, attached to 1998-11-15

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround SET 1:

My Friend, My Friend: Good opener. Two nights in a row though that has deviated from this tour’s show opening norm of a face melting rager to begin the show.

Ghost: Trey rock god clinic and then about three or so minutes of the funk with Page paving the road. I love this Ghost, always have. How it’s not a jamcharts version is beyond me. >

Driver: Funny banter – Driver of Fishman’s Head, thought better of it – then Trey mutters almost under his breath Driver of Horns (Fish’s viking helmet?) - and a standard version.

Scent of a Mule: Not a fan of this tune but this one I am. Great Page section, really engaging.

Cavern: Standard. >

Limb By Limb: Very strong, plenty of trilling. Trey and Fish just own it. Would recommend!

Roggae: Standard. >

La Grange: Trey showing off those chops, but something is a little off in heading back into the closing lyrics.

SET 2:

Runaway Jim: Great energy to open the second set, but standard as she goes. >

Stash: Fish and Page are great! Other than that, not much to say.

Mike's Song: Smokes, huge fan. Would recommend! >

Simple: Standard. >

Wading in the Velvet Sea: There is an outro jam tacked on to the end of this one that is absolutely ethereal. A must hear. Very similar to the ending of the 5.26.11 Waves soundcheck. >

Loving Cup: Standard face melter. >

Weekapaug Groove: Trey absolutely rips this to shreds, very impressive. Recommended.


Rocky Top:

Summary: Shortest US show of the whole year clocking in at 2:15. Very strong first set anchored by Ghost, Scent, and Limb but has great filler in there too with the rare La Grange and the only My Friend of the tour. Second set is equally as strong with the Mike’s, Wading, Weekapaug and strong bookends. Rocky Top is a given and the crowd roars it’s approval. Phish.net is way, way off on this one as the current rating is 3.62/5 (92 ratings). I love this show and have always given it the dark horse nod. I would rate it as a 4/5.

Replay Value: Ghost, Scent of a Mule, Limb By Limb, Mike’s Song, Wading in the Velvet Sea, Weekapaug Groove


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