It’s the weekend, you have some download time, so I figured I’d feature three of my favorite shows from three different years. Below you will find descriptions of them and a link for download. They’re not exactly dark horse selections, but if you don’t have a good copy of them, you can re-up here. Cheers- here they are.
12.6.97: The Palace at Auburn Hills, MI: Arguably the best show from Fall ’97, or of all time for that matter, this show needs no introduction. With a great two sets, and a second set that is within the elite ever, this show at The Palace was a defining moment for Phish. With a set one opener of Golgi, Antelope, and featuring a Gin > Foam, this frame merely set the table for the band to tap into the divine and absolutely slaughter the second set. Tweezer>Izabella>Twist>Piper- some objectively best-ever Phish. The Tweezer, certainly one of the top versions ever played, merges dinosaur funk with the astral plane; it is a masterful piece of music. You probably have this, but if you don’t. click download now; do not pass GO and do not collect $200!
I: Golgi Apparatus, Run Like an Antelope, Train Song, Bathtub Gin > Foam, Sample in a Jar, Fee, Maze, Cavern
II: Tweezer > Izabella > Twist > Piper > Sleeping Monkey, Tweezer Reprise
E: Rocky Top
12.28.98 MSG, NYC: The first night of the four-night MSG run, and the darkhorse show of the four, this show is a personal favorite. While much attention shines on the 29th and 31st, this light is not often cast on the 28th. With a magnifying lens on the dark side of human experience, with neon worms crawling through the stage, Phish ripped a second set for the ages. A year after the band dropped the first US Carini in the same building, they blew it out in best-ever fashion with a screaming journey that sunk into in a darkened cave of Phish grooves before transitioning into Wolfman’s. This song carried the slow deep vibe into the next fifteen minutes with some complimentary funk. An epic piece of music, this Carini > Wolfman’s is the best thing to come out of an amazing New Years Run, possibly rivaled by set two of new years. With a Quinn the Eskimo, and a Bowie to close, this set was a journey into darkness; one of truly profound psychedelia.
I: Axilla (I)*, Stash, Farmhouse, Taste, Sleep**, Albuquerque**, Driver**, Tube, Golgi Apparatus, Good Times Bad Times
II: Carini > Wolfman’s Brother#, Birds of a Feather, When the Circus Comes, Quinn the Eskimo > David Bowie
E: Been Caught Stealin’
*With “Axilla (Part II)” ending. **Acoustic (played on a “mini-stage” setup to the side of the main stage); “Sleep” preceded by a “Wish You Were Here” tease. ^With glowstick war. #With long ambient jam, during which three people in green accordian worm/caterpillar suits appeared from the back of the stage and crawled around slowly onstage for the rest of the set.
7.23.99 Polaris Amp. Columbus, OH: An explosive second set is the reason this show is up here. Amidst a summer tour with so many great shows, this sequence of Ghost > Free, Birds is some of the most bombastic stuff from the month. A standout Ghost in a summer that featured many, this one took in a direction of heavy groove. With a thunderstorm brewing, this militant Ghost echoed out from the pavilion into the dark skies above. Sliding into a Free that brought the show up a notch, with Trey lunging and jumping with the jam, the venue felt as if it was bouncing wih the music. Totally massive Phish. The Birds that followed was a meandering and exploratory twenty minute jam that was both intricate and resolved with a darkly triumphant section. Enjoy this one- especially if you have never heard it.
I: Ya Mar, NICU, Back at the Chicken Shack, Punch You in the Eye*, Fast Enough for You, Get Back on the Train, Davie Bowie, Strange Design, Possum
II: Ghost > Free, Birds of a Feather* > Meatstick##, Fire
E: Bouncing Round the Room, Rocky To
*Trey on small keyboard ##Trey, mentioning that the world record to be broken with The Meatstick Dance is 74,000, announces that the millenium shows with be in Florida.
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