, attached to 1993-08-13

Review by Anonymous

(Published in the second edition of The Phish Companion...)

So this was the second show I made it into, and I say that because it was the fourth show I tried to go to. First, at 12/3/92, the show was sold out and I couldn't get a ticket. On 4/20/93 I actually made it in. On 8/6/93, my friend's dad would not let him drive us (even though I already had the ticket). So when 8/13/93 came along I had to start taking matters in to my own hands because one out of three sucks; I was wasting my youth. So this time I didn't have a ride, and I didn't have a drivers license. But, my parents were out of town. I decided to test my driving skills because... hey, I had a temporary permit, and I had just turned sixteen. So I made the two and a half hour drive, and damn, I was a good driver!
So we entered the Murat Theatre, and for those of you that have never been there it is beautiful, even though it was run by one of those secret societies (Shriners I think). Very ornate, and not very crowded. So at this time I was not too familiar with all the songs, but the one song that stands out vividly was the "Mike's Song". Not only the music, but the stage antics. Somebody was having fun with the smoke machine, and Trey was running around like a madman using his guitar as an axe, chopping through the fog. And I think it was Mike screaming the "Stranglehold" teases, which confused me for a long time because I expected all the "Mike's Song"s to have the screaming in it. It wasn't till years later when I actually heard "Stranglehold" on the radio. And I realized "Mike's Song" was very influenced by Ted Nugent. As for the "Gin": it rocked, and Page was banging on his piano (I guess he was still breaking it in). And they sent us out on the "Highway to Hell". This is still so crystal clear in my memory. I've got to say, I love AC/DC, and Phish rocked the song. I am still waiting to hear another one.


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