8/6/98 - Lakewood Amp, Atlanta, GA

I: Oh Kee Pah Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg, Roses are Free, Roget, Beauty of My Dreams, Vultures, Train Song, Billy Breathes, Fluffhead, Moma Dance, HYHU > Cracklin Rosie > HYHU, My Soul II: Birds of a Feather, Wolfman's Brother > Talk, NICU, Prince Caspian, The Mango Song, Down with Disease (86 min. with enc) E: Running with the Devil **, You Enjoy Myself * -- Trey called Fishman Bob Weaver again ** -- Van Halen tune, first time played Thanks to Laura Heifitz, Ellis Goddard, and Owen Renn Unfortunately, this Atlanta show is the only show of the tour that I was/am able to catch, on the other hand, I got a helluva show. This was my 4th Phish show, the other 3 being last year's Atlanta show and both Hampton shows from the Fall. I would have to rank this show second best to 11-22-97, because that was just an amazing show. Anyway, here's my review. Set I: Oh Kee>Suzy: I was very very happy to hear the opening notes to Oh Kee as I've never gotten to hear it live before. As usual, it was very jazzy and you know, the good ol Oh Kee Pa. I was wondering where it was gonna go though, since it hasn't been takin its usual course to Suzy very often, but when Suzy started up, I was happy!! It was a very energetic version and a great way to start off the show. Roses are Free: I have this song on tape from the spring island shows and I really like it on tape and this version didn't dissapoint. The boyz always amaze me with what they can do with other people's songs. Roget: I haven't heard this song before. I thought it sounded very Billy Breathesish, as do a lot of the new songs, and that's about all I really have to say about it. Beauty of My Dreams: Another fun, energetic song that just gets ya dancin away and grabbin at yer belt buckle and yellin out a YEEEE HAAAAWWW!!! Vultures: I liked this song after hearing it on Summer '97 tapes but wondered what happened to it in the Fall. I was happy to hear it although it took me a minute to relize what it was. A very strong song though and I think it has great potential. Train Song, Billy Breathes: I put these two together because I always seem to hear them played together. I sat down for Train Song and for Billy Breathes until Trey's guitar solo in Billy Breathes began, because I like the solo. This was no solo though, Trey took this song the furthest I've ever heard it go with an amazing solo, almost making me enjoy the song. Fluffhead: OOOHHHHH YEAH!! I was very very happy to hear the opening riff of this one, as this was a song I was hoping to hear at this show. As always, it was a great version, lots of energy and lots of jams. Moma Dance: This began and I was like, yeah Black Eyed Katy, funk at its finest. I was groovin and dancin and havin a great time, then they suddenly started singing. I had no idea what was going on, finding out that it was a reworked version after getting home and checking out the setlist. Not a bad song but I enjoy Black Eyed Katy more, this song doesn't need words its such a grooooove. HYHU>Cracklin Rosie>HYHU: YES! I've always wanted to see Fish take the stage and sing us a balad and he didn't dissapoint. Grabbing his cymbals he made his way center stage and entertained us all. He sounded very very good, as compared to old school Fish I guess. Banging away at the cymbals and taking about 4 bows at the end, he looked like he was enjoying himself. Trey called him Bob Weaver as he was taking his bows. My Soul: Another fun, energetic tune. I was sure this would end the set though, but what a way to go. Set II: Birds of a Feather: Yeah! Once again, I heard this song on tapes from the spring mini-tour and I instantly liked this one. It was a normal version until the guitar solo at which time Trey completely amazed me. He was all over the place, quoting the song on the guitar here and there and just exploding. I swear that I heard a Mango Song tease during this song or maybe it was during Wolfman's. WOLFMAN'S: Gooood god. This was the spaciest most insane version of Wolfman's I've ever heard. It went on for around 20 minutes I bet and journeyed into Deep Space. I wondered where it was going, since from the space it could've gone anywhere at all, but instead it went to: Talk: I can do without this song. It is a beautiful balad and is only like 2 minutes long, but don't you think we've had enough Billy Breathes already? I don't understand why out of the bad ass Wolfman's jam we had to go to Talk. NICU: This is a fun song too. Some guy near me started wiggin out though right at the beginning of it. He was on the ground like having a seisure or something "Appendages flailing, you're running at me..." I wondered if he was just dancing. Prince Caspian: I wasn't extremely happy at the opening notes of yet another Billy Breathes tune, but this was the greatest version of Caspian I've ever heard. It was jammed out very very far and just weaved in and out of different themes. Mango Song: I knew I had heard it teased earlier and here it was in the full. I like this song, especially since it isn't on Billy Breathes. A rare tune to hear and a fun one, plus, I love Mangos. DWD: As Mango Song was ending, I noticed Mike screwing with his effects and said to my friend, "This might be Down With Disease," and what do ya know. An excellent way to end the set as it was all over the place, Trey and Mike led this song through everywhere and anywhere that it could have possibly gone. Encores: I noticed that it was 11:10 when they came back on for the encore so I figured they had 20 minutes to play with, a long encore it would be. Running with the Devil: Oh yeah! Van Halen ala Trey. The boyz had the Van Halen harmony down perfectly, if you closed yer eyes you probably could have seen Van Halen on stage dancing around and being all cheesy and stuff. YEM!!!: With about 15 minutes left on the encore the opening notes of YEM came through loud and clear. Somebody had told me on the bus from the Marta station that we were due for one but who would've thought for an encore?? Everything was normal until they got to somewhere in the middle and they just kind of messed around for awhile. I was definetly hoping for a vocal jam to end the night and once again I was not dissapointed. Kudos to the lights on this one though, as we were rolling around and around, faster and faster, very very dizzying but very very fun. Overall I had a great time at this show! The first set was about 85 min. long and the second was about 100 minutes I think. What a great way to end the night with YEM, it was the perfect ending to a wonderful night. Thanks to the boyz for always surprising me!!
I)Oh Kee> II.Birds of a Feather Suzie Greenberg Wolfman's Brother> Roses are Free Talk Roget NICU Beauty of My Dreams Prince Caspian Vultures Mango Song Train Song Down w/Disease Billy Breathes e)Running with the Devil Fluffhead You Enjoy Myself Moma Dance HYHU>Cracklin Rosie>HYHU My Soul First off the facts: only seen 11 shows, saw Deer Creek shows before Lakewood(only Summer Tour shows seen), have around 350 hours on tape, 23 year old nerd who is pissed they won't have enough money in time to mail order any shows for fall. Anyway, to begin with, Lakewood is way cooler than Deer Creek. Yes, I said it! Deer Creek doesn't even have a lawn(dirt with wood chips and five hundred million cigarette butts). Deer Creek does have one hell of a camp situation though--leading me to believe this is the only reason for Deer Creek's "legendary" status. Anyway, on to the show. I: OH KEE>SUZIE: Very good opener, in my opinion. Tight and fairly normal. Energy level going up. ROSES ARE FREE: Yes! I was very excited to hear this.(Especially since I got the Spring Tour shows and heard the Nassau version). It was pretty short; maybe six or seven minutes, but well played for sure. ROGET: Nice song. Short but I can definetly tell this has potential to jam longer, and when it does watch out. Very catchy tune. This version seemed tighter and certainly longer than the Deer Creek version. BEAUTY OF MY DREAMS: One of my top five bluegrass songs from them. Good placement. VULTURES: Yippee! One of the three songs I wanted to hear at either Deer Creek or Lakewood(the others being Twist Around and Relax) that I hadn't seen before. Fabulous tune that seems to be reworked somewhere in the middle. Good version but a little short if I remember correctly. TRAIN SONG: Oh well. BILLY BREATHES: I might have been dismayed at this but the fact that four more songs were on the way seemed to erase the memory. I do remember thinking, "they usually don't have any kind of real jam here". But they did! Still, it's Billy Breathes. FLUFFHEAD: I hadn't heard this song since Winston last fall and didn't particularly like that version. Not true here. Almost perfectly played. The energy and speed at the end seemed higher and faster then normal. MOMA: Heard it at Deer Creek and this one probably wasn't as good. Still, this song will probably be around for a while. Fine with me, I loved it since BEK started. HYHU>CRACKLIN ROSIE>HYHU: Three vacuum solos in two nights? Kick ass. This Rosie was pretty damn good(I don't even know why I'm reviewing a Bob Weaver song). I don't think Tubbs forgot any lyrics. MY SOUL: Good way to end a set. Better this than C. Zero. II: BIRDS OF A FEATHER: Way cool. I heard this to open up the first Providence show. I think it really gets expectations up for a great song to follow when it's placed here ala 2001 in '93-'94. It wasn't nearly as long as the Providence Birds though. WOLFMAN'S BROTHER: Oh yes! I like the funk style shitloads and no song better explores this style than Wolfman's in my opinion(except maybe Ghost). This version didn't dissapoin as it was the centerpiece jam for the night. Probably twenty minutes long, this song overwhelmed me completely. The lights for this song were probably the most beautiful also. TALK: A good segue but not a great song. I guess it follows the slow psychedelic funk of Wolfman's well. Forget it, I can't B.S. I don't like this song whatsoever. Low part of the show. At least it's only a minute or two long. NICU: Fun and tight. Thought for a moment Stash was coming. Oh well, I know better than to have any expectations whatsoever. CASPIAN: Don't like this song too much. BUT, this was pretty cool. Pretty long for a Caspian and had good intensity for the lst three or four minutes. MANGO: Yes! The unpredictability of the last six or seven shows has been wonderful. This is a shining example of that. Great Nectar song that was played flawlessly. DOWN WITH DISEASE: What a great way to end the set. Long and very tight(like all Diseases). This was very emotional for me also as a friend of mine was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease a few weeks ago. Also, the way the set was begun and ended with raging hard rock improv seemed perfect. Nice set:Hard fast improv rock...funk...Hard fast improv rock. ENCORE: RUNNING WITH THE DEVIL: Holy shit. First Ramble On, then Been Caught Stealin, then Rhinocerus, and now Running with the devil? Yippe! New covers to delight Generation Whatever. Good version. Trey sounded a lot like David Lee Roth. Of course, the guitar parts didn't trouble him at all either. YOU ENJOY MYSELF: Is this gonna continue? Complete 15-20 minute epics for encores? I hope so, that's what encores are for in my opinion: to showcase some of the best songs a band has to offer. That was probably one of my only complaints about Phish in years past. Many lame encores(Sleeping>Rocky Top, Sample, etc.) Anyway, this YEM was great the middle space part was very long as was the vocal ending. Also, the lights during the vocal jam was dizzying. Unbelievable way to end a crazy show. OVERALL: I liked this show better than either of the Deer Creek shows for a couple of reasons. While the camping and lot scene are awesome at Deer Creek the venue--to me--has something to be desired. Also, the jamming was better at Lakewood(thanks to Wolfman's and Down w/ Disease) Well, on second thought the Ghost from Deer Creek was incredible. And last, but certainly not least, the sets were about 20 minutes longer at Lakewood. Obviously, a definite plus. Watch out Raleigh, the Boys are back in town!

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