The tribal drums lead to the show opener, and Ed stops to check on the hectic crowd a couple of times, coaching “Okay, for all you moshpit virgins out there, if someone falls, you pick ‘em up.” He strums the first few bars of ‘I Got You,’ stopping and leading into ‘I Got Shit.’ The ‘Daughter’ outro includes a bit of ‘I Hope I Never,’ a Split Enz tune. ‘Habit’ features a new start … something like, “I stayed up all night, smoked cigarettes. I have nothing to regret,” and Ed adds “speaking as someone who has experienced both North and South Piha” (Piha is a beach). As Mike is ending the ‘Alive’ solo, Ed climbs high on the scaffolding and waving to the crowd. He recalls how he nearly drowned on his last New Zealand trip and now wears a lifejacket when surfing. (In fact, he donned the yellow lifejacket that Stone handed him onstage.) A flawless, extended ‘Yellow Ledbetter’ end this near perfect show.
Notes provided by: Twofeetthick
February 28, 1998
Auckland, New Zealand
Source: unknown -> MD?? -> CDR (untracked) -> dEdit -> FLAC
03 Hail Hail
04 Brain of J (stopped and restarted)
07 Even Flow
08 I Got Shit
11 Given to Fly
13 Daughter/(I Hope I Never)
15 Improv -> Habit
16 State of Love and Trust
17 Off He Goes
20 Do the Evolution
21 Better Man
22 Yellow Ledbetter
Notes: This is the first time any recording of this show has surfaced and been publicly shared. Many thanks go to SR for going through a tremendous amount of effort in tracking this down many years and getting it out.
The recording itself is decent and very listenable but does have a few issues. It is a mono recording and there are many small mic bumps and/or digital errors that occur throughout. The editing of the show involved a major correction in tape speed. When this was sent to me, the speed was nearly 15% slow. I have never come across a recording where the speed was this far off and since I don’t have any info about how the transfer was done, I’m not sure what would have caused it.
Enjoy and Merry Christmas!
Edit by BLG
compiled on 12/24/2011
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