8/9/98 - Virginia Beach Amp, Virginia Beach, VA
I: Punch You In The Eye, Bathtub Gin, Lizards, Moma Dance, Birds of a
Esther, Roget, Bouncing Around The Room, David Bowie
II: AC/DC Bag > Jam > Sparkle, Antelope, Robert & Brian, Waste,
Somewhere Over The Rainbow*, You Enjoy Myself, Frankenstein,
Chalkdust Torture, Ragtime Gal
E: Terrapin Station**
* Instrumental only, no lyrics.
** Grateful Dead Cover, (1st time played)(3rd Anniversary of Jerry Garcia's
What's Up fellow Phish fans,
I have read all of the reviews of the 8/9/98 Virginia Beach show and
I agree with most of them. The lot scene was horrible. I saw people's
trunks being searched and I saw a girl get fined for vending water.
The show itself was, the best thing I have seen yet. I have only
been to ten shows, but this one is by far the best I attended. The
entire first set was so full of energy, and it was a great setlist.
PYITE, Lizards. Bathtub Gin, and an incredible Bowie. At the end of the
first set I could hardly breathe.
The second set was also amazing. AC/DC Bag, Antelope, Over the
Rainbow, YEM, and Frankenstein were all nuts. The vocal jam at the end
of YEM was the best vocal jam I have ever heard in my life; on tape or
in concert. The lights were the coolest ever and Chris is definitley the
The encore was of course Terrappin Station which was superb. It was
a little light on guitar solos but Page was absolutley incredible on the
piano. For those of you who don't like the dead, you have problems. It
was an awesome show even without the encore, so get the tapes.
That's it. I can't wait to see everyone at Hampton, New Haven,
Worcester, and MSG. Have fun and I will see you this fall.
First of all, Virginia Beach is near my hometown. Last year, I was greeted
with an amazing show there to kick off the summer tour. This year I had
determined that things were going to be just as great. I was well aware of
the fact that it was the third anniversary of Jerry Garcia's death, being a
bigger Deadhead than a Phishhead. (Don't get me wrong, I'm definately into
Phish though.) My brother and my friend Sam was with me on the 5th row,
right in front of Page. It was his first show, and I was about to get him
hooked for life.
"Punch You In The Eye" was a great way to get things started. That song
much like "Frankenstein," which was played later, always get me going. I
thought that the "Landlady" portion of the song was played especially well.
"Bathtub Gin" followed. Last year this song was a 25 minute funk party.
At one point in the jam, I was convinced that it was going to be the rest
of the set and the second set was going to be a reprise of the same funk
jam. This year's "Bathtub" was also wonderful. Instead of a lot of
prolonged funk, there was a more melodic jam that followed the composed
portion of the song.
"Lizards" had me going crazy! This was one of a few songs that I had never
seen before that would amaze me as the night went on. This was very well
"Moma Dance" was another new one for me. I recognized it right away from the
"Black Eyed Katy" intro. I really like this song. The funk definately
was flowing throughout.
"Birds of a Feather," one of the new ones from the Island Tour was nice. I
think that this song has a lot of future jamming potential. There is a
lot of high energy that is flowing through this one.
"Esther" was definately a surprise. Another first for me. This was
beautifully played. This is a song that I like a lot more now that I have
seen it live.
"Roget" is one of the better new songs that they debuted this summer tour
in my opinion, at least from the ones that I have heard so far. I think
that this has a huge potential to become the next big song of theirs.
"Bouncing Around the Room" .... this the bitching point for many Phish
phans. Personally, I dont think that there is a lot to bitch about. This
song is pretty consistant - it is usually around 3:50 or so. It's not
anything that I think Phish is ever going to take really deep or anything
like that. But I do think that it is alright enough to hear for a little
less than four minutes. I mean we wait sometimes an hour for them to walk
on stage, why not make it four minutes while they are already on stage
"David Bowie" was incredible!!! This is what did it for my friend Sam, who
witnessing his first live Phish experience.
After a 50-60 minute setbreak, the band walked back stage and pointed out
the full moon that was shining over the lawn in the very back of the
amphitheater. Quite appropriate for something to light up the sky the way
Phish was lighting up the stage.
"AC/DC Bag" kicked off the second set. And this was a nice and strong
version. After the composed part, the band took it really deep and then
Trey started funking it out. It finally calmed down and flowed into.....
"Sparkle," which was kind of a surprise. It was nice though. It kept
people moving after that incredible "AC/DC Bag."
"Run Like an Antelope" was up next, and they took this deep. The jam ended
rather abruptly before going into Trey's spoken bit before the chorus.
"Brian and Robert" followed. This was the first time that I had heard this
song, but I recognized it right off the bat because of the lyrics, which
I had read about before the show. It is nice and slow, but I like it.
Kind of funny, because one of my best friends, Bryan Roberts, is one of
the people who got me into Phish. Kind of fitting. Trey outta have
him come up on stage during the next performance of this song.....
"Waste" was next. I really like this song a lot. I had never seen it live
before either. Trey did a really good job with this. His melodic
guitar at the end really sounded great. Coming out of the end of this
"Somewhere Over the Rainbow." Trey really did a nice job of this. Some say
that this was remembering the rainbow that was spread over the back of
the Virginia Beach Amphitheater last summer (7-21-97) when Phish first
took the stage there.
"You Enjoy Myself!" I love this song. The first time I heard it live was on
the Island Tour in Providence, RI (4-5-98). They really funked it out
there, and I was more than impressed. Well, they didn't let me down
this show either. The vocal jam at the end was absolutely crazy because
they kept building it up and timed it with the lights. It's something
that is hard to explain. You had to be there. The end of the vocal
jam is similar to Pink Floyd's "Several Species of Small Fury Animals
Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict," off of the
"Frankenstein" came after that. This song always gets me going at shows. It
is one of the better covers that Phish plays. I thought that the set
was over here, but apparently I was wrong.... (no complaints!)
"Chalkdust Torture" was up next. "Can't I live while I'm young...."
"Ragtime Gal" ended the set. The guys were standing directly in front of me.
The crowd went nuts after it was over too. Now the wait for the encore....
Well the guys came back out and I was just thinking to myself, what the
hell can they play now?? The show had been absolutely incredible up to
this point. Since I was on the 5th row, I almost made a sign for the show.
As a joke, I was going to write "Fire on the Mountain" on it and hold it
up so Trey and the guys could see it. But then I figured that it would
just piss them off.
Then the first notes of "Terrapin Station" rang out of the speakers. I
went crazy!!!!!! I couldn't believe it!!! That is one of my absolute
favorite Dead songs to begin with, but seeing Phish play it?????? It was
incredible. Trey seemed a little reserved at parts, but altogether, a nice
rendetion. I still can't believe it. What an appropriate ending to the
best show I have ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!!!
in memory of
8/1/42 - 8/9/95
Thought I'd add my .02 to all the others. The first set was fantastic, but I
was distracted because I was four rows above the cordoned-off handicapped
section that was a wide-open boogie floor. The only weak link here was
"Roget", which I think is very weak and will be shelved it I'm lucky. The
Esther was wonderful and the Bowie didn't cease to amaze. I sensed from the
begining of this show that there was something special in the air and the boys
were totally on. After a 110 minute smoking first set, you knew number two
was going to be mind-blowing.
I made an effort to get into the handicapped section, (in which there were no
handicapped people, so one could boogie totally guilt-free), but was rebuffed.
This prompted me to quip: "well, whoever designed this place is handicapped,
isn't that close enough?" I mean, it took forever to get to the bathroom and
back, the bathroom had one way in and out, etc. I think all the security was
there for the people who inevitably melt down when they can't make a simple
walk somewhere. Anyway, I was able to slip into what was essentially a wide
open dance floor with perfect sound for the second set. This was important
because it was sardine city where I was and the boys were fixin to blow my
AC/DC bag was extended and funky to start off as I thought about how I was in
one of those places that I'll always remember, complete with the moon just
over the crowd that Trey so thoughtfully pointed out. How perfect everything
was at this point. Sparkle was hilarious to me because we were right next to
all the private boxes with the tables and the whole bit. Now, the song
Sparkle is essentially about peeling away from your friends and being
yourself. There was an unfortunate girl that was sitting, (that's right, they
all were sitting), really moving, but couldn't find the courage to just jump
up and shake it like she had no backbone. Rose syndrome from Titanic, if you
will. Anyway, suffice it to say it's always funny to see people sit through
Sparkle or Antelope, for that matter. Antelope smoked, as usual, and this
early in the set confirmed to me that indeed this evening was da bomb and it
wasn't just me. I was amazed at how they brought down the searing peak and
kind of did a start-stop, gear-shifting thing down into the groove before the
lyrics. Usually this is just an abrupt stop, but they are always re-
inventing, and this was a gleeful example. Brian and Robert is one of my
favorite new songs, and it's notable that this song is an example of
performers being confident enough to bring things all the way down, because
they know they can get it back up---only the great ones...Waste was sweet as
always and I would echo another's sentiment that it reminds one of tours past.
The Somewhere over the Rainbow riffs were affirmation that I was witnessing a
pinnacle of my Phish experiences. It was just so perfect and
emotional---utterly sublime. YEM followed and I must admit that I'm sick of
this song---I saw a lackluster version in ATL and it's lost it's snap for me.
It was a nice version, though,(as if they'd phone one in at this point), and I
was treated to the specatular perpendicular white lights for the ending vocal
jam. These spin around at varying speeds as the band makes noises that make
one feel as if they're on a rollercoaster or something---especially cool now
that I was on the Jerry-prints doses. Anyway, the Frankenstein was searing,
as usual, and I think this may be the song theat Phish plays better than any
other. It is absolutely perfect for them and I wish Edgar Winter could see
one of these---I imagine it would make him jealous---what a song, and what a
set! But no, how about a Chalk Dust just for the hell of it? A song that
always delivers and is a perfect addition to the soundtrack for this time of
utter bliss for me. Indeed, can I live while I'm young? The Ragtime Gal was
sweet, as usual, especially since I needed time to get my breath back. Always
amazed at the effect of Phish's versatility. O.K., the encore is upon us.
This show has blown my mind already and all I'm thinking is Coil to make this
the perfect show. I'm asking the true fan next to me if he still thinks
Merriweather was better and he's finally wavering. (I missed that show).
Note: He was on four jerryprints for that show, the night before. (dude, if
you read this, E-mail me!) Anyway, the opening notes to Terrapin float out
and beverages and God knows what else fly---total bedlam! I'm hugging
strangers completely beside myself, and, oh, yeah, it is August 9th isn't it?
I've seen 37 Dead shows and was lucky enough to catch this tune quite a few
times, so it was veeerrry emotional for me. I cried because I miss Jerry and
probably cried because the greatest thing in my life, Phish, were playing a
perfect tribute to him. It also occurred to me that Trey was a huge fan too
and he was absolutely pouring his heart and soul into that song. How he
managed to sing, I'll never know. To summarize, I saw Spartanburg in '94, and
Chicago and Atlanta for Halloween, and I think this show is right there with
Chicago as my favorite of 27. Phish are at their best right now, and that's
like the Michael Jordan of music.
P.S. Please write, (snail mail), to Phish and plead with them to boycott Va
also, we need to move Lemonwheel to Montana or something because all the
thievery, etc. was due to the punks from Boston who had a relatively short
drive to ruin a lot of people's experience. Thanks and Peace....Garrett
Phish P.O. Box 4400, Burlington, VT 05406-4400
I got there about 3:45 with my father...who also attended the show,
but i'll get into that later. To tell the truth I was a little scared
with the parking lot scene at fist, as the couple in the car next to
ours started to make a stew of some sort. We left the car for the
gate about 4:45 and sat on the lawn in front of the gate. The gates
opened promptly at 5:45(15 minutes late) and my father and I got
great lawn seats(front middle section about 10 feet from the front)
and we relaxed while the other fans were getting seated. There were
some nice college guys in front of us who were talking about the
other summer setlists and one of the guys gave my father a tie-dyed
antelope sticker. The show started promptly at 7:45 (45 minutes late)
and the first set went a little somehting like this:
Punch You In the Eye which, never hearing it before i naivelt thought
was Wilson. It was a pretty good jam(i've desired a liking for the
song) and really got the crowd going. It really got me going when i
saw on the screen how into it trey was and how happ he looked up
there(i always pictured him more vain). From that look i knew the
show was going to rock. Next came
Bathtub Gin which i though was good....it was familier to me so i
liked it. By this time i figured screw the fact that I was there with
my father i'm going to have some fun. So i started to dance and
really got into the song by the time the jam was at it's peak. And to
bring the crowd 's energy back up from the funky Bathtub Gin came
Lizards, which as i said was full of energy and really got me
grooving. By this time I realized there was an attractive gal not to
far away from me in a red tank top. Although she was with her
boyfriend who was about twice my sive i could tell she was into me.
It seemed to me that the guys were really putting a lot of effort
into the song and tried not to make too many errors, keeping it
pretty standard, next however came...
Momma Dance, which was another new one to me but is now one of my
favofavorites, Starting off very funky and then ending with an
Birds of a Feather, brought the crowd up to yet another intensity
level. Unlike the providence version this one had a lot more energy.
Hoping to see this one on the next album
Esther really struck me as out of place but the crowd as well
as myself really got into it. Another jam which the guys especially
page meticulously delivered. At this point i told my father that i
bet they end with David Bowie
Roget came next and I can't really remember that much about this
one...a good jam though. Brought the red shirted girl a few more
inches in my direction until we started...
Bouncing Around the Room, which I'm not really into expecially since
i figured that the set was over after it, but i was wrong when after
a spacey intro i heard the first recognizable notes of
David Bowie, boy was i on. They really jammed on this one and i mean
jammed. Especially on the section just before the endingas you could
tell they wanted to give the fans enough energy to hold for..
A 50 minute intermission, which i took part in the crush to the
restroom and got the urinal after a guy in a skirt. Well while waiting
50 minutes I started to recolect on the first set and i concluded that
it was simply awesome...and the only way that the second set could top
it was if they did a YEM. So the second set started at about 10:20 and
started off with trey commenting on the full moon that the stage was
facing a beautiful sight to accompany the beautiful sound of ...
AC/DC Bag which totally rocked the house...full of energy...what jam
lasted for about 12 minutes and then moved in to
Sparkle. By htis time Miss Red shirt was definatly into me and i could
tell in her moves that she was not dancing with her Boyfriend....what
evershe did with him she was picturing it was me...Our sexual energy
were coliding making the guy in between us dance really crazy. they guys
were really going crazy on the ending of Sparkle which ended and made
the crowd go wild as they started
Run Like an Antelope, which i think is an awesome song and danced it to
every note. They really put a lot of energy into this one and you could
tell that it was there goal to give this show a theme of high energy.
Almost like that kind of energy that you get after drinking one of those
protein shakes. And what better to digest the shake with than
Brian and Robert. Which personally left me confused as it did the rest
of the crowd it seemed. But if gave me a good chance to check out miss
red shirt. After that nice little jingle came
Waste, which is one of those songs that you don't anticipate them
playing but when you see how happy trey looks while playing it you are
so grateful for it. It made me just want to look
Somewhere Over the Rainbow which Trey beautifully squeeked out of his
guitar. this song really broght me into another land which was the
closest thing to heaven as they started
You Enjoy Myself.....i couldn't believe it....a YEM at my first show, so
naturally i thought it was awesome, they played it beautifully and i was
so amazed and flabbergasted when i saw the trampoline act....i had heard
of the trampolines but never really understood what they did with them,
but now i know it as the synchronized bouncing, which should be an
olympic sport. The vocal jam i thoug was cool and the lights really were
awesome. the think that the vocal jam was making a reference to the
planes flying above....at least that what i though of it. Well i being
kinda new to phish was really confused when they went into
Frankenstein. I don't have to much to say....I thought they were doing a
cover but silly me. By this time I'm sure they were going to walk off
stage but i was mistaken when I heard the first notes of
Chalkdust Torture...which was a great jam and everyone was going crazy
and we could tell that the set was soon ending and the guys almost
walked off the stage but sat a little...
Hello My Baby and really got the crowd going wild. Everyone was really
looking forward to the encore and had no clue what it would
be......never in my life have i seen tears of joy flow so much as i did
when the first notes of
Terrapin Station came out of those speakers...now i'm not that much of a
dead fan and don't know much about their songs...but i thought the jam
was good as did the other 25000 people that were there.
If i had to rate it I'd have to give it a 10 being my first show and
getting two sets 90 and 80 minutes long with an 11 min encore, and
having a YEM, a great encore and a red shirted girl near by.
Leaving was a bit of a hassle and i got a neclace from what i now
realized was a beatiful young lady.
My father enjoyed it...except for the standing....if anyone say a 200lb
man with grey hair in his late 40's wearing a bright yellow polo shirt
and looking like a big lemon drop....drop me a line at
and that was my very badly mispelled $0.2
i'd really like this show on tape since it rocked and was my first....so
if you can help me out i have some hq to trade.
Given all the reviews of VA Beach already, I'll just throw a few extra
This is a must-hear show, not only for the encore! The flow was a smooth
contrast to Merriweather, and jams- creative, unpredictable ones the way I
like 'em- popped up here and there throughout the show. My favorite was
the Bathtub Gin: I got hosed by this one just as I was hosed by last
year's at VA Beach, but in a totally different way. Where last year it was
a charging funk groove, this one was pretty and melodic, banking and
soaring like a hawk in the clouds- and then at setbreak I even saw one go
The post-AC/DC Bag jam was another highlight, but started out rather
ham-handedly by Trey. He stubbornly played in the direction he wanted to
go until everybody else finally steered over there- into classic '97-style
"Trey jam" territory, and then some.
Other memorable bits: All the times Mike was "vibrating people"; the
weirdly veering spots in Antelope; the lullaby Rainbow rising out of space
before YEM. I joked Trey was a year late, remembering last year's rainbow,
but my husband said, "No, it's been 3 years, this is for Jerry," and it
suddenly felt even more touching. (Hence the extra surprise from me for
Terrapin- I felt the memorial had already been played!)
The only unmemorable bit for me was Robert & Brian. I don't generally have
strong negative reactions to Phish songs, but this one was like watching
paint dry: don't the lyrics even call for that ("staring at the walls")?
:) It wasn't just because it was slow and quiet, because I loved the
gentle Waste that followed- in fact, the redeeming feature of R&B was
that it served as such a nice contrast for how darned good a song Waste
is. Maybe R&B will be OK to hear on the album when we *are* staring at
the walls at home, but thumbs-down in concert.
Finally, I loved the other new songs, eg Roget (aka Plaid Underpants
Song). I finally got to listen to it this time around and will love to
hear it on the album. Roget sounds like it has great potential to open up
even more live, too- another Ghost? Birds of a Feather vectored forward
like a train on tracks, and I kept hearing guest accompaniments in my
head. Does anyone else see a harmonica, sax or even a whole horn section
working with this?
If they're going to play like this all the time in Virginia (isn't that
area blessed, what with Hampton?), I hope they'll stay for 2 nights next
BTW, the water was great, too!
Diana Hamilton -- firstname.lastname@example.org -- Baltimore, MD USA
what a beautiful end for a three show run - as everyone has mention'd -
the parkin' lot
scene sucked and the traffic sucked - enough said - get beyond all of
that and you
have one the best shows ever - the smiles on everyones faces that night
will never leave me -
lots of love at these past three shows and i'd like to thank everyone
for that - thank you phish for
rememberin' jerry - we love you guys - terrapin station was absolutely
beautiful - hope everyone
whose makin' the haul to maine takes the time to look around and smell
the roses - be safe, keep
the scene clean and enjoy - good luck to everyone mail orderin' for
phall - wish me luck for
hampton and vegas
karmen and jodie piland
We got to the show a little bit early and were walking around the parking
lots. The fed's were so strict busting people for drinking beers in the
parking lot. Usually they just make us pour them out. Well we moved to the
other lot and it was much better. Mike was riding around in the golf cart
before the show and we got to chat with him for a little bit which is always
cool. Anyways, I had a feeling that this show was going to ROCK and it did.
PYITE: This song as a first set opener is a little wierd. It wasn't really
good placement for the song. During the Landlady portion it seemed as though
Trey was messing around in excitement. I thought maybe something amazing was
going to happen.
Bathtub Gin: Wow! I called this song and they played it. What an amazing
version of the song. It must have gone on for about 20 minutes. I always
love hearing this song. The jam from this song went into...
Lizards: This song was a surprise. I wasn't expecting it at all. It was an
absolutly flawless version. Page was amazing on the piano. At this point I
was wondering if they were going to do a Gamehendge set. I was getting really
excited until they stopped and Trey didn't talk. It was okay because they
played one of my favorite new tunes...
MOMA Dance: This song is probably the funkiest song that I've heard Phish
play. It was absolutly amazing. I love how they incorperate words into
Black-Eyed Katy. It seems as though they really have fun playing it.
Birds of a Feather: This was fun to hear again. Even though I've heard it a
bunch of times but at least they didn't jam too long off it. It was nice and
ESTHER!: Perhaps the biggest surprise of the night. I remember looking up at
the screen and seeing what looked like an Esther doll during BOAF. This was
the first time that I have seen this tune live and It was the most amazing
thing that I have ever wittnessed. Page played so well and Trey usually flubs
the lyrics a bit; but this was the tightest version I've heard.
Roget: This is another of my favorite new songs. I love Trey's playing
during the song. It was such a good song and towards the end was really cool.
It's really hard to explain so everyone just has to make sure that they listen
Bouncing: A good filler song. Not much to say about it.
David Bowie: THE MOST AMAZING BOWIE!! This Bowie was sooooo tight and there
were no slow parts to it. Just some HARD CORE JAMMING!!!
On a scale from 1-10 I would rate the first set a 9. They played a bunch of
songs that I liked and played them soooo well.
At the beggining of the second set Trey commented about what we look at being
the stage, and what they look at which was the full moon above the crowd.
AC/DC Bag: I was definently not expecting this song. It's always fun to hear
and they didn't jam that long. This song segued into...
Sparkle: A definate crowd pleaser. There really is nothing much to say about
this song. They played it really fast towards the end.
Antelope: I was surprised to hear this early in the set. It didn't really
live up to the expectations of other Antelopes I've heard and it was pretty
short. Although zI've heard better this is one of my favs. It definently
Brian & Robert: I do not remember this song at all.
Waste: This is such a cool song to hear live. If I'm not mistaken they
jammed for a couple of minutes. It was a very pretty song.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow: WOW! After Waste everything just slowed down and
got very mellow. Page just busted it out. The most beautiful thing I've ever
heard. Page played a verse, then Trey played a verse. Wow. I was expecting
them to play this in North Carolina after the rainbow appeared but that's
Phish for you.
YEM: Excellent version. The vocal jam was INTENSE! I would say more about
this song but I've heard it 4 times this tour.
Now I thought they played Chalkdust before they played Franknstein but I could
be wrong. Anywho,
Frankenstein: Always insane. I love to hear this song live because the crowd
Chalkdust: I don't really like this song. I know it's a fan favorite but for
some reason I don't like it. I guess it was good but I wasn't really paying
Hello My Baby: I love hearing them sing acapella. This was awesome.
Everyone wanted Freebird but Ragtime Gal was good enough for me.
The second set was really cool although it ended on a sort of slow note I
loved it up to Frankenstein but after that, kind of lost my intrest. Overall
The second set would get an eight.
I'm not even going to mention Terrapin Station (yuck)!!!
Hope to answer some of the questions that anone had. If not e-mail me at
All I have to say is that Phish was punishing us for having such a shitty
scene, riots the night before, near riots before VA, I think they're sick of
it. Listen to the lyrics of the second set and you'll see what I mean. It
was one of the worst Phish sets I've ever seen, minus the Antelope, where they
were emphasizing how out of control it's getting.The YEM was sooo short! They
even rubbed it in by wastin time with the Somewhere Over the Rainbow stuff.
Then the Torture just explained it even more! The Terrapin was just adding
why sooo many bunk kids are at shows, because the Dead are gone! I can't
believe people say that this show was GREAT! :(
Without a doubt, the best show I have ever seen in my whole phish life.
I don't feel like doing all the songs so I will just ramble. First th
lot. What the fuck. I saw some dude beaten up and lifted by his
dread-locks. When asked what the charge was, the cop answered that he
didn't know, but he knew it was something bad. WHat. My friend got
maced. Another got a drinking ticket. What the hell is going on .
these cops were out for blood.
the show, however, made up for it. For those of you who weren't there
to wittness the miracle that was David Bowie, Lizards, and the entire
second set, sucks for you. I hate to say that the encore made this show
one for ages, but hell, it did. I love the Dead. They were my first
love and that's just the way it is. I never thought, with all the
animosity between phish and the deadheads, that the boys would do a dead
song, but it happened.
Maybe it was the cops that caused this, but I have a feeling that the
reason that the lot was so quiet afterwards was awe. Pure disbelief on
behalf of the phans. I myself couldn't talk.
If you were not there, I wouldn't even get the tapes. It will depress
you too much. Absolutely indescribable show. A+ (I never thought I
woul;d give one of those.)
Buck from Maryland
I will keep this short, most people coverd the show fairly well.
I have to say the Lot scene was sooooo god darn bunk. It really depressed me
and Iwas really itchign for some shrooms to pick me up from my lack of sleep.
Thank god i never found them. Undercover, mounted cops, you name it, all out
in force. SEriously this was the most insane display of police assholiness I
ahve ever witnessed and I am one who tendsto defend COPS in many instances,
but this was 100% uncalled for before and after the show...
I was not too high on the first set. Did not think anythign was that special
and I even dislike Moma Dance. Wish they woudl return back to a straight Black
Esther , my first was cool, but w/ a Lizzards earlier in teh set it was
totally a pain in a way. Weird set, Bowie ok, nothing great... STill thought
Crowd had no energy in comparison to MErriweather. GOtta love shows in the
OK, stubbed down from the lawn to really close Fishman side. I just need to be
near the action to wake up.
AC DC,--- called it and great version, my first in 17 shows...
Sparkle.--- High Energy.
Brian & RObert
Waste...... Both were SOOOOOO needed to cool down. PERFECT
placement! I really needed to rest, the sweat wasway high.
Rainbow --- Very Cool
YEM --- Good stuff, but somewhat lackluster in some way, a flub, low energy,
Vocal JAm --- VERY Cool and Chris really took it to a nother level, the band
to keep on top of his game w/ the White strobe, streak lights twirling round
and round. Sick shit!!!!
Chalkdust. ----NOt a rager like Raleigh, but this set was going down well...
RAgtime --- Good cool down, long set, such talent.
TERRAPIN--- WTF!!!!?!?!?!?!?!? This was soooooo great and such a treat. Must
been a long talk amongst the boys to decide to go for it. The circle was
complete. I Was at DArien last summer, and now this so the circle
really is kinda there and figured out. This was my 14th show in a year and
a good weekend closer.
Terrapin was sooo well done, but had one MAJOR problem... TRey actually got
all the words down right . Gotta give credit to Josh Zelkowitz for that one..
Great show, one for the ages for the second set. The boys are on fire. YEt,
the Venue sucked and I doubt they will ever head back there w/ the cops being
such dicks. My friend doing hte whole tour was way down about the scene and
so wer all her friends...oh well. Gee, TERRAPIN and SABOTAGE... what a weekend
First, let me say I havn't seen a lot of Phish shows. I have seen a ton of
Dead shows though and for anybody to say the VA Beach show was less than
spectacular from start to finish has lost touch with their senses. All I
have to say is the tape speaks for itself. Only on rare occasions did the
Dead ever reach the peaks that Phish live on. I am very sorry to hear of
all the troubles with the police. It is uncalled for and a shame. This
was the best show I have seen in years and the three shows I saw over the
weekend were great fun. See you in the fall.
great show!! As youve heard the lot was a ghost town due to the police
presence. Inside it was bad too my friend got his smoking apparatus
taken by security and they were constantly policing the lawn.
First set was good with a pretty good Gin and a funky Moma Dance/BEK (Ive
only heard one other version [Copenhagen] so I dont know how it compares,
but I really do like it a lot). The Bowie was really solid!! Great
lightwork by Chris!
Second set was great. The AC/DC was really tight and though I wasnt
excited when they went into Sparkle ( I think something more funky like
Ghost or Tube would have been better) it was good enough. The Antelope was
standard. Brian and Robert and Waste didnt do much for me, but the
Somewhere over the Rainbow riff had me thinking that they were about to
start something nice..
YEM>Frankenstein was GREAT!! Trampolines and all and then this crazy vocal
jammed buttressed by an insane light show at the end of YEM..The
Frankenstein was a great call out of YEM (I seem to recall Frankenstein
being segued into although the setlist says differently). A standard
Charlkdust followed and then the Ragtime Gal ended the set.
The encore was amazing! At first I thought they were just going to tease
it (i.e. just play the 'Lady with a Fan' part) but as Trey approached the
mike and sang the first words I knew we were in for a treat. Irrespective
of all the hoopla about Phish playing a Dead song, they did a beautiful
rendition of it and the interplay between Trey and Page was great. This
was one of the most intense show-going moments I have experienced (note: I
never saw the Dead). The full moon, the beautiful night sky set the stage
for an amazing moment that Ill not soon forget.
WOW] WOW] WOW] I took highway 13 through Maryland's eastern
shore to avoid I 95. I knew there would be a toll for the
Chesapeake Bay Bridge/Tunnel, but I didn't care--it was well worth
it to avoid the quagmire on I95. I rolled into Va. Beach about
5:00 and headed straight to the venue. I was parked in the
furthest lot, as usual, and I wanted to swing some beers before
the show. I immediately noticed the numerous signs forbidding
vending, but, undaunted, I sold about 10 anyway before the show.
I iced down the rest right before I went in in the hopes that they
wouldn't shoo us out of there too quickly after the show. Anyway,
so PYITE opens the show] Every show I have ever been to that was
opened with PYITE has rocked, so I was psyched. Straight into
Bathtub Gin, which is always a good dancing tune. Then, a slight
Tela tease (but they had played it last night]) and into Lizards]
I was beside myself--I hadn't heard it in so long and I had been
listening to it on a tape earlier in the day hoping to hear it.
The Moma Dance came next--sweet, funky tune and my first, although
I did hear BEK last year. Birds of a Feather didn't move
mountains for me, then, could it be? Esther]] Now, I know a lot
of hardcore phans don't like Esther, but I personally love it]
Probably a lot to do with the fact that I waited like 18 shows to
hear it, and the version I heard (Deer Creek '96) has f#cked up
sound. Needless to say, I was loving it at this point. Roget is
a fun new tune, and I look forward to hearing it again.
Bouncin'--well, at least it is short. Into Bowie] Not the best
one I have heard, but a great way to close out a sick set, I
thought. At this point, my shirt was absolutely dripping and I
had a seat in like row 20 right in front of Mike. It was pretty
crowded in there, but I wasn't moving. Unfortunately, to my right
was Jane and Johnny First Show and they stood stock still the
whole time and they were quite annoyed that I kept knocking into
them while dancing, but I wasn't about to stop. I was way ready
't as amazing as some I haay to start it off than with AC/DC Bag?
Then, Sparkle which is OK and all, but I have just heard so many
of them. Antelope is always a good one, but this one didn't move
mountains or anything. They weren't afraid to bust out the Brian
and Robert (aka the suicide song) again, then into Waste which was
nice because it reminds me so much of summer '96 tour (of which I
did all but Utah). Over the Rainbow--yeah, whatever, then into
YEM. I was beginning to worry that the show was going to taper
off into a FEFY-Lifeboy-Sample type of thing. The YEM wasn't as
amazing as some I have seen (like 12/29/96) but the lights and
vocal jam were quite cool. Then, Frankenstein--YES] we can deal
with this and I knew my earlier fears had been assuaged.
Chalkdust, which I always enjoy came next and then Ragtime Gal
(pretty standard). I thought for sure a Loving Cup was gonna come
out as the encore, but I was stunned to hear the opening notes of
Terrapin Station come instead. I have mixed feelings about it,
myself. It was definitely nice to hear and I think they did it wel
In my 5 year, 42 show history, I have never come back from a weekend
more excited. All of my doubts and questioning have been put to rest.
Last years summer tour to me was average, including the WENT (as
compared to the BALL). The fall toru stepped up a big notch and New
Years to many was a let down in many ways (the 30th was better to many).
And then came what will be known as the best summer tour ever (in my
opinion). I have been watching setlists since Europe with high
expectations. And somewhere around Kansas all of my expectations were
met. Look at the songs, The Wedge, Tela, Dog Log, Buried Alive, My
Friend.....the list goes on including all of these amazing knew covers.
These songs are played once a tour if we are lucky and personally, I
can't understand why. In 40 shows I've seen 32 DWD but never a Tela. I
hear more rare songs this weekend (MD & VA) than I have in the last few
years. And even after all of the happiness and satisfying music of this
tour, the unexpected and unbelievable has happpened.............TERRAPIN
I still can't believe I heard them play that, I would of cried
(literally) if I missed this defining in PHISH history. It was fate that
I was there (I can't go to Maine this year) and now I know why. For all
of you that missed it..........get the tapes.
**** It's not just about them playing a Dead song. It's about Phish
breaking through new ground this summer.About going where nobody thought
they would or could go musically and spiritually. And that despite all
of the negativity that has going around the last year or two, the best
band in America will prove to you all just that. To all of the dedicated
fans who ignore the bullshit and truly love the music, I think it is
safe to say that this tour will propell us and them into the 21 century!
After reading the few brief reviews of Merriwether available here at the
Site of Sites, a review of my own came a'gurgling out! The view from the
lawn was a bit obstructed by an unusually large volume of tall people.
Yup. There was an inordinate amount of phans well into their cups and
drunkenly raging. They tell me Summer Tour is like that. The lights were
precision perfect like the sun on the ocean. The sound, while a little
low, was otherwise clear and sweet. The giant video screen for we lawn
phish was welcome and the high speed editing, especially during the HYHU
after Fish's soulful "Sexual Healing" cover and that amazing encore, was
unparalleled. The encore. I'm jumping ahead here but, I was a Beastie
Boys fan before I was a Phish fan. From the times when the BB were
playing punk shows at CBGB and the Capitol Theater in Passaic, NJ, with
Fishbone and Murphy's Law. Ya' know, the old daze! That encore was so
unexpected and joyful and roust-around sing-along good that it made my
face hurt from grinning.
What was the deal with that minor dust-up in the parking lot after the
show? The Mounties quelled the disturbance but for a few seconds the air
was thick with bottles and curses. I'd heard it was locals come down to
gawk........unsubstantiated at best!
Four days til we leave for the Wheel!!!!!
Sean "Fathead" Casey
i need to say something about the va beach show:
you llook at the setlist and basically shit in your pants, then you hear the
reviews of how completly on point the boys were in their jams, but one thing
that completly makes this show one of the best i've ever seen was the light
show. i'm not sure who does the light show for the shows, but he was beyond
magical last night.
during the "several species of small furry creatures. . ." (pink floyd cover
from umagumma--it's the vocal jam that was all cracked out) piece, the lights
were rising and falling with the jam, and directly on with the vocal nonsense,
making for an incredible spectacle. the entire experience was mesmerizing and
the entire amphitheatre was going apeshit. i can't imagine what it all looks
like for the band, being surrounded by incredible lighting that joins
perfectly with their tunes. the entire second set was like this, simply
LIZARDS was amazing. simply put. by far one of my favorite gamehendge tunes,
and done almost flawlessly.
I'd never seen the trampoline dances before and was greatly impressed, a great
way to get the crowd to go even more nuts.
basically the second set was phenomenal. every second, every tune seemed to
try and shadow what had been played before; the energy was just building
building and building. we were wondering what could be done to make the show
end without letting anyone down. the presentation of Terrapin satisfied more
than greatly. my friend joe pondered a dead cover b/c we knew it was the 3rd
aniversary of jerry's death. he guessed begonias, and when they broke into
terrapin, i knew instantly what it was and hoped they carried it off well.
they didn't let me down.
a monumental and mystical show. not much more to say. well, one quick thing:
waste is a great song. . .beautifully done, wonderful lyrics. . .a true song
for those in love. i wished anna could have been with me the entire time. .
.not to mention the entire show.
well, keep on keeping on and i'll catch ya'll next time around.
(one day i will have one of the VIP booths at GTE. then i'll give out tickets
and say "just go to drew's." it will happen. oh yes it will happen)
almost got thrown-out even before i got in the show......cop busted us for an
"open container" [$15 + $30 Process fee (what?)] the security was
outrageous......you have to ask someone who was there for a verbal
description....the lot was like a ghost town by 5:00pm......at that time
everything should have been in full tilt.......i think phish knew they would
never be back (i know i won't go) so the blew the place apart.......it was
like 94 again....the jams were intense rather than funky ...was just me or was
saturday and sunday's lot scenes like night and day?
it is PHISHIN' time......last night in VA Beach was unbePHreakinlieveable
(sp?). 8/9/95 (the day the music died)...8/9/98 3rd year
anniversary....phish's encore: Terrapin fuckin' Station....tight as shit...no
real jams to speak of...but a lot fun nonetheless.......the first time phish
has played a dead song since like 1984 (correct me if i am wrong)...first time
they ever played terrapin live (did trey start Wharf Rat and quit it for
terrapin?).......the whole place went nutzzzzzzzzz.......one amazing sing
along......by the way there was a cressent moon in the
sky......unreal.......btw we thought the show was one of the best we ever saw
even before the encore....my favorite attended show is 11/29/97....i feel it
is even better than 12/30/97....i wish ever music lover could have been
there.......it was just crazy.
ps. i thought i was gonna piss myself during that YEM.....the vocal jam lights
were crazy...i wish everyone could have been there.....haven't felt this good
since 11/29/97 wooster
Set I (90 minutes)
PYITE, Bathtub, Lizards, Moma Dance, Birds, Esther, Roget, Bouncin, Bowie
Set II (81 minutes)
AC/DC>Sparkle>Antelope, Brian and Robert, Waste>Somewhere Over the Rainbow>
(Trey played theme over space jam)YEM, Frankenstein, Chalkdust, Hello Ma Baby*
E: Terrapin Station (WOW)
Ok, we are gonna hear alot bout this show in the years to come for one reason
I think. That being the encore. Cause in my personal opinion the rest of the
show wasnt spectacular Phish. Yes, it was the band in good form, but not the
intense band that I've seen before.
PYITE- The guys cam on at like 7:40, thats the earliest i've ever seen. I
knew something was up with this show. Well, theirs really not much to say
bout this sound cept the boyz played it right and didnt mess it up at all.
Its always a good opener in my opinion, I really rocks when they break into
the heavier part after the spacey beginning. Good enough for me
Bathtub Gin- I had read alot of reviews of this song in the past few shows so
I was hopeing for a great version. Well, it was a good version, Ive heard
better on tape and in concert. Trey noodled around for a while and then the
groove started kicken. Page and Trey had this dope beat flowin and the
Chairman of the Boardss when nuts. Overall, you gotta love this song, no
matter when its played cause its such a great groove and they take it so many
Lizards- havent heard this one in a while, so it was well recived by me and
the rest of the crowd. Pages solo was exceptionally long. Trey was talkin to
Paul during Page's soloso I think that was why it was longer than normal.
They were tryin to get Trey's levels right. But otherwise good solo and Trey
didnt mess up the end that much. when he did, he recovered well.
MOMA Dance- I saw Trey talk to Fish before the song and saw Fishman pull up
the mic to his mouth, so I was euther expecting this or Sleeping Monkey. Im
glad i got this. I was a real big fan of Black eyed Katy so this song was
well recieved. The funk was deep as usual.
Birds of a Feather- Wasnt too thrilled bout this one. Not one of my favs. but
I really like how trey has rearranged his solo since the Island tour. Its
quite a buildup and gets really spacey at the end, with lots of tension and
release. This song surprised me, I think I like it more now
Esther- Well, i think a lot of you are gonna hate me for this one, but I hate
Esther. I could honestly do without it. Yeah ok, so its never played and I
got to see it. Yeah thats pretty cool I guess. But its just personal
opinion. So if you like it, good for you, cause i dont.
Roget- Good song, probably one of the better of all the new songs. I like the
vocal interplay between all the members of the group. I think this may be
one of the few songs where all the boys sing some lead vocals. Very Cool
Bouncin'- Yaaaaaaaaaaaay, its bouncin, Nuff said
Bowie- thank God, a few people thought they were gonna end the set with
bouncin. Of course, I knew better. It was a good Bowie, I love the E minor
jam. I thought it was kinda short, bathtub was longer. But the ending was
one again killer and had some great interplay between the guys.
Overall a cool set, very long. Bathtub and Bowie were my highlights
AC/DC- Cool opener. I love this song. I was hopein they would bring back the
old jam where Trey reachs new levels with his soloing. but they opted for the
funky jam much like 12/30/97. I was kinda pissed initially, but the jam
progressed and got really cool. All I remmeber is Page goin nuts of the
boards. Very cool version.
Sparkle- This is about the happiest song the band could ever play. I love the
lights during the song. Its not a great song in my opinion, just really fun
to dance to and sing along with.
Antelope- this was the highlight of my show...and probably every other show
ive seen them do it. you really cant ay enough about this song. It always
rocks, it always makes people go nuts and it always makes a set awesome. One
thing was, they kinda screwed up the end of the jam into the half-time
section. Page and Mike kept goin with the jam and Trey and Jon stopped.
Overwise, this made my show, cause Im not a dead fan and really didnt care
about the encore
Robert & Brian- ok, I guess, noce and slow so I could rest
Waste- Thanks for givin me more time to rest guys. I like this song though.
Nothing different it. well played
Somewhere Over the Rainbow-Trey cept goin on the outro to Waste and morphed
into this song. It was really cool how he did it. Mad props to you Trey.
the rest of the band came in after the first verse section. No lyrics, good
they didnt sing it, I think
YEM- They picked up YEM with about 30 minutes left in the show, so I was
hopein to hear an amazin version. Well this one kinda sucked. It didnt go
anywhere. trey barely soloed. After pages keyboard section they just kinda
stopped and went into the vocal jam. Vocal jam was cool though. Topher was
great on the lights as usual. Does anyone else wanna hear Mike play his old
bass solo in this song?
Frankenstein- seems every show i got to they play this. Cool song though.
very well played
Chalkdust-wasnt expecting this one. great song, I kinda wanted the solo to be
longer but it was ok. Not alot of tension and release, but the song still
Ragtime Gal- acapella as usual, always fun to hear
Terrapin- I figured they'ed do another cover. I was never expecting this
though. The place went bonkers. Never ehard such a loud reaction to a song
before. Well I'm not a dead fan so I wont comment on how well they covered
it. Still a good song to hear
Ok, now listen. this show wasnt so great. It was really long and had some
good songs in it. But YEM didnt go anywhere and there really wasnt anything
specia bout the show cept the encore. Im kinda a harsh critic of the band.
But if you liked the show, good for you. Still, seein the band anytime is a
wonderful experience and I had a great time. I think this may be one of the
most popular tapes out there in the years to come. Considering they broke the
one cardinal rule they set down back in the day.
GTE Amp. Virginia Beach.
just wanted to tell anyone who wasn't at the show last night that the
amount of police brutality was uncalled for and should not be tolerated
from phans or phish management. i witnessed brothers and sisters beaten
in the head with sticks, maced, knocked down by horses, and all kinds of
other horrible things just because kids were vending. the whole thing
boiled over when they were arresting this sister for selling a water to
an undercover and she was crying and the cops were beating her in the
head. the crowd went crazy and started throwing bottles at the cops and
busted out the back window on a cop car and the cops went crazy and
started macing people and stuff. it was totally caused by overzealous
cops who have a hard-on for fucking with our brothers and sisters. i
encourage everyone in the phish community to voice your opinions to
phish management, the virginia beach municpal police, and the GTE
Virginia Beach Amp. and tell them that this kind of brutality WILL NOT
BE TOLERATED! we are kind people and do not deserve to be treated like
criminals by pigs. i personally will never visit nor spend any money in
virginia beach again, and i encourage all of you to boycott the city of
virginia beach and the GTE Virginia Beach Amp.
Justin R. Holt
Market Data Solutions
Now this ranks up there with 12/30/97 as my favorite show of all time.
You guys who weren't there totally missed a really fun time. Trey
seemed like he was so juiced for the whole show. After like, every
song, he was acknowleding the audience when they cheered like mad. Some
of the songs in the show seemed off a bit, but most of them were
dead-on. And the song selection will beat you to a pulp if you didn't
see it yet. Even though you probably know, I'll post the setlist just
I: PYITE, Bathtub Gin, Lizards, Moma Dance, Birds of a Feather,
Esther, Roget, Bouncing Around the Room, David Bowie
II: AC/DC Bag > Sparkle, Antelope, Brian and Robert, Waste,
Somewhere Over the Rainbow*, YEM, Frankenstein, Chalk Dust,
E: Terrapin Station**
*instrumental (Trey on guitar)
**First time played - Grateful Dead tune - (Anniversary of Jerry's
Of course traffic to the show for us was a bitch. It sucked out the
wazoo. Didn't get into the lots until I think, 7:45. As soon as I shut
my car door, I heard HEY! - which meant that we were missing PYITE, then
the long walk which took all of PYITE and Bathtub that followed.
PYITE: didn't really get a really good chance to hear it that well,
although the closer and faster we walked, we could hear it better, -
hey, sounded good to me.
BATHTUB: the same goes for this. We got to our seats(in the 8th row, by
the time this one was just ending.
LIZARDS: Great version. Just about flawless. Don't you just love that
weird, wacky look on Trey's face as he stares of into nowhere during
that final run?!
(man do we have great seats!!! - hey, is that huge-ass doll someone
threw up on stage an Esther doll?)
MOMA DANCE: A first for me, although I have heard BEK a number of
times. I don't know why a lot of people hate this reworked tune. I think it's got a lot of funky-shit flavor. In other words, it rocks!!!!
Really impressed by this number.
BOAF: Heard this last at Nassau. This one seemed a bit better. They
just gotta keep getting the building jam heading back into the refrain
better and better and they'll have it. Jamming tune.
( a lot of band conferences this show it seemed)
ESTHER: Could it be?... My first ever Esther! Now maybe they'll start
dropping this in once or twice each tour! I love this song. Where have
you been? (thanks to the great person who threw the doll up on stage!)
Did Trey get the lyrics right? I can't believe it. This song has been
on the shelf for a while and Trey does a great job singing!
ROGET: Good new tune out of the batch. Heard this off of one of my
BOUNCING: Yeahhhh! When was the last time they broke this out. At
least they're not playing it almost every show. Good to hear this.
Bouncing IS Bouncing. I thought this was it or maybe we would get a
Character Zero as usual, but no....
BOWIE: Yeahhhh. What a way to end the set!!!! The place was going nuts
when they busted this out. (just not as nuts as the encore would prove)
set break (man this was a long-ass set break!)
AC/DC Bag: this was my second bag, and I still haven't heard the usual
one with the speed-up to the end. Oh well. My first one at 12/30/97 was
a great long-jammed out version. This one was jammed out and better
than that one. Got into a funky part and then jammed harder, and then
tapered off into...
SPARKLE: Finally!!!! After almost 20 or so shows, I see my first
Sparkle. It's about time! I think I've heard PYITE like 7 times, but
only heard Sparkle for the first time tonight! Go figure.
ANTELOPE: Another curve-ball. This early? They seemed to be a bit out
of sync after the jam drop-off and before the Marco part, but Antelopes
will be Antelopes. And Antelopes always rock. (A lot of glowstick
people used this song as their masterpiece since Hood was done the night
before already, seeing that they won't get their YEM).
BRIAN AND ROBERT: something about staring at the walls. DOn't really
recall anything about this tune except it was a nice peaceful ballad.
First time for me. Since they're already in this mode, they might as
WASTE: coming back into rotation? and with a better ending each time. Man, Trey is God! Like I said the song selection for this show is just
incredible. A little bridge came next....
SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW: A nice peaceful guitar instrumental from
Trey whispering the melody of this song on his guitar. Too bad no one
was paying attention and making so much noise. Still, I could hear it a
YEM: Here's your YEM! I may think Beauty or My Soul follows me around
to every show, but this one seems to also, and man am I so glad. Great
to see the trampoline routine when you are up close. Also, got to see
Mr. Brad Sands spring into action as he vacated his spot by the stage
and brought the tramps out. Was it me or did Trey's mic screw up
during the "Wash Uffizi" part? It seemed like he was testing it for a
bit because his mouth was moving as if he was trying to let Paul know
that he was trying to see if it worked. Maybe I'm just seeing things.
Great vocal jam out of this one. Once again, Chris Kudoda works wonders. Anyone else agree. Man this show kicks ass!!!! Now what is
the encore going to be?
FRANKENSTEIN: Ooops, these guys are having such a great time just like
the audience, that they bust out a few more tunes! Great Frank.
Chalk Dust: This song is played so often, like YEM, yet it doesn't get
tiresome. Really good raucous version as usual. Oh wait there's one
RAGTIME GAL: (enough of this Hello my Baby correction shit!) I was
hoping for Carolina when they congregated at the side of the stage, but
any acapella song is a butte. They ate the crowd right up. Trey had
such a great time this show - you could tell. Mike even popped a smile
before they sang this one. Man this band is awesome.
Now I was thinking maybe Wilson for the encore, or something like Character Zero, but I didn't have much time to think because Brad?
brought out the lyric sheets! Yeeee haaaa!!! must be a new cover -
Starts off with this nice melody and suddenly the whole place is going
nuts, and I mean nuttier than 12/30/97, I mean even nuttier than that.
I had no clue what they were playing, but it sounded good. Erik, (right
next to me) said to me after I asked him that it was Desolation Row.
After a while, I was like, no it couldn't be, I thought Bobby Weir sang
that tune. Then he said it was Lost Sailor, and that's what I thought it
was until I heard the part that brought it back to me!!!!! The
familiar chords that lead up the chorus!!!!
I couldn't believe it! Now I'm no Dead aficionado by any means. That's
why I didn't know what the fuck it was. I've have this song on tape
somewhere, but I just haven't heard it enough to automatically know what
it is when it starts. Phish finally busting out a Dead song. Now that
is sheer respect. Especially on the anniv. of Jerry's Death. These
guys are awesome. what a great time! What a show! Burgettstown, here
Well, I got back from the Va Beach show of last night, and I kinda felt a
need to write up a review (I need the practice anyway). I've been really
excited about this show for the longest time, and since it was the three
year anniversary of Jerry's passing, I was kinda hoping for a Dead cover for
tribute. I must say, I hoped that what happened happened, but I really
didn't expect it to happen.
The Lot-- This was the worst part of the show, imho. Cops everywhere, and a
lot of ticketless people with their fingers up in the air. We saw some guy
get run down by a undercover on the way in, which was not a good omen.Of
course, I was sober the whole time, but it made me uncomfterable.
They went on a late, which was fine because it gave me time to use the
bathroom and find my seat. I was in section 101, row X, seat 12 for anyone
who was around. Good crowd; my section was rabid all night, and exchanged
high-fives and hugs for every song.
PYITE-- Trey started thumping on his guitar as soon as he go on stage, and
then they went into Punch. Good version, everyone in the band looked to be
enjoying themselves greatly. Everyone rocked out, and it was a great way to
Bathtub Gin-- Nice work by Page on the intro, in fact, nice work by the
entire band on this one. After a flubless intro, they went into a really
nice Gin Jam. Nothing ultra spectacular, they pretty much stuck right
witht he groove of the song, but I really enjoyed the jam segment. After
they stopped, Trey began fiddling on his guitar, and a lot of people in my
section called Tela. I knew they played this last night, though, and after
the rest of the band joined in it was pretty obvious we were getting...
Lizards-- I freaked during this song! This is one of my favorite "old
Phish-tales", and I danced the whole way through it. Tight version.
Moma Dance-- I had no clue what this song was until the lyrics started. I
loved this song, it was totally cool to groove to. I think they could ditch
the lyrics and not lose anything, but for what was there it wasn't that bad.
Bring back BEK!
Birds-- This was a real crowd pleaser, even though not a lot of people knew
what it was (more on this later). I loved this song live, and I'm going to
go ahead and make public my prediction this will fill a role simialr to that
of Chalkdust in a few years; a classic in the making. I didn't know what to
expect next, but I sure as hell did not expect...
Esther!-- Yeah, I know they've played this one a few time recently, but I
was still shocked to hear it. A lot of people sat for this, to absorb the story and take a breather, but I stood for the whole thing. Hard to
evaluate, but Isn't that fact that it was there enough? (it was for me:)
Roget-- If you don't like this song, its just cause you haven't heard it
enough. This was a treat live, with the spotlight on each member as they
sang. Liked it a lot more then I thought I would.
Bouncin'-- Sorry, but I was psyched to hear this one live. Everyone in my
section jammed, though I could tell a few were let down. Even if you don't
like the song, you gotta love the way it's presented. After this song, Fish
started hitting his cymbal, and Trey started a little feedback. Now, I
figured this would probably close up the set, but this sounded just like the
start of Maze, so I was kinda doubting that would be a good close. I guess
the band did to, because they went right into...
Bowie-- Good version, but I'll leave this one to the experts. I was
totally cool to hear this, and danced my @$$ off during the whole jam. A
couple of false stops later, and the set was history. The band all came to
the front of the stage for a bow (much deserved); no 15 minute announcement
I was in complete Nirvana at this point, and totally ready for set2. I want
down to the concourse, got a ice tea and Summer 98 t-shirt (for all those in
need of something to do during a setbreak). They didn't come on again to
10, and the concert was supposed to end at 11, so I was a little vexed about
what would be next. I figured we either get a short set, or they would just
go ahead and rock the hell out of us, and screw the time limit.
AC/DC Bag-- Before this song, Trey takes the stage and says (forgive me if
this is not totally accurate) "I know you've been staring up here for 45
minutes or something, so why don't you turn around to see what we see when
we're playing up here". We turned around to see a beautiful full moon.
They then went into a nice Bag, with everyone singing alog. Nice
medium-sized jam, which, segued into....
Sparkle-- This was a good tune to get us up a dancing again. I dug the
placement, as it let them stop the Bag jam smoothly.
Run Like a Antelope-- Again, I'll try not to get to detailed in reviewing
this rocker. Huge pop for this, and wild, fast playing did nothing to calm
us down. Great light work from Chris on this song. Big pops for all the
lyrical sections, and I feel they did the song well. Great version.
Robert and Brian-- Happy to hear this, just not here. Would have liked
Stash or Chaldust, but what the hell. Very peaceful.
Waste-- I thought about Jenn as soon as they started this. The crowd was
really into it, and it was a little harder then other versions I've heard.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow-- Nice instumental, but I was getting a little
bugged here. Give me something I can dance to!
YEM-- OK, this will work. Nice version, and the whole crowd was really
into it. Sucking sounds at the end of the vocal jam. which sounded kinda
freaky. I was expecting to end the set here, but then...
Chalkdust-- Happy to hear it, a real crowd pleaser. Good version, though I
thought it may have been a little too much.
Ragtime Gal-- Trey thanks his masagage (sp) therapist, Eric, before this
Ended the set.
Alright, this is where things get cool (for lack of a better word), and also
why I didn't post a setlist at the begining of this review (for those who
have yet seen it). We were expecting short encore since they were well over
eleven at this point. Loving Cup was our consensus. Ha!
Terrapin Station-- OH CHRIST! We were so happy to here this, everyone was
jumping all over each other, it was great! Great to here Trey sing this,
and the whole group looked to be loving every minute of it! I can't put
this moment into words, it was absolutlely fantastic! You had to be there!
Overall-- So many good moments, but the encore makes it hard for me to
grade this fairly. I will give in to my emotions here and call this a A-.
If you have, will have, or ever have these tapes, let me know! Everyone
needs this one!
We love ya Jerry!
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