Phish at Big Cypress
For Phish's Trey Anastasio, this colossal
one-band festival, at a South Florida Native American reservation, was "the
culmination" of the band's first run. "Eighty thousand people came
from all over," he said, "and virtually nothing went wrong." The
fest's final set began around midnight, and went on for more than seven hours,
displaying every side of peak Phish, a singular mix of in-joke quirks and
ESP-level improv. Toward the end came an unforgettable take on the "Sunrise"
section of "Also Sprach Zarathustra," played as the sun actually
rose. "I will never listen to that tape because I know what a letdown it
would be compared to what it was actually like," Anastasio said. "When
that sun came up, and the sky was blazing pink, it was an indescribable moment."