Friday, December 30, 2016

Full Show Friday: Phish 12/31/99 Big Cypress, FLA

We search the murky back waters of youtube to find full concerts and post them to the site weekly, come back every seven days to help us celebrate Full Show Friday's. These shows are of varying quality and may not be here for long so enjoy them while you can...As always, please support the artist every which way, but especially by seeing them live (if they are still playing)...This week...Phish!

For December RtBE is having a special focus with our Full Show Friday's. This month we will showcase live shows, that we were at and also were huge influences on our musical tastes. We will also be trying to get some outside perspectives when we can. This will be a fun and personal month for us, hope you enjoy. 

We are finishing up this week with the mother of all shows. We gathered a great group of friends and loved ones to head down to Florida for the show that ended the millennium in the swamps. Phish put on a mega weekend of music, we have said this before but we will say this again....

Out of every live show we have ever seen, this one takes the top spot. 

Today we are just showcasing the midnight set, but hot damn is this a doozy, the band played from midnight til 7:45 in the morning...straight. Just when you thought it might fall apart, it soared. The band was in the best form of their career and they knew it.

We thought they may cover a full album, we thought they may pay tribute to The Grateful Dead, but all they did was play beautiful tunes in their fashion. This is also our peak involvement with the band. We had done a few shows on the Winter Tour, a week on the Summer Tour and basically caught every show we could after getting into the band in '96 and '97.

The band went loooooong and it was classic, the highlights are numerous. "The Twist">"Prince Caspian">"Rock & Roll" trio was a blast, we were stoked for the mid-set "Albuquerque", the "Drowned"> "After Midnight Reprise" was a huge blast. The peak may have just been "Piper">"Free" two of our favorite songs that are just played at the peak of the band and crowds power...huge.  

We could probably write a book about this show, but for now the music will do the talking....Enjoy:


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