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Review by MrPalmers1000DollarQ
- Love The Wedge into NICU as a show opener. Both are pretty straightforward, fun tunes that allow for plenty of singalong.
- Sally jam is real funky, and I love the plinky, staccato approach that Mike, Trey, and Page seem to agree on. Mike's bass effects are sweet. The funk siren out and -> a well-played Guyute is a great transition.
- The penultimate Fikus is shortlived, but very true to the studio track. It's a shame this one was never really jammed out, as I feel like there could be some really awesome experimental material stemming out of this. Alas.
- Farmhouse hit me harder than I expected. While I appreciate the sweet, quite ballad it's become in Phish's later years, this more energetic performance gripped me a bit tighter. Love the effects that Trey and Page are using on this one, and Trey's solo really helps define this version as a more powerful tune.
- Possum picks the energy back up after a couple sleepier tunes, and Trey is ripping all the way through as usual.
- Set 1 closes with the debut of Sweet Jane, a not-so-subtle hint to what fans could expect out of Halloween '98. This first performance picks up a ton of energy through Trey's solo, serving as a fun cap to a pretty tight first half.
- Set 2 picks up with a hearty dose of funk. Cavern brings the usual goods.
- After a long, cloudy, rumbling intro, I was expecting the band to drop into DwD. But as soon as Fish hit the beat, I realized the UFO was landing. Also Sprach gets the drawn-out treatment here, allowing for plenty of chilled out grooviness with Mike, Trey, and Page all trading the spotlight and meshing excellently together. The first melody line doesn't hit for several minutes, and then Mike employs some effects in the second jam that can be described only as sloppy. A great, laid back version with lots of funky sauce.
- Always love to see Tela on a setlist
- This is a sweet Piper. We get awesome, blazing fast peaks, crazy soloing from Trey, a sped-up funk break that lets Page freak on the keys, and a quiet, misty outro in halftime (plus some Sparks teases?)
- A Fish-led cover of Sexual Healing -> HYHU has made its way into a couple of '98 summer shows. A moment that's probably better experienced in person, but I can appreciate the goofiness.
- Harry Hood closes out Set 2 with a tremendously soulful jam. The intro section also features plenty of awesome moments from all members of the band. A great finish.
- Sabotage is unironically super hype and surprisingly true to the original. Trey crushes the vocals, and Mike's fuzz bass to bring the beat back in at the end hits super hard.