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Link Thursday, 02/20/2003
Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL

Set 1: Rift > R&RRock and Roll, Guyute, Driver, Waves > Simple, JibbooGotta Jibboo

Set 2: Tweezer > PYITEPunch You In the Eye > FEFYFast Enough for You > Seven Below, Pebbles and Marbles

Encore: GolgiGolgi Apparatus, Anything But Me > TweepriseTweezer Reprise

Teases:
· San-Ho-Zay tease in Gotta Jibboo

Noteworthy Jams: Simple (highly recommended), Gotta Jibboo (highly recommended), Tweezer, Seven Below (key version)

Average Song Gap: 6.33

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

Notes: Gotta Jibboo included a San-Ho-Zay tease from Trey.

Links:
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Song Distribution:
4 Round Room
2 Farmhouse
2 Rift
2 A Picture of Nectar
1 The Story of the Ghost
1 Stash
1 Junta

Songs by Debut Year:

waxbanks , attached to 2003-02-20 Permalink
waxbanks I've gotta disagree with the earlier reviewer's C+ rating - this is a strong show in the middle of a superb tour.

Seven Below gets an intricate funk workout that keeps referring to the song's original pulse and comes smartly back to the song after 21:00 or so. Tweezer is a monstrous roaring creature that gets as deep as 2/28 (but nowhere near as high). Simple is delicate, then spacey, and lovely throughout. And you even get canonical takes on Pebbles and (ugh) Jibboo to close the two sets!

If you don't like the 'Phish 2.0' style - those long hazy hypnagogic uptempo noise-jams, the intricate unresolved experimentation, the relative sonic homogeneity - you won't like 2/20/03. That's OK. But while this show is less of a crowd-pleaser than the 2/26 party or the 2/28 church service, it's a nocturnal preview of the chemical carousel ride that would take place in Limestone less than six months later. Well-chosen songs, shadowy ocean-floor jams, and collective creativity as yet undulled by rock'n'roll excess...what more could you want?

This one's as strong as 2/16 but in a very different register. Get it.
Score: 15
ZapRowsdower , attached to 2003-02-20 Permalink
ZapRowsdower Phish is back! Last pre-hiatus show was 9/24/2000 in Minneapolis. @MrsRowsdower, myself, and an old college / phish buddy jump in the car and head to Chicago in February.

We checked in at the Sheraton O'Hare and slammed a few mini bottles of Jack Daniels from the mini bar. We quickly headed out in search of food and drink. After a burger and a few beers we dropped L in the parking lot of the Rosemont as planes flew overhead.

The show itself was different than any other show I'd seen or heard before. Long, exploratory jamming all over the place. The Tweezer explored many themes but wouldn't fully develop until 8 days later. 7 Below is a monster that must be heard.

After having our faces melted we found a bar playing Phish and closed out the night there. When we got back to our hotel we found the pool was open 24 hours for hotel guests. So we went down and went for a swim at 3:00 am. It was the craziest scene with a bunch of spun Phish heads jumping in the pool at 3:00 am.

Finally we went back to up to room to crash only to find the horrible news story of the Great White fire at The Station in Rhode Island. It was such a crash back to reality from the great night we'd had with friends.

Quite the roller coaster of a day.
Score: 4
, attached to 2003-02-20 Permalink
(Published in the second edition of The Phish Companion...)

The day was abnormally warm for the 20th of February in the Midwest. It couldn't have been any better: my first show after the Hiatus, and the excitement was intense on the drive down to Chicago from Milwaukee. This was hindered only for a short period when we were pulled over by an evil cop who gave me a severe scolding and a ticket by the Wisconsin/Illinois border. As we pulled off onto the O'Hare exit right by the Allstate Arena and saw the line of fans, the excitement built again.
We checked into the hotel right next to the arena and went directly to the liquor store across the street to purchase our pre-show brew. The obscene lines coming out of the store had the employees in a panic as all of their booze quickly depleted. After cruising the lot for awhile, we decided to head in after dark as the temperature was steadily dropping from the mild temperatures earlier in the day. While entering the arena, the fans roared at every plane that flew overhead.
I was lucky to score a general admission mail-order ticket, so I was
finally going to be able to see a Phish show indoors at ground level. Me and my friend made our way down to the floor and, amazingly, got to the front of the stage with ease. I couldn't believe I was actually going to see a show from the front row! As the crowd grew bigger my anticipation grew. The feeling going through my body could have been described as similar to what Tony Montana felt in Scarface... and I was cold sober.
When the lights went down and I saw the guys walk onstage I was overcome with excitement. I remember shaking during “Rift” because I was so pumped. “Rock and Roll” kept the energy high and I finally caught my composure during “Driver”. “Waves” was a good new tune to hear and although the jam was short, it was sweet. This song definitely has some good potential.
“Simple” was rather upsetting, as it got to be too sloppy and dark for my taste. I never was a big fan of “Jibboo” until about eight minutes into this one. This is by far the best version ever, with a stunning peak and then a breakdown into a nice grooving riff that picked up and raged out of control to end the set.
The “Tweezer” that started the second set had me frustrated for awhile, but it picked up nicely toward the end. It was nowhere near the monster that was produced at Nassau a week later, but was still decent. “PYITE” got the place raging. The crowd didn't really seem into it that much until then. The “7 Below” that followed was
probably the most underrated version of the song so far. People seem to favor the Gorge version from the summer, but this has a great build-up and the closest to what you can call funk for Phish nowadays. I thought the “Pebbles and Marbles” was not the best way to end the set, and the jam was definitely not one to write home about, but all around I enjoyed myself.
Now that I look back at it, I think this show has two of the best versions of the two new age jam vehicles (“ Jibbo” and “7 Below” ).
Although the rest of the show was sloppy at points, I was just happy to see my favorite band once again.
Score: 2
oongowa , attached to 2003-02-20 Permalink
oongowa What’s to be said about this show? How about 5 fucking songs clocking in at 20minutes! I think this is the first time I ever heard this show. I don’t remember it....ANYWAY, yeah, great show! I’m still digesting this, there’s A LOT to digest. Still listening too...there’s A LOT to listen to.

For the record, I am not a 2.0 hater. At the time, yeah, I wasn’t into the sound. I’m starting to realize now that it wasn’t ALL Phish’s fault, I think I may have just burned out on Phish. Just like every other super Phish fan, I listened to WAY too much Phish for my own good for about ...oh...almost 10 years when 2003 rolled around. They were changing and I just wasn’t into it. I can see how fucking up the arranged sections of songs would piss me off. I mean, that’s half of what Phish is about right? Long intricate composed prog-rock pieces that were PERFECTLY played, every time. The other half of Phish is the improvisational part. I’ve always liked equal parts of both, and I still do! If Phish was flubbing through the composed sections today I don’t know if I would be as into them. Something else I wasn’t that into back then were the new songs. Waves, Jibboo, Seven Below, Pebbles...didn’t really care for any of them. I know...me, right? Totally me. I’m thrilled to hear ANY of those songs now. Except maybe Jibboo, seriously...sorry.
Now when I listen back to 2.0 Phish, I can appreciate it. Mainly because I can skip through the composed section and get to the K-rispy space jamz. My all time favorite effect that Trey uses is that DIRTY flanged distortion shit. LOVE IT. I always lose it when he turns that hot mess on...2.0 is FULL of this effect, maybe ALMOST too much. That’s why I love it all the more in 3.0. You’re not gonna hear it every night, and when you do... it’s a dirty, dirty treat from Papa Trey.

So...Chicago. Great all-around playing. I’ve only done one listen through the composed parts and everything sounds awesome...but who gives a fuck....the jams are fucking sick. I’m honestly really digging this show and I think it’s going to be put into steady rotation over the next couple of weeks.

I haven’t listened to a ton of 2.0. I’m saving it for retirement. I like that I have a WHOLE era of Phish that I haven’t killed yet. I’ve heard a lot of 1.0, just about all of 3.0 and not so much of 2.0. When I’m old and more gray I’ll be able to slice into some choice Phish cuts from the K-rispy Space Ox Jamz era. You know what else I haven’t listened to? The Storage Jam. That’s right....saving it.

BB

Jibboo Crew
Score: 2
DollarBill , attached to 2003-02-20 Permalink
DollarBill There are other reviews on this one so I will be brief. I’m not a huge fan of 2003 shows so far and this one does have some warts, but there is something about this show and the jams that warmed my soul up a bit.

Rift has timing problems from Fishman, Rock and Roll is a nice jam, Guyute is pretty good, Driver had some warts, but was a nice cool down song. Waves was good, Simple had some lyric problems again, but had a good jam, as did a lengthy Jibboo to close up a pretty good first set.

Ok folks, here’s where the meat is…Tweezer’s jam is just filthy, nasty tonight and they bring it all back around to end it, which was great to hear instead of a rip-cord move. Punch was ok, but the Landlady portion was an uncertain mess. Fast Enough was also kind of a mess before a very lengthy Seven Below. And this one should be considered a double Seven Below because they do the lyric part twice sandwiching the jam in between. Pebbles also rocked really hard tonight, though there were a few off parts at times.

After all that jamming you technically get a triple encore besides? Yup! Though you get a standard Golgi, a loose Anything But Me, with disjointed vocal phrasing, and a rocking, expected Tweeprise to close up. Not too bad, but not overly great either.

Very good, exploratory jamming tonight! Tweezer’s jam and the Seven Below put this one in four-star territory for me. A few less warts in playing and lyric delivery, and a better encore, would’ve easily put this show in five-star range to my ears.
Score: 1
MySoula , attached to 2003-02-20 Permalink
MySoula My first show. Was a long time coming as I was "too young" to hit any shows in the 90s or 2000. It was a Thursday night show so I recruited a friend to make the 4 hour trip down from college to a "hometown" show, stay the night, head back north to work Friday night. We ended up making it to lot late. We walked around for a few minutes and had to head in. First memory was the heat coming out of a venue I've passed by 1000s of times. The seats I pulled were 1st row balcony, around mid court.

Set I:
Lights went down and Rift kicks up, took me a while to soak it all in, after years of wondering it was finally happening, I was THERE. Rock and Roll has always put a smile on my face and it is probably due to this show, the lyrics, significance. After casually and eventually religous listening over the better part of a decade the moment was not lost on me. Guyute next, at this point I was starting to focus solely on the music after taking in the atmosphere. Driver was nice, not the best execution but has some decent work by Trey. As a Round Room fan I enjoyed Waves, but nothing too special compared to what came next.

The highlights of the first set are without a doubt Simple and Jibboo. Jibboo gets a lot of love but don't sleep on the Simple. It starts patiently and keeps that element throughout. Delicate interplay, especially between Trey and Page on the grand. The middle section picks up some steam but keeps the theme of the initial part of the jam. The final segment opens up with deep growls from Trey and takes on a more electronic feel. There really isn't much to subtract or add to make it better, quality version all around. The floorplan was set with the Simple as it carries over into Jibboo. They quickly drop in and again the interplay between Trey and Page stands out (something present throughout this show). It has high energy and multiple peaks even before it gets a dose of funk around the 12:30 mark. From 14 - 17 minutes you can still hear the Jibboo but it almost sounds like it is being mixed with some other composed riffs, not saying it is but it definitely has that feel to it. The final minute or two before the return Jibboo is splattered with peaks. A perfect song for any high energy activities or long drives.

Set II:
A Feb '03 Tweezer, drops into funk early on with Trey and Mike taking charge. A few "bahwow" freakout moments from Trey reminiscent of Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun that pop up a few times after. Trey keeps the lead which include several minutes of running up and down chords where I imagine he carried out his "scan the crowd intently" look with a mild head bob/groove. Some wandering but a quality version overall that grinds to a halt. PYITE had a heavier intro/build up from Trey and has a nice way of falling into Fast Enough for You. Nothing too noteworthy about this version.

Much like the first set, the last two songs shine. Seven Below enters with a slow build and quality interplay between the band. I love Seven Below in general but it always gives Page a nice song to step forward. Halfway through you get some notes from Page that remind me of early Vida Blue material and in comes the funk exchange followed by a few "pindrop" electronic notes heard in Simple before completely returning to Seven Below. Pebbles and Marbles closed out the set getting some distortion from Trey halfway thru venturing away from the song as Page and Fishman maintain the Pebbles feel. Encore lacked after how they closed out the second set, the reprise had a little heavier feel but that's about it.

Overall, a show with some quality jams and highlights from Feb 2003.
Score: 1
, attached to 2003-02-20 Permalink
(Published in the second edition of The Phish Companion...)

The first set was pretty good. I thought that “Rock and Roll” was pretty "on" for a first set song. The “Simple” jam was long, but kind of repetitive at points. There were also many vocal flubs during this song. The jam had some beautiful parts, but it always seemed as though Trey was trying to get a sound out of his guitar that he couldn't achieve.
The highlight of the first set was “Gotta Jiboo”. I am not really a huge fan of this song, as it is usually a really long Type 1 jam, but this was really good. The jam started off in usual Trey Anastasio Band style, but about ten minutes before the end, things really started to happen. Trey got a really sick guitar lick going on and exploded from there. It was very high energy.
The second set was good, but not great. “Tweezer” started off with oomph, but it really petered out. It was long, but much of the jam involved Trey playing with his pedals and trying to adjust his tone. No melodic jamming whatsoever. It was very similar to a Sonic Youth distortion jam.
The crowd went nuts over “Punch You in the Eye” and so did the band. Easily the best performed song of the night. “7 Below” was very experimental, and there were parts that were interesting, groovy, and melodic — just never at once, which I find is the best part of Phish when it happens.
People seemed surprised by the “Tweezer Reprise”. It really seemed as though the crowd has changed to a beer drinking crowd that is more interested on getting on stage to tackle Trey and throwing lightsticks at the equipment and band than to hear the music. Overall I would give this show a C+.
Score: 0
bouncin7 , attached to 2003-02-20 Permalink
bouncin7 I only write about shows, if they move me. The entire second set 2/20/03 is mind blowing, trippy, psychedelic deep Phish as good as it comes in 2003. The Tweezer goes wah wah funk way out for a good infinity and when Fast Enough For You is sung, ground is lifted spirits awakened in Chicagoland. The Sevel Below here is my favorite version ever. The Pebbles and Marbles stopps me in my tracks to chin up, eyes wide open high at the sun and clouds luminous creatures. Oh yes - and the Tweezer is one of the top three of 2003. This PHISH will never die. Thank you Jon, Page, Mike and Trey..........brand sands you, too.
Score: 0

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