, attached to 2000-10-01

Review by The__Van

The__Van I never knew Guy Forget was pronounced "gee forjay" until now. The more you know.

They really played the hell out of First Tube in '99-'00. Who could blame them though? It's a great opener/closer. Wolfman's is a fine 2nd pick and has a nice little standard peak in it. BOTT is played again to its standard effectiveness. They also played the hell out of this one in '99-'00. Beauty of My Dreams, another late 1.0 favorite, is slotted in next. Phish always seems to have a few rotating bluegrass tunes they love to play at any given moment. Vultures is given its last pre-hiatus performance and it's mostly good. Trey breaks out the acoustic for The Inlaw Josie Wales. Honestly, I'm digging the flow of the set so far. Nothing spectacular but good song choices even if a lot of them have been played to death at this point. Semi-rarity Billy Breathes comes up next... and for some reason I'm fine with two ballads in a row. Llama gets the energy back up and features Trey introducing the band and then telling the audience to slap each other's foreheads. The joke doesn't land for me. Page croons one last time for the era with Lawn Boy and the set closes with a good Runaway Jim.

Roses opens the second set on the right foot but is seemingly cut short in favor of Piper. This Piper is classic '00 upbeat swirling jamming. However, in large part, the jam is dubbed the debut of Guy Forget. This harkens back to the debuts of Meatstick and Simple: when the band sings a melody over a loosely connected jam. It's good I think? If you like the late 1.0 sound there is definitely something for you here. But it does suffer from being a bit overlong in the same groove. Circus gets a stellar segue from Guy Forget and cools us down. Camel Walk gets its only performance of the year here. It's decent. Driver's placement in late 4th quarter I don't mind in theory but this is the fourth ballad of the show so it kinda kills the momentum. Bowie shines as the closer but is ultimately unremarkable. Waste as the encore brings the total ballad count to five.

Obviously Piper -> Guy Forget is the only part of the show worth revisiting. This is the most tired show I've heard in this relisten. It has one highlight that's a novelty at best. The Llama joke fell flat as well. I really hope the rest of the tour is better than this.


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