Notes: Fenton Williams sat in for Chris Kuroda on lights. The band played Meatstick seemingly at the instigation of a crowd chant of the lyrics that began behind the stage. Caspian was unfinished and included a DEG tease from Trey. Ghost had a Down with Disease tease. YEM included a lengthy Meatstick session immediately following the trampolines segment. As Fishman took a drum solo, Trey set his guitar down to perform the Meatstick Dance while the crowd chanted the lyrics. The band jammed back into YEM, but then left Page to solo while again Trey danced and the crowd sang. This cycle repeated with Mike soloing on bass. YEM lacked its standard vocal jam. Trey rapped: “time for the Meatstick” over the intro to Tweezer Reprise, which also had its normal lyrics replaced with “won’t you step into the Meatstick?” Wolfman’s contained teases of Sneakin’ Sally, Possum, Simple, and Meatstick.
Had been on a Soul Shakedown Party kick after seeing Leftover Salmon do it and was pleasantly surprised to get this one as an opener to my last show before "the retirement."
Don't remember the shows being as bad as they sound/are made out to be but my crew was probably as fucked up as Trey at these shows. Vegas Phish is an excercise in endurance. Seen all Vegas shows up to this point except 97. They are in a different league. Imagine Hampton Coliseum, in Las Vegas!!!
I drove 16 hours down from the outback of eastern Oregon with my dog for these shows. Have you ever driven through central Nevada? Let me tell you it is a high elevation, barren, cold, dusty ride. I did see some brightly colored trailers in the middle of nowhere, which I found out later were whorehouses. Spent the night huddled next to my dog in the cab of the truck near a place called Ely. Woke in the AM to beautiful views of the Ruby mountains.
Damn these shows were really odd. Most people know that. Apparently Trey was out of his mind. This became very apparent to me on the last night (it takes me a while to notice these things). The show just has this crazy energy that is undeniable. Trey plays with a lot of distortion and a lot of abandon. The end of the Piper in the first set is why I keep seeing Phish... the jam out gets seriously gnarly. Second set is actually a set I will re-listen to on occasion (except Friday). It has some really good grooves in Ghost and the Wolfman's brother has a vocal jam. I was so out of it that during YEM, I thought that Trey was asking the girls in the front row, "Tongue or meatstick?!" Yea, his ego was pretty much in full effect, you know how it was!