, attached to 2003-02-20

Review by Anonymous

(Published in the second edition of The Phish Companion...)

The first set was pretty good. I thought that “Rock and Roll” was pretty "on" for a first set song. The “Simple” jam was long, but kind of repetitive at points. There were also many vocal flubs during this song. The jam had some beautiful parts, but it always seemed as though Trey was trying to get a sound out of his guitar that he couldn't achieve.
The highlight of the first set was “Gotta Jiboo”. I am not really a huge fan of this song, as it is usually a really long Type 1 jam, but this was really good. The jam started off in usual Trey Anastasio Band style, but about ten minutes before the end, things really started to happen. Trey got a really sick guitar lick going on and exploded from there. It was very high energy.
The second set was good, but not great. “Tweezer” started off with oomph, but it really petered out. It was long, but much of the jam involved Trey playing with his pedals and trying to adjust his tone. No melodic jamming whatsoever. It was very similar to a Sonic Youth distortion jam.
The crowd went nuts over “Punch You in the Eye” and so did the band. Easily the best performed song of the night. “7 Below” was very experimental, and there were parts that were interesting, groovy, and melodic — just never at once, which I find is the best part of Phish when it happens.
People seemed surprised by the “Tweezer Reprise”. It really seemed as though the crowd has changed to a beer drinking crowd that is more interested on getting on stage to tackle Trey and throwing lightsticks at the equipment and band than to hear the music. Overall I would give this show a C+.


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