November 13, 2020

Phish: new archival release Auburn Hills ’99

Another archival Phish release is available for streaming and download: 12/2/99 The Palace, Auburn Hills, MI:

On December 2, 1999, Phish played The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, MI, a modern 23,000 seat basketball arena that was home to the Detroit Pistons. Phish made the most of this venue, squeezing in four plays at The Palace between 1995 and 1999 before it was demolished in 2020. The Palace was opening night of the 14-show December tour and the excitement was palpable.

The Runaway Jim opener lit things up from the top of set I, followed by Farmhouse, a dramatic Roggae that was also woven into Run Like An Antelope, with a formidable Free to follow. Set II began with a nod to Detroit local Stevie Wonder with Boogie On Reggae Woman and the show blasted off with the deep millennial dance grooves and alien interface of the centerpiece Bathtub Gin > 2001 > You Enjoy Myself. This unique YEM included a silent jam as well as bits of Detroiter Alice Cooper’s I’m Eighteen, and The Little Drummer Boy. The Bold As Love encore sent the crowd into the December night brimming with excitement about this mini-tour leading up to Hampton, and ultimately Big Cypress.

Setlist and notes from

SET 1: Runaway Jim, Farmhouse[1], Heavy Things, Roggae, Run Like an Antelope, Wading in the Velvet Sea, Poor Heart > Sample in a Jar > Free, The Squirming Coil

SET 2: Boogie On Reggae Woman, Gotta Jibboo, Bathtub Gin -> Also Sprach Zarathustra > You Enjoy Myself[2] -> The Little Drummer Boy[3]

ENCORE: Bold As Love

[1] Slightly different arrangement, with an additional chorus at the end.
[2] Silent jam.
[3] Ended with Fish alone onstage.

Farmhouse featured a slightly different arrangement, with an additional chorus at the end. Antelope contained Roggae teases from Trey. Gin included 2001 teases before segueing into 2001 proper. YEM included a silent jam. Little Drummer Boy emerged from the YEM vocal jam and ended with Fish alone onstage.


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