Combo reviews of both nights at vegas
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Date: Sat, 02 Feb 2002 23:52:22 -0800
From: Mike Powers firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: 9/29 & 9/30 Vegas thoughts...
(hope this can make it into the 2000 Vegas combo reviews)
9/29/00 ^Í 9/30/00 -á Las Vegasá - Thomas & Mack
Can you believe it?á It^Ďs been over a year^┼and for a year now, I^Ďve been
telling myself I would document some thoughts and feelings on this magical
weekend of Phish.á So as I find myself chilling at home with the stereo
cranking out a mighty Vegas Forbin^Ďs^┼I^Ďll attempt to recall some highlights
of what I consider one of my most ultimate Phish experiences ever in the 10
years I^Ďve been aboard.
The Vegas run was just an absolute all star performance of Phish for what
seemed like an all star gathering of phans.á Vegas without a doubt was the
going away party for the band, phans, friends and family (well there was
pretty damn good overnight boat party in SF the final night too).á The
energy and kindness of all involved was pretty unreal^┼hadn^Ďt seen such a
tremendous vibe at show in a long time.á It had the intensity of a NYE and
Halloween run^┼plus more.ááá And now as Emotional Rescue blares through the
stereo^┼here^Ďs some cluttered memories:
-Thursday night warm up at the good old Hard Rock^┼Blackjack with the SF and
-Hard Rock 4pm-6pm pre-game before both shows with my buddy dave^┼double down
and drink the Sierra and Anchor Steam before heading over to the Thomas &
-We get to the lot and find Kid Rock welcoming us^┼classic^┼maybe the rumors
-Carini opener^┼it was on from the start^┼fantastic lighting by Kuroda
-Rift^┼straight outta a ^Ď94 time-warp
-a first set Frankenstein, hell yah
-Mellow Mood^┼so perfect and probably the calmest song we^Ďd hear the whole
-Spock^Ďs Brain^┼couldn^Ďt believe it when they kicked it in^┼hadn^Ďt heard that
one since Lowell^┼if someone told me back in New England or Ithaca in ^Ď95
that I^Ďd be in Las Vegas 5 years later watching this reappear^┼well I just
-the GIN^┼absolutely the most ambient-like Gin I^Ďve caught^┼Kuroda had the
lights in full gear^┼audience was in tune^┼Fishman was driving this one
around^┼WE LOVE TO TAKE A BATH
-Dinner and a Movie set II opener^┼couldn^Ďt believe it^┼always would go into a
show hoping for this one^┼this time I didn^Ďt even think about it^┼and bam,
they give it to ya.á My buddy Hillson shook me within the first 10 seconds
^Ëcongratulating^ď me on finally getting this one^┼a classic memory
-then comes the Moma^┼power-funk
-2001^┼hell yah!á Our good friend Thommy starts handing out the 2001 glow in
the dark glasses to everyone^┼.Walk this Way teases throughout
-Fluffhead!á Crowd and band in unison^┼^ďWe^Ďve sure got some POWERFULL pills!^ď
-Kid Rock makes his debut into the Phish world^┼a moment where I think you
had to be there
-We^Ďre an American Band^┼classic...no longer just part of Omaha phish legend.
-Friday night post game begins and a bunch of us stumble to the House of
Booze to catch Les and the gang.
-Bellagio buffet Saturday
-Hard Rock blackjack pregame once again
-Walfredo!á It set the tone^┼it would be a night of reflection.
-Maze kicks our asses 3 songs in^┼had to remind myself we^Ďre at a phish show
-I Didn^Ďt Know^┼there were so many camera flashes going off^┼the audience
contributed it^Ďs own strobe light effect
-Mike^Ďs > Simple > I Saw it Again > Esther > Weekapaug^┼a very good
time^┼people who complain about any flubs here^┼whatever
-set break^┼the arena is BUZZING...and of course there^Ďs THE Frisbee throw
from stage to kuroda^┼that represented what it was all about folks.
-HAPPY BIRTHDAY TREY!á It was quite the moment^┼foghorn sounds^┼lighters
out^┼16,000+ of us belt out a rendition of happy bday to our buddy trey.á
We^Ďll probably never see something like that again
-Timber Ho!á Buckle up^┼glowsticks raining down.
-The Bag^┼speedy and great^┼I^Ďll put it up there with 12/30/97
-and then it comes^┼the big bang^┼Forbin^Ďs > Mockingbird^┼.my first since NYE
-Trey clues us all (including the web cast pholks) in on what^Ďs going on^┼and
oh yah...GAMEHENDGE IS A STATE OF MIND^┼my body was frozená as my mind was
-A Day in the Life^┼the buildup in this one was unreal^┼lights were going
off^┼energy is exploding
-encore comes^┼and boom^┼Emotional Rescue^┼certainly not the tightest, but it
represented what Vegas was to so many peeps^┼and we got classic silly old
skool phish to end it all with ^Ëthe duel^ď
So yeah, thanks for making it through this far^┼words don^Ďt do this one
justice.á I^Ďve had thrills and teriffic memories from Great Woods to Glens
Falls to Portland to Sugarbush to Binghamton....Vancouver to the Fillmore to
The Gorge....but Vegas gave me some closure and reflection on a major part
of my life, even with 5 more shows to go up the west coast after it.á It was
one of the best weekends ever.á Thanks guys for it all.á Continue to rest up
and re-energize^┼hopefully things calm down ...á we^Ďll all be ready for
another chapter^┼hope you are too.áááá ^Ë17 more years^ď
-powers | san francisco
Date: Fri, 6 Oct 2000 00:17:06 -0500
From: Brooks J. Taffner email@example.com
Subject: Phish Vegas Review
Thomas & Mack Center - Las Vegas, Nevada
2 wonderful days... the lot was A+ the cops were chill
I was fairly critical of these two shows but went w/ my friend
Mark who ventured into his first two !!! I too noticed trey missing more
the normal amount of changes - but it was his weekend people !!
he prob went balls out ! :o)~
i was soo happy brithday trey ! - feeling that love that some of you speak
had friends from Cali & New Mexico all meeting us there .. for me the best
weekend of my life .. just look @ those setlists ! - trey may have not been
but i felt he was pouring his heart out on the stage @ times ...
his comments about the break filtered a sigh of relief throught the crowd
Mike & Trey fairy dance - no comment ? hmmmm
Kid Rock - no explination nec. (but my friend loved it ! - as well he
should - if you go to a show
& you have no friggin idea what Esther or Forbin is about .. the Kid Rock
is alright w/ me
these shows had something to offer everyone !
Set I (1:02): Carini* - this IMO was a killer opener & all of our group was
sporting thumbs up LUMPY HEAD !!
Rift - not perfect but one of my fave songs i was melting
Frankenstein - my friend went bonkers !!! he was obviously stunned :o)
Mellow Mood - any Marley is always appreciated - everyone was grooving slow
Wilson > Spock's Brain > Bathtub Gin > Character Zer0
this was a sweet set - imperfect but Rockin'
Set II (1:00): Dinner and a Movie***- i was really had a big smile on my
Moma Dance- always a funky treat > 2001 - ditto
Fluffhead- some slight Flubbage i was still pleased > jam - why not >
Meatstick**** - far too short
the rest is history ....
Walk This Way#, Rapper's Delight## > You Shook Me(All Night Long)###
Encore (0:04): We're An American Band####
Set I (1:27): Walfredo*- this really blew me away - i thought mike played some really cool guitar
The Curtain(w/ slow rift solo)- i would never complain about this
Maze - always an adventure
Roggae - few mistakes - they really stand out in this song - some powerful chords
I Didn't Know** - no comment -
Mike's Song -> Simple -> I Saw it Again, Esther*** > WeekapaugGroove
the Mike's segment was a long jam - i saw it again sounded fine to me / Esther - WOW !
quite the bitch of a song - i wasn't expecting trey to possibly nail it .. he had some absolute "on" moments
in the song... i was very pleased
Set II (1:09): ****Timber (Jerry)- i think this a cool tune i was just glad to be dancin' again,
AC/DC Bag - ROCKS! - Mike was totally funkin' out ,
Colonel Forbin's Ascent# >Fly Famous Mockingbird##, - another intense & difficult song -
the perfect version could not possibly exist...
Twist - makes me jiggle my booty & smile>
Sand### - my fave new song - JustaJam
A Day in the Life#### - not played too well
Encore (0:13): Emotional Rescue - not played well either - they even stopped @ one point
i'm just glad the shows were completed & the tour continued ...
Trey was on some sort of mission ...it was a heavy moment in Phistory..
Trey's Bday/ the break / the Flubs/ the Killer Setlists / Kid Rock/ Fairy Dancing?argh/ Oysterhead reunion
I'm serious - Mike was totally insane.. he was really covering some phat phunk i was amazed
a truly crazy weekend...
sometimes you gotta walk alone...
Date: Wed, 04 Oct 2000 15:42:55 GMT
From: Michael McCarthy firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: short review of both nights in Vegas.
After reading a few of the Vegas reviews I feel compelled to drop in my
two cents worth. I have now seen 15 Phish shows and many, many more other
great...and not so great bands. Not even the Dead did for me what those
four guy's do for me. I caught seven shows on the fall tour and for me
every one was a special event. Not because the music was perfect, but
because I could be there. I will never understand why so many people find
it necissary to criticize every note Phish plays. If you need a note
perfect performance there are many bands out there playing the same note
perfect show every night. As for Trey looking a little tired on Sat. Damn
right he was tired. Have you even been paying attention to how many shows
they have played recently. They have been rocking out all month with a few
day's off to catch some rest. And that is if they didn't have any real
family problems develope while on the road. Please rember Phish isn't a
bunch of kids. They have wives, children, and immediate family. That is
more than most of us can handle without having the insanity of a tour to
deal with. NOT TO MENTION IT WAS TREY'S BIRTHDAY! I myself would have not
held up as well as they have. I wonder how much all these pesimistic
reviewers can handle. And could they still drag themselves out of bed and
do it again and again after reading some of the unnecissary trashing of
their performance. Now that that has been said. I do agree that Kid Rock
was an unusual guest. I am however from the Greater Detroit area and it is
always fun to see a hometown boy make it big. Besides you only get a treat
like that once....right Trey. The second night, well I can't even begin to
break it down...you just had to be there. I swear after we sang Happy
Birthday I saw Trey wipe a tear from his eye. I have never been a part of
something so special as that night. I have alway's felt that the best thing
about Phish is their Phans. Sat. night was just another confirmation of
that belief. You guy's are great! I have never heard a crowd as loud and
excited to be somewhere as we were in Vegas. Especially the loud BOOOO!
when a glow stick flew to close to the stage. As the baloons said...Hippy
Birthday Trey.....It's all about Phamily. I am glad to be a part of this
long strange trip we seem to be on.
Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2000 13:30:56 -0700
From: Andrew Katz
Vegas. How can it not be fun? Sure, seen better shows. But I'll take
Dinner and a Movie anyday, Col Forbin-Mockingbird.
Some sick shit for sure. The boys definitely were enjoying themselves, no
questions asked. For sure some highlights, and for sure some downlights.
Kid Rock needs to chill out.
Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2000 21:32:37 -0700
From: jakew email@example.com
Subject: 09/29, 09/30/00 Reviews
Just wanted to say that these were 2 of the best shows I've ever seen Phish
perform. I could have done without the Kid but you know what? It was Vegas,
it was wild and it rocked. That is a moment which will never happen again,
and I've learned to appreciate that with Phish. No moment has ever been
duplicated. And I think that if we all look inwards, that is one of our top
reasons for loving this band and dedicating our time to them.
The second night was so personal, I felt as though Phish could have has
Claypool come out and jam, but it was almost like, this is the night between
them and the Phans.
Two outstanding shows. It made me almost kid like again. Wanting to run out
and get plane tickets for Shoreline. Hehe. Some people just don't get it,
but you know what? Thats what makes it so beautiful
Date: Thu, 05 Oct 2000 23:36:29 -0700
From: Ryan E Munson firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Take it Easy
These Vegas shows were great. I have seen about thirty phish shows and
am a die hard phan. I did not necessarily enjoy KID ROCK, actually I
hate his music and what he stands for, TRASH. But I love PHISH and will
respect anyone and anything they bring on stage. Who cares about WHITE
TRASH boy, be happy you can see PHISH live. I don't care who they bring
on stage I will love them more and more because they don't care who
plays with them and where. That is why I respect this band so much.
They break more boundaries than anyother band I have ever seen.
Date: Fri, 6 Oct 2000 12:29:52 -0600 (MDT)
From: Thaker Satyen P Satyen.Thaker@Colorado.EDU
Subject: 9/29-30/00 review
The only thing I can say about this weekend, is WOW!!! I have never felt
so much positive energy at a show in my life. They pulled out some awesome
shit, dinner, spocks, timber, forbin->mockingbird, walfredo, esther, I
mean HOLY SHIT! The jams were absolutely phenomenal, i have to say the
best jam was bathtub. But they even jammed out roggae, Are you kidding me?
I am still in awe from this weekend, and it makes me sad that we won't be
able to see phish for a while. But they need it, they work so hard, and
hopefully this break will inspire new songs and an even higher love for
Date: Fri, 6 Oct 2000 00:05:10 -0400
From: Michael Mattix email@example.com
Subject: Combo Vegas Review
It's been five whole days and I'm still trying to piece together the mayhem
that went down over last weekend in Vegas. I too was disappointed to see
so many reviews that were musically critical of the band. I understand
that they flubbed some lyrics and were flat out sloppy at points but for
those of you who let this impede your enjoyment of these two shows I think
miss the point entirely. Phans should and certainly do demand a lot from
the band but if you came away from the Vegas run disappointed it makes me
wonder what could ever possibly satisfy you. I've never experienced so
much energy and emotion pouring out of both a band and its audience as I
did for these two nights in Vegas. With all the bust outs of old songs,
including my first Forbin's>Mockingbird, the Kid Rock appearance, the crowd
singing to Trey in perfect unison, the frisbee toss around the arena during
setbreak the first night (I was with the guy who started it and believe it
or not he actually ended up with his frisbee), Trey's dream sequence that
led to the already legendary quote that "Gamehendge is a state of mind",
and the completely surreal guitar ballet between Mike and Trey to end a
perfectly surreal weekend in the most surreal of cities. I couldn't have
possibly dreamed of a better time. On a personal note: 1st night, 2nd
set...... Dinner and a Movie, Moma Dance>2001,
Fluffhead>Meatstick.......are fucking kidding me?!?! I think one of the
reasons so many people have written poorly about Kid's appearance is
because it brought them out of one of the biggest Phish funk fests in
recent history. I couldn't believe my ears or eyes during this segment of
the night as the entire place was grooving our collective asses off.
I'll end with this: There were several moments over the weekend that
nearly brought tears to my eyes.... never in my life have I ever been so
thrilled to simply be alive and part of something as special as this band
and the community of phans that follow them. Phish shows have been a home
away from home for me for many years now and though I will miss seeing the
boys in concert while they break and miss the kind folks I always meet at
shows, no one in the entire entertainment industry deserve a break more
than these four guys.
Date: Mon, 02 Oct 2000 14:52:54 PDT
From: Eric Gilbert firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Vegas review (the new style)
just felt compelled to submit a brief review (my first) regarding the
unbelievable events that occured in Vegas over the weekend
i'm not going to bother with a song-by-song review, but rather a general
review that will attempt to shed some light upon why there are such
differing opinions upon what went down in Vegas
first of all, i feel bad for those that were there and have complaints about
set lengths, lack of big jams, and/or sloppy playing, because i honestly
don't think that they "get" what post-NYE2000 phish is all about... i, and
the rest of my crew that were there, most of which are very well-versed in
phish and have seen many many shows between us, felt that the two bombs that
phish dropped on the 29th and 30th were two of the best phish shows ever,
two nights during which post-NYE2000-style (referred to as "millenial" by
some) phish came to a full boil...
our view of this new style, seems to be fairly aligned with the band's for i
have "heard" them hint upon it several times since NYE in interviews and
what not... the most recent being the Fishman interview in Modern Drummer,
which i believe that this quote has to do with:
"More than ever before on an album, we got to that 'New Year's' state.
I'd screw up some fill and just not care. I'd think, 'Well, maybe that's
good. I don't even know.' We used to get two thirds of the way through a
track, and if I did something I didn't like, it messed up the rest of the
song. I'd automatically be thinking, 'There goes that take.'
Now it's like, 'What's a mistake?' I don't know the difference between a
mistake and a good thing. I feel I don't even have the right to impose that
opinion on what I just did. Something happened in the music and I reacted a
certain way. What is that? Good? Bad? I don't know."
I read this interview right before making the trek to Vegas, only my 7th and
8th shows since NYE2000 (27th and 28th since 8/2/96) and as the weekend
unfolded it made more and more sense...
Trey touches on something that has to do with their new style of playing in
a pre-NYE2000 interview in Bittersweet Motel, when he talks about the fact
that it's not changes that matter to him, but the overall energy of the
and let me tell you, the overall energy of the shows this past weekend were
through the roof... from both band and crowd
from the Carini opener to the "ballet" at the end of Emotional Rescue (with
the possible exceptions of Timber Ho! and Twist on the last night), every
song was energized like i'd never encountered before...
sure they didn't nail Fluffhead like it was originally conceived, but show
me another Fluffhead that has ever sounded like that one... it would be one
thing if the "mistakes" killed the energy (like they used to), but they
didn't (fluffhead blew our minds) and that is because post-NYE2000 phish is
unlike anything we've ever encountered, their attitudes have changed, thus,
so have the results (refer back to Fishman quote)... if something unplanned,
or "sloppy" (as their playing over the weekend has been referred to) happens
within a song, phish now just goes for it... they use that and build off of
it, they were just going for shit all weekend, with absolute reckless
abandon... and what came out of it were completely revived and fresh
versions of songs we've heard many times and of older songs that have been
shelved for so long because they weren't translating well anymore... phish
could do no wrong in Vegas, what some people are interpreting as
"sloppiness," the band and the rest of us were discovering as a new way to
if you thought that Vegas lacked in "big jams," you once again were too
wrapped up in shaking your head cuz Fishman screwed up a drum fill... the
seven people that i was with, and pretty much everyone else i talked to
there felt that every song was a jam... they were improvising in and around
the composed sections of songs and taking them to places that they have
never seen... no longer are there certain places in songs where a jam will
occur... no longer are there only certain songs where they are most likely
to jam off of... every song has that potential now...
i mean really, what more can you ask for from a band? do you really want to
hear Fluffhead nailed just like you did last time? or would you rather hear
a Fluffhead that explored itself and became something completely new and
fresh? i would rather hear the latter... and by the way the Vegas crowd was
responding all weekend, i think that the majority felt the same way...
i mean sure Trey flubbed Esther so bad that he just killed it... but he
didn't let it get to him, and we didn't let it get to us... it just
happened, and he proceeded to lead the rest of the band through a monster
anymore, the only way a phish show could be bad for me is if they came out
and nailed every song exactly how it was originally conceived... sure i'd
love to see Guyute just absolutely nailed... but imagine if they got
"sloppy" with it, but kept the energy as high as they did all weekend in
I mentioned Timber Ho! and Twist earlier cuz they were the only two songs
that i felt were pretty standard and was nothing out of the ordinary...
something that used to happen more often than not at shows... even when
there were monster jams thrown in at other points in the show...
speaking of the monster jams, when they did open up a song beyond into
something completely new, they were just as good as ever... they've just
incorporated those into their compositions now
i probably should stop
i'm willing to talk about this more with anyone if you choose to email me,
for i stand by my opinion upon the "sloppiness" that went down in vegas...
and i know that i'm not alone...
the band was more "on" than i or anyone i spoke with has ever seen, just in
a completely different way... and it seems to have to do with their
attitude, maybe it's time to re-evaluate your own attitude and what it is
you want from music... you may find that phish is no longer the band for
this is in no way meant to bag on criticism, cuz i consider myself a
constant critic of the band... but what's there to deny about the
unbelievable energy in the Thomas and Mack Center on both the 29th and 30th?
the bad shows that i've experienced have always been directly related to
how the band's playing affects myself and the crowd around me, not whether
they nail every change... and it seems to me that we may never have to worry
about bad shows again, if the band (and crowd) can maintain similar
attitudes to the ones we all had in Vegas
as far as Kid Rock: did he not fit Vegas to a tee? he captured the energy
of sin city extremely well... and i thought it was great how open he was to
being openly made fun of by Fishman and Co., i was surprised, and i thought
that it fit very well.... granted, i definitely hope his appearance won't
become a regular occurrance, i could certainly do without more Kid Rock in
my life... but once was certainly fun
i completely failed to mention how incredible the lights were all weekend...
chris was certainly kicking some serious ass
thanks for listening... oh yeah, get the tapes/cds, you won't be
Date: Tue, 03 Oct 2000 09:36:08 -0700
From: michael zigelman email@example.com
Subject: 9/29/00 and 9/30/00 Vegas Shows
I attended both Vegas shows this past weekend and was very saddened to see what
some of the reviews looked like for the shows. First off, Friday's show, was IMO
much better than Saturday's show.
The Corini, Rift, Frankenstein grouping got the crowd all riled up (or more riled
up then they were before the band got on stage!). Mellow Mood, a first for me was
nice and Spock's Brain was also a first and great to hear! Friday was my 58th show
and it's a very nice thing to be able to still see songs for the first time after
that amount of shows. The Gin was good (not like the pnc Gin though) and Character
0 was Character 0.
This is where the reviews began to bother me:
The Second Set
Look, the second set rocked from top to bottom!
I mean they open with a dinner and a movie>moma dance, 2001>jam, fluffhead,
Meatstick combo that had the whole place upside down with energy! Then Kid rock
came out and things got even better
I don't understand why so many people hated on the band and kid rock for his
appearance. I mean phish has been doing things like this for a long time and i've
seen many guests appear with them and i think kid rock was one of the better ones.
he was entertaining, funny and brought even more energy to a show that was full of
energy to start with!
And all of those "haters" out there didn't seem to mind kid rock during the show
because the whole freaking place was going nuts the entire time he was out there.
And to clarify something else - kid rock didn't mention "hookers" leaving with trey
at the mandaly bay casino! he said "strippers" which is VERY different and also, it
was clearly said in jest!
It's ok for fishman to prance around naked (i was at the '94 halloween show), but
not for kid rock to act like he did?
It's ok for trey to scream "read the fucking book!!" and "MTV sucks" during the
Oswego Icculus (i was there too), but not for kid rock to scream similar things?
and it's ok for fishman to pretend to be giving kid rock a blow job on stage while
fishman's rapping about kid rock and his cock, but kid rock is demeaning??
I mean come on everyone!
First, enjoy the band for what it is and just be glad that you have them around
Second, people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones
If you didn't like kid rock's performance, then i can accept that (not agree with
it, but accept it)
but don't write reviews bashing kid rock when you turn the other cheeck for similar
antics done by the band!
Like i said, just be glad that you have a band like phish at all and get off of
your collective high horses!!
PS - saturday's show was fun, but not as much energy as friday night. the band
looked a little tired, as evidenced by the slower grooving songs in the 2nd set
(twist, sand and day in the life), but it was still a blast to see Esther again
(despite the flubbs) and I saw it again. And who can mind that maze or the
but the best part of saturday night came when the whole crowd sung happy birthday
to trey so clearly that it sounded like one very loud voice singing! Very cool and
made me happy to be a part of the phish scene.
Date: Mon, 2 Oct 2000 17:43:35 -0700 (PDT)
From: Kenny Scelfo firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Vegas review 9/29-30/00
> Honestly I cannot even put into words what happened
> over the last few days in Vegas. Having seen every
> Phish show in Las Vegas, I understood the
> placed upon the band. The first show in 96 turned
> into a classic, but the 97 and 98 shows lacked the
> energy, although all 3 were very fun, and overall
> triumphant feeling by the band. September 29 and
> September 30 of 2000 will be talked about forever
> among those who were there. It was an Ultimate
> Concert Experience. Some reasons why:
> 1. Las Vegas itself- C'mon. The city of sin. The
> lights. The all night partying. Phish.
> 2. The situation- part of the bands last string of
> shows before the hiatus, plus Trey's Birthday
> increased the excitement and reason for celebration.
> 3. The Setlists- Old school heaven. AC/DC Bag,
> Colonel Forbin>Mockingbird, Curtain With, Dinner & a
> Movie, Fluffhead, I Didn't Know, Mike's Song, Wilson
> and Weekapaug alone predate the 90's. Throw in A
> Spock's Brain, not heard since 95, the first US
> Walfredo, as well as plenty other original favorites
> such as Maze, Rift, Bathtub Gin and covers such as A
> Day in the Life, Frankenstein and Timber Ho and this
> equals the insane.
> 4. The crowd- Never have I seen anything like it at
> any event except for when the New York Rangers won
> Stanley Cup after 54 years of losing in Madison
> Garden. Complete pandamonium throughout both nights.
> When the lights went on the crowd through out the
> concert it was almost like a dream, I swear. The
> Birthday chant was done to perfection, and everyone
> was in the best of spirits as I have seen in
four years for a Phish concert.
5. Kid Rock- OK, OK, I know what your thinking. I
hate Kid Rock and heavy metal music. Whatever you
think of his music, the man is an entertainer. As
of Trey's friends you gotta give him a smile, and
crowd rushed and surged with even more energy
four classic songs. Kid's voice was perfect for the
AC/DC classic "You Shook Me All Night Long" and
Aerosmiths "Walk This Way", and the "Rapper's
was hilarious with Fishman's improvs. "We're an
American Band" closed the night perfectly, because
isn't Phish just that: AN AMERICAN BAND!
6. The post-encore theatrical antics- Whatever Mike
and Trey did after the Emotional Rescue(!) encore
one of those moments you had to see to believe. The
joining of instruments, the hop scotch (Whoa, Trey
good at that too!) and the Final Battle.
Forget the tapes, get the VIDEO!!
7. Venue security- No problems whatsoever here.
Didn't even see one during both shows. Maybe I
this whole weekend. Cool.
I felt I needed to say something after this
experience. I'll let other people give the song
reviews, but, man, this was just a great time.
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