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This show was part of the "1999 Fall Tour"

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, attached to 1999-09-21

Review by zzyzx

zzyzx (Published in the second edition of The Phish Companion...)

There's something magical about the desert. For some people it's just a vast expanse of nothingness between the coast and the Midwest, miles to be traversed to get to your goal. Others though hear a call in the vast space and clear skies. It's not something that can be codified really, but I feel it upon every visit. It's a yearning to be free, a call to leave civilization and be one with the land. For one night Phish managed to tap into this source. For one night they managed to become one with the desert. This isn't the best night of Phish I've seen, but it's one of the most memorable. To think that I saw it on a whim.

The sole reason why I attended this show was because of the following night. Phish was going to be playing Las Cruces, NM. I earned my Masters Degree in that town, hating every minute of it. I looked forward to returning there in the same way that the high school nerd who became a software millionaire looks forward to his reunion. No matter what, I knew I'd have to go to that show. As long as I was going to go down there though, I might as well attend both show, right?

It was thinking of Tucson as the afterthought that almost caused me to miss the opener. My flight landed in Phoenix barely two hours before the show started. Only the 75 MPH speed limits enabled me to arrive at the show on time.

The Pima County Fairgrounds are precisely that. It's not really a formal venue; it's a flat strip of land on the outskirts of town with a fence around it and a stage at one end. As a place to see Phish, it had two things going for it: the delicious Thai food stand in the back of the venue and the view of the night sky. With no barriers to block it, the wind decided that it was a fan tonight and swept in to see the shows. When I listen to the show, it brings back that environment.

Outside of the incredibly strong seventeen minute “Drowned” in the first set that could have been played anywhere, most of the power of this show comes as much from where it was played as by what was played. The most blatant example of this occurs in the middle of the second set. Making an obvious thematic nod to their locale, Phish play “Vultures”. It's a call to the desert powers, and it gets answered.

As the jam got weirder and spacier, the wind drove the clouds across the moon. I found myself wandering away from the sparse crowd and the band, over towards the outer fence. As far as I could see, there were no lights or other signs of civilization. All that existed was this vast space and this music that seemed to be part of the world itself. This only lasted for about five minutes or so, but it was powerful. While the jam on its own can't reproduce this experience, I suggest that you try bringing it out to your next Arizona camping trip to see if works for you too.

I can't help feeling that the band felt this too. How else do you explain the encore? Rather than playing a quick throwaway song, they encored with “Reba” for only the second time ever. As if that wasn't enough, they followed with a “Bold As Love” that went on forever. Phish knew that they tapped into something primal that night and not even they wanted the night to end.
, attached to 1999-09-21

Review by Anonymous

(Published in the second edition of The Phish Companion...)

My final semester at University of Arizona was just starting, and what better way to get it kicked off then with my first Tucson, AZ show at the dirty dog Pima County Fairgrounds? Throughout the night, there was a nice mellow, but grungy/dirty vibe to the music which blended into one with the desert scene. As at most Arizona shows, moving up front was cake. The "Poor Heart", "Sample" opener served as a sort of warn up for the band. What came next was jaw dropping.
One of the gnarly, extended `99 "SOAM"s (see Cincinnati and Big Cypress) came roaring its head. This is more groovy and mellow then most "Splits". A fourth song "Drowned" kept up the early hot pace for the set. The rest of the more "song based" set was still very good, with the "Birds", "Theme", "Golgi" ending leaving us thirsty for more.
You could tell band meant business in the second set when they opened up with a long and intense "Carini", which jammed into one helluva "Bug". After those intense jams, Page treated us to "Strange Design". One of the all-time best "Vultures" followed and it was insane, with Trey doing some evil shredding and Mike actually leading the way. Let me add that Mike completely owns this night. Trey may be the Jedi, but Mike was Darth Vader on this night.
After another fantastic "Limb", Phish performed (the now Trey Anastasio Band song?) "Circles". This is a great song and is deserved of being in the regular Phish rotation. "Dirt" was perfect and then came a straight up, nasty "Antelope", continuing with the vibe stated earlier. The encore was "Reba" > "Axis" and you can't really beat that on most nights. "Reba" was mellow and thick and of course, that was the day that I had purchased (and was wearing) my maroon Reba/Sega shirt! After the show, the band went over to a friend's house ( I was not there) and partied it up till the wee hours, an event which included Mike, Trey and Fishman performing on acoustic guitars in her bedroom. (Some friends, right? Thanks for the call guys!)
, attached to 1999-09-21

Review by n00b100

n00b100 Just a quick note - I'd say everything you need to know about the vibe of Fall '99 can be found in the SOAM and Antelope from this show.
, attached to 1999-09-21

Review by Bob_Loblaw

Bob_Loblaw Yet another 99' with a series of extremely solid songs strung together around average ones.

SOAM is absolutely fantastic and packs a tremendous punch for the 12 minute length it is. It is followed by a fantastic hazy Drowned that drifts into bliss jam as it will several times after this show. This pair of songs is followed by the go to (in 99') Back on the Train and Birds of a feather which have nothing extra but are well played. Theme is another above average version.

Carini does it's thing to kick you in the ass starting the second set. This is followed by likely the best version to date of Bug, it gets stretched out to 10 minutes. What gets stretched is the very essence of the song, it's just absolutely beautiful and a must hear for any fan of bug. Vultures has some flubbery but overall is average. Limb By Limb is well the same version they played all summer nothing more or less.

Why don't they play Will it Go Round in Circles? anymore? Only two times? Come on guys bust this one out! So high energy reminiscent of a well above average version of Funky Bitch or Boogie on A Reggae Woman.

The Antelope that closes the set is complete and utter destruction. And I do not mean that in a negative way. It is everything you want in an Antelope, pure tension and release the whole mid section. It builds to tremendous peaks as Trey shreds at the top of his game. A must hear for any Antelope fan.

Throughout the 2nd set I can hear a voice shouting for Reba (an odd second set choice) but I digress, I do not know if the band heard them but they got their wish. And it is above average.

Overall peaks and valleys like most shows from this year. But overall it has must hear versions of some fan favorites so check it out!
, attached to 1999-09-21

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround Poor Heart: Interesting in the opening slot, especially for this tour. Been a good while since it had opened a show, 11.24.96.

Sample in a Jar: Standard.

SOAMelt: Yes! Big loops to kick off the jam at 4:15. Huge, screaming loop at 4:35. Time to get down! This Melt is quite standard but in retrospect is better than anything they played at 9.19.99 including Stash. Show is definitely off to a good start and about to get even better…

Drowned: This one rocks hard up until 12:08 when it shifts into a redundant theme. They quickly ditch this in favor of more Trey shredding like crazy at 12:44. Just Hendrix type stuff, going off. At 13:48, things take a conscious approach towards something slower. Page sounds great in here on the baby grand with very nice fills as Trey strums away and Mike and Page are thumping. Very danceable, outstanding groove. This melts away slowly until Trey ends it at 17:09. A fantastic version of Drowned! Completely laughable that this version is not on jamcharts, how is this possible?

I Didn’t Know: Standard

Back on the Train: A little slower than usual? Pretty boring version that fades away into the end. Meh.

Birds of a Feather: Standard.

Theme From the Bottom: Standard.

First set summary: Good energy, one good jam and one great jam. Have to be pleased with this set. Above average in my eyes.

Carini: Pretty standard Carini, I mean the song really is over at 8 minutes but that is followed by a bunch of loops and sinister, swirling effect for another 2:04 then >

Bug: Super shreddy. Rock star type stuff on display here.

Strange Design: Not sure a breather is needed in the three hole. First two tunes were heavy but not that heavy? Long pause at the end of this I assume to discuss what to play next…

Vultures: Starting to question the makeup of this setlist at this point. That said, this does have a very good jam as Trey lays back. Solid jam especially if you are into the less is more type jams. Nice ->

Limb by Limb: Very well played and Trey really sounds great here.

Will it Go Round in Circles: Raucous.

Run Like an Antelope: This is how you Antelope. Seriously. They take their time more than most/any and build tension. School was in session here on tension building. But when they get to the shredding aspect of this jam, look out below because this is absolutely smoked. A must hear and for this not to be on jamcharts is just criminal. What a way to close out an underwhelming set. Might just have saved it as a matter of fact.


Reba: Wow! Not played as an encore since 3.31.91, 780 shows, what an honor to place it here! This is such a solid Reba here and like Antelope, so patient! This one likely deserves more praise across the pantheon of Reba’s historically. Only reason I can think why it is not more well known is because it doesn’t have that one signature moment that you can point to? This one is like that very reliable .295 hitter in baseball that you can always count on for singles, doubles, and a fair number of RBI’s. Still, for them to play this in the encore slot and play it this well is very meaningful.

Bold as Love: Wow!! At this point is it safe to say they felt obligated to make up for a lackluster second set with these last three tunes? My answer is yes. This Bold as Love is ripped wide open multiple times, impressive and an awesome end to an interesting show.

Second set summary: The source on phish.in / relisten app is very heavy on the bass, very heavy. What a strange show, after all these years and many, many listens it’s still hard for me to formulate an opinion that I can stick with. Sometimes I feel like it’s a great dark horse selection. Other times I feel it is actually overrated. But I just hit it at 4.5 stars and here’s why: You have a rock solid SOAMelt, a killer Drowned, a rocking one-two punch coming out of set break, an interesting jam in Vultures, an all time Antelope, super solid Reba and Bold as Love is the band telling the fans they love them. What a high note they ended on. I suppose I will continue pointing to this show when I think of dark horse type of shows. Out of the way, sparsely attended or talked about.
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