|photo courtesy of justin wendt|
This show is essentially one of my all time favorite Phish shows. I'll never forget spending seven hours before looking for an extra on this blistering hot July day but was well worth the work. This first set is ridiculously silly with a "relaxed" approach to open the show with "Meat". The next portion of "My Friend -> My Left Toe -> Whipping Post" is one of my favorite live Phish experiences. The bubbling psychedelic of "My Left Toe" and the high-energy transition into Whipping Post is something that will never escape my mind. "Makisupa" continues the festive set with a Chirs Kuroda birthday celebration with birthday teases and Fishman jibberish, ending with Chris taking a silent light-board solo. The rarely played "Saw It Again" rounds out the adventurous set.
The second set continues the playful approach with multiple teases through out the set. With highlights including the opening "Birds of a Feather" extending over twenty minutes with some unusually high energy 99 "type II". The "Birds" teases on "My Left Toe" then perfectly segues into "Walk Away". The Deer Creek anthem "Run Like An Antelope" fully incorporates "Stash" teases before a huge build into the "rye, rye, roco" vocal bridge. "Suzy Greenberg" keeps the energy high with some syncopated jamming based around Page. The loosely played YEM opens itself nicely to playful "Boogie" teases in the funk jam transitioning into the vocal jam. Also, the first "Purple Rain" since August 6th, 1996 is worth noting. Complete with Fishman forgetting 80% of the lyrics which proceeds him to thank the audience for supporting his vacuum cleaner habit. Enjoy the memories.
1999 Summer Tour
Deer Creek ~ Noblesville, IN, USA
Set 1: Meat, My Friend, My Friend -> My Left Toe -> Whipping Post > Makisupa Policeman > Happy Birthday to You, Makisupa Policeman, Saw It Again, Boogie On Reggae Woman, Cavern
Set 2: Birds of a Feather -> Walk Away, Run Like an Antelope, Suzy Greenberg, Hold Your Head Up > Purple Rain > Hold Your Head Up, You Enjoy Myself
Encore: Loving Cup
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