, attached to 1999-07-16

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads This show's setlist is very appealing to me; it kind of resembles an Europe 1997 setlist, with the notable impossibility of Back on the Train having been played that year. 7/16/99 is not big on jams, and the ones there are are brief and "average-great" (another way of saying that by Phish standards they're relatively unrevolutionary) but despite the first set's particular "songiness" (with the exception of an outstanding Maze), there's a lot to like about this show. The encore is surely fun. I would love to get a show like this in the common era of 3.0. I think many phans are borderline obsessive-compulsive about Phish, maybe even some kind of psychopathology resembling the phenomenon of addiction, to the point that a show like this tends to get less respect than something that's obviously mind-blowing but potentially a lot more open to interpretation. It seems to me that a show like this--with the features I've briefly described above--would be a kind of baseline upon which we could all agree: a less controversial show where at minimum there'd be a lowest common denominator of, "Oh, yeah! I remember that show, it was pretty good." I love finding shows like this where after maybe jonesing for the jam show after show, Phish rewards you with a reminder that the "whole thing" we're involved with together has a lot of moving parts and that all of them are important.


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