It was a beautiful day in Madison. My buds and I had taken the long way the rte, stopped in some backwater bars on the way, and showed up with a nice little Miller High Life buzz on…
We kn ew that the first set was acoustic, but we have no idea what would be played. Was t gonna be Phish? New stuff? Unreleased solo Trey stuff? The energy was palpable in that room, but also very, very respectful.
BOTT was a great way to start it off, and it is still the way I hear that song when it is mentioned. Josie Wales (then Minestrone I believe) was beautiful and vastly underplayed. The mistake on Billy Breathes was hysterical and something that I had certainly never seen up to that point. The Alumni tore the roof off. This is before the Alpine bust out, and a lot of the people in that room (myself included) thought the chances to hear that song had passed them by. The acoustic Fluffhead was an incredible way to wind down the set.
The First Tube opener and Gotta Jibboo from this are still my preferred versions. The Jibboo was in constant rotation for quite some time. Circles deserves a lot more spins as does Somantin.
This is a really enjoyable night of tunes and there are some great boots of it floating around. I recommend to anyone, both as a great show and an artifact of what Trey shows were like back in the day.