7-11-00 -- Deer Creek - Noblesville, Indiana
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Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2000 19:21:17 -0400
From: Dan Rapp email@example.com
Subject: top line review: 7.11.00
With this post you'll get only the highest highlights of the show -- the kind
of stuff that makes you "need that tape."
It's going to be outshadowed by the "Chalkdust reprise," but DROWNED held it's
own in a set that could easily looked back on as "one of *those* sets."
Page kicked ass in a song that relies heavily on piano in certian parts. No
disappointment here. He comes through, with Trey delivering his share of the
Of course, CHALKDUST REPRISE and MOBY DICK are the truly unique aspects of
This is one of those shows that you'll want on tape, and if you were there,
then you'll *really* want it on tape b/c it was pretty special -- the band was
really having fun.
catch you on fall tour,
Date: Fri, 14 Jul 2000 15:18:25 -0700
From: Ted Tilton TedT@telera.com
Subject: 7/11/00 Deer Creek Review
My phirst run at a review after seeing 38 shows, so here goes nuthin!!
After a somewhat awkward but fun first night at the Creek, we were well
rested with a lazy day at the campsite -- we reserved a spot at Timber Ho
which turned out to be the best choice we could have made. If you could get
past the occasional whiff of manure from the piggie homes in the Northeast
corner, everything else about the grounds rocked. The owners did an
exceptional job of keeping the porto-potties clean -- and we all know how
key that is! But the best part was being as far away from the venue and Dead
Creek as we were -- made for a very quiet evening quite conducive to SLEEP,
and a refreshing break from the sound of those fucking nitris tanks. Great
shuttle service to and from Dead Creek campground, but the best option we
found for the show was to get in the car and drive -- we learned the hard
way on night #1 that walking was truly painful and the shuttles were not as
efficient at that time. Anyway, on to the show.
YA MAR: nothing too awe-inspiring. Just straight up and groovy, Leo, and got
things off on the right foot.
MOMMA DANCE: loved the funked up intro, as usual. It was apparent right away
that Mike was going to have a good night, and his foundation for this tune
got me into a trance early. Also thought Trey was listening particularly
hard to Mike and playing some super funky counters to Mike's occasional
alterations to the basic line.
UNCLE PEN: great solos by both MG and Trey. Crowd was really into the
country/bluegrass groove -- danced hard, and the lawn was firing up phatty's
left and right. Of course, we added to the mix with a little Colorado-kighnd
of our own.
DROWNED: this one caught me by surprise -- I was expecting the boys to
continue with a little more hoe-down or maybe dip into a tripster. But it
fit perfectly and kept me groovin. One of the better songs of the night, and
I noticed again the back and forth between Trey and MG.
DROWNED/CHALK: w-e-i-r-d!!! We were laughing our asses off. Felt like
something out of Spinal Tap! Fishman was tripping me out with his little
"torture" echoes. Nothing I love more than to see the band having so much
fun with a jam.
CHALKDUST: always rocks every time I've heard it -- this one was
particularly rev'd up, probably a symptom of the fun intro which preceded
it. Trey was throwing out some nasty licks on the final jam.
THEME FROM THE BOTTOM: one of my favorite cuts from that album, and I'd only
heard it live once before. Very tasty playing by all the boys from start to
CAVERN: Come on Trey -- whattup wit the lyrics? At least he had fun with it.
2001: I was really ready to rock to something spacey, and the boys hit the
nail right on the head. MG continued his fluid performance from the first
set and set up Trey nicely throughout. CK, you are the man!! This tune
always focuses me in on PM cuz I love that Rhodes sound so much. One of the
better 2001s I've heard, and brought back serious memories of Lemonwheel.
DWD: Nice, nice, nice. MG is da man!
MOBY DICK: Oh how I loves da LZ jams. I knew the set was going to be
especially fun when I noted Trey's ear-to-ear on the big screens. Nice
abrupt switch back into DWD. Energy level seemed to kick up another notch on
the lawn -- people were now officially done with the booze and the grass and
settling in for the long shake.
RUNAWAY JIM: Just what I needed to keep my bones-a-shiftin'. Again the
Trey-Mike-Trey thing really caught my ear. It was almost as if Trey was
trying to convince Mike that they were destined for craziness the rest of
the set. Turned out to be true as they shifted right back into Moby Dick --
smiles all the way around, baby. I thought Trey was going to pop a vein!
GBOTT: I had not heard this tune live since buying the CD and I was ready
for it, as was my entourage. We jumped around like kids at the carnival. I
was particularly anxious to hear what Trey/PM would do with the out-jam, as
I always hated the abrupt ending on the CD. They did not disappoint! Love
the patch Trey uses for the solo -- really digs into you deep and soulful.
What? BACK into Moby Dick? Yowser. What? BACK into GBOTT? Freakin'
HILARIOUS. You gotta love it.
HOOD: The perfect song to bring people slightly back down to earth. Luscious
jam after Mr. Minor -- I'm a big fan of the pretty piano to start the build.
Sweet lights and glostick war, although I was hoping for more from the
crowd. The pavilion was lame about participating, but fuck it -- it's all
about the groove, and this one was superb. What? BACK into Moby Dick? Enough
HYHU -- LOVE YOU: Couldn't have asked for a better addition to an already
hilarious set! Dude -- Fish was on it. He sings better and better every
time. The Russell Crow thing was perfect as we had just seen Gladiator. The
sprints around the stage and hammed-up bows sent us into hysterics! You
gotta love em, folks. I was particularly impressed with Trey's drumming
tonight -- he busted out a solo like I'd never heard! Trey, bro -- you
missed your calling! MORE MOBY DICK -- YES!
CHARACTER ZERO: I'm a big fan of this tune and was happy to hear it. Nice
closer that rocks!
FIRST TUBE: I thought I'd heard too much of this tune lately, but this
version really sucked me in and it's obvious the band enjoys messing around
with it. What? BACK into Moby Dick? Blaphm!!
CHALK PRELUDE: The perfect end to a humorous and ultra-jammin' set. Trey's
intro of "The Phish" was almost surreal, but sent the crowd off feeling like
they had really seen/heard something special. I laughed and gloated all the
way out of the venue.
Not to end things on a sour note, but I was extremely upset about the
behavior of Noblesville's finest when we got to the lot. Some dude was
having a bad trip and six or seven cops were making it worse by pinning him
down on a gurney. The security punks were yelling "step back! He's having a
bad trip and might die, you idiots!" This showed their immaturity to the Nth
degree and made me almost sick to my stomach. Was thinking there might have
been a riot, as the crowd was extremely upset about how they were treating
this dude -- hope he's alright.
Keep on truckin' -- TT
Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2000 20:51:30 -0400
From: David Granger firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2000 20:51:24 GMT
From: Travis Vande Berg email@example.com
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Subject: 7/11/00 Deer Creek Review
Recap: Two plumb-tuckered-out Iowans (me via Chicago) in awe of a rawked out
day one at Deer Creek prepare for day two (their last day, sniff).
Ahhh... after a much-needed good night's sleep, Brian and I woke up to much
cooler weather and the sound of what I came to discover was a Wetlands show
from 1990. (Thank you whoever you were. I forgot to even get your names.)
Grilled some brats and grilled cheese, drank some beer, and prepared for
night two. Left a little earlier today because I wanted to be in the first
or second row of the lawn which we did accomplish. (Note: Deer Creek lawns
rock!) Found a nice patch of grass and waited for the opening notes of set
I. A quick hello to the nice girls behind us from the Chicago suburbs (sorry
- forgot your names). It was nice to meet you. You got your Fish song!
SETLIST 7/11/00 DEER CREEK, NOBLESVILLE, IN
I: Ya Mar*, Moma Dance, Uncle Pen, Drowned -> Jam -> Drowned Reprise,
Chalkdust Torture Prelude, Chalkdust Torture, Theme from the Bottom, Cavern
II: 2001@ -> Down with Disease -> Moby Dick -> Down with Disease Reprise,
Runaway Jim -> Moby Dick, Get Back on the Train -> Moby Dick -> Get Back on
the Train, Harry Hood*@^ -> Moby Dick, HYHU -> terrapin -> AC/DC Bag^^(?) ->
Love You -> HYHU -> Moby Dick^^ -> HYHU, Character Zero
E: First Tube -> Moby Dick -> Chalkdust Torture Prelude Reprise
* Trey on keys
@ Glowring war
^ Moby Dick tease in intro
^^ with Fish on vaccum
YA MAR: "Pay it, Leo!" Yes! I've said it before, I'll say it again: Play it,
Leo = great show. First song tonight. This is such a fun song and something
of a rarity so it was fantastic to hear. I've got a hell of a lot more
energy for this show than night one, and I'm ready to use all of it. Great
way to start!
MOMA DANCE: Great, great, sick version. I was getting down with the funk on
this one. The whole crowd was into it. Fish's voice just keeps getting
better and better and he did so well on this.
UNCLE PEN: Don't get me wrong - I like the song, and it's always great to
hear Mike sing, but I really wasn't in the mood for a bluegrass number here.
We had the funk going, and this seemed something of a letdown IMO. It was
over soon enough, though, and I heard the welcomed opening of...
DROWNED -> JAM -> DROWNED REPRISE: Now this is what I was in the mood to
hear Mike sing! Pretty standard rocking version that led into a great jam.
The jam featured a short but excellent bass and drum jam by Mike and Fish as
well. I'm never quite sure when to lable something a -> Jam, but I labeled
this one because the jam lost all decernable Drowned qualities. Other
setlists that I have seen don't label it a jam. Can someone enlighten me on
the use of the "-> jam"? The jam eventually led back into a short Drowned
Reprise with a false ending. Very nice overall. Really rocked out nicely.
CHALKDUST TORTURE PRELUDE: I guess that's what I'm going to call it. This
was just crazy-fun. The best way I can think of to describe it would be as
sounding a lot like some kind of bizarre theme song for a '70-era TV show
called Chalkdust Torture. As for lyrics, it was just the words Chalkdust
Torture repeated over and over followed by a periodic "Chalkdust, chalkdust,
chalkdust, chalkdust! Chalkdust Torture!" It was just incredibly fun, and
Trey had the biggest shit-eating grin on his face for the entire thing. It
was obviously planned and the band got a big kick out of playing it. Not
surprisingly, it was followed up by...
CHALKDUST TORTURE: The real deal. The band was still in fun spirits after
the CDT Prelude and this version was rocking and fun. Great guitar work by
Trey. The crowd was really into it as well and sang along with much of it.
Dance fever, kids.
THEME: My first time one. I was really excited to hear it and was not
disappointed. It's just such a good song and it made for a really nice
follow-up to Chalkdust.
CAVERN: Eh? Cavern? A set closer already? Standard. Trey botched a lyric,
but it was a nice way to end the set.
It seemed like a really short set. Brian looked at me confusedly and asked
how many songs they'd played. When I told him, he commented that it seemed
short as well. After all, the sun hadn't even completely set yet. Set break
was nice. It was a lot cooler than the day before which made it much nicer
to relax. We met a wonderful girl named Tabatha from North Carolina, and we
traded travel, concert, life, and moonshine (Carolina moonshine!) stories
before some hugs and she had to go look for her friends. (If you read this,
Tabatha, thanks for the bracelets and hope you had a good, safe trip home.)
I was in exceptional spirits now and could feel that my newly aquired
bracelet and so-far good karma were really going to pay off in set II. The
lights went off and the fun began.
2001: Fuck yea! I called this 2001 -> DWD to open set II, marking the second
time (12/31 afternoon Jim) that I've called a set opener. I wanted to hear
three songs for sure at the Creek: 2001, DWD, and Runaway Jim - this was my
set! ;) Brian looked at me near the beginning of the song and asked if this
is what he thought it was. I said yes and told him that it meant that we
were in for a great set. I was not to be proven wrong. Mike was PHAT!
Dropping big old bass bombs left and right. Great version of this with
outstanding lights. (Fantastic to see after my last and relatively lightless
2001 at Big Cypress.) I felt a segue coming after the last 2001 climax.
Would it be? Could it be?
-> DOWN WITH DISEASE: At this point, I became "phan-boy," jumping up and
down, pumping my fist with an extatic "YES!" In this moment, I relived the
awe, amazement, and joy of my first Phish show. It was fantastic! This
moment was what Phish is all about. Great version that jammed out so well. I
was so into it at this point, that most of the song is just one big joyous
blur, but a great one! Then, unexpectedly, it segued into...
-> MOBY DICK: More "phan-boy". ;) Brian, being a big Zeppelin fan, had a big
ol' grin on his face, and I think at that point he was convinced that I was
right about the second set being huge. Excellent drum solo by Fish and we
were headed back into...
-> DOWN WITH DISEASE REPRISE: Yea! I looked up and to my right across the
crowd (we were second rock lawn just left of center) and got goosebumps. The
whole place was just grooving down. It was motion everywhere I looked
highlighted by CK's light. Simply amazing. Whew... they brought DWD reprise
to a close, and I wiped the sweat off my face.
RUNAWAY JIM: If I wasn't already convinced, this is when I knew that this
would be one of "those sets". I've never had a show like this where I've
heard so many songs that I had really wanted to hear coming in. Great Jim
with an excellent jam that led into the crowd pleasing return of...
-> MOBY DICK: Smiles, cheering, dancing. The band rocked out again. The drum
solo part came up again, and Trey looked up at Fish. Fish thought about it
for a second and passed on it, instead bringing the song to a close.
GBOTT: Probably one of my favorite songs off the new album. Outstanding
version with an ending jam that headed into (It couldn't be? Not again?
-> MOBY DICK: Rock and roll. No drum solo. Interesting but very nice
transition back into...
-> GBOTT: Short reprise. The band, especially Trey, is very humored with the
whole Moby Dick thing, and the crowd is simply eating it up.
HARRY HOOD: Yet another song I love. Moby Dick (surprise, surprise,
surprise) teases in the intro - Mike first, then Trey, then Fish. Excellent
version that featured Trey on keys for a bit as well as two (one rather weak
and one solid, altough neither as cool as night one's Jiboo war) glowstick
wars. Tonight you definitely *can* feel good about Hood! Jamming at the end
led (by now predictably) into...
-> MOBY DICK: Standard (hee-hee, that's crazy to even type here). No drum
solo. I was slightly nervous that this might be it for set two, but no.
Things were to get even crazier.
HYHU -> tarrapin: Yes! A Fish (or, er... Russell Crowe!) song! Page started
up HYHU and Trey took over the drums while Fish made his way to the stage.
He had a discussion with the rest of the band as he decided what to perform.
"I love this song" led into Love You. Fish's voice sounded *so* good. I know
that most of the time Fish's songs are good for a laugh and the
entertainment value, but he does Love You so well. It was really beautiful.
He finished up and reached for the vacuum...
-> AC/DC BAG: Okay, okay... I know that lots of people are going to look at
my setlist and this write up and think I'm nuts, but I tell you this: I'm
98% sure that the band performed an instrumental version of AC/DC Bag here
with Fish playing Trey's guitar part on vacuum. If this wasn't AC/DC Bag, it
was *damn* close and almost certainly contained heavy teases of it. After
the show I thought that maybe, just maybe, I had imagined it, but I heard
someone else in the crowd comment on it. Did anyone else here this? Please
let me know. Anyway, the vacuumized Bag finished and Fish put the vacuum
down before continuing with another verse of...
-> LOVE YOU -> HYHU: One verse of Love You followed by a very short HYHU
during which Fish bowed and may or may not have run across the stage (too
much to remember by this point). Suddenly, HYHU led into...
-> MOBY DICK -> HYHU: Moby Dick with Page playing the lead guitar part on
keys and Mike and Trey hammering along. Fish introduces the band and then
reintroduces Trey giving him the cue to bust into the drum solo. Goddamn!
Trey was all over the drum solo! I was absolutely in awe. It was just
amazing. A little voice in the back of my head wondered if, in this set of
craziness, this could possibly lead into a rotation jam, but it didn't and
the band headed back into HYHU during which Fishman went nuts. He did no
less than six laps of the entire stage, arms raised, bowing. He grabbed an
inflatable cactus from someone in the front row and leaned it against Mike,
stopping only to "Vanna White" his new art work to the cheering crowd,
before continuing with his laps around the stage. It was absolutely crazy!
Fish returned to drums, the band settled down a bit, and headed into...
CHARACTER ZERO: Ah... the set closer. It had to come sooner or later. I'm
not a big fan of Character Zero, but at this point, it didn't matter as I
danced and danced. No segue into Moby Dick (a noteworthy point in this set
:). The band left the stage and the cheering was deafening as we prepared
for what was almost certain to be an incredible encore.
FIRST TUBE: I like this as an encore song (consider this my addition to the
favorite encore thread). It's got good, solid dancing groove and energy and
keeps the crowd going. Nice version which led into...
-> MOBY DICK: There it is again! The band is obviously really enjoying this,
and I expected it to finish up the show. The band had different ideas
however, and started playing the crazy theme to...
-> CHALKDUST TORTURE PRELUDE REPRISE: How's that for a song name? :) The
whole place erupted as we all sang along and danced. Trey was laughing on
stage and chimed in a couple of thank yous from the band (and Russell
Crowe), introduced CK and some of the rest of the team, and gave us a unique
send off: "We're 'The Phish' from Burlington, Vermont. If this wasn't enough
and you want more check out our book and movie!" followed by some laughter.
I think that this was in joking reference to the Phish write-up in the Deer
Creek upcoming events program, but I'm not sure.
WOW! This was the most fun Phish show that I have ever been to. It may or
may not have been the best musically. I don't have any idea. I was simply
having far too much fun to even care. A first set with a wacky Chalkdust
Torture variation, a fun Ya Mar, and my first Theme followed by a second
with a seemingly personalized setlist featuring 2001>DWD, a Fish song, and a
reoccurring Moby Dick theme! Outstanding! Brian and I were both blown away.
**Note: Probably even more "objectively" meaningless than usual as they are
most definitely distorted by my personal *enjoyment* of the show.**
Set I: 6.5/10
Set II: 9/10
In closing, I'm very saddened to be writing this review today in Chicago
instead of preparing for night three at Deer Creek which will almost
certainly be fantastic. Brian had to work tomorrow in Iowa so we were only
able to do two of the three nights. Have a good show to all those going
tonight. And to everyone else, I wish that each and everyone of you can have
a show like I had last night where you are so utterly blown away and have so
much pure, amazing fun that you relive the first time. It's so great to have
been a newbie again for one night. May you all be granted the same! If you
have any comments or anything about either of my Deer Creek reviews, please
feel free to drop me a line!
Thanks for reading,
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2000 12:04:08 -0700
From: Greg Peeler firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Deer Creek 2
Deer Creek II
Words for the day: (Everybody together now)"CHALKDUST TORTURE....."
Every now and then they drop a bomb on you. One of those shows you remember
forever and people talk about years later...OJ, Gamehoist, Wipeout... I
consider it a special gift from the band, a true treasure that only happens
about once a year, if that. Wow, boyz and girlz, this was it. This was da
bomb. I took like three days for me to get my head back on straight (I think
it was the rain in Columbus that brought me back) after this. Four shows from
the end of tour and It didn't matter what they played to me after tonight.
Heres how it went down.
It started on a good note as the showers they predicted for the area never
materialized. Looks like someone was smiling on us tonight. Spent most of the
afternoon lounging by the water at the edge of shakedown and talking to random
kids, I love meeting random people at shows and shooting the shit with them,
you meet so many interesting people from other parts of the country. I never
did find the people I was trying to hook up with even with cellular tech, oh
well, I found some peeps I knew inside. Not wanting to miss a second of music
I went in early for me at 7:00 and whiled away on the lawn until they hit the
stage at the usual 7:35. I love Yamar as an opener, especially on sunny warm
days. Dancing the calypso in the sun, an offbeat way to start a show that was
a little out of the ordinary. A great big dive into DA FUNK was on the plate
next. The notation on Gadiels page is right on, sick sick sick, I was all
about Moma and they are finally getting it to the point where! it can
consistantly be as good as Black Eyed Katie used to be. This one was better.
The kids ate it up, absolutely ate it up. Now for some Bluegrass as I get yet
another Uncle Pen this tour, OK, I can live with that a little better than i
could in Raliegh and the lawn is dancing up a storm. Then IT happened, the
whole night changed course and nothing was off limits. The boys kick in
Drowned, the place just explodes, and they respond. Another case of the band
using the crowd as an extra member, when they are on, everybody is in sync and
as one we give the band a hose right back in their faces. This Drowned was
absolutely incredible, the jam just flat out raged for a long long time. The
energy was just insane, building and building, a must have jam. After some
awesome start/stop jamming (mmmm...start/stop jamming) the band ends up the
tune kinda abruptly. Psych, they start back up again of course, I was
actually ready for it, and end up in.....what the hell!!!!! Ive heard this
before!!!!!!! "Chalkdust Tortureeeeeeee!" I recalled this immediately from
the 12/10/94 Santa Monica encore where I had it labeled as Chalkdust Reprise.
Needless to say I went out of my skull. It did help that I new exactly what
they were doing. It was really really cool, just a good old rock/roll riff
with the words "Chalkdust Torture" over and over into a buildup that has them
(mostly Fish, I think a couple of the others may have taken a turn, forgive if
Im wrong on that:) ) saying "Torture...Torture...." before bringing it around
to the chorus again over and ove runtil the crowd is in an absolute frenzy,
dancing laughing and saying "Whafuck" all at the same time. Naturally, the
band slams into a superenergetic CDT immediately afterwards and everyone goes
"whoa" as they take up a notch, great CDT. Then they decide to bring it down
a little, for me though, Theme isn't a bringdown. For a low-key song it gets
pretty intense, nice placement as well. "Keep whats important and know who's
your friend" always! Top it off with a good old raging Cavern and man, nice
energetic set. I needed a break afetr that. After the standard 50min
smokeout, it's time to go. Anecdote! : I'm sitting on the lawn chilling and
it's getting about that time. I turn to my homie and say "Watch this, Im gonna
make the band come out. Within 5 drags of lighting this cigarette." It took
three actually :0) Did it again the second night in Polaris too! hee hee.
A phriend had called 2001 to start set two. I agreed with him so it was no
real big shock when they dropped 2001 to start set II, although it did sound
like DwD for a sec (foreshadow) long intro, but a relatively by the numbers
2001 which ment simply great. When they dove into DwD I admit I was slightly
disappointed but uh...that changed. This DwD was the best Id seen them do and
possibly one of the best Id ever heard. Trey was an absolute madman. He was
ON, this was just a rockout from the get go and they extended it for a long
time, Im not sure for how long but I guess about 17-18 minutes. Trey is
hanging over the lip of the stage making rock and roll faces at the audience
just feeding off our energy, once again band and audience are in perfect sync
and the music just mutates into this all-encompassing force. My oh My, they
are playing better as a band then Ive heard in years. And I don't really like
that song that damn much! Or should I say didn't. After a while in the mid!
dle of this amazing jam, Trey whips the band into Moby Dick. Third time ever
to my knowledge. It took me a second to figure it out so i had to literally
tell everyone within a five foot radius what song it was because nobody else
knew. Geez, anyone out there have LedZepp 2? Well, now things got REALLY out
of hand, Fish takes a drum solo (second one Ive heard him do this tour!) and
Trey seamlessly leads the band back into DwD as the crowd completely loses it,
delerious!! Then they start up Jim, awesome placement! Jim is Jim through the
jam, but of course thats not the point tonight as they take it back into Moby
Dick at the end and again everyone has a good laugh. I love GBOTT and this
one was no exception , what a groovy tune. As they wind the jam down, what
else should happen but...Moby Dick. Well, duh, of course why would anyone ever
expect otherwise? Ah man, at this point I had to just laugh hysterically and
did for the rest of the night every time they took a dip back in,! it
completely cracked me up. Amazing, everybody is looking at each other with
this wide eyed ear to ear grin (more so than usual) ...and then they drop into
Harry Hood. Whoa. Man. Cool ass Moby Dick teases in the extended intro had
everyone back on the ground, but when the song broke into the jam it was back
to serious dancing for a while. Or at least trying to. Now I take up some
space when I dance, but I totally watch out for other people. Especially when
I don't know them. It's much more socially acceptable to bounce off a phriend.
I also tend to dance with my eyes closed espcially to the post glowsicks Hood
jams and Slave, thankfully I had my eyes open when the drunk fratboy types
next to me (eating E for the first time as well :O( ) decided to have a
hoedown in everybody elses dancing space, really rude to have to swing each
other into pelple dancing around you, I was seriuosly about ready to stomp
this one kid who couldn't understnd why it was wrong to knock into oth! ers
who didn't really feel like slam dancing. Even after I very nicly explained it
to him. I mean I used to do that shit at Bad Brains and Agnostic Front shows
when I was a kid so I don't think he really would have wanted to get itno it,
but it shouldn't happen in the first place. Anyway, the now standard dive back
into Moby Dick leads us to the only Fish performance of the Summer. This was
just sheer madness, I love Syd and I love Terrapin, most of the others got the
deatils down right, the whole Russell Crowe schtick, Mike's Cactus, many many
laps around the stage, a reeeeaaaalllly long vacuum solo, and the de rigour
dip back into Moby Dick with Trey doing the honors. WOW. Charcter Zilch was
whatever by that point, back into Moby Dick again....nah, not this time and I
didn't hear any teases either, I'll have to check the tapes for that again.
The kids ate it up though, the energy level was at critical mass. When it
ended it was a big round of "Oh ny God" and "Holy Shit" ! interspread with
"Wow" "Awesome" "Amazing" "Best show Ive ever seen" on everybodys lips. You
gotta love it pholks. Nights like this are why I spend all my hard earned
money and vactation time to listen to Phish. First Tube was a good encore
choice great song to dance to very satisfying, back into...what else..Moby
Dick!!!! Into....OH MY GAWD...Everybody now...."Chalkdust Tortureeeeee"
"Torture" "Torture" some really cool banter by Trey "Were the Phish...read the
book, see the movie" and then finally were done. This was one of those shows
where everybody walkout stunned and silent except for the ramdom cries of
"Chalkdust Torture." As I said, every once in a while they throw one down for
the ages. This was one of them. Pretty much the opinion of everyone there, the
best show of the Summer. And we still have one day to go.
Date: Fri, 14 Jul 2000 22:38:23 -0400
From: stephanie m Da Silva email@example.com
Subject: 7/11/00 deer creek review
i love deer creek. you know the setlist. here you go:
Ya Mar - great. well played and an excellent way to get everyone
Moma- oh shit, it's the phunk. not quite as jammed out as lakewood, but
who cares? i felt the uncontrollable need to break it down.
Uncle Pen- i love this tune. bluegrass is wonderful.
Drowned- i almost died when page played the opening riff. seriously. the
energy was great and the boys didn't take it down the rest of the show.
->Chalkdust Prelude- i've read reviews that say it was planned, but i just
don't believe it. i was in the middle aisle at the very front (next to F) and
i heard and saw everything. once they got into the phunk groove, trey and
mike stepped towards each other and met at center stage. they conferred for a
bit before speaking to page and fish. when they started singing, i lost it.
hilarious spontaneity. i danced my ass off while grinning from ear to ear.
->Chalkdust- i knew it coming. everyone did. it was great, esp after the
prelude. absolutely ripping. perfect high energy first set jam.
Theme- beautiful. my first since 10/26/96. i waited a long time and was well
rewarded. the textural jam in this song is perfect for standing with you eyes
closed and taking it all in. that is exactly what i did.
Cavern- alright, everyone has pointed out the lyric flub. however, i really
thought trey was going to sing the alternate verse. maybe he couldn't make up
his mind (or maybe he forgot the words to the other verse). anyway. it's
cavern and it's always fun.
setbreak- congestion. that about sums it up.
2001- short, sweet, spacephunk. i was a bit disappointed when trey started
taking it down but it's their band. they obviously knew what they were doing.
->DWD- OH MY GOD! i don't think i had ever danced so hard in my life.
ripping, raucous, raging. but i never expected....
->Moby Dick- SWEET JESUS! have you ever seen a white boy jump 10 feet high?
if so, i bet you saw me. i've read what people have said about the moby dick
thing but everyone missed one important thing. they played all of moby dick,
but it was separated into six parts. each >moby dick picked up where the
previous left off.
->DWD- right back into the insaneness that was DWD. trey, you are my
->Jim- jim isn't one of my favorites but the craziness preceding this one made
me dance. it's not my favorite, but i loved every second. but, just when i
thought my brain was safe.....
-> Moby Dick- i thought i was dreaming. no way. not more.
Back on Train- okay, the craziness had ended. i settled into the "train
groove". i remember wondering if we would get some extended improv for the
ending. i guess you could say we did.
->Moby Dick- my brain. stop the madness. i think this is where i started to
catch the same song six part thing. i think this was also where page said,
"you guys like moby dick, huh?". yes page, we do.
->Back on Train- this was one of those shows.
->Hood- i have seen quite a few hoods in the last few years. unfortunately,
most of them have been encores. i just think it's so much better in the last
half of second set. this one was right there. perfect. just what i needed to
chill out a bit. but alas...
->Moby Dick- it's really isn't getting old. loved it.
HYHU->Terrapin- someone said the pavilion wasn't participating...where were
you? as soon as fishman stood up, everyone lost it. this was too much.
stellar jamming, moby dick crazyness and now fishman. i was expecting to wake
up any time. terrapin was good (and contrary to what some other reviewers
have written, this was not Love You). the vacuum solo was fucking incredible.
talk about phunk. the best vacuum solo i've ever heard. did everybody see
the inflatable cactus?
->HYHU->MD->HYHU- we got a drum solo from trey. fishman ran about six or
seven laps around the stage. moby dick. maybe they are all jedis.
Character 0- i knew it had to end sometime. i've noticed that people seem
down when they hear this song. i hope everyone is upset because it's the end
of the set, not because of the song. it doesn't hold any surprises but it is
so much fun.
First Tube- AHHHHHH! insane. absolutley fucking great. perfect choice to
make sure everyone left happy. they did a stop/start at the beginning that
was really cool and this song packs such a punch. i would have been fine to
end it then but wait, there's more...
->Moby Dick- i figured it was coming. after all, they had only played most of
the song. loved it. ->Chalkdust Prelude- did not see this coming. it was
great. absolutely wonderful. trey wished all the campers a good time and
said, "Don't do anything we wouldn't do". i didn't.
this was the best show i've ever seen. i don't think i've ever had as
much fun as i did that night. the other deer creek shows were good, but
IMO, 2nd night was "one of those shows". really. see you all this fall.
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2000 19:18:42 -0400
From: "Ballard, Mark" firstname.lastname@example.org
To: "'email@example.com'" firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: deer creek night 2
A crazy one...
By now you've all heard about the Chalkdust Torture chorus, you've all heard
about the Moby Dicks, Fish introduced as Russell Crowe (the resemblance is
admittedly uncanny). However, the funniest moment for me was a moment I've
seen before, but never fully appreciated. During Drowned, something about
Mike Gordon stepping up to the mic and singing, "set me freeeeeeee... set me
freeeeeee..." Something about that just cracked me up. Not to mention it
was the most amazing version (musically) of drowned I've ever heard...
Great show, and I didn't even get to the "heady" M. Dance, the "dank" 1st
Tube, or the STDisease...
peace to the sarcastic.
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2000 14:22:52 -0500
From: Michael Gagliano email@example.com
Subject: deer creek 7/11
3rd show of 6 on tour and this did not disappoint! Yamar opener with Trey
assisting on keys. C'mon!!!!! What a great way to start the show. Moma
absolutely tore the roof off. Trey doesn't usually stray from the normal
lead, but tonight he did. And boy did he! I can easily say the best Moma
I've ever heard. I can live without Uncle Penn, but a perfect chance to catch
your breath before a 20 min Drowned. I had been waiting for this. Gordon is
no Entwistle, but he played like him on this one! What a great Who song that
doesn't get enough play. Gordo is the man. How about bringing back 5:15?!
I personally didn't groove like a lot of the others to the Chalkdust/Reprise
deal. However I'm always open to new structures and changes. I loved the
Theme. Well played with Page really bangin' away on the keys against Trey's
soloing. Cavern was expected and also well played with no lyric miscues.
The second set was smoking! 2001>Disease was 30 min of heaven. First the
meltdown of 2001 with the light show blowing us away. Then your everyday
massive Disease jam that ended up at of all songs Moby Dick. You must be
joking! Moby Dick then became the reprise of most of the songs throughout the
show. Fishman did about a 2 min drum solo that to me seemed rare. Runaway was
perfect. Nothing fancy, just straight ahead music. Train was a surprise for
the second set and I was a little disappointed they didn't stretch it out
more. I thought the killer Hood that followed would end the set, but was
relieved when Trey kept his guitar on for HYHU. Fishman did his thing while
Trey did a nice 30 sec solo Moby Dick style. Character Zero was as expected
as Cavern and was solid, complete with the Trey theramin solo. I was shocked
to hear 1st Tube as the encore considering Antelope the night before. This
was complete with Chalkdust/Moby Dick reprises galore. I think you get the
What can you say - another awesome show!!!!!!! 3 left
Date: Fri, 14 Jul 2000 14:09:32 -0500
From: Matthew Tabaka firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: deer creek review for 7-11-2000
Setlist note Fish performed Terrapin by Syd Barrett not love you as
previously reported, as his hyhu song.
This show was wonderful. I saw the entire alpine deercreek run. Good times
throughout. Yamr was our opener, I had hoped to hear it and as they
say 'yamar the perfecgt sunny summer opener' last time i saw it was in this
position on a sunny evening at darien pac in '97, that was a great night,
this one would too.
Danceing continued in the form of a very cow funky version of Moma dance.
Uncle Penn was well received by myself and the playing seemed tight. Mike
continued with what was his 3rd of the first four songs lead vocals, on a
what continued was interesting to say the least. "chalkdust torture"
anthemic, rock n roll with a catchy chorus, I can't even form the sound in my
head because i've yet to hear the tapes, for me it was one of those
moments(they just keep providing). then the real mcCoy came next. theme was
nice I hadn't seen it since fall 97 so it was thought to be a good choice
and it seemed well played ( as was the whole run, i felt that they seemed
tight and they committed very few flubbs IMHO.) cavern was cavern
set two: also sprach was awesome as usual the lights had them as a
silhouette aginst a very cloud city bespin carbon freezing chamber backdrop,
blew my mind.
DWD my first since the went and I proceeded to dance my ass off. >moby dick(
the beginning of some very hose like music for the rest of the night. It
morphed suddenly out of trey's guitar as i watched on the video screen( i
forgot how awesome deer creek truly is) DWD reprise exicted me into my first
runaway in 16 shows, well played more dick. gbott was just as fine of a
farmhouse choice as one could want in this spot, inspiration in hood more
dick, hyhu>terrapin! (because we 'are the fishes and all do...") hyhu was
brilliant>hyhudick>hyhu the madness continues. charecter zero was a good
closer. first tube was actually my second in three shows but this was
excellent i was certainly not complaing by this point in the evening. oh
nomore friggin dick, the madness would not end oh and a little "chaldust
reprise was all we needed. this show was a rager, keeper or freakin mind
melt whatever you needed.
Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2000 22:07:01 PDT
From: Kevin Liska email@example.com
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Subject: Deer Creek (show 2) review
Kevin Liska (PhreePhish)
7/11/00 Deer Creek (show 2) review
another show, hence, another review.....
The rain in the morning was a but of a downer (much wetness), but by
showtime, all is well....
they start at 7:35.
YaMar (11:35)- now THIS is how you open a show! The dancing vibes caught
all. Very well played.
Momma Dance (10:40)- Nothing like some Earth-shattering funk to bring us
groovin' along this show. This was all fuuunk. Way out. Very nice.
Uncle Penn (4:15)- Our set I call for bluegrass. Blazing as usual. Mike
keeps us on our toes as usual.
Drowned (16:24)- ...and here's where the show starts getting interesting.
Some very nice playing (it's the Mike show!), guitar soloing, and then a
nice groundwork jam. Things start heating up and they do a start/stop
section. Great!. then.....
Chalkdust?/Chalkdust Torture (12:40)- ..after the start/stop, they go into a
happy rock jam and start singing "chalkdust Torture" (just those words) over
it!...Torture?....Torture...(louder) ....torture?...... torture!....etc.
This must be heard by all! it was great spontaneous playing at it's phinest.
Naturally this lead to the real Chalkdust, and a sick one at that! this
set is shaping up phantastically!
Theme (9:24)- always a nice blend in this one. The crowd always seems to
melt to this one. I love it.
Cavern (4:45)- very hard. A very good version (Hey, Trey only messed the
lyrics up once!), thus ending our set. And a very nice set at that!
set break? ya, i guess there was one, i don't remember it though...
and here we go again...
2001 (13:10)- Ck, CK, CK... I gotta hand it to ya. You always bring down
the house with this one (with a little help by the audience light show). Oh
ya, and they 4 guys on stage gave us a great jam to throw to also! Very
straight forward and...well....great! This then moves us to the usual bass
feedback, which can only mean....>
DWD (16:05)- A very solid version. Great jamming (thoughb mostly Trey going
off) at it's phinest. THEN, about 12-13 min. into it, out of nowhere, they
somehow end up in
Moby Dick with some great solos by Trey, and then, in the name of all things
holy, for about 30-40 seconds (more or less), we are treated to a short
DRUM SOLO by Fish! In that short time, he did things I didn't think was
humanly possible! Oh my dear God he is awesome!
Of course after that they reprise the end of DWD capping off an all but epic
jam leading us to...>
Runaway Jim (11:24)- Let the jamming begin! They flew through the song quite
nicely and then the jam took off. They switched between various tight and
spaced out jamming ((some of) the best of the evening(?)) with Fish taking
the normal beat and bounds of the song to great places.
And for some reason, somehow ended again into..
Moby Dick!, with more Trey solos, though no drum solo. Great!!!!!
Get Back On The Train (7:10)- So very much fun (and very dancable)! A nice
tight jam got us going, and OF COURSE, we ended into a...
MOBY DICK jam, with once again great Trey solos and much fun developing.
(anyone notice a pattern here yet?)
Harry Hood (14:30)- AH yes, the Hood. The intro (with OF COURSE, a MOBY DICK
tease in the raggae intro) and body are nalied as usual. The jam is very
nice as usual (Plus a bonus glowstick war! I never heard of two in one show
before?) A great jam then ends with the final note leading us to, OF COURSE,
(you guessed it)... a
MOBY DICK jam.... more jams, more Trey, yadda, yadda, yadda....
(this is starting to get insane!...)
HYHU>Fish>etc.>HYHU (9:20)- Oh yes. I could literally go on for pages about
this. let me his the high points (the top 10 list):
1. Fish is Cameron Crowe (see the resemblance?) after his "best film role
2. Fish sang something.
3. Vaccuum (oh ya!)
4. Fish sang something
(very nice by the way Fish)
5. Mike gets a cactus
6. Fish gets silly!
7. ....OF COURSE.... a
MOBY DICK jam which leads to a
DRUM SOLO by TREY!!!!!!!!! Wow! he's pretty damn good too!!!
8. More HYHU
10. AHH! this was insane! i would say get the tapes, but they give this it's
due justice! but lord it was great!
And what to close with but,
Character Zer0 (7:40)- Rockin way to end!
(what!? no Moby Dick!??)
First Tube>etc. (11:15)- First Tube was great as usual. But OF COURSE...
gotta have that MOBY DICK jam which then leads to...>
the CHALKDUST INTRO REPRISE!!! Trey then goes nuts thanking everyone under
the sun, and we end an epic show.
The gamehendge show
the O.J. show
The Moby Dick show...
aww ya, this one's a keeper guys!
(and we still have one left!!).........
(thank you, we are the Phish from Vermont!)
Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2000 21:53:45 EDT
Subject: review of July 11, 2000
alright, this is my first review although my 10th show and i had to do one
im not sure if words can explain how incredible this show was, but i'll try
yamar- a great opener, you could tell the crowd was into it and it was going
to be a great show
moma dance- one of the sickest ones i have ever heard, they played it so hard
uncle pen- pretty standard version, good to hear though
drowned-mike singing, he was right on and really nailed this one, the crowed
really seemed to like it
chalkdust chorus- somehow out of the drowned reprise, mike and trey started
singing "chalkdust torture" in harmonic voices- the crowd started going crazy
and singing along- then all of a sudden the jammed stopped and you knew they
were going into...
chalkdust torture- the crownd went absolutely wild and they jammed it very
theme- it was a nice cool down after a rippin chalkdust
cavern- got the crown going again and jammed it out like they normally do
2001- great way to start the second set, the vibe was awesome and they rocked
DWD-good to hear and the crowd was really dancin...thousand barefoot children
outside dancin on my lawn...
moby dick-trey was great, getting the jimmy page guitar riff perfectly- then
back into DWD
Runaway Jim- i really like the way they have been playing this song lately
and went really nicely into moby dick, again, which got the crowd jammin again
Back on the train- i love this song and was very happy to hear it. didnt
jam too long and pretty standard version, until they jumped back into moby
dick for the third time
Harry- great song to hear, glowsticks were flying all over the place and then
the boys jumped back into... you guessed it... moby dick- then into HYHU.
fish came out and trey took over on drums. fish grabbed the vacuum and the
crown was going absolutely crazy.
Love you- fish sang it and did the best he could, then busted out the vacuum
and was going to town with the crown laughing and dancing the whole time.
fish started taking bows in front of the crowd and they were going nuts.
then he introduced page, then started running laps around the stage, while
everyone else was playing HYHU- he probably did about 7 laps and the crowd
went nuts everytime he passed by. it was the coolest thing i have ever seen,
everyone was laughing so hard and dancing around.
character zero- trey moved back to guitar and fish to drums, crowd was
singing along and jammin as usual, which made the boys play even harder
encore- First tube- i love to hear this song live, and it gets better every
time. they probably could have played anything and the crowd would have loved
it. they moved along pretty standardly until the jumped back into moby dick
for the 6th time and trey was rockin it.
Chalkdust chorus- out of moby dick they jammed into this chorus again and
were laughing their asses off the whole time as was the audience
i hope this review can give you some sort of a picture of what the show was
like, but being there was the coolest thing i have ever seen
Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2000 08:26:36 -0500
Subject: 7/11 deer creek
Ya Mar brought back memories of 12/4/99 and I was thinking we could
have a regression (or progression in this case) to the mean tonight (for
all you quantitative types) relative to last night. Yet, the jam was again
flat. Did I worry? Not really, I was positive and I was rewarded all
night. The first set was, in general, good if not pretty darn good.
Drowned highlighted the first few tracks - Mike's affirmation of his inner
strength is probably the best sign, to me, that the band is energized and
concerned about the set. Gordon is stoic, but last night he wailed through
Penn into Drowned and his energy was amazing. "To the Seeeeeeee........."
Awesome. The cheeky "chalkdust torture" chants through the end part of the
jam were funny, but you could again sense the energy was high. A decent
Torture followed to the delight of the perplexed crowd. Theme and Cavern
closed and were played decently - every track (with the exeption of the
Trey on Keys jam in Ya Mar) was good and the Gordon Affirmation was a sure
sign we would be moving in set two.
The descriptions you will hear of set two will be sensational,
extraordinary, uncanny, strange, funny, .....you know what, all true. In a
year from now I won't think its the best set Ive heard, but it will be the
best set Ive been too outside of NYE2K. We thought we heard a Disease
opener coming on (Ya Mar - Disease openers 12/4/99) but 2K+1 was funky as
hell and the lights were great. THen Disease which wailed on for several
minutes to a pulsating crowd that seemed like it was just one object, like
jello, moving together everywhere you looked. Duh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh
nuh nuh nah....wow. You will hear it, or hear about it. It must have been
good because they played it some more. Then some more. All were thanking
any and all they usually thank when they are "at the right place at the
right time" or just plain old get lucky. Moby Dick was played once in
full, then teased after each track or weaved into (as in back on the
train)....I hope you get clear tapes of the Trey fills. Then a Hood that
was really good in the later stages, excellent soft jamming after the
'thank yous" So up to this point you were smiling, sweating, laughing,
confirming with your neighbor that it was indeed a choice set. Enter
"Phish, Live on Broadway" or something...Fishman sings Terrapin as Russell
Crowe and the banter is high. Can a vacuum solo really be good? Yeah,
tonight for sure it can. Fishman does laps around the set. Mike has a
cactus placed in front of his genetalia. What is going on here?? Then a
ripping Zero, and you knew it was to end. First tube fit in well as the
encore and a little more banter by Trey. Really really good, man I mean
good regardless of the fun stuff. Sometimes you get what you hope for.
Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2000 17:28:41 -0400 (EDT)
From: Rob Mitchum firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: comment on 7/11
DEER CREEK, SECOND NIGHT, SECOND SET, 1999: fishman takes giant inflatable
penis from crowd, places on lap, and proceeds to make it look like it's
playing the drums.
DEER CREEK, SECOND NIGHT, SECOND SET, 2000: the song "moby dick" is teased
coincidence, or psychic phenomenon? YOU be the judge...
Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2000 05:40:35 -0400 (EDT)
From: harpua email@example.com
Subject: Deer Creek 7/11/00 review
Well, this was my second phish show, my first being last night. Anyway, for
not seeing phish live before, I've got tons of shows on tape and CD-r, so I
have a very keen sense of what awesome phish is compared to just good phish.
And I also know how to review a show without telling my life story or what the
scene was like before the show, blah blah blah, etc. etc. OK, with that BS out
of the way, Deer Creek 7/11/00....
YA MAR would open the much better of the first two nights at Deer Creek. A
very nice version. Nothing out of this world, just a good song to get
everyone pumped for a kick ass night.
MOMMA DANCE came next and had the standard 5 minute FUNK jam intro that got
everyone grooving. Great version, not too long not too short. Definitely a
fav of mine.
UNCLE PEN was the 2nd bluegrass tune in two nights and was definitely better
than My Minds Got a Mind Of It's Own. Nice soloing by Mike and by Trey. I
dug it. No where else will you see people dance there asses off to a bluegrass
song (and love every minute of it) while attending a "Rock" concert.
DROWNED JAM was probably the highlight of the 1st set for me. I knew it
right away and it surprised me as much as Buffalo Bill froim the night before.
The jam was great. This is what music is all about. I danced my ass off!
On a side note, how often do u see any concert start off with a 4 different
types of songs. Calypso, Funk, Bluegrass, and a Classic Rock Song. Man, I dig
DROWNED/CHALKDUST REP? was.....strange. It got a laugh from everyone. It was
basically Drowned with the words "Chalkdust Torture" sung over it. It was fun
and fishman started chanting "Torture, Torture!, TORTURE!" and then told every
one to sing along. Very fun, very amusing. I loved it.
CHALKDUST would follow the humorous portion of the 1st set. Very energetic
version, as chalkust usually is. A good ole rock song and I loved it.
THEME FROM THE BOTTOM was a nice break from mayhem and was played beautifully
and I enjoyed every minute of it.
CAVERN was not a surprising ending for a 1st set. Standard as far as Caverns
go. Trey of course managed to screw up the lyrics, or forget them for a couple
seconds, which of course always puts a grin on his face and a cheer from the
crowd. Just a fun song and good energy to end a good 1st set.
SETBREAK: Who cares? You talk to your friends or complete strangers.
The second set was jammin'. Definitely kicked my ass.
I was running back to my seat in the lawn when the lights went out and the
spacy stuff was going on. I was the jerk that bumped into everyone as I
rushed to my seat, but hey, I said excuse me every step of the way.
2001 was a song I had to hear and wasnt disappointed. Very spacey as most
2001s. They did the theme twice, but instead of jamming it and letting Mike
take over , which I'd hoped for, they started wrapping it up after running
through the theme for the second time and not surprisingly went right
DOWN WITH DISEASE was the one song I had to see. Not necissarily my favorite
song, but one that just has so much energy it makes me sick. Words cannot
describe how I felt but to say the least, the vocals, energy, absolutely great
jam (w/ Moby Dick jam) and bringing back arouind for the closing vocals made
my night. This segued into...
RUNAWAY JIM, which I never expected to come out of DWD, but was great
nonetheless. A very soothing jam, which was faiurly short if I remember right
and ended with a Moby Dick jam (as did the rest of the songs in this set).
So glad to see this song.
BACK ON THE TRAIN was next, and was fun to dance to. Not much to say, I
enjoyed it though.
HOOD brought the house down with glowstick war for the second time tonight.
I loved it and could not wipe the stupid grin off my face the whole time.
The big surprise for me was next though.
HYHU>TERRAPIN>MOBY DICK JAM>HYHU was insane. With Jon intorduced as "THE star
from the movie Gladiator, Russel Crowe!!!" When u think about it, fishman
does look like Crowe. It appeared fish didnt know what he was even going to
sing for a while, as he shrugged his shoulders and finally stepped up to the
mic. Sang terrapin>Vaccum sola and trey did a sweet drum solo. Fishman then
pproceeded to take a cactus blow up from the crowd and place it by Mike and
then threw it back into the crowd and took about 6 laps around the stage, with
arms flailing wildly, then stopping and starting again. With constantly
introducing the rest of the band. Just totally insane hysteria. Wow!!!!
CHARACTER ZERO was a nice rocking number to end the set. Always liked this
song, always will.
FIRST TUBE is just an unbelievable bag of energy! Just unbelievable how much
energy it releases. Awesom version, as most are. Didn't expect it since it
appeared at Alpine, but so did Twist and Antelope the night before. This of
course ended with another Moby Dick jam shich seemed to be the centerpeice of
the whole show (kidding). Then went into the Chalkdust reprise thing again,
which brought cheers and laughs from everyone as Trey introduced band and crew
members and told the audience not to do anything that the band wouldnt do.
Then introduced Jon as Russel Crowe once more and saying "Thankyou we love you
so much. We are the Phish from Vermont (HUGE CHEERS!). Don't forget to buy
the book and see the movie!" All the while laughing, he said some other stuff
I forget but ended the show on a great note. This show was absolutely
excellent. Not a down moment the whole time. No pointless jams like SOAM and
Sand from the night before. Everything was full of energy and seemed to click
perfectly. Who cares where a song was played at what point in the set. I'm
good on deciding where a certain song belongs, as long as its played I'm
happy. This show was about an 9 out of 10 for me. If anyone has it on CD-R
anytime soon drop me a line for a trade or b&p. See you at Rosemont this
Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2000 11:04:31 -0400
From: James A Simpson firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: July 11 Deer Creek Review
Love that modern technology (in the hands of good friends). Last night
I was hoping and praying for a cell phone call from Deer Creek by my
friends Rob Mottice and Todd Briggs (who, by the way, have been calling
in the set lists from Deer Creek this year - you're in excellent
hands). Normally I would be there with them as I am a native
midwesterner and always plan my summer vacation around that part of the
Summer Tour. However, this year my Director screwed up our department
vacation schedule and I got screwed! Its hard to even talk about not
being there after looking forward to it for a year, and getting mail
order tickets for each show.
That's when good friends come to the rescue and heal the wounds.
Knowing that he needed enough juice in his cell phone to call in last
night's set list, my man Todd Briggs still found enough energy to call
me during the first set break to say hello and then let the whole crew
say hi and tell me that there is an empty chair at the campsite in my
honor. (Gone but not forgotten!) I asked Todd, knowing his battery
constraints, to find an interesting part of the second set to call me
for a little cell eavesdropping.
Not ten minutes later my phone was ringing and I knew to mute the MLB
All-Star game!!!! Phish started the second set with the funkiest 2001
I've ever heard. The first thing that went through my mind was Herbie
Hancock's award winning album Headhunters. Maybe it was the roaming
connection, but it sounded like Paige and Trey were breaking it down to
its elementary parts. As they would break for the chorus, whoops and
hallers would fill the air and you could feel the excitement of the
crowd. I once heard Bootsy Collins describe funk as waiting till the
very last possible moment to hit that note. Phish was taking a page
right out of the same book. No doubt that last night's crowd must have
been forced to shake something on their person because music played like
that can make you do things you never knew your body could do. I for
one was getting down right there in my apartment! Thank goodness for
I see that Todd had enough juice after the show to get that setlist to
Andy, so all went well! What a list it is too! Thanks to some good
friends I was able to share in it, despite being 600 miles away. Tell
the crew that I'm flying to Columbus in two days and we'll be camping on
the banks of the Olentangy River again to jam live with some Phunky
brothers. Thanks again to Rob and Todd and of course, to the band!
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 16:30:17 PDT
From: matthew Jensen email@example.com
Just a note:
As I was bummin' that I wasnt at deer creek I watched the latest Law and
Order on NBC. The villain, murderer, and master orchestrator of the crime
discussed in the show was a character named none other than Mickael Gordon.
Watch out Phans!
Date: Sat, 15 Jul 2000 06:56:02 -0400
From: Brett Mullet firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: 7-11-00 -- Deer Creek - Noblesville, Indiana
>DROWNED -> JAM -> DROWNED REPRISE
>Can someone enlighten me on the use of the "-> jam"? The jam
>eventually led back into a short Drowned Reprise with a false
>ending. Very nice overall. Really rocked out nicely.
I'm not sure why its listed this way but the jam is 100% Down With Disease.
If you have any doubts, seek out the Rochster 12-11-97 show were the Drowed
seques back into a Disease from the first set!! It really should be listed
as DWD Jam.
>DEER CREEK, SECOND NIGHT, SECOND SET, 2000:
>the song "moby dick" is teased multiple times. coincidence,
>or psychic phenomenon? YOU be the judge... -rob
This guy is onto something!! I think its neat I can say I saw Phish play
Terrapin at DeerCreek. :-) That sounds real nice. Lots of crazy conceptual
continuity pieces at the second night of Deercreek. The Chealkdust Torture
Repirse is a classic.
>HYHU -> tarrapin:
Did anyone else hear the Moby Dick jam during the Terrapin Vacuum solo?? I
swear Trey busted into MD and Fish was taking the solo along with it. It
Cory (... email@example.com ... using someone else's email...) Ferber
Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2000 11:14:20 -0400
From: Ben Meyer firstname.lastname@example.org
I wasn't at the show but holy shit! Is this set-list a joke? Wish I was
there. Can't wait to see the reviews. See everybody at
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