Phish.net show page
Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
Set 1: Llama, Wolfman's Brother, Punch You In the Eye > Quinn the Eskimo, Poor Heart, Roggae, Split Open and Melt, The Squirming Coil > Loving Cup
Set 2: Tweezer > On Your Way Down > Piper > You Enjoy Myself, Frankenstein, Waste
Encore: While My Guitar Gently Weeps > Tweezer Reprise
Notes: SOAM featured band introductions: “Cactus”(Mike), “Stumpy” (Page), “Matty” (Fishman) and “The Good Lieutenant” (Trey). This long Piper included a Birds-like jam.
AAC ~160kbps (i cannot locate my FLAC and mp3 versions...please email me if you have them!)
The Good Lieutenant and company definitely hit the bulls-eye that night, that's for shit sure. Nary a note was wasted in this monster show from fall '99 tour. A stellar first set Wolfman's sets the tone. To be followed by - wait for it - "best...PYITE....ever", as silly as that sounds. Trey does a little loop action, and I think possibly moves to the mini keyboard for a bit? Page even throws in some atypical stuff in there. If there's a more extended PYITE intro out there, I certainly haven't heard it. Throw in a Split that could easily anchor a second set and you have an extremely solid first frame.
I'm not even going to bother describing the Tweezer > On Your Way Down > Piper that opens set two, just go listen to it. Well, ok, I'll mention what's probably the least talked about part of that segment. That has to be the most masterfully played On Your Way Down I've ever heard. So damn sllllooowww and thick as molasses. Patience personified. That's baby-makin' music right there. I mean, just look at the name of the song. Everything that follows is icing on the cake.
The AUD I had for the show is one of the more solid recordings from that tour I've heard, in that it's beefy, loud, and chunky. The low end was a bit too aggressive, however, and tended to obscure the finer details. After EQ'ing a few things, those classic '99 electronic flourishes are easier to pick out amongst the fray, and while I left a good thump in Fish's kick drum and Mike's bass, hopefully you get a clearer overall sound.