Most Important Shows of The Decade

Phish | 01/01/00
Big Cypress | Seminole Indian Reservation | Everglades, FL

Photo of Phish at Big Cypress by Danny Clinch
The decade began with Phish performing for over seven straight hours from midnight until sunrise in the middle of the Florida Everglades. The band arrived on stage riding their trademark giant Hot Dog as it paraded through the audience to a recording of their song "Meatstick." As they took to their instruments and finished the tune, the final moments of the '90s came to a close and an audience over 85,000 strong was led in a Millennium Countdown before the band launched into their anthemic "Down With Disease." About an hour later, "Heavy Things" (cheesecake!) would be telecast live on ABC Nightly News' special New Year's Eve coverage from around the world to over 100 million people.

Significant for its timing, location and endurance, the show featured some of the most powerful and definitive versions of the band's staple songs including "You Enjoy Myself," "Slave to the Traffic Light," "Reba," "Sand," and "David Bowie." They also showcased several beloved covers including The Velvet Underground's "Rock and Roll," Talking Heads' "Crosseyed and Painless," The Who's "Drowned," and Ween's "Roses Are Free." The set was so powerful for the band that after leaving the stage at sunrise they opted not to return for an encore, instead leaving it to Mother Nature and a recording of The Beatles' "Here Comes The Sun" to send the audience on their way. This ultimate "long gig" left those in attendance satiated, awe struck, and thankful that the world (Y2K) did not come to and end. (Andy Gadiel)

Setlist (courtesy of Phish.net)
Meatstick > Auld Lang Syne, Down with Disease > Llama, Bathtub Gin, Heavy Things, Twist > Prince Caspian > Rock and Roll, You Enjoy Myself, Crosseyed and Painless, The Inlaw Josie Wales, Sand > Quadrophonic Toppling, Slave to the Traffic Light, Albuquerque, Reba, Axilla, 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 > Wading in the Velvet Sea, Meatstick

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