, attached to 1999-09-18

Review by MiguelSanchez

MiguelSanchez this show is stacked. i am not a huge fan of '99 phish. there are a few good shows in the summer, and the fall/winter tour was pretty much a wash, outside of the spectrum shows, imo. then there is the september 99 shows; the glorious exception to the rule. this one kind of gets overshadowed by the neighboring shoreline show with the big phil lesh guest spot, but personally, i'll take the chula vista show.

tweezer opens this one up in fine form. this is not the longest version in the world, but it has some nice funky explorations. roses are free follows it up nicely, and wilson gets the crowd in a rocking mood. then maze really lights this one up. trey and page bounce back and forth like maniacs before bringing this one home. not a big b&r fan, but this one gives everyone a well deserved cool down. tube brings the funk back in fine form, and transitions nicely and somewhat comically into rocky top.

after a very funky first set, the boys came out blazing in a ripping boogie on. this or the cuyahoga falls '00 are neck and neck for best pre hiatus boogie on. they leave the normal "song" part, and they just keep bouncing along until they have drifted into uncharted waters, and nobody handles uncharted waters quite like phish! after some heavy funk jamming, they eventually find their way into meatstick. i'm not too into this song but the free that follows works very well. trey takes over the middle section, while fish just pounds away. the bouncing that follows completes a some what odd 3 song pairing. harry hood really does the job before driving into a rowdy frankenstein. oh yeah, check out pages playing through out hood...bueno. cavern, as always, serves as a great set closer.

this is one of those rare shows were they are really nailing things in both sets, from start to finish. the playing is sharp, and the set list is superb. great show.

highlights:

set 1:
tweezer, maze, tube

set 2:
boogie on(must hear), free, harry hood


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