, attached to 1997-08-02

Review by headyburritos

headyburritos This is a very solid debut show for the Phish at the Gorge, and probably the stronger show of this two-night run. Theme opener was pretty common on this '97 tour, and I gotta say, I'm kind of a fan of it in the opening slot. It definitely puts you in the Gorge state of mind. The other first set highlights are the Ghost, which they had been playing almost every show on this tour, Wolfman's, and SOAM. The Ghost jam has some really great playing from Page and can be best described as "funky clown music." Wolfman's continues the funky jamming, and SOAM caps off a fantastic first set.

The second set, however, is definitely where this show earns its stripes. This Disease brings things to the next level and segues so nicely into Tweezer. Although not the best Tweezer ever, this Disease -> Tweezer combo is 35 minutes of top-notch Phish, followed by another flawless -> into Johnny B. Goode. I love Trey asking for total darkness during the Hood encore to enjoy that awesome "outdoor vibe" at the Gorge. Wish I was back there right now
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