7/28/98 - Sandstone Pavillion, Bonner Springs, KS
As soon as I stepped on the parking lot and saw the venue, I knew it was
going to be a great show. First I fucking met Mike! That was one of the
highlights of the show. Once the show started I really knew it was going
to be kickass. Trey was totally on. They kicked off with a Emotional
rescue. Then the crowd really got into the DWD. Moma Dance is a cool
new song. Then, wouldn't you know ot they break into this Tela, but the
main lyrics never really started till far into the song. I t was really
long and great! Then Robert Palmer's sneakin Sally through the alley,
nice. It's Ice was really long, then they breakinto LENGTHWISE!!!!!!!!
and back into It's Ice. A true highlight of the show. Sparkle kind of
got the crowd going but the first set closer Funky Bitch with Jon on the
vacuum solo. Very strong set!
With all this great, but in the closet tunes, we didn't know what to
expect. They opened the second det with The Wedge a great tune, then
poorheart which really got the crowd going. Mango was a cool song and
the crowd was pretty happy they played it. Then
BBBBBBRRROOOOOTTTTTHHHHEEEEEEERRRRRRR!!!!!!!! Contact was cool with the
Mexican love song and shit but Maze really and I mean really got the
crowd going. Prince Caspian kind of let the crowd mellow out alot. But
the YEM 2nd set closer with trampolines really hit the spot. The encore
really got everyone going with Camel Walk nice encore. Squirming coil
with Page's solo topped it all off!
Over all a fucking kick ass show! I am so glad I went.
Set 1: Emotional>DwD->MOMA>Tela, Sneakin', Ice ->Lengthwise>Ice>Sparkle,
Set 2: Wedge, Poor Heart, Mango, Brother, Contact, Maze, Caspian, YEM
E: Camelwalk, Coil
Well, this was my first time at Sandstone and I must say I was a little
let down by the venue. Vending was in full swing, but the lot was dirt and
I almost twisted my ankle about nine times walking around.
When I actually got in the lawn was a dirt mound covered with hay and the
reserved seats weren't even covered! It was a nice night, though, and i
had 26th row seats on Page's side.
They took the stage at 8:10 with Emotional Rescue. I'm really suprised
they have Mike singing this and not Fish b/c of the falsetto vocals. There
wasn't much special here. Up next was DwD, starting immediately with the
bass, skipping the space. This went into a nice 10 min. Disease jam(NOT A
FUNK JAM), then segued into a groovy Moma Dance. It has a good long funk
intro, and it could definitely jam for hours if they wanted to do it. The
vocals are a little weak, though. This kind of halfway segued into Tela.
This was a beautiful version with stunning Trey and Page solos. Then
omygod! SNEAKIN' SALLY! I haven't heard this one in a looooong time as I
wasn't present when they broke it out or in Provedence. It jammed okay,
but it wasn't very long. Up next was It's Ice! It was great to hear this
one and it was played very crisply. Then, where the space usually is, Page
started soloing and Fish took center stage with the ol' Electrolux.
LENGTHWISE!? NO WAY! The first one since '94! It was really cool as Fish
did the vocals and the solo at the same time. Page took another short solo
out of this to lead back into Ice which finished well. Sparkle started up
promptly after this. You all know Sparkle. Next up was Funky Bitch.
WOOHOO! I was having a great time by now, and I was feeling kind of down
that the set was almost over. Trey stepped up to the mic after Mike was
done with most of the vocals except the closing "Every time I se her"s. He
dedicated the song to someone who picked up the bar tab the night before.
That closed the set. Overall I thought it was a great set and I had some
high expectations for the second set.
The second set started with Wedge, this really got me thinking that they
were really going to be digging into some jams later. I was wrong, but it
was great anyway. Next up was Poor Heart. It was ultrafast, but once
again no jams to speak of. It was well played, though. Just so I don't
need to repeat myself later, there weren't many jams to speak of, but
everything was well played. After that was Mango, a real treat, and the
person I was with is a huge Page fan so she loved it. Brother was up next.
Short but sweet. Then Contact which was dedicated by Trey to two people
who fell in love the night before. It was highlighted with Spanish style
"Love Guitar" during Trey's solo. Maze was the first jam of the set and it
held together very well. It reminded me of a shorter version of Shoreline
'97. Next was Caspian. You know... After Caspian, Trey's trademark
arpegiated licks started up YEM! It was excellent. It seemed like Trey
was having some problems with his guitar in the prenote section, but they
pulled out of it okay. Everything from there was pretty standard(ie
excellent) until the vocal jam. The best I've ever heard. It teased at
Kung twice and lasted a good 10 min.(Kung would come the next night,
though). Overall, it was great, but it seemed like a first set. I think
that if Phish ever wants to release a greatest hits set, this should be it.
It was like they sat down during the setbreak and said "Hey, let's think
of all the shit we don't play anymore, and let's play it."
The encore was a smoking Camelwalk, Coil combo that blew my mind.
Camelwalk was stretched nicely and Coil was highlighted by a breathtaking
Page solo. It was a great encore to cap off a great show.
SET 1- Emotional Rescue, Down With Disease, Moma Dance, Tela, Sneaking
Through the Alley > It's Ice > Lengthwise* > It's Ice,
Sparkle, Funky Bitch
SET 2- Wedge, Poor Heart, Mango Song, Brother, Contact**, Maze, Prince
You Enjoy Myself***
E- Camel Walk, Squirming Coil
* w/ Vac during Page solo. Last played [10-20-94] [295 shows]
** dedicated to two people Trey had met the previous night. He told them
play a love song for them, since they had recently fallen in love.
Played mexican style.
*** w/ Tramps and vocal jam
A lot of the songs played have been shelved for at least 7 months
last LENGTHWISE - 10/20/94 [295 shows]
last MANGO SONG - 03/01/97 [91 shows]
last IT'S ICE 08/08/97 [56 shows]
last TELA - 08/14/97 [51 shows] Lemon Wheel
last POOR HEART - 11/16/97
last WEDGE - 11/29/97
last CONTACT - 12/09/97
last CAMEL WALK - 12/12/97
Let me start off by saying, WOW!!! After the third song, I realized that
phish is better now, then they ever have been. At least in my opinion.
The scene was great, minus a few disturbances involving fighting. A few
guys started freakin out, and shoving each other around. They were
obviously trashed, so I just kept walking on. I wouldn't ever expect to
see a fight at a phish show, but that figures. Almost every show I see
in Kansas, has a fight, so it makes sense. I also saw a guy walk by a
car which had a dog leashed to it, and his dog started attacking the
other dog. Any ways, to make a long horrible experience short, the guy
started kicking the other dog that was tied up to the car. I couldn't
believe it. I wanted to kick that guys ass (but I'm a nice guy, and
don't fight). I also took my paranoid schizophrenic friend to the show
with me. He is severely sick, and has a problem with repeating things
people say. He asked someone for the time, and kept saying 7:45 for
about 20 minutes. Any ways, he told just about every person in the
parking lot what time it was. Most people laughed, or gave us dirty
looks, and honestly I didn't expect that from the phish crowd. When we
were sitting on my car, a guy next to us was selling beer and yelling
"Sammy Smith" constantly over and over again. After a while of this, my
friend turned to the guy, and said "no thanks." It was very polite, and
he doesn't know any better. Well, the guy came up to us, and with a
dirty look said, "I wasn't talking to you any ways." How about some
humanity folks? I understand they don't know he is mentally ill, but it
sounded like my friend just joking. Sorry for rambling on.
As far as the show goes, it was absolutely amazing! So many unexpected
Fishman in his dress, mike in neon green shirt. Mike passed by my car 2
times in a golf cart. I wonder if is bike is ok??
EMOTIONAL RESCUE- I saw this one out at the New Years shows this past
think it served it's purpose as the opener. Mike of course, sounded
beautiful again on this one. It was fun to dance to though, and everyone
dug it! A little more funky than the New Years Eve version.
DOWN WITH DISEASE- This was a fairly normal version of the song. There
was about a 5-7 minute jam before they ended with the last verse. The
jam was tight, and I couldn't wait to see what they would journey into
afterwards. I've always had good experiences with Down with Disease, so
I just knew that the show was bound to get crazy! From where the band
was sitting, all they can see is a huge hill, and some trees scattered
out around it. Besides the hill and trees, all you can see is the sky.
There was a beautiful sunset which the whole band watched during the 3rd
or 4th song in the 1st set.
MOMA DANCE- Aww yeeaah!! This new tune is incredibly funky. I've never
danced so hard in my life. I had about 5 funk overloads during this one.
Didn't care for the singing part of the song, but the 6 minute
instrumental intro was smokin! Page was totally jammin out on his crazy
little organ thing. I believe they've played this one almost every night
on the tour, so I knew I'd hear it. Once you hear this song, you'll
realize why they've played it every night!
TELA- All right, this was my 20th show, and I've never heard this tune
live! It's about time they played it for me! Unfortunately, there was
this real annoying girl talking to me during the entire song. So, I
basically missed out on it, minus the last minute or so. I hate being
nice sometimes. heheh
SNEAKIN SALLY- I also heard this one via New Years. I have to say, I
love the new arrangement. Super nasty funk style! This song placed
second on the most people dancing list of the night, next to Sparkle.
This song automatically makes you groove. People I know who won't even
dance were getting down. This was only the third time it's been played
since 1989. I think they need to bring it back full-time! It sounded
exactly like the MSG 12-30-97 version.
IT'S ICE- I always love to hear this one. It was performed very well,
and I knew they would do something out of the ordinary in the middle of
the song. The jam before Lengthwise was normal/slow/tripped out. It was
definitely a tight version though.
LENGTHWISE- Trey walked over to Jon once the Page solo started in the
middle of It's Ice, but Fish didn't grab his vacuum for at least 2-3
minutes. All the sudden I heard the vac roaring, and Mike(?) singing the
lyrics. It was really short, but sweet. I never expected to hear this
one ever at a show, but I got proved wrong.
SPARKLE- Took the blue ribbon on the dance charts. I think every person
in the whole pavilion was boogying down. If you saw the dancers with no
music playing, you would of assumed the music was a super fast bluegrass
breakdown. Normal as always.
FUNKY BITCH- This was a fairly normal version. Page was playing a super
funky organ on this one. I think it was his clavinet, but I could be
wrong. Page had a ton of different organs. Slightly more funky than
WEDGE- Another surprise for me! This is one of my favorite phish tunes,
and they didn't let me down. I was hoping for a Makisupa > Ghost set 2
opener, but this did the trick. No jamming really, but that's fairly
POOR HEART- They always play this one in Kansas. I was hoping for a
Ginseng Sullivan or an Uncle Penn, but they jammed out, so it was all
good. Poor Heart is pretty much always the same, but Mike had a little
bass solo this time (more or less everyone else just stopped playing, so
it wasn't really a solo I guess).
MANGO SONG- I knew they hadn't played this one in awhile. Why are they
shelving all these GOOD songs? The crowd was incredibly happy when they
pulled this one out. It seemed to last a good deal longer then most of
the other songs, but that just could of been me. It was definitely fun,
and well played.
BROTHER- Each time they started the chorus part of the song again, it
sounded completely different. Mainly the drum beats, dealing with the
cymbals were changed each time. It kept it very interesting though,
wondering each time what would sound different. I'll have to listen to
the tapes to verify that one though. It seemed as if the tempo was
varied a little too.
CONTACT- Normal at first, then all the sudden Trey was talking, and the
band was playing softly (i.e. Gamehendge stories). I thought for a
second, he was going to tell a story. Any ways, Trey dedicated the song
to two people he had met the previous night at a party. He said they had
fallen in love, and that they had promised to play them a love song.
Naturally, they played contact, and Trey said they would do it Mexican
style for them (maybe their Mexican?). I personally don't like Contact
all that well, but this version was an exception. It made me move in
MAZE- WOW! I've heard this at every show I've ever seen probably, and I
don't care for it all that much. But WOW! This was one smokin maze, and
everyone around me agreed. Trey's guitar solos sounded like an organ to
me. Maybe he has some sort of organ/pedal thing?
PRINCE CASPIAN- This version was better than the others I've seen live.
Their voices were synched better, and they didn't ever sound like Donna
in Egypt. Thank goodness, because I kinda like this one.
YEM- Total funk jam during the boy-man-shit part of the song. This whole
funk thing has made me happy. They jumped on the tramps for about a
minute or so. Pretty short tramp session. The vocal jam at the end was
the highlight of the evening for me. Talking about some impressive
lights!! The lights almost vibrated to the tones of the vocal jam,
spinning around in complete circles at the very end. Mike's neon green
shirt looked especially cool! This YEM wasn't too long. I would guess
around 11-13 minutes tops.
CAMEL WALK- I didn't expect another rarely played tune for an encore. I
expected some new cover song. I didn't care for this tune too much, but
I was pretty damn tired, so I don't think I can give an honest opinion
for this one.
SQUIRMING COIL- I was on my way home....
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