Location: Nietzsche’s - Buffalo, New York
Set Placement: set 2 of 2 (set opener)
Section A: 2:05
Section B: 3:23
Section C: 4:43
My Rating (out of 5): 3
Notes: The shortest Hood in about four years, lending support to the theory that Hood’s ideal placement comes near or at the end of a set, not at or near the beginning of one. If this version suffers from something, it’s merely it’s place in the show. The jam at times represents everything that’s great about this band, and for that I have a hard time rating it only a *3*, but at the end of the day it wasn’t even a set highlight most likely for those in attendance this night in upstate NY, let alone a version that can stand amongst the classic Hoods.
Side note: Before the opening notes, Trey and Page announce to those in attendance that George Foreman had lost his title bout that night to Evander Holyfield.
Trey: “Well I regret to say that George Foreman failed to win the bout tonight… very, very upset about that.”
Page: “He went all twelve.”
Trey: “He went all twelve rounds and uh… he’s still my hero…”
Page?: <says something about the name George, can’t quite make it out>
Trey: “He almost knocked him out in the seventh round.”
Outside Review: by oongowa on Phish.net.
The door guy who worked this show said that this was the MOST packed the Nietzche’s had ever been. He said that people started showing up very early and there was a line down the block. My guess is that Nietzche’s can hold about 350-400 people at full capacity. Would have been a great place to see them if you could have gotten close to the stage. STILL is a great place to see a show. As per Nietzche’s tradition, whenever a band plays there, they sign their names on the ceiling. If you enter the bar and head to the right by the piano and look up you’ll see where Phish signed. Well, a good amount of it since they covered some of it up when they installed air conditioning!!! Everyone signed their names, Trey wrote “The Gauze Lives!” and someone (Mike?) drew a little guys head.