, attached to 1993-04-25

Review by DollarBill

DollarBill Continuing to break new venue ground in New York, the 60th show of the tour is the only show at the Kuhl Gym and you can tell the boys are happy to be around home. It does have the “Where’s the fire?” mentality going again from Fishman which doesn’t necessarily make the show better. It rocks, you can’t deny that, but it makes the playing sloppier overall. Trey seemed to have a rough night playing and most notably singing. Having a little too much fun are we? This was also the first audience recording I’ve heard in a while which gives a much different feel to the show as I’m listening.

The front half of the first set is pretty solid from the Landlady, into an early Possum, through the standard Bouncing and Ice. You can tell right away that the tempos are up there tonight. It sounds like the natural reverb of the room or the sound system created a strange echo effect because Glide had some timing problems, like they couldn’t hear each other, and was also too fast. Jim had a really nice jam and was well played. Forbin’s was even too fast for my taste. The usual ridiculous story follows, with great teases from Page, before a decent Mockingbird. Maze actually was a little weak tonight, but still rocked. Usually this one is automatic, but just wasn’t all there. IDK was funny as usual with Fish on the washboard for this one. Golgi had a few off spots here and there and Trey completely muffed the ending lick making for an awkward ending to a rocking set.

Second set starts off with another trip into Gamehenge with a rusty sounding Wilson, and Trey blows the lyrics. The Curtain starts off good, but almost fell apart in the middle. Trey is showing his trademark impatient behavior as he slips right into the Tweezer lick before the Curtain even ended. Tweezer rocked in the usual fashion and then we have Contact? I don’t think I’ve ever heard one in the middle of the set before and this one was pretty well played. Pen was super fast and had a weak ending and then the Balls come out… Mike’s Song starts off with a weird funky lick and I can’t tell what they are teasing here. Mike goes with it anyway and the jam is a little aimless again, but it sounds like the Simple lick is really taking shape from Trey’s part. Hydrogen has its usual slop and little timing issues. Weekapaug had a long dynamic jam and sounds like there are more unidentified teases in there. Trey blows the lyrics to an otherwise good Fee. The impatient Trey goes right into the Tweeprise lick, like he has somewhere else to be.

The new There’s Something Wrong with My Baby moves to the encore spot tonight and I really like how all four of them sing on this one. It’s pretty early in their career for Fishman to be singing leads with them. Everyone gets shushed for a decent Carolina, and then a fast and furious Rocky Top closes up the night nicely.

It’s not a bad show, but Trey’s impatient song switching and Fish pushing the beat too fast in every song made this one just average to my ears. I’m going with three stars to bring the average down on this one.


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