, attached to 2000-05-22

Review by forbin1

forbin1 This was the second night of a two day run at Radio City Music Hall...and in my own opinion..was the better of the two nights...This place is one of the classiest and most historical, if not the most historical in all of NYC..Some fans even decided to wear a tie to the occasion...just to give it a little bit more class..Truly a historic venue...small, intimate and has great acoustics...the perfect setting for a phish show...you could even possibly compare it to some of the smaller venues Phish used to play in....My buddy Nick and I scored orchestra pit seats...so we got down to about the 7th row..dead center...and settled in...

Set I:

My Soul: Nothing fancy...not a bad choice for an opener...

Chalkdust: I remember being loud as hell...maybe because we were somewhat closer to the speakers than usual..either way, chalkdust never gets old..great song to get the crowd amped up...

Billy Breathes: Always been fond of it...slowed down the pace of the set a little bit...but was enjoyable...

Heavy Things: A tune that was getting a lot of play during this period...standard version...

BOTT: Another song that was heavy in rotation at the time...nothing crazy..Felt like this could go off in a good direction...but before you knew it...it was cut short...a rather short version...

SOAMelt: A pretty good version here...doesn't get too dark and doesn't stray too far....at one point during the song...all the light were turned off on stage and all the lights were turned on inside the venue...then vice versa...caught everyone off guard when all the house lights were turned on...after a second or two..everyone cheered and kept on grooving...pretty cool I thought...

Sparkle: Always a good time when you catch a Sparkle...everyone gets into it...

Horn: Another one that's always a pleasure to catch...One of the more beautiful phish songs in my opinion...Little did I know that this would be the last Horn I would hear...almost 12 years now...

Gin: I love a gin first set closer...and was happy when they started this up...A nice one here...pretty much, just straight jammin by Trey for the most part...gets a little spacy towards the end...

Highlights of set I: SAOMelt, Horn, Gin

Set II: This set is great and is pretty much the highlight of this run...and should be heard...

Bouncing: Nothing out of the ordinary...a song I'm not afraid to admit I enjoy...

Bowie: The intro alone takes a while...gets quite dark and your just waiting for it to take off...a pretty underrated version in my opinion...has a nice overall buildup before Trey puts the finishing touches on it and brings it back home...

Sand: This was my first Sand...such a great jam vehicle...this one might not get all the recognition but a good one nonetheless...although I would catch another one at my next show 6/29/00 and that one should be heard by Sand lovers as well...This one is just dark and dirty...Gordo keeps that great bass line going...while everyone else works around him...

Mango: Didn't see this coming...I love this song..this is a recommend version for sure...crowd was pumped to hear it, as was myself...For whatever reason this song and it's lyrics have always had a profound effect on me...would like to see this a little bit more in the rotation...but as it doesn't get as much play as it did...it makes it more special when you catch one...I would get my last one, later on during the summer...

Ghost: Seeing as how this version has gotten a lot of publicity as of late here..it inspired me to write this review...I had forgotten what a standout version this really was and how fortunate I was to catch this one...One of the more mellow ghost's you will ever hear, but is a top ten ghost for sure...of course that's only my opinion...defintely my favorite I've ever seen...this one had us after a while wondering where we were...we got completely lost in it...no funk...just a nice deep dark space jam...Page brings you aboard and the rest of the band just lifts you off...a must hear for sure...

R&R: This is another crowd favorite...and a really appropriate song to play in a NYC venue...crowd was going wild during this and the boys were defintely feeding off of us...after that monster ghost...this was a perfect end to the set, I thought...At one point during this song, in the top balcony, in the back of the room, there was a banner that said "Thank You" and was being passed back and forth, as a lone spotlight was put on it...I thought this was one of the most beautiful gestures I've ever seen at a show...such a simple phrase that had so much meaning behind it...it actually brought a tear to my eye...couldn't have asked for a better end to the night than this...

Encore:

Bug: Thought they might go somewhere else with the encore...but since this song was pretty new and starting to get some play during 99 & 00 it might have been expected...played with the old lyrics, which I prefer...it's a pretty good version...and should be checked out...

Golgi: Another song I'll never get tired of hearing...crowd loved it and had the place hopping...as if the rest of the show hadn't reeled us in...

Highlights of Set II: Bowie, Sand, Mango and Ghost


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