December 31, 2009
oh man, this one has me a bit nostalgic and teary-eyed today… I cant believe if has been ten years since me and rob jumped in my mustang and drove from houston to the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation to see phish’s millennium concert.
I should be making a much larger post to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of this event but I can’t seem to find the time lately…
Anyway, the long-short of it is that me, rob and about 79,998 other people descended on southern florida for one of (if not THE) greatest phish festivals ever. The weather was perfect and the scene was amazing — aferal, we all thought we were going to die when the world blew up at midnight and the calendar rolled over to 2000…. Anyway, phish did an amazing job setting up the concert field for everyone, as well as the entire festival grounds and it was essentially a free-for-all of epic proportions…
the band played two days, on the 30th and on the 31st and the 31st was capped off with an amazing midnight-to-sunrise set that included several 25+ songs, and appearance on ABC’s millenium special and some general goofiness from the band that included giant hotdog rides, feeding father time meatsticks and getting a crowd of 80,000 to chant ‘cheesecake’ in unison.
ANYWAY, here’s the download links for both days:
and here’s some random media from the event:
cheesecake, cheesecake, cheesecake….
I’m reliving this little ’99 Texas run for a few reasons… One, I was thinking a lot about how it’s been ten years since my grandma passed, and as I mentioned earler these shows were a big release for me to have just a week after. Two, I’m trying to entice El Jefe to get off his ass and come see phish with me for the first time in TEN YEARS… Third, this night was one of my favorite times ever with our good friend D-Bird, who is no longer with us.
We woke up, and I’m not sure why D-bird didn’t go to Austin with us (since he and I were roomates at college together, this is even more baffling)… but he didn’t. But Jeff and I had plans to meet up with D-bird, Dana B and Little Stu early on in the day at D-bird’s mom’s house (which was vacant, as she was moving in with her new husband if i remember correctly). With the crew rounded up, we cruised over to the lot of Cynthia Woods.
The amphitheater itself is not bad, but the area its in is so weird. It’s like they dropped it in the middle of a shopping/office center and you park literally in the office parks (thiings may have changed, i haven’t been here in a while). The walk up to the place is kinda cool, and you are in these huge woods which makes it pretty spooky after shows… anyway, we got in early and set up shop on the front of the lawn (at the rail). Dana, Jefe, D-bird and I were all enjoying our fake-id’s working when we realized Little Stu (a sophomore in high school, mind you) was missing. AFter freaking out for a bit, the kid returns with a wicked grin on his face… we ask him what’s up and he sticks out his tounge which is covered in paper. D-bird freaking out over the thought of babysitting Stu all night was classic, even though Stu held it down like a pro (which is yet another reason why he is now my attorney).
as for the show… it’s yet another overall well played show with no real low points.
tube opener was cool after the first tube opener the night before, limb by limb is very well played, and Page KILLS IT covering On Your Way Down.
special treat near the end of the first set when the girl screaming for sleeping monkey gets her request with the promise that Fish will “sing it extra pretty for you”.
bowie is very drawn out and spacey, as is the Coil that follows it. The real heat of the show is the Rock and Roll -> 2001 > Frankenstein > Julius. I remember my head nearly exploding as they went into Frankenstein.
after the show we all cruised back to d-bird’s house where, for some reason, there was a keg… I remember Stu getting a call from his parents at 4:20 in the morning asking him where he was and if D-bird could please drive him home.
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion
Set I: Tube, Runaway Jim, Ya Mar, Horn, Limb By Limb, On Your Way Down, Sleeping Monkey, Wilson
Set II: NICU, David Bowie, Squirming Coil, Prince Caspian, Rock and Roll, Also Sprach Zarathustra, Frankenstein, Julius
Encore: Character Zero
September 24, 2009
Was one of my favorite phish shows I’ve attended.
This was just a week after I had lost my grandmother, I was at a college I was already starting to hate and I really needed something uplifting in my life.
Svenvold flew down from Bozeman in the morning, and the two of us jumped in my mustang and started our cruise to Austin from Houston. Somewhere outside of Katy there was a massive pileup and the two of us were stuck in about an hour of traffic – seemingly typical for a phish show (heh).
After getting into Austin late, the two of us parked and didn’t even spend time in the lot before heading in and making our way to the front of the old South Park Meadows. I miss this place, even if it was just a concrete slab and stage out in the shadeless austin sun… good times here.
Anyway, the show was outstanding. Absolutely no complaints — especially with (the last ever performed) Peaches en Regalia to open the second set. Amazing stuff.
We finished up the show, and neither of us felt like couch-crashing at Beaux’s house, so we cruised the two and a half hours home to my mom’s house where we crashed out until the HOuston show the next day (which i’ll give a writeup on tomorrow).
Anyway, here ya go… enjoy the show with Jeff and I some ten years later.
09/24/99 South Park Meadows, Austin, TX
Set I: First Tube, Punch You in the Eye, Farmhouse, Water in the Sky, The Moma Dance, Down With Disease, Roggae, Back On The Train, Guyute, Loving Cup
Set II: Peaches en Regalia, Possum, Wolfman’s Brother, The Lizards, Sand, Misty Mountain Hop
Encore: Boogie On Reggae Woman, Chalkdust Torture
set one: http://www.sendspace.com/file/e0tsmk
set two: http://www.sendspace.com/file/dbspg0