Twist emerged at this show with a slightly new arrangement. After Trey remarked of his affinity for this venue, Jennifer Dances made its debut.
Noteworthy Jams
Debut Years (Average: 1993)

This show was part of the "1999 Winter Tour"

Show Reviews

, attached to 1999-12-05

Review by Palmer

Palmer First I will say the police in downtown Rochester were like Night and Day. They were so chill before the show and transformed into maniac arresting machines after the show emptied. It was a strange thing to observe. It was a cold December day. ....the nights before Christmas and all through the house. SET ONE- Carini, wow. Sick sick sick energy from the fab 4. Next came-Jibboo > Train, good energy and it is not letting up anytime soon. Taste > Bug, Sparkle > Tube, Lawnboy, Sullivan > Twist, it continued to rain to the tunes of The PHISH. Some may say this show is a filler show and a one stop in Rochester just to put out music that were mere leftovers from Saturday's show. I disagree, a different energy was in place, it was like a hew haw in the Blue Cross Arena, people were dancing and grooving it out something fierce and continued to do so. I enjoyed the First Set it was unusual and as strange as the band playing.
SET TWO- Calling Chalkdust, Wrong again, Mikes > Meatstick > Hydrogen what the hell is going on here? Love it, this set two is becoming something of a monster, good version of Mikes as well. Meatstick was a nice treat sandwiched in between the Mikes and the Hydrogen groove. Weekapaug and Brian and Robert, another does of energy and calmness. I enjoyed the switch of emotional playing its what makes this band unique and something special. Jen Dances, one and done and thank God for that. Maze> Chalkdust > Fluff > Frankenstein. The best of the best, this was an awesome cluster of 4 songs i love. What a way to close the show. The encore was weak imo. Hello My Baby > Character Zero seemed to take away the energy of the prior two sets but it was still an experience that i will never forget, loved the second set in this one. Thanks Ra- chest- er.
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Review by Bob_Loblaw

Bob_Loblaw I think many people may have a different opinion of this show than me.

Set 1 is absolutely rock solid from front to back It sounds like they really want it. Carini is short and sweet, Trey nails it! Gibbo takes a dip into some serene waters. BOTT is also flawlessly played IMO. Taste has a nice little extra stretch with some nice tension throughout, which is the point of Taste right? Bug is also extremely solid as the last ones had been. Tube is also great and cohesive. Twist is in a weird slot, end of first set? It likely had to to with them messing with it a little bit. Regardless the jam kicks in quick and into some mellow waters as it builds and builds.

Mikes starts set two. It's pretty straight forward but still good. The segue into Meatstick is also pretty neat and long. Meatstick get's stretched out it's longest up to that point and gets really weird, great version. Weekapaug is absolute fire as usual. Maze is a pretty standard version, but stretched out so who's going to complain about that? Fluffhead is well...Fluffhead. And that's great! CDT is very fast and very high energy. And the usual suspect Frankenstein closes the set.

Another usual suspect Zero is the encore along with some cool A Capella which had slightly died out at this time and must have been fun.

Another note I get from the recording is that this crowd seems very obnoxious all kinds of whistles and I remember hearing what sounds like a powerdrill at one point. What the hell is up with that?

I think this show is super underrated. Yes no big jams that 99' has almost every show but set 1 slays and set 2 isn't to shabby itself.
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Review by RoverPhish

RoverPhish Went to this show on a whim after scoring a ticket through a group of friends at UVM. About twenty of us jumped into 2 school vans and made the 7 hour trek to Rochester from Burlington.

1st Set: Seemed like it was loaded with many "newer" tunes (Jibboo, GBOTT, Bug, Twist), but these came off more polished sounding, including a new intro to Twist. Really enjoyed these, along with a great Tube. Definitely a solidly-played first set.

2nd Set: Very interesting Mike's Groove (w/Meatstick) to open the second set. Trey was having some serious gear issues during Mike's, but he soon used these to his advantage---somehow blending these awful distortion/feedback sounds into the groove's buildup. This set saw the debut of Jennifer Dances...I do not believe this was well-received at the time, but I think a few phans have grown to appreciate it since. An excellent Maze followed. I was excited to hear the opening notes to Fluffhead, as this was my first time seeing it live. Albeit a fun song to see live, this version had a few flubs, with a few sections of the Travels being left out. CDT>Frankenstein definitely closed out the set on a rocking note.

Overall: I'd say this was an average show, with a few highlights (Jibboo, Tube, Twist, Maze). Check out the Mike's Groove too. As any Phish show, it was a great adventure...just wish I hit a few more of the winter '99 shows surrounding it (Hartford's Drowned, etc).
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Review by oongowa

oongowa Jennifer Dances!!! I remember my friend and I looking at each other and saying that this song was quite possible the worst we ever heard. Its the beast that I can love a band SO much but they can still play some of the worst music ever. Don't remember much else about the show other than the peppermint lights during Mike's.
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