, attached to 2000-10-07

Review by jcmarckx

jcmarckx Just listened to this show again today and I thought I would write a review. I'm surprised nobody else has said anything yet. This show raged (up until Bowie, that is), but it had a weird, weird vibe to it. I had never felt anything like it at a Phish show. I guess because we all knew that an indefinite hiatus was coming, but there was real tension in the crowd. Happy tension, but still...
Anyway, the show started off blazing with First Tube>Mike's Groove, before settling into some old favorites. Fee, Gin, and Glide were all nice choices and they were played very well. The Gin had an especially nice jam. However, they chose to close the set with My Soul, my least favorite cover, and that kinda killed my buzz. Especially since I was in the bathroom when Trey called break.
Set two started like just any other set 2, as if they weren't going away for a while. Twist>2001>Tweezer gave us about 45 minutes of nice jamming. The Tweezer especially ended on a particularly ominous sounding riff that Mike came up with. Velvet Sea and Meatstick was a nice mid-set touch. Many people were thinking about Cypress at that point (I wasn't there, but I got the reference). Japanese lyrics and the Meatstick Dance proved that Phish will never stop being fun. But then it all started to fall apart with Bowie. They all flubbed the composed parts; it's hard to tell who flubbed first, but they all lost it. Tweeprise rocked as a set closer.
The YEM encore started off way too sloppy with ugly flubbed parts, but then settled into a lovely version.
This show was so weird: it had such a "Goodbye" feel to it, yet Phish just played a very typical show. Trey never said a single word, except mumbling something about setbreak. I guess that was a good thing since it never really was meant to be "goodbye", just "see ya."
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