, attached to 1997-02-13

Review by LizardwithaZ

LizardwithaZ Rating: 7/10 Pounds

The energy is very high for this show! The crowd is pumped and into it!

CDT: very VERY fast version! It’s easy to forget how fast they used to play it. Blazing fast and fun!

Wolfman’s: nice version, with just a hint of the funk coming later in the year.

2001: not too long, but quite good.

Stash: the highlight to this point. A weird and noisy jam at points, and I always love the return to stash.

Walfredo: is this supposed to be good? I don’t like it. Reminds me of a bad Spock’s Brain.

Take a breath before this next series of songs...

Taste> waste > poor heart > zero > peaches is absolute grade A phish. The taste rages, waste almost loses me with a slight Trey flub early but regains it’s footing, than a lightning fast poor heart. This zero though. Man, it is great. Trey really goes and gets it with a bit of wah wah. The crowd is super in to the beginning, clapping the beat during the intro. Kind of cool!
And then the white whale appears, a song I will never get, Peaches! And it rules!

Love Me: not sure what inspired them to do this cover, but it doesn’t really fit and breaks up the flow of an unbelievable set.

Bowie: pretty good Bowie, though nothing to write home about, but it would absolutely be near the top of 3.0 Bowie’s if played today.

Set 2!
This is an on fire Julius, and a great way to start the set.

CTB seems above average with Page really bringing the heat.

My Soul is pretty standard.

This PYITE is certainly...something? It’s a sloppy mess. However, it leads into this weird Jam that is well worth it and salvages a so-so set.

The Jam is minimalist and cool and eventually goes into a gorgeous Slave > when the circus comes. An absolutely stunning 23 minutes of music between those 3.

Maze: more audience clapping! This audience is loving it! A nice rocker of a Maze that gets a little weird at the end and doesn’t finish before > RAW.

Rock-A-William. Never heard it before. This is a much better silly phish song than Walfredo.

Hood> Stein: holy damn. The jam in hood goes to the place of ethereal lightness that is just beautiful. Nice little quiet section that really lets Page shine. Then they bring it back up and all of them are just locked in and letting the universe flow into the room. Unbelievable. Just fantastic Hood!
But we aren’t content to end the set with a joyous good hood. Nope!
The fires of Hood scare Frankenstein out of his castle and he comes roaring out to end the set in fiery fashion.
And boy is that drop into Frankenstein fantastic with Page bringing the heat again. A really great set comes to a rocking end. Hot stuff!

Caspian as an encore? Eh, okay. The slow build-in to the opening of the song is nice before the song really starts. I wish they would do that more often. Fish is hitting the drums kind of hard for a Caspian though, like he doesn’t appreciate not being able to rock out for the encore right away. It’s kind of a rough version, honestly, though it does improve once it gets past the main song to the Trey solo. Nice work out of Trey there once he gets going.

JBG is a much more fitting way to end this show though. Nice and fiery for sure. Trey shred-fest!

Highlights for me were that Jam>Circus section and that unbelievable Hood.


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