, attached to 2000-07-03

Review by MDosque

MDosque I don't know. I have mixed emotions from this little two day patriotic run across the river from the Liberty Bell. For sure, I would say that this show is the better of the two. It is my hometown venue. As everyone who was there knows, the summer of 2000 was probably the climax of the lot scene in the way that there were so many people that were there just to be a part of it. The nice (or sad, really) thing about Camden is that cops are not there to bust fans. They are there to protect your ass. That always allows for a freewheeling scene, huge and sometimes multiple shakedowns, and a summer party atmosphere. Does anyone else recall the insane drumming under the overpass on the way out the venue? There must have been over a hundred and the vibe was intense. That being said, this is a pretty solid show, even though its primarily due to the first set and weather.

Set 1:
I was lucky enough to be inside, because it rained like hell. For me, that enhanced the experience. Great start to the show and a nice touch with family on stage. It was really the Gin that stands out for me on this show. Coming in around 15 minutes, this monster was a soundtrack for the lightning and thunder show going down around us. As they usually do, the band played directly off the weather and was fantastic. The Fluffhead was good and probably about on par with the version from the previous summer, while Antelope closed the set in style. I was feeling really good about this set.

Set 2:
The rain stopped and the crowd sagged. Jim went places, and now listening back, it sounds truly inspired and we would probably give our right nut to hear it at a show in 2011. At the time, for me personally, energy was sapped as the jam dragged on. I recall thinking that the band could feel it too and out of frustration or even some sort of cynical joke, they pulled the all fall down in Glide. Again, many will probably disagree, but this set was doomed from there out. I love Theme, but to me, Theme is best played after inspired jamming. Coming out of Glide, it didn't seem to make sense. Sand and Meat, while both solid tunes, seemed like more of the same muddled, medium paced uninspired jams. Chalkdust was an effort to salvage and raise some energy and was nothing particularly special and again, as if the band knew it, they pull out Bittersweet to close the set. Ouch. It was almost if they were punishing the over-intoxicated crowd (also filled with curious DMB fans that heard Phish was "cool" and came along to see what was going on). The Waste encore speaks for itself and I remember this show being the first and one of the VERY few times I left a show a little bummed.


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