, attached to 2000-09-22

Review by The__Van

The__Van Ok this one is better.

Disease drops in with an 18 minute jam to start the show. I'd like to quote from @waxbanks review:
The first set is more or less standard late Phish2K fare - the DWD opener cools out quickly into a pleasantly low-key groove that Just. Doesn't. Change. For fully six minutes. Not even a note, near as I can tell from my (muddy) AUD recording. This is the sound, tinged with inescapable melancholy, of a band beginning to lose its edge and focus.
It's hard not to disagree with that after listening. For what it's worth I enjoyed this one jam more than most of the last show. Trey eventually guides the jam back to rocking finale and final chorus. That makes 2 Diseases in a row that start off strong, settle into rhythmic territory for awhile, and then rock back out to close. Meat is predictably funky and is oddly unfinished. It's not apparent if this was planned or Trey just forgot the ending. Poor Heart and Wilson are a nice combo. Mid set 1 Slaves are a rare but I don't really dig the flow here. Nevertheless this Slave is played well. Dogs Stole Things is a fun breather after Slave. Gin comes in once again with upbeat rocking. Always good stuff. Heavy Things cools down from Gin then the band rockets right into YEM. This one definitely hit the spot.

Set 2 begins with the last Tube of 1.0 and I think this is an amazing final version. Trey sets off playing some cool guitar lines and moves over to his mini keyboard and builds intensity with Page. His mini keyboard stuff sounds like a continuation of his guitar jamming. Don’t here that too often. Finally Trey goes back to his guitar and is set take this jam to the next level... but the ending segment comes all to early. Reba has a very fine jam. Trey really hammers home the tension in this one. The final peak actually gave me anxiety for the final drum fill! Ghost comes next and to me it sounded like it had potential but Trey starts playing a single chord over and over signaling the end of song at just barely over 11 minutes. The Wedge cures any Ghost woes I might have had. Circus cools down from a hot 3rd quarter. Meatstick has some fun banter from Trey about the Japanese lyrics and a fade out while the crowd continues singing the song. Antelope rages.

Overall a significant improvement from the last show. Tube is the big highlight. Disease is decent enough.


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