Moma – A solid, jammed out opener while staying to standard MOMA Dance rock jamming. A great shot of adrenaline to start the show
Beauty – A semi regular afternoon happy vibe until page goes off. Moving on…
Sample – The band was sounding/playing balanced and tight and hit a second early peak in the show shooting energy level high straight out of the gates.
Guyute – 97/98 were big years for the pig. It had fully grown and matured and had mastered it's many segments from Irish ditty jig to evil menacing arcs and snarls over massive tension – the coda is prog rock mastery.
Ghost – Time to bring out the space funk. This one was, if you can say it without blaphemy, just another of many during this phase – a deep, long journey riding Mike’s base while Trey lets the loops unfold and Page makes the clavinet bounce. Totally in the swamp muck of Phish groove 101. Eventually the jam leads to full on Phish rock bliss with a vocal reprise from a locked in Fish – these are the jams jaded vets miss.
Limb – Here we are, Summer of 1998, first set, and yet again another top shelf version. Fishman goes freeform and carries the jam while Trey hoses the melody which never really steps out, but provides a thorough wash during an extended version.
Roggae – This song has never failed. It is so fitting when outdoors on the West coast. Trey is flirting with the “smudge” sound in the jam that evolved into 1999 and plays a consistent role in the Bug jam.
YEM – Very patient. A nice, long funked out intro to the jam with nice subtle looping fromTtrey while Page goes B3 bananas. Eventually Trey gives in and starts with the rhythm licks as Fish and Mike lay it down taking it on a slow growling build but without any major fireworks.
Set break - Ting a Ling. All systems go.
Llama – A fast and fiery welcome back kiddos. Loads of energy and more snarling from the ‘Doc. Trey sounds angry as he rips it apart during the blistering outro.
Wolfman’s – A hair loose, but a lot of slow and deep. A swim in the space porn with no true peak. Culminating in a meandering, wet funk journey.
Piper – O, the slow build intro. It almost takes a “Sparkle” approach as the tension builds with no release in sight. As opposed to when Phish gives us the Hose, this is more like a sprinkler spraying in rapid bursts before running out of water pressure and fading off.
Tweezer – Trey takes us out for more deep space wha-wha. Totally danceable, but I was starting to lose focus through the set. It was certainly funky.
JJLC – More controlled energy. This time bluesy and soulful and Trey lets loose on the ‘Doc.
McGrupp – We have made the jump from deep space funk to breezy melodies, we’ve lost the dance, but the music is still pouring out. A very good version providing nice juxtaposition after Tweezer’s growling nasty slide. McGrupp turned into a gorgeous piece of work across the board.
DWD – A pretty typical, high energy wave of the song (1998) and the jam. Trey keeps it coming through the Disease reprise into a soaring finish. Great set closer.
E: Possum – A quality encore, but nothing insane. Still, some deep tension and release within the box provided.
Tweeprise – Another door slammed shut. As much as I like Kuroda's 2.0 and 3.0 light rigs, he had a rotating spotlight setting that he would white out and just let them fly in vertical lines during the Tweeprise peaks in the late 90's that he can't quite replicate, and I miss them dearly. We called them "the elevator vortex lights" and they were only used in that spot. They have literally made me think we were all in a massive freight elevator free falling before.