, attached to 2003-02-15

Review by Anonymous

(Published in the second edition of The Phish Companion...)

These were my first shows and they were awesome. I was on the floor both nights, first night mid-floor, across from Page. After a “Llama” opener, “Wolfman'”s provided a time for some funk groovin’. Page was layin’ it down hard on this, but maybe I just noticed him more because he was right in front of me. Around the ten minute mark you could hear they were trying to go somewhere but they weren't sure where to head. Page began playing this beautiful piano towards the end, almost something out of “Reba”, “Simple”, or “The Curtain”, and sure enough...
“Reba”! Ah yes, everybody had been waiting for them to bust it out. It was obvious they had been practicing cause they nailed the composed section. The crowd was attentive during that section and it
was followed by a gorgeous jam in which everyone just kind of basked in the moment of this great song. As far as “Run Like an Antelope”, I've never seen lights like this in my life. Pretty intense “Antelope” and the lights just intensified it even more.
The “Bug” in the second set gets my vote for surprise jam of the two night run. Up until now, Page was looking like he might take over the run, but Trey met the challenge. Best Bug I've ever heard, period.
People were in awe by the end of the “Hood”. The composed section was nailed and the jam was simply monumental. I got the feeling that the five shows before this were building up jam-wise to something like this. This has to be one of the best versions ever if not the best. Everybody was on during this. Page was playing great piano, Trey was tearing it to shreds, Mike was almost matching Trey in the amount of notes being played. Fishman, who had stayed in the background for most of the show, really got going for this one. It clocked in at over 20 minutes and it seemed like it would never end.
This second set was one of the best sets musically I've ever heard by any band. It was definitely the set of the weekend for me. The “Hood” ranks up there with some of my favorite versions of Phish songs: 12/31/95 “Reba”, 11/17/97 “Ghost”, 6-11-94 “Squirming Coil”, 12/29/98 ”Free”, 11/27/98 “Mike's Groove”, to name a few.


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