‘nati two ’99
this show looks silly good on paper. in the air, with the notes and sounds that your ears actually hear, it is not. not “silly” good at least. both sets have nice flow throughout and there is nothing that stands out as below average, but it feels like a 3.0 show where they have an idea or two for each jam but don’t really pursue any of them other than split open and melt.
the bowie to close set II is pretty good and i’d have been happy enough with that. tmwsiy > am > tmwsiy is always a treat and played pretty well. the simple, tweezer, dwd and moma all could’ve gone a lot further out than they did. fine- rather they cut things short and not force a jam that’s just not there.
compared to the rest of the tour and year this is at the bottom of the list, but it’s still phish in their prime playing with purpose, so i’d say give those previous five songs i mentioned a listen and maybe keep the melt if you’re so inclined. the good news is the majority of the rest of these posts and shows range from good to great to grand to wonderful, so we’ve got that going for us. which is nice.
Firstar Center, Cincinnati, OH
Set 2: Down with Disease > Split Open and Melt, The Moma Dance > Farmhouse, The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu > The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > When the Circus Comes, David Bowie