, attached to 2000-06-28

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround PHISH, WEDNESDAY 06/28/2000
Holmdel, NJ

SET 1:

Chalk Dust Torture: Absolutely bonkers! The energy to start this one off is palpable as the first set of the Northeast run gets underway. Trey employs this really cool droning effect in the mid fives and rides that for a good 45 seconds and from there goes forward and blows the roof off the pavilion.

The Sloth: Standard.

Taste: Good version but the ending is a little messy where they conclude Trey’s peak and then get back into the composed ending. Seems rushed.

Bathtub Gin: The runs that Trey rolls out starting around 11:30 are incendiary. Licks of fire! Crowd starts realizing they are seeing something special around 12:30. By 13:30 Trey is making it rain, just absolutely incredible. He is spontaneously combusting on stage. I am covered in goosebumps listening to this. Machine Gun Trey!!!!!!!! Nothing subtle about this jam, it’s all Trey and that beautiful guitar. Easy all timer and highly recommended. At 17:08 Fish indicates Hood, but nothing comes of it.

Piper: Standard.

If I Could: Played slower than usual. The jam is incredible, Trey is next level. Only 64 times has this tune ever been played. Easy all timer and highly recommended. If I Could was played for the first time since July 31, 1998 (125 shows). Not only that, but this was the first time it had every closed a set. Oddly enough, they shelved this again and would not play it again until 6.2.09, a 103 show gap and like 6.28.00, it closed the first set too and that was the last time it ever got that placement. Phish is weird like that.

SET 2: Down with Disease: Strong version, crowd and band both vibing hard off the energy >

Harry Hood: About as weak a version as you can get. >

Gotta Jibboo: Standard. >

When the Circus Comes: Standard. >

Mike's Song[1] - Sick version. Just one jam but Trey has a cool them that is very repetitive, dark and intense. Some stop start in this one. Would recommend.

Albuquerque: Standard. >

Weekapaug Groove: Smokes.


First Tube: Sloppy. >

Loving Cup: Standard.

Summary: Current rating seems high and likely dominated by attendance bias. Energy was through the roof, for sure and Gin is an obvious all timer. Outside of that and the If I Could and Mike’s, this show is very good but is it great? Not sure about that. Would rate it as a 4/5.

Replay Value: Bathtub Gin, If I Could, Mike's Song

[1] Mid-jam "break," another jam segment, and then another break that led into Albuquerque.

Gin contained a San-Ho-Zay tease from Trey. During a glowstick "war" in Hood, Trey caught a few glowsticks and threw them back into the crowd, eliciting a huge cheer from the crowd. Mike’s Song contained a mid-jam "break," another jam segment, and then another break that led into Albuquerque. If I Could was played for the first time since July 31, 1998 (125 shows).
Ratings are currently offline.
Overall: 4.541/5 (>50 ratings)
Taste, Bathtub Gin, If I Could, Gotta Jibboo, Mike's Song
San-Ho-Zay tease in Bathtub Gin


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