, attached to 1999-12-04

Review by JonBaker

JonBaker This was my third time seeing Phish. After almost two years without seeing them, I really didn't know what to expect from them. When I saw them in Dec. 1997 at the Nutter Center in Dayton, I was expecting a lot of repeat songs from the first show I saw them do. I guess now with Phish, your not gonna get this at all, so I knew what to expect this time around. We were on the floor for this one about 15 to 20 rows back from the stage. I had never seen them do Heavy Things, which I really enjoyed going into Simple, Ya Mar and Guyute which were all good. Then came the first song I saw Phish do before in 1995, Tweezer. Not as good as the first time I saw them do it, but really good none the less. When you see them do a 19 minute version the first time around which was excellent, it's kinda hard to top it unless they would have done something really special. They went into Dirt which I like and finishing with a good Loving Cup which is one of my top ten songs that Phish plays. The first three songs of the second set (Down With Disease/Split Open and Melt/Moma Dance) got me going. I love all three and I was hoping this was gonna move things in a good direction and a great second half of the show, but I was wrong. Things kinda went the other way then when they played Farmhouse. I guess I expected Phish to keep things lively, but I was wrong. Things kinda went down hill at this point. They then went into TMWSIY/Avenu Malkenu/TMWSIY which are songs I don't really get into. There older songs I don't care that much for and really didn't want to hear them at this point. Things turned around a bit when they played When the Circus Comes to Town and finishing strong with a great David Bowie. Then they came out for the encore and did two songs, one of which I had seen them do back in 1995, Julius. I love this song, but was a little disappointed that it wasn't as good the first time I'd heard them do it, but was very decent. Finally came a Tweezer Reprise to end the show. There were ups and downs with this show. When you see Phish and kinda expect to see certain songs played or hope for them to do play certain songs and they don't do them, it's kind of a let down for me. Down the road for me, this will change, or at least it did for me. Now when ever I see Phish, no matter what they play, it's not a let down at all. You go with the flow and enjoy what they play no matter what it is. Its been that way since then......


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