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Link Friday, 07/18/2003
Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI

Set 1: Axilla > Rift, GinBathtub Gin -> MangoThe Mango Song, Roggae, Discern, IDKI Didn't Know > Dust in the Wind[1] > IDKI Didn't Know, BowieDavid Bowie

Set 2: DwDDown with Disease[2] -> Catapult, Bug, Secret Smile, Two Versions of Me, Twist > Character Zero

Encore: HoodHarry Hood

[1] Phish debut; abbreviated version.
[2] Unfinished.

· Psycho Killer and San-Ho-Zay teases in Down with Disease
· Come On (Part One) tease

Noteworthy Jams: Roggae, Down with Disease (highly recommended), Catapult (highly recommended), Twist, Harry Hood

Average Song Gap: 9

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

Notes: Trey announced “Dan” as the winner of the contest from the night before, as Dan was the first to call Mike’s hotline to name Dust in the Wind as the song that was teased. Trey announced the prize was a private vacuum solo from Fish to Dan. As homage to the movie Old School (which also featured Dust in the Wind), Trey encouraged the crowd to “earmuff” it while Dan received his prize. To bring the rest of the crowd in on the joke, Phish subsequently debuted an abbreviated version of Dust in the Wind. The song began as a solo vacuum piece but Trey jumped in on vocals to assist the struggling Fish. Trey teased Come On (Part One) before DWD. DWD contained San-Ho-Zay and Psycho Killer teases and was unfinished. Catapult was sung over the jam that emerged from DWD.

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

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This show was part of the "2003 Summer Tour."

lumpblockclod Staff , attached to 2003-07-18 Permalink
lumpblockclod Although I'm a huge 2003 fan, this is not the most exciting show. Having said that, the first set has a nice Gin -> Mango that, while it won't change your life, is very well played. OTOH, the DWD -> Catapult that opens the second set is required listening. Probably a top 5 version of this song and proof that the high points of 2003 are right up there with the mid-nineties.
Score: 4
kenny_powers , attached to 2003-07-18 Permalink
kenny_powers This has to be the most underrated, least talked about Hood ever. I suppose that's because it follows a very different path than your typical hood. Fans usually expect a stellar Hood to have a slow, steady build up to a euphoric crescendo of a peak. This one really "peaks" in the middle section, and the end of the jam is actually a short, very delicate a beautiful IMO end to the jam.

At first it was just the tangent in the middle that grabbed me, and while that 2-part adventure is still the mind-blowing peak for me, after numerous listens the entire jam, from the drop to the end, is a masterwork in its own right.

RIDICULOUS replay value here, if you give it a chance and a few listens to really grow like a fungus on your cerebral cortex.
Score: 3
jabberstin , attached to 2003-07-18 Permalink
Agreed with the previous post; while this show is nothing spectacular, this DWD>Catapult is fucking amazing! Energy sweating off the venue, melting your face, mind-left-body intensity and it is well-worth the download! The Gin is real good, too, followed by a good Mango. Mucho banter in the first set...interesting to say the least. David Bowie, while rages, still doesn't hold a light to many finer versions of yesteryore. Sadly, and with a heavy heart, I must say that after the astronomical DWD>Catapult, this show goes way, way, waaaaaaaayy south. Twist provides a super-spacey, escapist route, but the Zero is lackluster and the Hood is 'OK'.
Score: 2
nichobert , attached to 2003-07-18 Permalink
nichobert I like how the one reviewer says that Phish is "spent" after the DWD, but then goes on to gush about the Hood being one of the most interesting versions he's ever heard.

Twist jam also, pretty excellent pointilist ambience.

My favorite part of the show is the Roggae which is only mentioned in these reviews because someone says its rough.

Well it's 2003, Phish not remembering how to play their songs should have been a given by this point. That said, the Roggae is probably the single most atypical version of the song. There are other versions (mostly in 2010 & 2011) with more exploratory or psychedelic jams, but this one has a totally different structure to the ending of the jam and I find it really powerful. Whereas your usual Roggae will crest and then dissolve into a brief pause before the large power chords, this one works the jam up into those chords and uses them as the crescendo. It works phenomenally and I wish they'd give this style of Roggae a spin again. It reminds me of the 7/31/99 Simple in comparison to an average Simple. Similar breathtaking move upwards right when the jam would usually end.
Score: 2
Marcusamps , attached to 2003-07-18 Permalink
My first phish experience. No doubt it felt like magic and I returned for more!
Score: 0
deceasedlavy , attached to 2003-07-18 Permalink
Alpine will always be my second home. It didn't really seem like Phish was actually back until they came here. The sun shining and the "Axilla" opener felt awfully good. Otherwise this first set didn't do a whole lot for me; nothing wrong with "Gin">"Mango" but I wouldn't call it essential listening, and "Rift" and "Roggae" and the composed section of "Bowie" were all ugly and "Discern" did not exactly impress me, although the finale of "Bowie" was pretty smokin'. The funny thing about the second set is it played out a lot like the 3.0 formula: one monster "DWD" aaaaaaand they're spent. It's no mystery why "Secret Smile" and "Two Versions" aren't still being trotted out, eh? "Twist" was a pleasant drift through space, "Character" was "Character". But "Hood" was a revelation. Sure, the composed section was a little hard on the ears, though nowhere near as bad as the first year's worth of 3.0 versions. But (as Kenny Powers notes above) the jam blew me away; probably still the most unique, exploratory "Hood" I've caught live. Right in the middle it reaches a viscous, full-band molten groove almost independent of meter, the kind of stuff that the boys only rarely touch on since the mid-90s, the shit that makes you forget where you are. Just maybe 30 seconds of hose and a peak and then a really unusual denouement, and honestly this little taste of old-school glory was worth more to me than that whole huge "Disease". Felt like Phish was back, for tonight anyway.
Score: 0

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