dc ’99


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the last big chunk of the tour before big cypress gives us an absolutely raging disease to kick things off in an awesome way at the lone d.c. show of the year. this one is a must-hear if you like trey’s 1999 tone. nothing too wanky and really nice overall playing from everyone. he definitely takes control but in a good way.

a mellow farmhouse cools things down for a few minutes before they reset the gear shift to high for an excellent gin. 2 out of the first 3 songs clocking in at over 33 minutes combined? yeah, i’ll take that every time. a solid wolfman’s, guyute and train song -one of my favorites- follow before a surprising yem closes out the set.

a fiery maze and a lovely reba show up in set II but the big noise everyone makes about this show is the free that comes in the 3 hole. this is a good version, but i think a lot of the attention it receives comes from its length (15 minutes) and the fact that it was the most unique version of the song since the summer. i like it, but it’s definitely overhyped. there’s a lot of repetitive jamming, trey fucks around on his mini keys for a while, and it doesn’t do a whole lot for me.

this is the definition of nitpicking, though, because overall this is a great show from start to finish and had it been the only show i’d seen that year i would have considered myself lucky.

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ticket image courtesy of golgi project; setlist courtesy of phish dot net.

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Wednesday, 12/15/1999

MCI Center, Washington, DC

Set 1: Down with Disease, Farmhouse, Bathtub Gin, Wolfman’s Brother, Guyute, Train Song, You Enjoy Myself

Set 2: Sample in a Jar, Maze, Free > Dirt, Reba[1], Halley’s Comet > Suzy Greenberg

Encore: Frankenstein > Rocky Top

[1] No whistling.

· Frankenstein tease in Rocky Top

Notes: Reba did not have the whistling ending. Rocky Top included Frankenstein teases in the ending.