ALLTEL Pavilion at Walnut Creek, Raleigh, NC
Soundcheck: My Sweet One, Cars Trucks Buses, Uncle Pen (x2), "Rolling Along"
· Theme from Peter Gunn tease in Maze
Average Song Gap: 10.95
Notes: Maze included Peter Gunn theme teases.
Songs by Debut Year:
This show was part of the "2000 Summer U.S. Tour."
This show was over 13 years ago, and yes, and the time was a flop. However, upon listening, this show is packed full of goodness
SOAM - Does it get any better than this? 18 minutes of an amazing rollercoaster of minor to major back to minor key changes. From 5:14 on this is a beast. It's patient. It's driven. It's what a SOAM needs to be. This was easily the highlight of the show. But, there are some more gems...
Jibboo > FEFY - Listening to it now, reminds me of the Ghost > FEFY pairing in Asheville. A Jibboo to start the second set, full of loops and energy coming from Trey followed by a 8+ minute FEFY that is pure beauty. I'd love to see more of this song in rotation these days and believe it to be a good mid set two song that could replace Wading....
Scent - Ok. This one is an odd one. Page keeps it classy as always. Trey at 4:45 to 8:25. Weird, weird stuff. But nevertheless, a clean Scent.
And then WTU - It's been nice to see this song get some attention these days. It was awesome catching it in Portsmouth and CLT I believe. However, this one is a gem.
Over-all, the show by today's standards would garnish a higher rating. For '00, nope. But if you haven't given this show a shot just grab a copy from the spreadsheet and if you like get the SHN version.
Ticket price $25, bought it at ticket master in a grocery store, yes kids we didn't but tickets on the internet back then. We went to record stores and grocery stores or even the venue.
Little did I know at the time it would be almost 3 years until I would see this band again.
In 3.0 it is hard to get perspective on 'rating' shows from yester.0, but if a 'Split' and 'What's the Use?' like these turned up in a show these days it would receive rave reviews. The 'WTU?' is a stand alone clocking in at 10+ minutes and goes from a cacophony -> to a hush -> to the stratosphere. If you are a fan of 'WTU?' then I don't have to say anything else.
At the time, and upon re-listen, I don't have any clue what the complaints are about 'Meat' are. The was an echo of the album delivery that was pretty entertaining alongside the CK5 extravaganza (I thought at the time). Again, the lack of crowd noise in the AUD seems to suggest no one in the crowd gave a damn but I don't remember it happening that way at all. But say hey - that is half the fun. To each their own!
And the music matched. Thoroughly uninspired playing the entire time. The whole show. When they played what's the use, I'm sure it was not meant in irony. At the end of slave, trey could barely get his guitar off fast enough. He made the most perfunctory bow and then stormed off stage.
In addressing my never-ending complaints about how phish has fallen off over the years, my buddy always says "you never relisten to the bad ones." He's right. This show is absolute dogshit. At this stage in their careers, they needed a break in the worst way, and it showed. Skip it.
Yeah there are a few ups and downs but it is not bad at all. Take the opening NICU always great opener. Sample you know its Sample, The Punch was great intro was a bit different than others I've seen or even heard. Other than the sick ass Split Open And Melt rest of set was not bad, not a great 1st set but decent definitly listenable And some decent playing.
Second set was just great as all hell!!! Gotta Jiboo>FEFY>Scent Really That was very good and well played well except for the Trey flub of starting the lyrics to billy breathes and catches himself. Meat was awesome. The Maze also just awesome. And What's the use? > Slave man get out Great Great Great!!!!!
Everybody is not perfect all the time people do make mistakes and there were some made at this show but all in all a good show.
I have to get back to this Maze again peace out