Ok, so I know the setlist looks pretty average. That's what I thought too. And while the first set is pretty average (save for a fairly experimental Stash that's worth a listen), the second set here SMOKES. Add up set 2 and the encore, you have 84 minutes of excellent fall 99 Phish. Sand isn't Trey pecking at the keyboard for 10 minutes. It's Trey wailing on the Languedoc.
I can see why this one has gotten lost in the shuffle, as there is a lot of great music from September 99. This one doesn't have a huge Boogie On jam, no Phil Lesh guest spots, but its really solid Phish. Hard to ask for much more.
I know I rated this show a 5 but this was my first show : )
First song played was NICU which corresponds with my name NIC-HOLAS. : ) I thought that was special : ) This show was really good and the venue was almost as cool : ) My one and only Phish show in Cali (not forever though)
The coolest thing which came around to my first NYE show is that I rode to this show in a BOX TRUCK!!!
This show is definitely plagued by some major issues. Quite a bit of flubbing especially in the second set, as well as some "connecting issues" between the guys. Also you have the issue of 3 slow songs in a row during the second set, surprisingly it works better than you'd think, but still is I'll advised for any second set.
This show is however saved by some really good versions of certain songs. Stash to me is the highlight of the show it really moves well and peaks like crazy. Gotta Jibbo is also a noteworthy version for me as well it's played very solid. Also Sand is particularly good it really just simmers and does exactly what Sand should do.
What these few highlights do is make this show average. Which is ok because the highlights are good versions to go back to.
The Sherminator was in attendance at this show and I had the pleasure of meeting him. That was cool. But the coolest thing about this night was the absolutely gorgeous Stash. The fact that it isn't considered "highly recommended" or even "noteworthy" by this site's rating system is kind of insane.
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