, attached to 1998-11-29

Review by kipmat

kipmat https://forum.phish.net/forum/permalink/1377718936

When I started downloading mp3 files of Phish shows back in 1999, there were six shows from the Fall ’98 tour that I assigned top priority d/l status: 10/31 Vegas, 11/2 West Valley, 11/20 and 11/21 Hampton, and 11/27 and 11/29 Worcester. Almost twenty years later, only 11/2 and 11/27 remain consensus top-tier shows, but I maintain that 11/29 should be remembered in the same breath as the other two. Poor Paul Languedoc - this was probably the only time he ever got flat-out wasted on tour, and he winds up in an incident with the police! And to add to the embarrassment, Trey pokes fun at him in both the first and second sets - with friends like that, who needs enemies, amirite?

Guest appearances can be tricky: the band needs to back off to allow the guest to shine, while the guest needs to fit in with what Phish does well. Seth Yacavone's style might not be to every fan's (or .net site admin's) liking, and no one would mistake Phish for a blues band, but his appearance at the end of the first set succeeds because the band puts effort toward making this local hero look good on their much larger stage. And the set-closing "Layla" is everything a fan would wish for in performance, save for an appearance by Hologram Duane Allman :)

But even besides that, there's so much Phish goodness in the rest of the show that deserves mention. Limb By Limb -> Catapult -> Kung > Maze? Simple -> Wall of Noise jam? Possum with another Wipeout jam? *Another* great '98 Bathtub Gin? And to cap it off, what might be THE FUNKIEST YEM ever? That's a solid 5-star Phish show, my friends, and one that every phan should hear. 11/27 may still be the best show of the Worcester '98 run, but IMO 11/29 runs a very close second.


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