, attached to 2003-02-24

Review by The__Van

The__Van This Disease opener has some good type 1 exploration and a decent peak. Nothing mind blowing but fun. Corinna is an old Phish favorite that is always a joy to hear. Kinda makes me want for them bust out some of the old jazz standards they used to play back in the day. Wolfman's is sooo tight, the jam is typical but I can tell they were grooving this one but didn't want to stretch it out too much. Limb sashays into the set with its signature whirlwind of notes. It continues to amaze me how they can pack so much into such little time. Then B.B. King comes out and ruins everything... nah I'm jk. I'm sure this was a cool experience for the band and probably felt significant to those in the audience. Playing with a legend like King is an absolute honor. Looking at pictures from the show the band seems really jazzed to get to play with him. I'm glad they were and I'm glad this exists... but there's just not much replay value. I can hear Trey trying to goad King into trading solos but, well, that's not the kind of player his nor is that his background. In summary: not great, not terrible. At least it wasn't Jay-Z!

Am I crazy or does Trey's noodling at the start sound like Reba?? Halley's starts off noticeably slower than normal (although about as fast as they play it now). Consequently it heads straight into a quintessential 2.0 deep groove. No fog or haze just a late night drive with sprinkles of light from Page. I've never heard this jam mentioned before; definitely underrated. After a strong peak, Fish switches up the beat to sounding almost like Hydrogen. Trey jettisons the idea with some choppy riffs and then some swampy effects leading us into Hood. This a quick midset Hood, all killer no filler. Heavy Things is fine as a slight cooldown and has a typical super melodic solo from Trey. Twist gets back into some deep jamming with that sludgy noise jamming that many 2.0 haters point to. I for one love this kind of sound. AOTD is played once again this tour. Waves is a very solid version that I wish continued on a little longer. Sample & Chalk Dust are the 1-2 punch needed to end the set with some energy. I've never liked Farmhouse as an encore.


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