I recall the stars being aligned for this one. I had just set myself up in an apartment within walking distance to/from Fiddler's Green. Therefore my apartment turned into the gathering place for our crew.
The show was pretty good with Piper being the big highlight for me.
What happened at set break I will never forget. My friend got us a couple of beers and mentioned that last call was coming up so i decided to get two more so that we had something to sip on for the second set. I decided to go upstairs to the concessions behind the top of the lawn. As I'm wrapping up my transaction Phish comes out and starts the second set off with Piper. There is a crowd of people heading to the stairs that I came up on and so it is crowded all of a sudden. I look to my right and see there is a entrance into the top of the lawn so in order to avoid the crowds I head that way. I go through the opening and there I am on the top of the lawn smack dab in the middle looking right down to the stage. I start traversing down the lawn to meet with my friends and while navigating through the crowd I loose my footing and start sliding down the lawn on my ass with both beers in my hands. People are getting out of the way for me and I make it all the way to the cross walk that separates the lawn from the seating. I stand up with about 3/4 of one beer left and 1/2 of the other with a lawn towel wrapped around my lower body. People are kind of standing around scratching their heads wondering what the hell just went by them. I took the blanket off and walked to meet up with my friends back on the lawn. When I reach the crew I find my friend and give him a 1/2 full beer. I told him "sorry I didn't bring you a full beer but the craziest thing just happened to me" He starts cracking up and says "Dude, I saw the whole thing."
Oh the memories, another classic show with friends but I will never forget sliding down that lawn like that.
I might have over-rated, but this was my first show....I told a pack of lies to miss a graduate class I was taking at the time. The second set sealed the deal for me....so many of my favorites at my first show. I was hooked.
This is one of my preferred outings of 2000 and I'd put this second set up with just about any from the year outside of Fukuoka II. Piper is the highlight of the show and just might be my favorite of the year and it's followed by other notable performances in Gumbo, Ghost, Mango, and Brother. The first set also has a nice mix of songs with Limb, SOAM, and Taste getting the job done in the Type I jam department. Cavern has some alternate lyrics "I snatched Rick's fork to scrape it off and gave it back to Tom".
I listened to this show yesterday on the anniversary of being at this show from my office, which overlooks Fiddler's Green. It was a really cool moment to look down on the lawn remembering myself there 17 years earlier. I didn't have a clue that I would be working right next to the venue way back then! The Piper through Mango is top notch stuff, really great groove. Trey's effects in Piper was so stupendous. It was special to get the Brother.
This second set is one of the best I've seen of my 38 shows, spanning 1.0, 2.0, 3.0. Just incredible. The Piper > Gumbo > Ghost > The Mango Song stacks up against just about any 4 song sequence I've heard.
Love the "mellow" Piper jam, with a guitar effect I've only heard Trey use at one other show, the 7/12/2000 Piper. That one was bonkers, this one was minimalist perfection. As if the former set up the latter.
That slow, funked out Gumbo turned me on to slow, funked out Phish.
The Ghost is a beast. Mike really drives this.
Great to get a Brother.
And the YEM is solid.
Only down point of the set is Heavy Things, and it was kind of a needed breather after 56 minutes of jam and that ripping Mango.
As of this writing, the ratings are in the 3.8 range. Seems low.
I had a great time!!! My hubby was dancin and the next moment he's puking and sick as shit bent over with his head between his legs. I still had fun and danced all night!!! Him, not so much.
I remember the weather was great~ and I missed the opener~ well not missed, just walking to the venue during it~ all in all a great show!!
Solid show, no doubt. As a life long Coloradan I had seen my fair of shows at Fiddler's Green. The place always had a bad rap for poor sound, early curfew. I did see a stinker of a show there once. Im looking at you Pearl Jam, you all were terrible and I didnt realize it until I saw Phish there. The quality of sound output, im not talking musicianship or even comparing PJ to Phish, no comparison, its the way PJ approached the show to the way Phish did. Phish gave a shit about the quality of the sound.
Anyway, it was fun, my wife and I just found out she was expecting and so our daughter got 3 shows, denver and vegas in utero! Thanks for reading!
I enjoyed this show. The setlist is great and everything was played really well. For me, My Friend, SOAM, and the entire second set were the highlights. The Brother bust out was really sweet. I remember the sound in this place being noticeably low though, which kind of took away from the overall experience and drops the rating from 4 to 3 stars for someone that attended the show. Overall, 4 out of 5 stars if you have a good recording.
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