, attached to 2003-02-16

Review by The__Van

The__Van Bowie opener is really nice! The jam starts strong and begins to go deep and dark. Trey finds a crunchy little riff and starts the Catapult lyrics over it. This is evil! The sudden launch into the end of Bowie closes a top tier opening segment for any Phish era. Horn and Guyute come next and are mostly fine with a few hiccups. Nothing to write home about. I really like this Round Room and I wish they would play this one more. It's such a slightly off kilter song that screams "Mike wrote that." The jam seems to keep building into a big break but it never comes. Aside from that, I dig vibes of this one a lot. Golden Lady is an odd but welcome cover. I don't detect any obvious errors but it does feel timid overall. Shame this never popped up again for them to really kill it. Poor Heart and Pebbles liven up the last bit of the set but are straightforward. Bowie is the star here but the rest of the set is a little aimless.
Disease open set 2 just as it has many times before in energetic fashion. Things start to get more interesting as Fish pulls back and the jam gets spacier. Trey comes in with the Seven Below lick in what appears to be a tease but morphs into a full on segue. Seven Below is pretty good but it doesn't get too far out there before Trey pulls us back to the end of Disease. A good little jam sandwich. After a breather, we get an absolutely Piper! It starts off with balls to wall rocking then settles in to a funky breakdown with Mike and Fish. It builds to Trey hamming it up with some stop and start chord breaks and a surprising turn back into Disease! This is one of those jams that has me smiling the whole time through. Makisupa allows the band to goof around a bit before closing things out with Character Zero. W O W what a set. Especially that Piper which I believe is the first of the big '03 Pipers. Things are really starting to heat up only 3 shows in!


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