, attached to 1989-12-15

Review by DollarBill

DollarBill This was an interesting show to hear from late ’89 double billing with Blues Traveler. Unfortunately the recording was awful. Either there was a bad cord somewhere along the line or somebody turned the levels up so high that it introduced distortion in the mix and it’s just really awful to listen to after a while.

Anyways… A-Train cuts in already in progress and it was well played. Golgi was good, Mike’s was good, even Hydrogen was pretty good, Weekapaug was ok and it seemed like we lost Mike somewhere along the line. Not sure if he was having equipment problems or something like that. We get more Mike tonight with a good Ya Mar. Oh Kee Pa> Bag was good, though Bag had a disjointed ending and Fishman never fully double timed the drums to make it rock more. YEM had its intro cut on the recording and suffered from the slow tape speed sound, but was reasonably well played. GTBT also sounded slow, but rocked out to end a good first set.

After the break and Blues Traveler’s first set IDK starts the second set with Fishman on vacuum and this one suffers from the slow tape speed blues again. Divided Sky was ok, but kind of sloppy by the end. Possum was fine and rocking. Not sure if Trey meant to play Lizards, but it was aborted for a solid Antelope instead. Great moment then as Trey explains the gag they are playing on their old light guy Tim before John Popper comes up and wails away on Funky Bitch and Jesus Left Chicago. Both were pretty good, although Mike seems to struggle a bit and I believe he makes up a new garbled verse to Funky Bitch. Contact was much better tonight after the last one’s antics were a little much for me. Bowie closes up shop tonight and wasn’t all that to my ears. It just didn’t do much and the jam didn’t really go anywhere special to me. It was a decent second set overall.

No encore tonight unless they came out and did something with Blues Traveler that was not on the recording I heard. Decent playing tonight, too bad the recording was awful to listen to.


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