SET 1: NICU > My Soul, Dirt, David Bowie, Frankie Says > Possum, When the Circus Comes, Gotta Jibboo, Fluffhead
SET 2: Boogie On Reggae Woman, Heavy Things, Tube, Back on the Train > Mike's Song > McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters, Prince Caspian > Golgi Apparatus > Weekapaug Groove
ENCORE: Rocky Top > I Am Hydrogen > Julius
Trey teased Dave's Energy Guide in Jibboo. Part of the Mike’s jam featured Trey on keys. Fish teased You Enjoy Myself in Mike's. Mike teased Auld Lang Syne in Weekapaug. Hydrogen was played outside of Mike’s for the first time since October 31, 1987 (1,190 shows) and played as part of an encore for the first time since May 23, 1990 (895 shows).
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Review by westbrook
The first set is lengthy but holds together well as a whole with high points in Bowie and Fluffhead interspersed among standard first set fare. Bowie goes deep early and the Arrival in Fluffhead soars expectedly for a version from this period.
Some of that unevenness appears at the beginning of the second set where Tube is the only notable performance through the first four songs. It sounds like Trey and Fishman are wrestling over the tempo in Heavy Things as Trey sets his loop slower than the beat Fish comes in with, and then later in BOTT Fishman plays extra slowly to get back at Trey.
Mike's > McGrupp, Caspian > Golgi > Weekapaug is the surefire highlight. Even though Golgi is a bit superfluous, it's one of the few extended sequences from these shows that I return to for some uniquely '99 playing. The ambiance at the end of Mike's sounds close to a tease of the "pre-Nirvana" section of YEM.
Hydrogen's surprise placement in the encore is a treat to close the show.