2-21-03 - US Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH
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Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2003 03:18:56 -0600
Subject: 2-21-03 Cincy Review
It's 2:30 in the morning some 9 months after the show, but listening to the burned CDs of
this show in my car tonight makes me what to comment on my first Phish experience since the
WILSON: da-da...da-da.....WILLLLSSSOOONNN!!! Awesome opener. I love Wilson to open!
Reminds me of the time I came into Deercreek lawn a bit late (7/10/00) to hear Wilson play
and the crowd erupt while E was kicking in. Massive!!
FRANKENSTEIN: One of my 2 favorite instrumentals by Phish. (The other to follow.....)
Came straight outta Wilson and further rocked the crowd.
DWD: A great song anyway but truly psychadelic version this time! Crazy jam led by Page
after the 2nd verse. One of the best DWD I've ever heard!
LIFEBOY: OK, we all needed a break. This slow song I'm not a big phan of but since it
wasnt played since 98? it was a nice surprise.
BOOGIE ON: I wasnt always thrilled with this song, but you can't deny the solid reggae
beat created by the band. All I have to say is Mike---NO DOUBT! My boy Phil is all about
ANTELOPE: You're kidding me right? First set? Overplayed as some may say, this is a song
I can never get enough of. Incredible version....with a hyptonic transfer jam before the
climax at the end. Yeah, I said climax. Great, great antelope! I felt like running in
the aisles with my fingers on my head like the happy antelope that I was...
I DIDN'T KNOW: No, I didn't know Phish would come back with antics after an Antelope but
they did! Funny stuff with Trey, Page, and Mike dancing around a vacuum playing Fishman.
Even better from the 12th row (where I was lucky enough to sit). Crazy improv by the boys.
All in all, a tight first set from 2 and a half years of not seeing Phish live. God, I
missed them during their break and now I remember why. You can't get music like this from
After a little break, basically to calm me down, the second set started:
MIKE'S SONG: Is this turning into the concert of my dreams? I replayed this song a number
of times from the Vegas DVD and couldn't wait to hear it live. I loved it, though hearing
different versions of it, not the very best. (I love the version form the Hampton 6 CD
set) Still, being so close to the stage I got a great treat.....I've heard that Trey picks
out people in the audience and can just jam with them for minutes at a time pick up
the mutual energy and go with it. I swear that Trey focused on me for a good two minutes
during the jam part after the two verses. I am about 6' 6" and I had a clear view of the
stage. Yeah, I may be full of it, but it will be something I'll never forget.
FREE: It keeps getting better! What a money Free! about 12-13 minutes of pure bliss.
WASTE: Ok, they did know I was coming to the show. I love this song so much I can play it
on my own guitar. One of the best slower songs in the repetoire.
2001: Yeah, this is my other favorite instrumental song. Are they playing anything bad
tonight? Lifeboy is the only weak link to this point otherwise who could ask for
HOOD: Another crowd-involvement tune. Harry.....HOOD! Harry...HOOD! Where do you go
when the lights go out? I stay right here waiting for more!
ALL OF THESE DREAMS: new stuff from Round Room. Not crazy about this particular version
or this song in general but it has grown on me a bit.
POSSUM: again not overly enthralled with this song but tonight it flowed like the beer I
had in the parking lot. Great buildup in this one!
CAVERN: one of my all-time favs! They sounded a bit off on this, which is also heard on
the CD of this show, but it made for a cool difference. Not hearing the typical can make
for a great change! This difference can also be heard on Free, making it a bit weird and
off, but it makes for a cool unexpected treat! (I think the boys partook in some
festivites buring set break)
Encore: WADING: A bit disappointed to end with a ballad like Wading after such an
energetic awesome show. It was almost a downer goin back to the lots being the last song
in everyones head, but WHAT A GREAT FUCKING SHOW! THIS SETLIST IS REALLY HARD TO
BEAT......WILSON FRANK, DWD!!! ANTELOPE, MIKES, FREE WASTE, 2001, HOOD, CAVERN was the
highlights! That's almost the whole show. Hearing this again and again in my car only
confirms the fact. WOW, PHISH IS BACK! For those who haven't got into it after the break,
GET BACK! Trust me, Phish is the best thing going in music right now.
Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 11:47:02 -0500
From: Britt Wilson BrittW@mcoky.com
Subject: 2/21/03 review
whine. to complain in a childish fashion.
I am so sick of all the complainers. I have been seeing jam bands since
I got hooked on the Dead at Riverbend '85. First Phish show just so
happens was Bogarts '92.
What I am hearing from some reviews is the same ol whiny shit some
deadheads used to say about Black Muddy River or Liberty encores.
If it sucks so bad, STAY THE FUCK HOME.
I have seen over 200 Dead shows, 60 Phish shows and plenty WSP shows. I
have seen some of the most critically acclaimed shows.NYE shows.
Halloween shows. Big summer festivals. And have never been disappointed.
To me it is a privilege to be there.
I am not going to name names, but next time you complainers think about
bitching about a "drop off in energy" or "feedback noise", shut the fuck
up and send me your tickets. I'll be one with a smile on my face dancin
my arse off.
> oh yeah, the show. IT ROCKED!!!! Can't wait till next time. Peace;)
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 16:07:32 EST
Subject: 2-21-03 Review
I don't know what everyone is talking about!?!? The first night of the weekend was
out of control!!! The boys are back after a two year break and people are complaining
that Trey messed up and whatever... Were you even there, did you feel the energy in
the place?!? It was a great time, and I was just happy to be there! It was my first
show since the nights at Hampton and I think the guys are doing a great job so far,
maybe better than those nights! I'm just anxious to see more!
~Morgan "girlphan" Martin
Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2003 16:25:05 -0500
From: Blake Rosser firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: 2/21/03 Review
My first show ever (although i DO know my shit pretty well), and the
first set was amazingly funktastic, esp. disease and boogie on reggae
woman. I mean, these are obviously funk songs, but they were just
incredible. Antelope would have been awesome, except at the peak of the
jam, either Trey didn't know when to stop, or the light guy got
confused, or something, cause the entire energy of the song got sucked
right out. The vacuum solo to close was pretty clutch, with some mildly
funny dancing antics led by Trey. This set was my favorite of the whole
Second set is where I think i'm in disagreement with a lot of people.
On paper, this is an AWESOME set, but the execution left A LOT to be
desired. started awesomely with MikeS, and Free was incredible with
some awesome soloing by Trey, gave me a new respect for the song.
Waste was OK, there was a semi-groan from the crowd when he started, and
he fucked up a lot of the soloing. 2001 would have been good except the
lead-in jam was BORING, Trey doing basically nothing to help the
situation, and also Trey fucked up the SAME PART in each "verse." i
mean, once is understandable, but the same exact mistake twice? that's
just carelessness, which annoyed me.
harry hood, one of my favorite songs, would have been a highlight had
Trey not COMPLETELY FUCKED UP just about every solo opportunity he had.
this is when the show made a turn for the worse and never got back
"on." I'm not talking about one note here and two notes there, i'm
talking about seeming to forget how the song GOES, and not even trying
to play anything in its place. this song is pretty complex, so if the
lead guitarist doesn't play the build-ups correctly, it turns to shit
pretty easily. I could not believe what was going on, instead of the
build-up solos, he was playing this crappy feedback sustained-note shit.
Page seemed to be equally confounded, he had to basically guide the
entire solos just so the song would get FINISHED.
All of these dreams was fine, i like that song. Possum was cool i
guess, although Trey still wasn't really playing anything besides his
feedback bullshit. It's almost as if he decided halfway through the set
to stop playing. Cavern was very welcome, i had been waiting for this
set to end, and i long since had stopped caring that Trey had seemingly
forgotten to finish up MikeS or even go into Weekapaug. The Velvet Sea
encore would have been fine, had Trey not fucked that solo up too.
I cannot convey how upset I was with this show. There were literally
times during 2001 and Harry Hood when I was wondering if they would even
be able to finish the song, or would Trey just keep playing his
meandering feedback notes for the rest of the night. There came a point
during Harry Hood when I wouldn't have been surprised to see the boys
stop playing, walk over to Trey and kick him in the balls for being such
a dickhead. By the end of the show i thought, "OK, if tomorrow night's
not better, i will have wasted a LOT of money by coming up here." and
this was my first show! i wasn't going in skeptical at all, i was ready
to be blown away.
I acknowledge that I may be in the minority with not enjoying the second
set of this show, but i think everyone who's raving about it is caught
up in the setlist. yeah, the setlist looks great (harry hood is one of
my favorite songs), but i would rather have a shitty setlist played
decently than an excellent setlist played crappily.
Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2003 14:49:14 -0600
Subject: 2/21 in Cincy
I just wanted to be one of the many people to submit a review and
verify the unbelievable energy of this show. I was in Chicago, and I
thought that show rocked. Not even close to this show. No
disappointments at all. I had about 6 songs that were my first, most
memorably Mikes and Hood. Ive been waiting for Hood for 5 years, and
man was I floored. Mikes, 2001, and Hood all in the same set. Jesus
fucking christ, not to mention Free and Waste. Waste brought me to
tears, and Free made me feel like I was walking on air. Did anyone else
notice that trey's vocals are, maybe, better than ever? All of These
Dreams was as smooth as silk, mainly because Trey sounded like Sinatra.
I couln't believe there was no Weekapaug, but that just got the
anticipation high for the next night (no let down there). Ive never
seen so many happy faces or felt so many good vibes at set break in my
life. I live in Fargo, North Dakota, and dont get to see many shows,
Ive seen 7 so far. This show satisfied a need Ive felt ever since I
started listening to Phish.
Most of the reviews Ive read have been very, very posative. But to
the few who thought this was average, STOP LISTENING TO PHISH, It seems
like anything short of God showing up and shaking Phish's hands will be
a dissappointment to you. So please, will all you negetive Nancys
please stop buying tickets, your a waste of space, and a waste of a
ticket. To all the rest of you, have a great year, lead by the memories
of this epic, masterpiece of a show.
Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2003 17:29:22 EST
Subject: 2/21/03 Cincinnati Review
It was my first Phish show since the bands return from the "hiatus" and as the lights
went down around 8:00pm, my friends and I were screaming with excitement and
curiosity about what the night might have in store.
We were not alone.
It is no coincidence that one of the tour's only 2 night runs was booked in the
Natty. Phish phans from Ohio and surrounding Midwestern states tend to be
particularly enthusiastic about the Band and the energy level as the band took the
stage was intense.
The band's opening 1-2 punch of Wilson>Frankenstein seemed a perfect opening,
embracing the crowds excitement with two of the heaviest tunes in their repatuar and
getting us dancing our asses off right from the git-go. A relatively tight 10 minute
DWD followed, giving the band an opportunity to settle into a good trance funk
groove. I have always liked DWD in the first set, and it was a nice contrast to the
Jam metal of Wilson>Frank.
Lifeboy has always been one of my favorite Phish slow songs and I was super- siked to
hear this rarely played song. The band mostly stuck to the melody and standard chord
progression, but built it up with the bitter- sweet, anthem-like refrain, "God never
listens to what I say" until it had been thoroughly digested by the audience. It is
nice to see (and hear) the band revisiting some neglected songs and adds to the sense
of "what will they play next, it could be anything!". While the song was a little
sloppy, It was really nice to see the band taking risks and being more unpredictable
then they had become before the hiatus.
Phish then brought the serious funk with "Boogie on Reggae Women." Page and Mike were
on fire and I even saw security and sound techies shaken their legs. Stevie Wonder
would have been proud.
The arranged part of Antelope was a little sloppy but the following trance jam was
deep and reached a high peak before settling into the razor smooth Marco section. As
the band put their instruments down, most of us in the crowd assumed it was the end
of a great set... but wait... Is that the vacuum cleaner?! Mike, Page, and Trey's
harmonizing was solid on I Didn't Know and Fishman's vacuum solo was in it's finest
caveman- plays- fart- noises- form. The band's loosely choreographed worshiping of
"The Man in the Flinstone Dress" was ridiculously goofy and fun.
Everyone in the audience knew Phish was due to play a Mikes while in the CinCity. The
Mikes>Free 2nd set opener was Phish at it's best, with well developed jams and
everybody completely locked into each other. Free went into a deep funk jam, before
melting into soft dissonance and fading into Waste. Trey led Waste into a soaring,
heart felt jam, before collapsing into the space funk of 2001, which once again sent
the arena into booty call. Harry was well played, rising and falling like waves until
picked back up by Trey's guitar for the ending refrain.
All of These Dreams was a low point in the show. I really like some of the new tunes,
but this one seemed contrived and boring in concert. Apparently, I was not alone in
feeling like the song was worthless (except as an opportunity to rest) because I
encountered a long line at the bathroom.
Fortunately, a rocking Possum quickly brought the energy level back up. It seemed
like a set-ender, but once again we were surprised and treated to another rarely
played (in recent years) gem. Cavern sent the crowd into funk bogey overload and left
us all with huge smiles on our faces.
The Velvet Sea encore was a not- super- ending to a super show. I liked the guitar
solo and verses to this song, but the endlessly repeating refrain of "I've been
wading in the velvet sea" is just to damn cheesy to carry any emotional weight and be
Through out the show, it was obvious that the boys had been playing their listening
games at practices in the barn, because the subtle interplay between the instruments
was amazing. I thought Page and Mike were particularly tight and it was nice to see
Trey giving them some breathing room and not treating them like his back- up band as
he did too often in 2000- 2001. The Phish served to Cincinnati on 2/21/03 was
Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2003 20:18:57 -0500
Subject: 1st night cincy
no need for a song by song, long ass review of this show. this was my first
show post-hiatus, and i had no idea of what to expect, especially because of
how rusty people had said they sounded.. i honestly came out of this show
stunned. phish not only played the best show this tour (thus far), but in my
opinion this show was better than the majority they played in 2000. Any
rustiness they may have had was shed this show and the boys were shining, andit
felt like 97 again. the enthusiasm was back for real, and everybody knew it.
i've never seen these guys have as much fun as they were last night, and that
was definately evident in the music. no flubs, at least not hardly, and trey
even nailed the lyrics to cavern. bravo phish. of course everybody was
wondering where in the hell weekapaug was, but i don't think it even mattered
by the end of the show. phish gave us one of "those" shows, and everybody who
was there will remember that this wasn't any ordinary night in cincy. after the
show was definately horrible, and for some reason the parking was totally
different from 99 and everybody was so messed up or in awe of the show, or
both, that it felt like we were going in circles for days, in a huge shivering,
mass of people falling on the ice and totally not giving a flying shit because
this show was worth it. thanks phish, next time i'll know never to have any
doubts before going into a show.
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 22:47:18 EST
Subject: review for 2-21- 03
I've never written about a show before but I couldn't hold back on this one. I've
seen over fifty shows and I've never been disapointed, but there is always a first
time I guess. This show absolutely sucked. They screwed up every song in the second
set. This is the first show after the hiatus I've seen so I didn't know what to
think. Fortunately the next show was great so hopefully they just need to work the
Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2003 02:20:35 -0600
From: Tim Paliga email@example.com
Subject: 2/21/03 review
I really don't even know what to say. This is the second best show that I have
seen. Second only to Halloween '95. The energy in the arena, fans and the boys, was
out of this world.
Wilson opener wasn't a big surprise, but rockin' none the less. Frankenstein is
always cool and Trey was really diggin' it. Down with disease was nice with great
jams. Then Lifeboy, VERY NICE, great way to catch your breath and relax
momentarily. BOOGIE ON^ÅThis was my first so I may be biased, but I don't have the
words to describe the level of funk. This was one that I wasn't sure I would ever
get to experience. Damn it was HOT (did anyone else catch the lyric flub at the
end of the first verse? Didn't ruin anything, made it even more of a treasure.)
Antelope was a great follow up, keeping the energy way up and not letting anyone
settle. Great way to send everyone to set break, or so I thought. I DIDN'T KNOW^Å
unbelievable^Å After first verse and chorus, Trey, Mike, and Page saunter (and I mean
saunter!) over to Fish snapping into his ears before kneeling down in front of him in
praise "We're not worthy" style. Mike even picked up Henrietta as if to say "Bow
down before the vacuum."
What a first set! My friends and I were in awe! The energy was immense. The boys
were ON! It was unbeatable. UNTIL^Å.
MIKES!!! great second set opener. Mike played that bass like a man crazed. Seemed
like an extended solo bass section, where Trey and Mike "dual." Free was beautiful.
Kind of shocked because of it's appearance at 2/15. But a great jam anyway. Waste
almost brought me to tears. The riff at the end was soaring. Absolutely wonderful
choice. Then the energy took control again. 2001 was amazing. Jesu, Joy of Man's
Desire teased throughout intro and beginning. As usual the lights were right on and
intense. What could follow this? HOOD!!! great Hood. The place was a madhouse. I
can't even tell you how may glow stick wars occurred on this night, but this was by
far the most insane. I was a little surprised by this for the same reason as Free,
(heard at 2/15) but who wouldn't want to hear it again. Jamming was as tight as I
have ever heard. All of these Dreams brought us back to reality and a normal heart
rate momentarily. This was a first for me so I thoroughly enjoyed it. Then Possum.
Possum was good. Great energy, nice surprise. Kind of short (? maybe I just didn't
want the show to be over,) but wasn't short on enthusiasm. Cavern to close the
set. Nectar is the album that turned me on to Phish so this was like Christmas to
me. Great song, great end of set two.
I am not a big fan of ending the show with a slow tune, but^ÅWading was spectacular.
Harmonic Perfection. I loved it. Kind of a let down after such a adrenaline rush of
a show, but a great way to end the first night of a two night stand.
I cannot even begin to capture the energy of this show in words. It was sublime. It
is the reason that I see Phish. It is what gets me through the expanse of time
between shows. This show sums up why we travel from place to place to hear these
guys play. We are in search of shows like this.
A+ in my book. Great set list, Great energy, Priceless experience. Like I said,
this review does no justice to this musical moment. You had to experience it. Get a
hold of this show. You will not be disappointed, I promise.
Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2003 01:37:57 -0500
From: Sam Stein
Subject: Cinci reviews
Set I: Wilson, Frankenstein, DwD, Lifeboy, Boogie, Antelope, I Didn't Know*
Wilson / Frankenstein - obviously, these two provided a rocking start to
the Cinci run
Disease - There was nothing really wrong with this one, but I can't say it
really wowed me either. We had to move to a different section mid-song,
though, so this Disease did not get my full attention.
Lifeboy was of course a nice surprise.
Boogie On - I love this song and also Phish's take on it, but I must say
that with the way they play it, sometimes the
song seems to require an exit segue to avoid sounding like it just dies.
This version also included a laughable Trey flub or two on the lyrics.
Still a pleasure to hear though.
Antelope - I went like 22 or 23 shows without an Antelope, but now I keep
catching them... weird... anyway, starting with the premise that a "weak"
Antelope is still awesome, I will say this one wasn't so hot. The rest of
the boys seemed to be carrying their portion of the load, but I thought
Trey sort of disappeared or got lost on this one.
I Didn't Know was a nice recovery in my book. Even someone as critical as
me couldn't help but love this.
Set II: Mike's > Free, Waste, 2001, Hood, All of these Dreams, Possum,
Cavern E: Velvet Sea
Mike's set 2 opener was solid. As was the case at Hampton (and perhaps
elsewhere this month?), the song was not "finished" with the
power-chord-type ending. Regardless - good start to the set.
The band then really got going on Free. A top notch version in my book. I
thought the show had been kind of mediocre after the first set, but this
was the first hint for me that the boys were truly getting into gear.
Waste - excellent - easily Trey's best soloing of the night through this
2001 - also top notch - I liked this one a lot more than Hampton's. A much
looser version (the good kind of loose, not sloppy loose). Perhaps one of
my favorites overall outside of some epic 1997 versions. Will have to hear
the CDs. The Stash teasing was sick. If Trey ever actually managed to
bring a Stash out of a 2001, I would likely crap my pants.
Good Hood... including a gorgeous finish jam. I think the Free through
Hood segment of this set was the highlight of the five shows I've seen this
Possum and Cavern were both top notch as well to close out an excellent 2nd
Velvet Sea was pretty, but was not really a great finish when a lot of
people -- well, at least me -- probably had their hopes up for something
special along the lines of a Weekapaug or perhaps something nutty like a
2nd encore "Weeka-prise."
Outstanding second set and the first set was at least pretty on paper (even
if only mediocre in my jaded opinion), so I'd say the show was above
Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2003 14:45:47 -0600
From: Will Wilson firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Cinci, 2-21-03: The Town of Wet Slush.
Cinci, 2-21-03: The Town of Wet Slush.
Phish is back guys. I managed to catch all three nights Hampton and
Cinci blew the Hampton run away. The Hampton energy will always be
special, but my fellow partiers in Cinci-phatty threw down pretty hard.
I arrived in Cinci about 4:00pm parked in one of the lots on the other
side of the world and proceeded to get my party on. The parking garage
closest to the venue was fairly bumpin both nights: lots of kids, lots
of party. Security for the show was a serious joke. I kept expecting the
security guards to fire it up at any moment. "Ya, the only thing we are
really searching for is bazookas. We are really trying to keep the
bazookas out of the venue."
Crowd was hoppin, lots of pre-show tension. Lights down 8:01pm.
Wilson, He was definitely the Duke of Lizards and everyone was lovin
it. The jam was a little nasty, the evil backwards guitar noises
flowing, very nintendo. Then we let the boys know we were ready to have
fun and they return the favor with a mighty fine.
Frankenstein, a super tight version. It was all Page, with some
expecially mean organ work, lots of serious buildup. This song just
rocks it hard, a solid version.
DWD, standard happy jam out version, well played by all, lots of
instrument "talkin". This is always a good mid-set tune.
Lifeboy was unexpected, but fit well here. Time to pack the bowl, and an
excellent breather before. . .
Boogie, I be stupified by the grooves contained in that there boogie
down, and if you cant groove to this antelope then you've got some
serious issues. Boogie was all Page. Im talkin serious clavinet all they
way down under the floor.
Antelope was ridiculous, Trey kicked it into the lick and I wanted to
run like a fucking antelope all over the fucking place. peaks
I didn't know was a seriously rad set closer, just to see the boys is
good enough, but acapella and vacumm. YES!!!
Im gonna go ahead and say that people were fucked out of their
respective gords this particular night. We had some crazies, and we had
lots of the incapacitated. Boys came back out 9:38pm, and I think
everyone new we had a serious rocker on our hands.
Mikes opener. oh ya. nuf said.
Free. wha. alright calm down, calm down.
Waste, now usually this song is you mediocre lyrical piece, but Kuroda
was all over it with these crazy yellow lights and man was it intense. I
have no idea if this will translate, but it was amazing trust a brother.
2001. Im always game for a space odessy. The jam and tease were fun.
nothing spectacular. I usually find myself enthralled by the lights but
for some reason this version didn't grab me like the Hampton-1-4-03
2001, which was INSANE.
Hood. hmmm yummy. I could of swore they were fixin to go into weekapaug
so many times, but nope.
All of these Dreams cranked it back down for a little break.
Possum and especially cavern were great. Cavern having standout lights
and some wicked guitar craziness from Trey.
E: I could always do without wading, but Trey worked the solo pretty
good and it turned out to be a decent end to high energy 2003 Phish.
Overall this show rock it hard and has some notable jams and excellent
song selection. I would put the Cinci run on my must have list,
especially considering you can get fucking soundboard, ya!!!
Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2003 14:03:28 -0600
From: Jeff Walls email@example.com
Subject: Cincy 1st night review
thanks for reading. I put thought into this and I'm stoned and tired.
First off I couldn't believe how good the lot scene was!! The chillest I've ever seen
the cops in Cincy. They must have learned their lesson with the boycott. On to the
I called Wilson, which wasn't any great feat, but I called it.
The moment they started Wilson I knew we were in for a high energy show because this
Wilson was raging. I actually don't care for this song a ton, but this Wilson was all
about the bands energy pouring through with a pretty standard version in terms of no
real extended jamming, but it just had that real power packed feel. Great opener!
Frankenstein, regardless of what The Rick says, Frankenstein for peopele who haven't
seen Phish in 21/2 years are stoked as well as me because this was a lot of fun and
continued the energy from Wilson! The band again was just really putting out their
hearts and oh the energy!
Disease!! Just saw it in Vegas and Hampton but I never complain about Disease because
I know it will probably have a good jam. This one was no exception. BIG JAM. For
those show collectors, this jam includes Mike stearing a sweet laid back groove jam
that Trey piked up on and just started SMILING and GROOVING and it was true Phish
perfection. They settled into that for awhile until it was Treys turn to stear the
jam which he did beautifully as well. On eof the better Diseases I've seen and I have
LIFEBOY!!! BUSTOUT! Wow, I was so pumped for this. My 1st one since 12-30-96. They
played it near perfect and really captured a mood I've had about so many tragedies
we've all experienced in the last 2 months. The ending of course was so surreal with
th "God never listens" finale. Awesome.
Boogie On! Again, The Rick says get a new cover. I say play this one every show I
see! My favorite cover and I was pumped because they really didn't do much with it in
Hampton. Mike started it which is something I haven't seen. It took them about a
minute before they found the true beat of the song. This one, while not historic by
any means, had tons of band energy to where you see how pumped and excited the band
was and it seeped through every pour of my body (not on drugs). They basically funked
around and had fun and so did I. FUN.
Antelope. Now this is where I became confused. They were definatly putting out tons
of energy for this again and it was really rocking and I was having a blast, but it
seemed Trey just went to far out there to the point that he actually lost the rest of
the boys. But I'm comparing this Antelope to the one in Vegas which just shredded.
I Didn't Know. another bustout! Perfect for that Antelope which I think had Trey
finding himself GONE! They nailed this and when Fishman started his vaccum they all 3
did this line shuffleing while snapping moving towards Fish in the center and did a
semiccircle around him snapping in his ears trying to fuck with him. Then they went
to their knees and started praising him as if he was a God. Mike was waving the
vaccumm around like a sacraligous idol. FUN STUFF! Trey called him Henrietta of
course. A great set closer and this ending reminded me of the DeerCreek show with the
MOby Dick antics. SO MUCH FUN. On eof the better 1st sets I've seen.
Second set I'll be more brief.
Mikes was a real trip. It was basic rock and roll for the first 5-6 minutes of the
jam and then it steared itself into mindsplitting EVIL PHISH!!!!!! They're BAACKK!
This is classic 1995 Phish. Psychadelic rock jamming. Jamming that loses an actual
theme of a song or music for that matter and becomes noise to fuck with people who
are drugs! Thats what this Mikes was all about. INTENSE.
Free. This version was way better than Vegas. An actual jam that left the normal jam
of Free. Featured heavy Mike with maybe even a solo. This was an above average
version that captured the vibe of the arena. I do remember Trey having problems
either hitting some notes, forgetting how to play the note, or just being so lost and
fucked up. Good.
Waste. HMM. The first time I felt like this. Its Waste. what can I say. Treys guitar
solo was way above average hear though and it put the energy right back.
2001!!!! AWWW YEAHH. Waste tease and that Bach tease which was really cool! This was
a pumped up but very psychadelic 2001. Actually maybe the first 2001 that strayed
from the funk and went to la la land. All thanks to Treys stash teas throughout most
of his guitar work on this song. MAJOR BLAST. HIGH ENERGY!!
Harry Hood. Way extended intro. One of the longest I've seen. This Hood was good. Had
a blast. Problem is that I have been worn out by the band. Plus, again, this Hood is
up against Vegas. It lost. BUT, this was fun and a powerful version. Its all about
the band, who were having a blast! So did I.
all of these Dreams. Open your Heart! This song is the closest to a Dead slow song
that they have. Beautiful song. NEEDED IT.
Possum. Ok, now I'm thinking whereis Weekapuag because the show seems really long and
I am really tired, in a good way. They jammed this out pretty hard, but not lie
Hampton. Way fun though because of the bands energy. Yet, a pretty standard version
to me at least.
Cavern?! So this DOES mean no Weekapaug. Wow. Cavern is a song that I have come to
enjoy more and more. This song is so different thanin 95. They made it a funk song. I
love it. Trey was flying by the seat of huis pants with the lryics but he made it.
Way to end the set!! Awesome.
Wading. Need it because I had nothing left. Of course a collective groan from the
crowd but oh well. I felt like I had been at a P-Funk show. Overall I would say this
show is an A- or A. The energy was off the hoook, ala DeerCreek Moby Dick show. Can't
wait for tonight and a Weekapaug opener!?
Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2003 13:24:00 -0500
As this was only my 16th show (over 7 years), I am hardly an
a-Phish-cionado, but I have to say that 2/21 was among the hottest I've
heard them for an entire show. My last show was Star Lake 2000, at which
they sounded tired, like a 17-year-old band ready to retire. I was
psyched to read that they were playing with renewed enthusiasm, and this
show did nothing to disappoint.
I think the setlist speaks for itself, but the energy in the band and in
the crowd was phenomenal. Phans are as stoked to see Phish as they are
to play again. I'll skip the blow-by-blow, but I do have some specifics
to mention. First, although the whole second set was superb, and Down
with Disease a long jamfest with a rousing climax, the show highlight for
me had to be Antelope. A definitely high-on-the-wish-list song for me,
and they scorched the shit out of it. I also loved the Fishman vacuum
solo on I Didn't Know to close the set. After that Antelope, they could
hardly have followed with a serious song. Also, someone posted here that
the band "reeked of ineptitude" on Free (pardon me if I misquoted). I
don't get that comment. It probably wasn't the best Free ever played,
and may have been the weakest of the "big" tunes that night, but it's
still Free, and it rocked. Possum was just so over-the-top, icing on the
cake, gilding the lily, pick your metaphor. I really would have been
satisfied if they had ended on the resplendent Harry Hood. Not that I
minded at all, it totally rocked! And finally, I really liked the
ballads played that night, which I can't always say. And no Rocky Top or
Overall, this was probably the most energy I've seen at a show since at
least 1996. While Phish hasn't totally abandoned the ambient style, they
didn't let it take over the show. The phunk factor is still there, but
integrated within the show. The main focus was on old-school Phish
insanity, which is exactly where it should be, in my opiniion. The
phrase, "All killer, no filler," even if it was used by a band I don't
like, The Offspring, is perfect to describe this show.
I learned a few lessons Friday night.
1) There is no such thing as a bad seat at a Phish show.
I was seated in 220, behind the stage. I thought it would
totally suck. Was I wrong! The sound back there was fine, with speakers
pointing right at us. The view was fine as well - no obstacles, and it
was great looking down on the dancing, ecstatic fans in the front rows
and on the glowstick wars (especially during Antelope). Phish takes care
of ALL their phans.
2) The best shows (for me at least) are sometimes the ones I almost
don't make it to.
I had a scare with my car earlier in the day and almost didn't
go. Last fall I almost didn't go to TOO in Cleveland because of weather.
Both turned out to be incredible shows, and getting over the hurdles
made me appreciate them all the more.
3) If you can get to only one show on a tour, do it, as it just might be
an incredible show.
I didn't get to last night, no ticket, but I'm glad, glad, glad I
arrived at one!
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2003 13:27:12 -0500
From: Matthew Texler firstname.lastname@example.org
Folks, I lost count of how many shows I've seen somewhere after 80 years ago. But
what me and my friend Howard witnessed last night in Cincy is forcing me to write my
first review ever. A quick glance at the setlist would make one think that this was
some f write-in request for a show, or maybe someone's mix tape of live Phish. Yes, n
Fluffhead and Slave still haven't been played since the end of the hiatus. And so
yes, the show could have been better, and no Groove at the end of the second set left
om some people wanting, but let us not tempt fate. From the opening of Wilson to a
deafening welcome for our mates (keeping in mind even though for Howards and me this
was our fifth show since hiatus ended, for most people this was their first show) to
the end of Velvet Sea, this show was intense. I really want to hand it to every ds
single member of the audience for it was one of the most consistently
high-energy crowds i've ever been a part of. The highlight of the show was clearly
for us Harry Hood, which we can only describe as FLAWLESS. It wasn't the best ever
(4.4.94 was arguably), but it was absolutely perfectly played. Let's give it to Trey
for also not missing a single lyric of Cavern, which after all of these years is an
accomplishment. Another moving Waste, and a solid 2001. Can't wait for tonight.
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2003 13:24:41 EST
Subject: my rare review...
Well i just got home from the first night in Cinncy., and now,i wish i could of stayed even
though i have no idea how they could of topped last nights show....
I will admitt i usually don't write reviews, i hate reading people bashing or saying how
disappointed they are in the show....I think that is suck bull,.. Phish is back on the road
playin, nothing could be a dissapointment....I understand if you want a better set list or
song selection, but being dissapointed is down right weird......
But i am here writting a review of one of the best shows i have seen in so long...so very
long....i have been to 40 or so shows., was at every show during the nye run through
hampton.., and this is the best i have seen in phish in a while................
On to the show.....!!!!
Wilson: My friend called this one, I though a tube was in the opening mix, but very
pleased to hear this.. Good jamming and a lot of energy with the
band and crowd...it was shorter but a very sweet version!!!
Frankenstein: Are you Kidding?? This is what i am talking about, i love this song,
hate hearing it as an encore, but for them to bust this out after a
good opening Wilson had me smiling already....!!!
Down with Disease: Was happy to hear this, i was a little wiery on the version i
heard in hampton, but this had much better jamming, a funky
type of jam sounded so tight, and you could tell they were
having so much fun playing, i knew right away this was
going to be a real fun night...the funky jam then perfectly segued
into a very explosive ending.....Very Nice...
Lifeboy: After a great start of a show, i was actually happy to hear this, I am not a
big fan of the slower phish, but i have never heard this live, and was very
pleased to get this, and the crowd seemed really happy to hear this with
it being hidden of out show sense 98'..
Boogie on Reggae Woman: O'yea, i love this cover, such a great version., with such
extatic funk...they busted there finest funk during the
jam..this was a very short version but don't let that fool
you, there is some excellent funky jamming in this one
if thats your cream of the crop..(it is mine)
Antelope: Ok, now this has to be one of the best first sets i have ever seen!!!!
I had a lof of fun in Dayton, OH. on 12-7-97, but other than that, this is
one of the best first sets ever in my opinion......This antelope rocked!!
and this had the crowd in a huge frenzy!! Everyone was smiling and
dancing.. phish was connecting with the crowd and the energy was
like nothing i have seen in a while.........
I Didn't Know: Just as i thought they were done..!! I was wrong, Fishman brought
out his friendly vacumm.. and phish had a nice treat for us to end a
very great set....when fish was on the vacumm, trey, mike and page
walked around fish and bowed down to him praising him....very
Set break:::: good enough time to reflect with everyone on a great set, and i mean
Mikes: YES!!! How great it is to go from a great first set to a Mikes opener.
This was the first mikes of the tour and the crowd was very excited to hear
it.. This was a very pumping Mikes.. a lot better than i had heard in
Hampton!! Once again the crowd was in an uproar!, and me and my friend
could do nothing but smile...The foggy must surrounded the stage to
a silent, but yet powerful spooky jam.... All Smiles!!!!!!!!!
Free: As mikes slowly started to segue into the opening notes of Free I couldn't
help but think how perfectly it was.. the band is so on and did i ever feel so
free!!! During the lyrics, "I feel the feeling i forgot" i felt this extasy rush
through my body... everyone cheared so loud when they sang this!!
Another good version, the jam was a nice funky tune! It seems phish is
staying to this funky theme... which is perfectly ok with me!!!
Waste: Well not everything could be perfect... But this was a great song to sit and
rest a minute as my body has not been able to stop dancing to this point!!!!
2001: At first they teased Stash.. and i swore they were going to bust it out, but
then out of nowhere, fish opened the opening notes to this excellent song...
Wow!! a mikes, antelope, and now a 2001 all fav's of mine............The jam
was very funky, perfectly feeding of each other and the crowd.....The band
seemed to enjoy each other and fed off one another throughout the whole
song!! Very well played as i think phish is so much better when they are
playing as a band instead of singlely!!! And you could tell through the music
during the whole jam!! Very glad and pleased so far!!
Harry Hood: Ok, now i know some people complain about a setlist or something!!!!!
But if you complain about the setlist to this show, then there is somthing
really wrong.. This was an adverage version, with a very excellent ending
and the crowd and band was having so much fun enjoying this epic show
All of These Dreams: At first i was a little questionable about phish's new album,
but i seem to be gradually liking the sounds of the songs
live, the new songs have been played so phreshly!!!!
Possum: OOOOOOO'YYYYYEEEEAAAA!!!!!!!! Let me try to explain the
excitement that was in the air during this song....You know during shows
when everyone is dancing and smiling around the whole venue, and you
reach the epic point where you know you would't want to be anywhere
else but in that building!!! Well i was feeling that feeling then!!!! And
Phish gave me, and prolly everyone one of the best versions, kind of
similar to the 8-2-98 version at deer creek, that i have ever heard...!!!!
Cavern: And if they didn't already play an epic show!! They decided to please us
with yet another roaring tune......I really love this song, and with all the
energy in the air, this was just FANTASTIC!!!!!
Wading in the Velvet Sea: If i wanted to hear a slow song, it would be this, and
was glad i was hear to enjoy this show!!!! I felt like id
was wading in a velvet sea as they were playing ......
Lot scene was preety good even though i hate cinncy police!! I was able to get a ticket
preety fast for 55 bucks which isn't bad at all....!!! friendly people all around....
and to everyone, always be careful when buying tickets at a show!! make sure it is
real!!! my friend got ripped off after spending 100 dollars on a ticket!!! That was the only
down side, besides the nasty weather, to the show.................................
Well thanks phish for a great time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2003 11:48:08 -0800
From: Carolina Taylor email@example.com
Subject: Us Bank Arena 2-21-03
I will preface my review by saying that last night was my 46th show
and was one of hundreds of concerts that I have attended,
including over 125 Grateful Dead shows. In lieu of running down the list
song by song, I thought that I would give some general
impressions of the show. First of all, I was highly anticipating these
shows because we had been shut out of all the December shows,
and that was particularly hard since Hampton is pretty much a hometown
show for us.............Anyway, the scene in the lot was nice, as
the Cincinnati police were for the most part nowhere to be found, at
least where we were parked. I thought that the show itself was
about a B- grade show. It was good but not great. My girlfriend and I
thought that the DWD jam was pretty in sync and the band
seemed to gel nicely on that song. Lifeboy was a total surprise to us,
just a total left field choice. It seemed to us that this one
had been rehearsed, as Trey nailed all aspects of this underplayed
ballad. Antelope absolutely reached some great peaks and was
also well played. Well Caro (my girl) and I thought the little dance in
I Didn't Know was kind of cheesy and uhhh.... not really a
great way to end the set. Mike's didn't do much for us.......Waste was
totally nailed, really a high point of the show. Free was what I
had been fearing. Total ineptitude was rampant and we felt lots of pain
during this one. Cavern was fun. Well, I had said that I
wasn't going to run down the list, but I guess I did anyway......oh
well. Overall it wasn't too bad and the new song (All of These Dreams)
seemed to really capture Trey's interest. We had a good time, but I hate
to say this, it just isn't Fall of 97 anymore. However, if
they continue to improve I think there will be some really, really great
shows down the road.
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2003 12:12:03 EST
Subject: reveiw for US Bank Arena
After a very lackluster Chicago show, I could not have been more blessed
After seeing this band 51 times, from all different kinds of perspective,
front, back, left, right, sober and completely blizted, this was a show
I'll will remember up there with the best of them.
No song by song breakdown here, but i will say this venue is incredible
and I had the best seat in the house, stage right, perfectly eye level
with the band.
They were completely in the zone. Completely locked in.The crowd was
tremendous, especially compared to the meathead market that infested the
chicago show (I will never understand why Chi town Phans want to drill
the band with glow sticks every chance they get!-u suck!).
The setlist which looks totally incredible just looking at it, still does
no justice to this masterpeice, gem of a show!!
NOTICE: DOWNLOAD THIS SHOW ASAP
Mikes (and no weekapaug?) into Free then an emotional waste into 2001
with stash teases!! So sick I thought my head was going to pop off my
Wait theres more oldskool to come.
How about hood, possum and cavern! I am in heaven, even now as i relive
last night still dizzy from L.
Oh my.........more to come tonight, but how do you top that???
See ya tonight!!!!!!
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2003 11:41:39 -0500
From: Laura Hudson firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: First night in Cinci
Last night was complete insanity....from the opening with Wilson to a bad
ass Mike's Song into Free and the fun antedotes of I Didn't Know with the
Fishman on the vacuum, my vote - hands down best show of the tour! And we
still have another night to go.
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2003 12:12:38 -0500
Subject: Cinci night one
You could feel the energy flowing all up and down the ohio river in the
misty Cincy. It was time for the freaks to unite and uncork the
universal vibration and release never ending grooves into the air.
Wilson - Coldn't ask for a better tune to unite the masses for the
celebration that would unfold. Yes, we can all still have a shit load of
Frankenstein - Edgar Winter would be proud! Fish nailed the drum
Disease - Made me damn sure i still had the illness. Mike started
really letting into the liquid bass that continued through many songs
throughout the experience.
Lifeboy - What more can you say...Classic tune...I didn't get a
refund...came close to crying during this one...
Boogie On - Mr. Gordon was tapping into the energy and really releasing
some bombs. High energy tune for a high energy crowd. Smiles on
Antelope - Set the show into ultra high gear...The show just gets better
and better and better and better....
I Didn't Know - My first show, I received Acapella's to end each set -
hence, made me a fan for life on this aspect of their musical talents.
They should do a whole show of Barbershop music...Plus the entertainment
aspect of a musician playing a vacuum cleaner justs can't help but make
you grin ear to ear and realize that you might just be that far gone...
Setbreak - Kind Bud orange barff! Thanks to all the kind folks that
supported me and got me juiced for the second helping ...
Mike's - Awesome intro, like I have never heard before, set the tone for
the 2003 winter grooving.
Free - Mike Gordon plays a very powerful bass guitar...
Waste - People who know, know that when they play this tune it is very
special...still searching for the goddess to waste my time with.
Also Sprach - Orgasim after Orgasim of mind bending fun...
Hood - You couldn't help but to feel good. Big tune after big tune
All of these dreams - They leaked this tune into the underground
stream...Every tune off the new album is so amazingly beautiful, this is
no exception...Words of Wisdom - If you can not handle yourself during
slow tunes, please for the benefit of others - sit down and shut the fuck
Possum - Another classic!
Cavern - My favorite set closer - Fuckin Bitchin'
E: yes Velvet Sea -- I love slow peaceful encores to send you into the
madness of life outside the show. They certainly took a moment from my
Sorry if I was to general, but as you can imagine I still have to go to
the second episode tonight to finish the Weekapaug. Cheers to
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