Even now, just days away from this show's 13th anniversary, I can vividly recall the terrific Reba jam -- and then watching sun slip down behind the top ridge of the Columbia River gorge as they desperately held on to the last few moments of Reba...watching the shadow climb up the lawn...and then carefully slipping into Fast Enough for you as the last direct rays of sunlight fell on the top of the lawn.
It was Fast Enough's only appearance in 1998, and it was truly an unforgettable moment.
Like @markah, I was also at this show and I will also always remember that moment in Reba as the sun was setting behind the band over the stunning Columbia river gorge that serves as the backdrop to this storied venue. My mind was completely blown as I realized that THEY WERE JAMMING TO THE SUNSET. One previous review states how the Reba jam kind of fizzles out and goes into FEFY, but it definitely did not "fizzle". The song ended as the daylight did. It was a simply perfect moment and the FEFY that followed was so well placed, so well timed, and so well played, it changed me.
As a side note, this run of shows really did completely change my life, but that is a story for another time.
This is a good show, maybe not as good as the next night, but a good show nonetheless. Page does his thing in Squirming Coil and NICU. Stash is good. The jam is Reba is unusual as there really is no peak and the jam just dies out and FEFY starts up. That's not to say it's a bad version, just different. It's really laid back and Trey plays with the wah effect a lot while the band grooves along. FEFY transitions to When the Circus Comes well. The Antelope set closer is very nice. Mike, Page, and Trey take solos in the Rye Rye Rocco section.
Set 2 opens with an above average Julius which is longer than usual. The follwoing Moma Dance is really good and really funky, as you would expect from a 98 version. Moma Dance also peaks very nicely. Piper doesn't really have a jam, just the long intro, lyrics, and closing coda. I was hoping for this one to be jammed out a la 7/6/98, but it wasn't in the cards. Axilla makes a mid set appearance with the Axilla II style spacey ending, which segues into Bowie. Bowie itself has a long spacey intro and the jam slowly gains intensity and features some nice full-band interplay. Tube comes next, and it's a great version. The jam is initially ambient, but quickly turns into an all-out funk jam. if you're a Tube fan, definitely check this one out. Slave, as always, makes a great closer. Sample in a Jar in the encore slot may leave something to be desired, but it doesn't detract from the quality of the rest of the show.
Highlights of this show- Stash, Reba, Antelope, Moma Dance, Bowie, Tube>Slave.
This is one of my favorite live version of Fast Enough For You. It is played so delicately and patiently it truly lives up to all that the song has to offer in terms of its quiet introspection. Trey and Page's vocal harmonies are top notch. And when Trey's solo begins at 4:00, you can tell it's going to be a special one. His guitar tone is perfect, seems like he can hold any note for as long as he wants. Pure bliss when the guitar solo peaks as the vocals chime back in at 6:45 and then everything quietly dies down into a melodic puddle, which segues beautifully into When the Circus Comes to Town.
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