, attached to 2000-09-15

Review by Laurville

Laurville Disclaimer: This was my first show.

I was locked down and unable to attend a Phish show until my third year listening to the band. From 1997 when I was given a "Gumbo" single from my bus driver till 2000, I had only enjoyed them on albums and traded live tapes and discs on Phishhook (remember that).

I went with a good crew. Two people had never seen them (myself), two had seen them a few times, and one person thought they saw them but was too inebriated to remember. We got there early and traffic was already slow. This was before Hershey had renovated and add acres of parking lots to their compound. We had pregamed in my Dickinson College dorm before and were feeling right so we decided to hear right in.

The first set to me was just magical. It started fast with First Tube, got funky with Jibboo, and then got Phishy with a string of Corinna, Birds, Windora Bug, and Antelope. That run of songs showcased the reason I loved Phish. They play everything. Golgi was great and I knew enough to think that that song was going to be the set closer but they threw in a perfect, dusk time Bittersweet Motel to close things out.

I wouldn't know it at the time but second set was straight amazing. Piper opener felt a little crunchy and I liked it, the segue into Lizards was great and then the 15+ minute Tube was out of this world. My mind was officially blown and the rest of the show is just piece meal from there. I do remember that we hit a Possum on the way back to Carlisle and we all thought that really summed things up. In retrospect, I blame the fog and the Possum's decision to cross I-81 after a stellar Phish show in which they were the encored song. He pretty much had it coming.


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