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12/30/1999 – BIG CYPRESS SEMINOLE INDIAN RESERVATION

Big Cypress, FL 

SET 1: Water in the Sky, Light Up Or Leave Me Alone[1] > Suzy Greenberg, Corinna, Limb By Limb, Che Hun Ta Mo[2], Big Alligator[2], Possum, Farmhouse, Ghost, Ya Mar, Character Zero

SET 2: Wilson > The Curtain > Tweezer -> Taste, Meat, Golgi Apparatus, Wolfman’s Brother, Gotta Jibboo > Harry Hood > Good Times Bad Times

SET 3: Chalk Dust Torture, The Moma Dance > Run Like an Antelope, The Sloth, When the Circus Comes, Mike’s Song > Simple -> I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove

ENCORE: Boogie On Reggae Woman > Tweezer Reprise

[1] Unfinished.
[2] Phish debut; John McEuen on mandolin, Raiford Starke on guitar, and Seminole Indian Chief Jim Billie on guitar and lead vocals.

This was the first show of the Big Cypress festival. Light Up was played for the first time since March 1, 1989 (1,092 shows), included Jibboo teases from Mike, and was unfinished. Corinna was subsequently played for the first time since February 18, 1989 (1,096 shows). Che Hun Ta Mo and Big Alligator (both Phish debuts) featured guests John McEuen on mandolin, Raiford Starke on guitar, and Seminole Indian Chief Jim Billie on guitar and lead vocals. Mike’s Song included an Immigrant Song tease and Weekapaug included a Light Up tease and an Auld Lang Syne tease at midnight.

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12/31/1999 – BIG CYPRESS SEMINOLE INDIAN RESERVATION

Big Cypress, FL 

SET 1: Runaway Jim, Funky Bitch, Tube, I Didn’t Know, Punch You in the Eye, Bouncing Around the Room, Poor Heart, Roggae, Split Open and Melt[1] -> Catapult, Back on the Train, Horn, Guyute, After Midnight[2]

SET 2: Meatstick -> Auld Lang Syne[3] > Down with Disease[4] -> Llama, Bathtub Gin, Heavy Things, Twist -> Prince Caspian > Rock and Roll, You Enjoy Myself[5], Crosseyed and Painless, The Inlaw Josie Wales[6], Sand -> Quadrophonic Toppling[7], Slave to the Traffic Light, Albuquerque[8], Reba, Axilla[8], Uncle Pen, David Bowie, My Soul, Drowned -> After Midnight Reprise, The Horse > Silent in the Morning > Bittersweet Motel, Piper -> Free, Lawn Boy, Hold Your Head Up > Love You > Hold Your Head Up, Roses Are Free, Bug, Also Sprach Zarathustra[9] > Wading in the Velvet Sea > Meatstick

[1] Unfinished.
[2] Phish debut.
[3] Accompanied by fireworks.
[4] Accompanied by fireworks; unfinished.
[5] Vocal jam based around the word “cheesecake.”
[6] Trey on acoustic guitar.
[7] Debut.
[8] Trey altered lyrics to reference cheesecake.
[9] Began with the signature Hood drum roll.

This was the second show of the Big Cypress festival. Fish was introduced as ‘Soda Jerk’ during I Didn’t Know. SOAM and Disease were unfinished. After the ensuing Catapult, Trey remarked: “Only at the largest concert in the world could we get away with playing a song like that.” After Midnight made its Phish debut. The late set, also known as “The Show,” began at around 11:35. “Father Time” was on stage, pedaling on an exercise bike that powered a large clock. The sounds of the clock’s gears could be heard through the sound system. About ten minutes before midnight, “Father Time” collapsed from exhaustion and the clock stopped. Then, a large fan boat entered the concert field and approached the stage. Early in its journey, the fan boat exploded away and revealed the hot dog used in the 1994 New Year’s stunt. While the band rode the hot dog to the stage, an instrumental version of Meatstick began to play over the P.A.. The band reached the stage and fed several meatsticks to Father Time, reviving him so that the clock could continue moving toward midnight. The band then took the stage and played Meatstick to begin The Show. Dancers were on stage prior to Phish reaching it. Auld Lang Syne and Disease were accompanied by fireworks. Heavy Things was recorded live and rebroadcast as part of ABC television’s New Year’s Eve coverage. In a humorous effort to confuse the home audience, Trey instructed the crowd to yell the word “cheesecake” in lieu of cheering at the end of the song. After twice giving the example of yelling the word once, Trey changed his mind and instructed the crowd to chant it, adding for them to say it like they were pissed. Trey then introduced the band for the rebroadcast and offered a message of peace and harmony for the world where he reminded people to drive in the right lane unless passing another vehicle. Meatstick was subsequently teased as the New Year approached in the central time zone. Sand included a My Soul tease from Mike and Crosseyed included a DEG tease. YEM included a vocal jam based around the word “cheesecake” and Trey altered the lyrics to Axilla and Albuquerque to reference the word. Inlaw Josie Wales featured Trey on acoustic guitar. Quadrophonic Toppling debuted, albeit with different music than on The Siket Disc. Rock and Roll included an After Midnight tease. Love You included band introductions; Fish introduced Page before the song and Mike and Trey afterwards, and the band as “Phish 2000” (see November 2, 1990). Piper contained Bug teases from Page. 2001 began with the signature Hood drum roll. After the show closed with yet another version of Meatstick, the Beatles song Here Comes the Sun was piped through the crowd at sunrise. Two breakouts were played: Crosseyed and Painless (first since August 13, 1997, or 159 shows), and Love You (first since July 5, 1997, or 179 shows).

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