, attached to 1999-09-14

Review by conormac

conormac Love this show. Classic Phish, and one of my faves from '99.

Starts out fantastic, with an energetic Chalkdust, spackled but soulful Sloth, a great bust out in Curtain (very well played), and a surprisingly nice landing pad in Waste. The Loving Cup gets a nice '99 style take (from Trey), though, the Farmhouse, after a slow (albeit great) What's the Use and Velvet Sea, is an interesting call. Nellie Kane and Rocky top in set 1 is also interesting, but the Taste that splits them makes up for all that with some great Trey soling and superb support from the rest of the cast.

Peaches to open is great, def satisfying the rarity category. AC/DC Bag goes big, and we all know and love it. I love that Miek and Page continue to hint at standard Bag changes htrouh=ghout, which helps propel this swirling jam for more than 15 min. The jam has a climax, with a chill spacey ending, but.....speaking from 2018, would love to see them go into Crosseyed and Painless at the 19 minute mark (when it gets Phishtronicy), but I guess phans had to wait until Cypress.

After quite the adventure that is Bag (most phans must have been beside themselves) we land in a thick Gumbo. Trey starts this one out with a pretty aggressive tone and sprinkles the lyrics with nice fills. Mike gives a little extra uummph leading up to the standard Trey solo entering the jam. Thiigs seem to be gong normally, and loosely, when Fishman snaps the hi-hat, we get the ABTD tease, which is naturally AWESOME, Fishman keeps varying the beat giving it some extra mustard. The jam that ensues is straight funky, and the dance party is sweaty, Fishman keeping it "light" with his vox.

Next DWD comes out roaring, the energy is so high going into the jam. Not the most exploratory version, but absolutely shreddery from Trey and Fishman beating the hell out of the skins. Frankenstein ends the set on a high note, some hiccups in execution, but fun nonetheless.

Simple is a fun encore, Mike hitting the harmonies nicely, and, when Trey abandons the mixed up vox before jam, launches into a short but sweet lil jamlet. Hello my Baby ends this classic show in Phishy style.

'99 is a phunny year in Phish. The inconsistency made for interesting tours, but when they were on , it could send the crowd out of this world. Many shows lag due to new song placement and often several slow songs linked together in stretches. This show starts to go that route in the 2nd quarter after What's the Use, but the band comes out swinging in the 2nd half and makes up for it in spades! This is a classic show, enjoy!


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