, attached to 2000-09-11

Review by ColForbin

ColForbin Roadrunner kicked off the first set on a fun and humorous note, with Trey referencing everyone in or related to the band from Massachusetts. At the time, I wasn't familiar with the song (it has since become an all-time favorite), but as soon as Trey belted out the "I'm in love with Massachusetts" line the crowd went wild. Moma was fairly typical, with some extremely tight playing by Mike and Page, and a fun solo from Trey at the end (not really a jam, though). Rift was fun, ended with a sustained note/feedback from Trey while the rest of the band started up Brian and Robert. Don't get me wrong, I like B and R as a song, but in concert it can really suck the energy from the room. Luckily the Vultures moved in and picked up the pace. Horn and Beauty of my Dreams were standard. Ya Mar has a cool quiet jam about 7 minutes in, with a fun start/stop at about 10:30, overall a very fun Ya Mar. Very uptempo driving Stash, possibly a tease at the very end that I can't place before they get back to the standard stash ending. Strong finish to a somewhat uneven set.

Highlights from the 1st set: Roadrunner bustout, Ya Mar, Stash.

CDT started off set 2 with a bang. Trey plays a racing guitar solo that gets the crowd revved up, then the band kicks off a smoking jam that threatens to go into a CYHMK tease but somehow stays away. Back into the lyrics, then a cool little spacey coda which might actually be a spacey intro to Twist, although it isn't tracked that way on my files. Fantastic set opener in any event. Incredibly chill funky Twist, good stuff. A 23 min Piper followed, with some very cool moments, especially about 12 minutes in when Mike lays down a particularly sweet bass groove. The jam completely devolves into psychedelic spaciness about 20 minutes in (which some spun fans attempt to clap along to), then segues into a languid What's The Use? Some light noodling wraps up WTU - is this a DEG tease, maybe? Or a DDLJ? In any event, the beginning of YEM soon followed. Fun YEM, nothing crazy, some excellent bass work by Mike in the jam section. Great stop/start stuff right before the vocal jam. A really cool set that shows right where Phish was at in the fall of 2000.

Raging GTBT encore.

Highlights from 2nd set: CDT>Twist>Piper

Overall a very solid show from the first "farewell" tour.


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