, attached to 1999-12-04

Review by MiguelSanchez

MiguelSanchez as mentioned in my review for the other night of this cincy run, there are some highlights in these nights, but there are some pretty low moments too. trey's off the stage, "life style" choices had become evident to me, at least, in this 2 night run.

as for this show, heavy things, which was still pretty new in the phish world, sounded pretty good. it was a nice perky choice to get the crowd bopping. simple sounded really nice. they went down a path similar to most simple's and eventually wound their way in to yamar. this song always sounds odd to me in indoor shows, but it was good to hear none the less. guyute followed. while it was not severely flobbed or anything, it seemed to lack some of the snap of the lat couple of years. tweezer was really strong. they explored some nice spacey realms and they eventually found themselves in a very dark jam. at the time, i thought it sounded a bit like the doors, "the end," but upon hearing it again, that is not so evident to me. either way, they worked its way into a nice little dirt. i was happy to see loving cup somewhere other than the encore slot. good closer.

down with disease started out promising but it petered out quickly and found its way into soa melt. trey was not with it during this song. in the jam, trey was completely lost, but page stepped up and laid down one of the nastiest solos i have seen him play. way to cover for your boy! the moma dance got trey back in the game, as he laid out some very simple but certainl funky guitar riffs. farmhouse.. blah. tmwsiy/ave/tmwsiy was a nice pleasant surprise, and it worked well here. cool to see it in an indoor venue. circus worked well into a less than stellar bowie. it was ok, just nothing to write home about. the julius>tweeprise enc was pretty predictable.

overall, i think i liked the 1st set better than the 2nd, which is very rare for me. trey just seeed to be out of it during key moments. i will say though, page was a warrior on this run, he covered trey's ass soooooo many times. on a scale of 1-10, i give this one a 5.5; if it weren't for page, it would be a 3.


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