Fenton Williams sat in for Chris Kuroda on lights. The band played Meatstick seemingly at the instigation of a crowd chant of the lyrics that began behind the stage. Caspian included a DEG tease from Trey. YEM included a lengthy Meatstick session immediately following the trampolines segment. As Fish took a drum solo, Trey set his guitar down to perform the Meatstick Dance while the crowd chanted the lyrics. The band jammed back into YEM, but then left Page to solo while again Trey danced and the crowd sang. This cycle repeated with Mike soloing on bass. YEM lacked its standard vocal jam. Trey rapped: “time for the Meatstick” over the intro to Tweezer Reprise, which also had its normal lyrics replaced with “won’t you step into the Meatstick?” Wolfman’s contained teases of Simple, Jean Pierre, Sneakin’ Sally, and Possum.
Jam Chart Versions
Meatstick tease in You Enjoy Myself, Meatstick quote in Tweezer Reprise, Sneakin' Sally through the Alley, Possum, Simple, and Jean Pierre teases in Wolfman's Brother, Dave's Energy Guide tease in Prince Caspian
Debut Years (Average: 1993)

This show was part of the "2004 Vegas Run"

Show Reviews

, attached to 2004-04-17

Review by ADAWGWYO

ADAWGWYO Had been on a Soul Shakedown Party kick after seeing Leftover Salmon do it and was pleasantly surprised to get this one as an opener to my last show before "the retirement."

Don't remember the shows being as bad as they sound/are made out to be but my crew was probably as fucked up as Trey at these shows. Vegas Phish is an excercise in endurance. Seen all Vegas shows up to this point except 97. They are in a different league. Imagine Hampton Coliseum, in Las Vegas!!!

The Left Coast Mothership
, attached to 2004-04-17

Review by metawhy

metawhy I drove 16 hours down from the outback of eastern Oregon with my dog for these shows. Have you ever driven through central Nevada? Let me tell you it is a high elevation, barren, cold, dusty ride. I did see some brightly colored trailers in the middle of nowhere, which I found out later were whorehouses. Spent the night huddled next to my dog in the cab of the truck near a place called Ely. Woke in the AM to beautiful views of the Ruby mountains.
Damn these shows were really odd. Most people know that. Apparently Trey was out of his mind. This became very apparent to me on the last night (it takes me a while to notice these things). The show just has this crazy energy that is undeniable. Trey plays with a lot of distortion and a lot of abandon. The end of the Piper in the first set is why I keep seeing Phish... the jam out gets seriously gnarly. Second set is actually a set I will re-listen to on occasion (except Friday). It has some really good grooves in Ghost and the Wolfman's brother has a vocal jam. I was so out of it that during YEM, I thought that Trey was asking the girls in the front row, "Tongue or meatstick?!" Yea, his ego was pretty much in full effect, you know how it was!
, attached to 2004-04-17

Review by Bob_Loblaw

Bob_Loblaw A decent show, something that would for sure fit in the average category. But it still has stuff to offer.

Soul Shakedown and Halleys are pretty straight forward. Tweezer kicks off and gets funky pretty quick and drifts off into a peaky jam. Piper goes type 2 very fast and into familiar but fun territory. The segue into Frankenstein is pretty awesome. Bowie is fairly average with some good peaks, but has an unfortunately sloppy ending.

Pebbles and Marbles is in slot 2 for the second set and really kicks things off with an intense jam with some great Trey Shreddery, it slows down and then enters Caspian. The segue is great into Simple. Friday kind of kills the vibe as many would find out in the coming shows. Ghost has a little stretch to it, but it's a pretty stereotypical jam. YEM is straightforward but has some fun audience interaction with the meatstick chorus chant. Which is pretty cool as it does not have a vocal jam. And goes into a tweeprise with some fun lyric changes.

Wolfman and Coil are a cool encore and Wolfman has a cool little funk jam in its center.
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