Blockbuster Pavilion, Charlotte, NC
Soundcheck: Loving Cup, Funky Bitch (slow), Back at the Chicken Shack, Water in the Sky, Sleep (electric), Back at the Chicken Shack (Trey Solo)
Set 1: BOTTBack on the Train, WTU?What's the Use?, Billy Breathes, MMGAMOIOMy Mind's Got a Mind of its Own > Sneakin' SallySneakin' Sally Through the Alley, Axilla > Rift, Wolfman'sWolfman's Brother > Maze, Loving Cup
 No vocal jam.
 Derek Trucks on slide guitar.
Notes: Sneakin' Sally did not contain a vocal jam. The encore featured Derek Trucks on slide guitar.
This show was part of the "1999 Summer U.S. Tour."
I saw plenty of bad shows in '99 and '00 but this one actually ranks among my favorites. It's so swampy and thick. Perfect summer night show. Only other outdoor show from these years i enjoyed as much was the Polaris thunderstorm experience. About 10 minutes of ambient noise before the drop to 2010. My Left Toe ties almost the entire set together. Deep YEM. Make no mistake, the second set was WAY out there, and pretty much an uninterrupted run of intensely psychedelic stuff.
Bad shows aside, this show is exactly why '99 has grown on me over the years. It's great atmosphere music. Their sound was so mindbending back then, and spread across a much larger canvass than they're using now.
Charlotte 7/7/99 - This is the PERFECT ambient jam filled show from the era. Many, many other shows from 1999 have jaw dropping ambient jams and entire sets filled with incredible ambient improvisational jamming, but very few have the complexity and continuity of this two-set apparition from the steamy underbelly of America. Read More: http://phishfarmhouse.blogspot.com/
On the other hand, this was the first time I heard Derek Trucks. He made Trey look like a little school boy, shredding through the encore like there was no tomorrow. (Was Trey holding back for the kid?) That goes to show that even at the worst shows I have seen, there were still nuggets of magic.