, attached to 1997-08-09

Review by SkyTrainWand

SkyTrainWand This show is STACKED. Listen to it.

Awesome parts of set 1: Theme, Ghost -> Taste, Reba (incredible)

Awesome parts of set 2: Everything. Literally the entire set, from Wilson to Weekapaug

I was only 12 years old in 1997 but this is one of the shows I'd attend if I could go back in time. Absolutely fantastic. There's humor in the setlist too, tons of lyrical references appropriate to Alpine Valley throughout the show to falling down (into a deep well) or being on the bottom / on the top, Lawn Boy references the massive size of AV lawn, Swept Away > Steep is obvious, then they encore with Rocky Top, haha.

Musically I think this show is where it needs to be, about a 4.3 out of 5. Really strong showing by the Phish from VT. Set 2 is just a monster, 100% must-hear if you haven't already. An improvisational Foam (!!!), the killer Mike's Groove segment (man, those segues), a 13-minute Slave and a raging Weekapaug to close. Honestly, how can anyone not love this????

I was lucky enough to see them play Alpine in 2015 (was about a 13 hour drive) and I'm considering going back for round 2 if they do it.


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