, attached to 1998-11-18

Review by The_Good_Doctor

The_Good_Doctor I was hanging out in Athens, GA in 1998 and made it up to the Greenville show and then onto Winston the next night. The Greenville show was in the brand new Bi-Lo Center, a venue that the boys have yet to return to. The parking garage adjacent to the venue was a mad house. Seriously, like a five floor disco party before and after the show.

Tickets were super easy to come by and I ended up taking my cousin to her first show this night. To our delight, we would up sitting in the first few rows up the rise about 30 ft from Page and had an outstanding 'long' view down the stage.

I really dug the 'Chicken Shack' opener, hatching out a thick, laid back groove to kick things off. They could bring that one back anytime as far as I am concerned. As others have mentioned, the 'Bowie' is hot. The second set is the bacon though and the opening 'Wolfman's' is definitely of the deep dish version. And hey who can complete about a tight 'Lizards' and an 'Albuquerque' - man I love the texture Phish brings to that song. I feel for it hard that night.

It might not translate as well over a recording but the encore was really, really special. I mean check it out! Not only is it a four song affair but the intimacy of that encore was something I had not (yet) experienced with Phish and it was a transformative moment for me with the band. And the 'Coil' topped it all off in fine form. What a great night, great show - and as it stands now a bit of a 'secret'.


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