Soundcheck: Heavy Things, Uncle Pen, The Happy Whip and Dung Song, Windora Bug

SET 1: NICU > Chalk Dust Torture, AC/DC Bag > Uncle Pen, Ghost, Frankie Says, Divided Sky, Farmhouse

SET 2: Down with Disease[1] > The Lizards, Bike > Hold Your Head Up, You Enjoy Myself

ENCORE: Gotta Jibboo

Ghost contained a Live and Let Die tease from Mike and Oh Happy Day teases from Trey. Disease included a Birdland tease and was unfinished. Bike was preceded by a vacuum solo and followed by several runs through the HYHU theme, with each faster than the one before it. The soundcheck's The Happy Whip and Dung song contained lyrics and Windora Bug included alternate "we got really drunk last night" lyrics and a Lively Up Yourself tease from Mike.
Oh Happy Day and Live and Let Die teases in Ghost, Birdland tease in Down with Disease
Debut Years (Average: 1991)

This show was part of the "2000 Summer Japan Tour"

Show Reviews

, attached to 2000-06-15

Review by oongowa

oongowa The folks at this show are PUMPED! I love listening to Japanese people scream. They had me laughing A LOT while listening to this show. I also enjoy listening to Japanese girls giggle and talk. Well, the creepy old-man side of me does anyway. Great way to start the show with the NICU->Chalkdust Bag sequence. I would take it any day. I love this Ghost! Holy poop. For some reason I just can’t get the image of hang gliding during this version. Some nice smooth drifting around way up in the clouds with the sun shinning and birds singing and all the other happy shit. Love a long build up…this song just soars. The rest of the set is fine. I especially like how quiet everyone is during the “pause” part of Divided Sky. The energy, again, is great during this Divided. I really enjoy Frankie Says. To my ears it’s such a trippy song. I LOVE TRIPPY! I wish they would play it more often.


Wow…DWD. Trey’s sound during the first part of this jam is probably my most favorite of his sounds. Dark and dirty. Super gritty delay/ flanger/phased out dirty space rock. Totally pumps my nads!!! What doesn’t pump my nads is Trey on that stupid keyboard. Did he ever sound good on that thing? I think a toddler could do a better job. Lizards is great and I’m sure a lot of the Japanese folks were happy to hear it. Bike is my favorite Fishman song with I Wanna Be Like You coming in at a close second (which hasn’t been played since 94 so we’ll probably never hear it again…boo). Bike really works here. It’s a nice break after the DWD/Lizards and it’s another reason why I love this band so much. It’s really silly, weird and totally awesome all at once. The YEM that followed was a great treat for the Japanese fan and as far as I can remember was pretty standard. I’ve been in a YEM slump recently so maybe it’s just me. I do love the really quiet vocal jam at the end though. Don’t think they could pull that off in front of a 16,000 person crowd here in the states. The Jibboo encore is a lot of fun and has some really nice guitar work by Trey. I’m more of a fan of later Jibboo’s than earlier ones. I don’t like when Mike plays that same line over and over and over.

Will we ever be able to see Phish in small clubs like this again? Even if they did a Europe tour these days I bet they could fill some pretty big places. I’ve always thought about how much it would suck to be a fan overseas. Whenever I see those commercials on TV about starving kids in Africa or crazy civil war ripping apart countries, I always think to myself “sure food and clothes are good to have but what these people really need is some Phish!”. I know it’s a completely ridiculous thought but I guess I feel really lucky to live in the time and place I do. USA! PHISH! USA! PHISH!

Jibboo Crew
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Review by n00b100

n00b100 This show doesn't really get started until the AC/DC Bag, which doesn't leave its boundaries but is definitely worth hearing (Trey's minimal notes remind me of the horn hits on "Night of the Living Baseheads" - how random is that?) until Trey takes over and starts machine-gunning everything in his path at the end. Then comes a Ghost that goes into a really airy, pleasant groove, Mike gluing everything together, Page playing some really soaring organ notes, before the jam heads into more upbeat territory and Trey whips off a never-ending array of trills. This is not your typical Ghost jam, which makes it all the cooler a listen. Set 2's opening DWD starts off full of energy, with Mike dropping a C&P-ish baseline halfway through, then floats off into weirder, more spacey realms, which actually works to the jam's detriment. It's Type 2 and it's interesting to listen to, but it's definitely pretty soporific at times and I don't know if I'd listen to it again like I would the Ghost. The Lizards is a nice follow-up, if kinda sloppy, and Bike works as a mid-set palate cleanser (the crowd clapping along to HYHU is kinda sweet). YEM closes out the set, and it's not a great one, with Trey playing really weird notes using an unpleasant guitar tone, like he's deliberately sabotaging the jam or something (although the vocal jam is amusing, if nothing else). It's kind of a shame - the Set 2 setlist is crazy, but the playing doesn't live up to it. But the DWD does have some nice stuff, and the first set is a quite good mix of well-played songs and two super-sweet jams, so that's worth a recommendation in my book.
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Review by HighNote

HighNote AC?DC Bag here is just stellar and jammed out really well...Ghost is where its at...get this show!
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Review by ahl109

ahl109 Unbelievable show! These Japan shows at this leg of the tour were in really small venues and these guys just blew it up. The previous night's show was released as a live phish album but this one and the 13th could have been as well. Must listen to the audience recording because the SBs don't capture the size of the room and the energy of the crowd. Some of the best live recordings I've heard of phish to date as well.

Just ripping first set. Really high energy opener and second song. AC/DC has a really mellow groove that is really interesting at the end that I still listen to over and over. Ghost is the best. Amazing Jam that gives me goosebumps EVERY time I listen to it. One of my Top 10 songs from phish any song any version. Must listen. Rest of first set is tight.

Second set DWD opener is epic. Type II exploratory jamming at its finest. I've never heard anything like it before. Fun version of Fishman performing Bike. YEM closer.

Fun show overall with two spectacular highlights. Ghost in 1st set and DWD in 2nd set are a must listen. Go get it!
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Review by Penn42

Penn42 In my opinion, this is not a very good show. Considering there are so many other better versions, Ghost is completely forgettable. Disease is entirely aimless, the last half of Lizards is a mess, and YEM is very underwhelming. The setlist itself is fine, there is just nothing in the playing or jamming that would make me want to listen again. The only song that actually struck me as above average was Gotta Jibboo. I can't do any more than 3 stars on this one. A very unsatisfying show.
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Review by Abe_Froman

Abe_Froman If nothing else, gotta hear the soundcheck, or at least the last two songs. The band messes around with some sounds, and then Windora Bug is really just a hilarious, tipsy Trey, telling everyone about the last few nights in Japan, and some behind the scenes drama. It's gold.

The show itself is solid enough.. AC/DC Bag, Ghost, long Disease, YEM.

This Japan tour is so good.
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