, attached to 2003-07-08

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround So the four of us made our way into the lot shortly after it opened. As I saw in 2000 here, it's an extremely laid-back lot, Southern California style. Lots of really cool folks out there. Ran into some buddies of mine from Denver (two of which would do Deer Creek > Burgettstown w/ us). Like Phoenix, I was sitting 8th row again, but Page side on this night. When I got into the venue, I saw Bill Walton stride into the 200 section with his better half. I'm thinking to myself, I have better seats than Grateful Red? Hell, this is going to be a fine night for sure! Well sort of - onto the show...

SET 1: Guyute: This is one of the songs I was really happy to see back in 97 when it was being dusted off the shelf. Now I see it way too much. But it's good as an opener. A few minor Trey flubs throughout and the ending is sloppy for sure.

Horn: Nice placement. This song can always be a bit hit and miss but it was a hit for me tonight. Sloppy in spots (Trey) >

My Sweet One: Standard. >

Tweezer: Here we go! I love me some first set Tweezer. This one was 13 + minutes. This is a straight ahead, balls to the wall, head banging, RAGER. Very good Tweezer had a little bit of everything even an old school, tempo wind down at the end. >

Limb By Limb: Very clean version. The Dave’s Energy Guide jam is utterly sick. Wish they would have kept that going and explored that them a good, bit more!

Fast Enough for You: God I love this song. Fantastic version, just as good as Rosemont 2/22/03.

Frankie Says: This song is so trancey for me for some reason. It makes me feel like I need to sit down and smoke a cigarette and I don't smoke cigarettes!! >

Taste: Wow! This Taste just rips. If you are a fan of this song you will want to seek out this show. I remember at the time not being very happy about the set being closed by Taste but in retrospect it definitely works.

SET 2: Down with Disease: Hard driving version! At 12:00 it gets downright funky as hell and I'm thinking of a segue into Sneakin' Sally. Three minutes later they were done with the funk theme and by 16:45 they were jamming much like the Wolfman's the night before: very dark and heavy. Pretty sweet DWD, by 19:40 it is done.

Vultures: Nice! I've really liked seeing this song since seeing it at Deer Creek in 97. Very tight version especially w/ all the tough lyrical parts and being so early in the tour and all.

Secret Smile: Another TAB > Phish debut. Attention Phish - Please stop playing this song. It's not good. Leave it for Trey's band or not at all.

Harry Hood: Holy Toledo! It's so refreshing to see the boys take a song like Hood that's never had any serious improvisation before (not along the lines of say a Tweezer or DWD etc.). This one definitely goes Type II and in 2003 they really push the envelope with Hood many times. They played Hood this night with absolutely no fear, just four guys playing the hell out of their respective instruments. >

Carini: Standard.

Discern: Yet another Trey > Phish debut. At the time I was really unhappy about it. The placement is just no good! But in hearing the tapes, it does in fact have a lot of potential. Potential or not why mess w/ a set that is seriously going somewhere?

Waste: Ummmm, ugh!

ENCORE: Bouncing Around the Room: Christ!!! As the opening notes rang out, I headed for the gate. Trey was flubbing all over the place. >

Tweezer Reprise: Standard.

Replay Value/Summary: Limb by Limb, Taste, Down with Disease, Harry Hood. Wouldn’t necessarily seek them back out but I liked the jam in Tweezer and Discern too. But this show was so choppy, horrible flow.

Score: 3 out of 5.


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