, attached to 1993-02-09

Review by DollarBill

DollarBill This is the first and only performance at the Auditorium Theatre, sixth show of the tour. After a day off, we have solid playing for the most part, and minimal sound problems for Paul. That makes this one an enjoyable listen. Good recording as well.

Nice Bowie to open up with while Paul gets everyone settled in, maybe just a little off in parts. Trey blows the lyrics to a standard Bouncing. Sounds like a bad cord somewhere making noise in a good Poor Heart. Really good MFMF tonight with an almost flawless intro and great creepy ending! Well done! Moving right along into a smoking Rift that has a few tiny rough spots. Completing the triple shot from the new album is the uncomfortable Wedge. It's not quite there yet. Chalk Dust rocks as usual and lacks a little energy towards the end. Ah, the first Esther of the year complete with proper signals and a lot of screwing around in the intro. The song itself is a little rough and sounds unpracticed, but still kind of funny and playfull. Maze even sounds a little off tonight, but Page and Trey rip their solos as usual. Golgi has a great position as first set closer and was dynamic and well played.

I'm so happy to hear Punch making it's comeback. This one's still rough in the transitions, but has great energy. Mike's was kind of weird and messy for me. I wonder what type of antics where going on as Hydrogen was a little off as well. Weekapaug on the other hand had a great dynamic and unique jam. Mike gets a good chunk of the second set tonight, continuing with a well played Weigh, also first one of this year, as is My Sweet One. This one is on fire! The second Sample ever is better than the first. Well played, and even though the vocals aren't quite there yet, this is a good song. Then the Balls come out, Fishman even switches to swing before the last ball is in. Stash was a little off tonight, but has a great jam in there before the inexplicable no ending. Right into a Lizards? Oh well, Lizards was pretty well played, maybe a little off in spots. A little HYHU brings Fishman out to sing the first Bike of the year. Really funny vacuum solo, like he's going heavy metal or something. Another inexplicable ending leads us to an Amazing Grace closer. This one gets a little better each time.

Cavern was well played. Then Trey rushes everyone into a supper fast, almost unintellegable Rocky Top. Really rushed.

I only gave this one four stars to push this one up on its average score, because the overall playing seemed so well practiced. Each song did have at least one minor flaw though, keeping this one around three and a half stars at best.


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