Excellent first set Down with Disease transitions smoothly into a nice Dog Faced Boy. This Tweezer->2001 to open the 2nd set is about 40 minutes long and is truely epic. I rarely use that term, epic, but I am comfortable using it here. This combo has been done only 4 times and this is easily the master of them all! Get this show and the next simply for the HUGE 2nd set opening combos. Both are must-hear Phishy Phish! Harry Hood encore!?! Never anything but grand in that slot. The AUDs of this venue are smoking. Mike's bass sounds so good thumping off the wood walls of what was literally a big wood shed.
My guess on the capacity is approx 800. Energy was high and all of us were in extremely cheery moods. The tour riff raff was non-existant, and in 1998 that was a luxury rarely afforded. No leaches, no (obvious)junkies, and few wooks... just people that planned and saved for this special month.
The first set is just a set (I can't really get worked up for The Moma Dance) until it gets to DWD, which flies along in the time-honored DWD until gradually delving into a pool of spacey noise, with Trey wringing ugly noise out of his guitar and Fish providing cymbal washes for flavor as Page does his thing (shades of the Ambient Jam from Lemonwheel). Then, just because Phish does things like this, Trey pulls the "DWD riff" thread out of the ambient rug they just weaved and the band heads into the traditional DWD reprise....and then immediately drop back into another ambient zone, Page tickling the ivories and Trey launching a bevy of loops, that immediately grows warmer as Mike makes his presence felt and Trey changes his guitar tone for some really sweet soloing before leading perfectly into Dog Faced Boy. The rest of the set is whatever, but that DWD should definitely be heard, just for the ambient interludes.
Set 2 kicks off with Tweezer, and this is every bit of a piece with the best of the late-90s Tweezers, starting off with the usual funk groove of this Tweezer era (Trey's wah-wah is in fine form), then getting more rock-intensive while retaining a laid-back atmosphere - if you want a good modern comparison, think a more relaxed, funkier version of the 12/28/12 "best of 3.0" Tweezer, a jam that effortlessly shifts form while retaining a "hey, this is a Tweezer jam, guys" feel. The jam finally winds down to a mellow, contemplative close, then collapses into that familiar fog of white noise, and like Batman seeing the signal in the sky 2001 comes flying out of the PA system for the Grey Hall's dancing pleasure. This 2001 is played a tad quickly for my tastes, but it's still a very fine version with a cool repeating guitar line around the 4 minute mark and Trey soloing all over the place. The rest of the set is perfectly fine, but that 40 minute stretch is really worth listening to.
7/6 is still the show of the run for me, but the Tweezer-2001 run is as good as the year (and post-96 Phish) gets, and that DWD really does have some fine ambient work, so this is an easy recommendation.
First Set overall was nothing spectacular other the the Moma Dance was played in consecutive nights probably to see if the crowd remembers the "moma dance" that the band introduced the night before. DWD>Dog Faced boy was a neat jam/transition although trey flubs lyrics in the DWD. Second set was some incredible jamming by the band TWEEZER!>2001 were GREAT versions. 2001 was sick!! Two songs combined were 36 min followed by an "above average" Loving Cup, then probably one of the best and most electrifying My Soul Ive heard...it was short and sweet definitely worth a listen. The second set was noticeably shorter then the night before by about 30 min. It was short but STRONG!
Overall: The Whole second set is worth a listen BY FAR!
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