, attached to 1999-12-11

Review by Jake0712

Jake0712 I remembered this show vividly (after 14 1/2+ years)! 37th shows of my short phish career (started 11/24/96). My original plan was to go see 5 Phish December Shows (Rochester, Philly & Hampton) before heading off to String Cheese Incident in Portland, OR (where I used to live for 27 months) for New Years shows. Needless to say, this show was the MAIN REASON why I ended up changing my New Years plan to go see Phish instead (more on this later).....

Had a fantastic seat one section away from Page side 4th row off floor (next to rail to special VIP area where nobody can walk through). The band opened with "Harry Hood"! Yes, I understand that you would understand what the reactions would be - let just say YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND IF YOU WERE NOT THERE! Never in my life (including 128 Grateful Dead shows) have I ever heard such reactions in a show. The crowd was so loud, I could barely hear the band for a minute. The only other similarity to this crowd sound would be the tape of the Grateful Dead 3/14/1990 when the band broke out with "Loose Lucy" for the first time in 16 years! Talk about EUPHORIA - that was Harry Hood did to the Philly crowd! Mike's Song>Simple>Hydrogen>Weekapaug was literally icing the cake. Seriously, like someone stated early in the review, I could have left the show and walked out as a happy camper! It was fantastic! Circus was a very welcome breather and a very good version. Scent was interesting as I rarely ever see this song, therefore it was very cool to watch the breakdown of Page, Trey, Fish & Mike interplay. Cavern was a great finish to a fantastic set!

The 2nd set was one for the ages. Boogie On, Sneakin'>Ghost>2001>DWD was absolutely stellar with excellent interplay and segueing as there was a flow taking us on a true trip. I'm for a copy of this show as It's My Favorite 1.0 show ever. Call me crazy (up to 196 shows), like I said in the beginning, this show was the MAIN REASON why I ended up in Big Cypress instead of SCI in Portland. Glad I made the trip to the Everglades....


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