, attached to 1997-07-22

Review by tubinator

tubinator This was the first show I ever heard, and it remains in my heart as a truly emotional, exciting experience every time I jam it out. The first set is just fun, with a crowd pleasing Stash, and genius execution of Vultures. For me, set two is where S*** GETS REAL. Starting with, in my mind, a perfect DWD with a truly awe inspiring jam into Mike's. This snail's pace, big, phat, juicy, funkadelic Mike's is really what told me as a kid that Phish was the band for me. I always had a very strong tendency to prefer funk over any other genre, (as a bassist, I sort of have to) but I'd still find myself always jammin' out on the "classic rock" side of the spectrum. Anyway, directly following Mike's is a high energy Simple, which kind of brings the listener back down to earth from this funkadelic super trip from outer space. After that, a short but sweet Hydrogen, into a perfectly executed Weekapaug. Mike goes pretty hard in this jam, which of course I love. To close the second set, we get a great A Capella 'HMB' that lets the listener off on a pleasant, goofy note. For the encore we get a pretty standard 'Circus' into a sweet ass Hood. Now, as stated before, this was the first Phish show I ever heard, which obviously means the first Hood too. I can still remember so vividly hearing my first Mr. Miner sequence. For lack of a better term, that s*** SHOCKED MY BRAIN. This might still be my favorite show, its got such a sentimental value in my heart, and the transformation for Disease to Mike's remains to be my favorite ">" of all time. Great job boys.


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