Beck began recording Midnite Vultures in July 1998. This was one of the few full-band performances between July and November, when he took a "break" from recording to promote Mutations. This show was a gig held by Microsoft, some sort of corporate festival/party. Also at the gig were Devo and David Spade. Beck reportedly was frustrated by the expensive ticket prices, but after some concessions, showed up and put on a great show. Beck's quite into it, the setlist is fun, the band kind of explodes out there.
Beck had some fun at the expense of the computer/Silicon Valley crowd. "Computer people! Your past is a cancelled check! Your maximum point of power is now!" Then later, he introduces "Sissyneck" as "Since this is a cyber-get-together, we're gonna do some cyber-country! I've got a cyber-hard-on." "Hotwax" ends with Beck asking the crowd to have cybersex with him.
This is the only live version of "Let The Doctor Rock You" which did not make it on to Vultures. Also, tonight was the first time "Hollywood Freaks" was ever played: it's insane, very cartoony, and ends with Beck singing "touch my ass if you're qualified!" (No idea if "Get Real Paid" had been written yet or not.)
Also first stand-alone "Electric Avenue" was performed, and definitely fits the occasion.
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Bass: Justin Meldal-Johnsen
Drums: Joey Waronker
Guitar (Electric): Beck Hansen, Smokey Hormel
Harmonica: Beck Hansen
Opening Act: David Spade, Devo, The Flying Other Brothers
Saxophone (Alto): David Brown
Saxophone (Baritone): David Ralicke
Trombone: David Ralicke
Trumpet: Jon Birdsong
Turntables: DJ Swamp
Vocals: Beck Hansen