E Centre, Camden, NJ
Set 1: Star Spangled BannerThe Star Spangled Banner, Farmhouse, Rift > It's Ice > Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room, Stash, LizardsThe Lizards, TMWSIYThe Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu > TMWSIYThe Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Julius
 Star Spangled Banner tease.
 Fireworks display on stage and in the pavilion, as well as well wishes from Page; the fireworks signaled the beginning of GTBT.
Notes: It’s Ice included a Star Spangled Banner tease. Lawn Boy included a fireworks display on stage and in the pavilion, as well as well wishes from Page; the fireworks signaled the beginning of GTBT.
This show was part of the "2000 Summer U.S. Tour."
like many shows, this show is all about the 2nd set. the first set left many hard-core fans poised for holiday disapointment. it's ice is not it's typically nimble self. stash goes through a pretty standard 2000 era groove, but it really doesn't take off until the end. tmwsiy/ave/tmwsiy is a nice highlight, but all in all, this set is missable.
the 2nd set starts off in typical 2000 fashion with jibboo. this is no typical jibboo though. the boys like into a nice groove and slowly drift into funk oblivion. fishman and page lock into a nice loose groove and weave a glorious tapestry between each other. gordo lays low for most of this jam, while trey mostly sticks to rhythm playing, except for a few nice fills and short melodic jabs. as they drift further into the realm of space funk, fishman starts to step this jam up a bit, with trey starting to really settle in behind page. as page begins to back down a bit, trey comes over the top with a glorious flurry of notes. trey takes a commanding lead in this one driving this jam into a frenzy. as this jam climaxes, trey leads the boys into a more dissodant/chaotic realm. as they settle into this, gordon finally steps up and his bass drives toward "i saw it again." gordon crafted a beautiful segue here, but it gets slopped a bit by the rest of the band. not the best seque you'll here but certainly not the worst. "i saw it again" has a slightly more funky feel than normal, as it winds its way back into a darker jam which gives way to a beautiful page solo. with gordo also shining, page turns a corner and leads everyone into the rare and always pleasing magilla. the whole band has a nice run through this nice loose jazz tune. as it fades away, trey pops the band into a very inspired twist. initially, they cover a lot of the same ground covered in jibboo, but trey is much more assertive in this twist. after establishing a sound jazz/funk/space groove, trey develops a power house bluesy rock riff that he just slams over the top of everyone else. they bring this twist to a fiery climax before letting it gently fall into a power-house slave. the boys show great patience here building this to a holiday worthy climax. lawnboy and gtbt are solid. i guess the encore doesn't transfer to tape, so it was probably much more enjoyable in person.
if you like those nice long space, jazz, funk explorations, this show is right up your alley. trey played with great patience, while maintaining high energy. also, he was not as dominating as he was at other shows in 2000. jibboo and twist are great examples of what he can do when he takes the time to listen, develop an idea, and let those around him set him up before he just starts wailing away. twist and jibboo are both all-time keepers..... and these are songs i don't even particularly care for. great 2nd set here...
Set II brought the goddamn business. Like I said, at this point I had only heard very minimal Phish, but Jibboo was one of the tunes I knew, or so I thought. At this point I'm sure most of you have heard this monster, but if you haven't, get on that shit. It clocked in at around 29 minutes and was an absolute blast on the lawn. Even listening back now, I don't really find any moments or meandering or time-filling with this one. When it finally wound down, it segued nicely into Saw it Again (first in 60 shows). Saw it Again was good, nothing too wild, but fun. A little ambiance gave way to the always welcome Magilla. The genre hopping continued. I really wish Phish would play this song more. Granted, it's not the same without the horns, but this is always a fun song to hear. In fact, after this show, it was only played once, in '03 at Deer Creek. Twist followed, leading into Slave. There's already been plenty said about these two, especially after inclusion in the Live Bait series from LP, so I'll skip all that. Again, if you haven't heard this show, at the very least check out this second set. Shit was smokin'. The show was capped off with a nice little Lawn Boy, complete with fireworks at the end that basically served as a segue into Good Times Bad Times. GTBT was well played, without the hiccups and flubs I've come to associate with it in recent years. The show ended, the house lights came up, we made our zombie-walk to the gates and the car. I knew at this moment the letdown that is the end of a Phish show. See you again this summer, if only for a moment.
The show as a whole was one of the better Summer 2000 shows. The set list pretty much tells you how good the first set was, just great song selection. My personal opinion of the second set is mixed. For my tastes the Jibboo is just long and boring with little worth listening to again but it received quite a bit of praise on RMP back in the day. Everything out of Jibboo is solid with the aforementioned Twist stealing the show.
To put this in perspective, when I pull out this show to listen to I tend to only listen to the Saw It>Magilla>Twist.
2:40 End of composed section>Jam
5:12 Fishman plays a nice tom beat and everyone vamps on a note, nice section in a otherwise standard post composed section jam.
9:55 Trey finds a riff and lays into it for quite a few measures. Mike has some beautiful patient bass work here; very patient and sparse playing. Page is on the grand piano and Fishman on the ride cymbal.
11:13 Trey keeps on the same riff but puts an effect on, some type of phaser/flanger. Fishman follows suit with a splash on two beat, classic buildup material there. Mike's bass playing is noticeably busier here.
11:55 Trey plays the same basic melody of the riff but adds in a chord to give it a base.
13:22 Fishman starts playing a crash cymbal like a ride cymbal, taking the jam to the next level. Trey vamps on a two chords progression and Mike plays some GREAT notes "outside", giving it a dark feel.
14:00 Love the effect Trey puts on here, as if his guitar is "swelling".
14:40 Trey lets out an effects laden riff with Fishman going off and Mike playing outside the box. Page has some nice fills on the grand piano.
15:37 Jam drifts into space.