Older, alternate lyrics and a drawn-out, feedback-enhanced ending.
Cavern included the older, alternate lyrics and a drawn-out, feedback-enhanced ending. Before Jibboo and after Wolfman’s the band teased Is She Really Going Out with Him? The audience sang along at one point and tried in vain to convince Phish to play the song in its entirety. Antelope was unfinished – Mike segued into a funky version of Contact right before the “Rye, Rye, Rocco” lyric segment.
Didn't see any reviews on this fine show, so here's one (I wasn't there but why the heck not?). Full disclosure, I put the Japan 2000 run up there with all of the other greats (Island Tour, Fall 1995, '97, etc) so I may be a bit biased here..
Meat, Maze, Meat: Solid opening trio. Love the stop-start funk here, and an interesting twist to add Maze in the middle of the Meat sandwich, despite any segues. I could do without the drunken fool screaming "Hey Gordo! Get agitated and relax! Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto" and a host of other phrases so he can hear himself on tape. Makes one cringe to know the Japanese fans were there for the music and this guy stole the early part of the show.
Ya Mar: One of the highlights of the show by far. Island breezy and quick paced until about 11 minutes in when things slow down and ambient waves of sound wash over the whole thing. Same idiot screams "Drugs!" to ruin the solace, then Trey picks things back up again with the familiar tasty Ya Mar licks to draw this beauty to a close. My favorite Ya Mar next to 11/27/98.
FEFY: Mostly standard with a particularly heartfelt Trey solo to close this one out.
Old Home Place: If you've heard one, you've heard em all. Much more fun to hear live than on tape IMO.
Wilson: Ok, drunk guy, now you can yell. So he yells "Peaches" instead of Wilson at every stop. I would have punched this dude by now...otherwise its a nice version for a tune that's always more fun live. A little tease of something around 4:30 (Walk Away?). A couple of droning loops into...
Mike's: Lots of good tension and release in this one, very dark and snarling guitar throughout. I thought I heard Fish tease Peaches more than once hear as well (the opening drum roll). Mike's drops right into...
Simple: Intro reminds of the Murat Mike's and how that Simple lick emerges straight away. Pace is a little slower on this Simple a la most other 2000 tunes. Vocals sound like the band is holding back a little since the venue is so intimate..not quite the same without 20k screaming fans I guess. The good stuff here is very Y2K: Delicate and hushed soundscapes during the last 4 minutes bring you home comfortably...feels like a well heated car on a winter's day. You know what's next!
Weekapaug: The other highlight of the show. A strange intro that sort of comes on quietly (There may have been PA issues here) starts to really pick up steam around 5 minutes in. Decidedly Type 1, the peaks here are really strong and whips the crowd into a frenzy!
Jiboo: The perfect song for that groove oriented style of the time. Doesnt go too far out there, but I love me some Jiboo no matter what path it takes.
Wolfman: In contrast to the chilled out vibe of the run, this is a typically strong Wolfmans. I'm surprised there is no mention on the jam charts, but this thing builds up to a big (if somewhat understated) peak around 10 mins and steams to a nice close. Keeper! The one negative here is that the same drunkard screams "Fuck you Trey" after the song ends like a douchebag. The banter ensuing is funny as the crowd sings "Is she really going out with him?" and Fish drums along for a beat.
Antelope: This good antelope was made great with a really cool segue into Contact, which had a bit of slow funk infused.
Sand: More slow funk and lots of spacey effect in this winner! They played the hell out of this tune during this era, but its all good when its quality like this. Reminds me more of a TAB version for some reason.
Roggae: I really enjoy this tune but its just ok here.
Prince Caspian: Nice version in the intimate atmosphere of Club Quattro. Page is great on this one.
Rocky Top: Standard fun
Cavern: I like the older lyrics but my dog hated the screeching ending. Oh well.
Encore: Yelling dude screaming "Wild Stallion" like a moron during the normally soothing Brian & Robert intro, which is otherwise very nice. Wish they would play this one these days over, say, Velvet Sea or When the Circus Comes. Good Times Bad Times shreds as per usual.
Summary: The lite and sweet intro to the epic Fukuoka show the following night. Come for Ya Mar and the Mike's Groove, stay for the Jiboo->Sand in the second set, and don't mind the drunken idiot giving America a bad name randomly throughout the show (can you tell it was annoying me?)
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