- Carini, wow. Sick sick sick energy from the fab 4. Next came-Jibboo > Train, good energy and it is not letting up anytime soon. Taste > Bug, Sparkle > Tube, Lawnboy, Sullivan > Twist, it continued to rain to the tunes of The PHISH. Some may say this show is a filler show and a one stop in Rochester just to put out music that were mere leftovers from Saturday's show. I disagree, a different energy was in place, it was like a hew haw in the Blue Cross Arena, people were dancing and grooving it out something fierce and continued to do so. I enjoyed the First Set it was unusual and as strange as the band playing.
SET TWO- Calling Chalkdust, Wrong again, Mikes > Meatstick > Hydrogen what the hell is going on here? Love it, this set two is becoming something of a monster, good version of Mikes as well. Meatstick was a nice treat sandwiched in between the Mikes and the Hydrogen groove. Weekapaug and Brian and Robert, another does of energy and calmness. I enjoyed the switch of emotional playing its what makes this band unique and something special. Jen Dances, one and done and thank God for that. Maze> Chalkdust > Fluff > Frankenstein. The best of the best, this was an awesome cluster of 4 songs i love. What a way to close the show. The encore was weak imo. Hello My Baby > Character Zero seemed to take away the energy of the prior two sets but it was still an experience that i will never forget, loved the second set in this one. Thanks Ra- chest- er.
Score: 1
oongowa , attached to 1999-12-05 Permalink
oongowa Jennifer Dances!!! I remember my friend and I looking at each other and saying that this song was quite possible the worst we ever heard. Its the beast that I can love a band SO much but they can still play some of the worst music ever. Don't remember much else about the show other than the peppermint lights during Mike's.
Score: 0
RoverPhish , attached to 1999-12-05 Permalink
Went to this show on a whim after scoring a ticket through a group of friends at UVM. About twenty of us jumped into 2 school vans and made the 7 hour trek to Rochester from Burlington.

1st Set: Seemed like it was loaded with many "newer" tunes (Jibboo, GBOTT, Bug, Twist), but these came off more polished sounding, including a new intro to Twist. Really enjoyed these, along with a great Tube. Definitely a solidly-played first set.

2nd Set: Very interesting Mike's Groove (w/Meatstick) to open the second set. Trey was having some serious gear issues during Mike's, but he soon used these to his advantage---somehow blending these awful distortion/feedback sounds into the groove's buildup. This set saw the debut of Jennifer Dances...I do not believe this was well-received at the time, but I think a few phans have grown to appreciate it since. An excellent Maze followed. I was excited to hear the opening notes to Fluffhead, as this was my first time seeing it live. Albeit a fun song to see live, this version had a few flubs, with a few sections of the Travels being left out. CDT>Frankenstein definitely closed out the set on a rocking note.

Overall: I'd say this was an average show, with a few highlights (Jibboo, Tube, Twist, Maze). Check out the Mike's Groove too. As any Phish show, it was a great adventure...just wish I hit a few more of the winter '99 shows surrounding it (Hartford's Drowned, etc).
Score: 0

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