, attached to 1999-12-05

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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