philly one ’99
the band “finished” the reverse tweezer reprise > tweezer that continued from the portland two encore by opening with a solid if uneventful tweezer to start their two night philly stand. the rest of the set was well-paced and had a nice flow to it but nothing too special. good warmup though to say the least.
gotta jibboo opened set II and this one is a true surprise. clocking in at over 14 minutes this jibboo is seriously underrated. phish dot net doesn’t even have it listed on their noteworthy jams section of the song which is a crime. the only other versions that even come close to rivaling this one are camden 00, rosemont 03 and coventry, and those all meander quite a bit before getting down to the real sticky icky. the philly jibboo is a tight jam from the word go and never loses any steam throughout. that it opened a well above average second set makes it all the more surprising, but trust me, this is the real deal.
a nice wedge and bowie follow, with a super awesome sexy have mercy bustout coming from the end of the unfinished bowie. i’ve never seen have mercy but i love that they still keep it in their back pocket for when they feel like playing it. fish silliness comes next with a fine twist and oddly placed waste to close things out. the encore sounds fun and that’s about it before we get to the next night’s epicness.
First Union Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
Encore: Ride Captain Ride
 Have Mercy melody and a vacuum solo.
· Have Mercy tease in Hold Your Head Up
Notes: Bowie was unfinished. The jam out of Have Mercy included a snippet of Bowie before returning to Have Mercy. The subsequent reggae-style HYHU contained a Have Mercy melody before leading to a vacuum solo.