, attached to 1994-04-13

Review by Mikesgroover

Mikesgroover This run at the Beacon was highly anticipated, and would wind up being the final shows the band would play at an intimate venue in NYC. They sold out extremely quickly and I wound up getting shut out of the third night to my dismay. The band took advantage of the Beacon's size and acoustics by performing at least one song without microphones each night.

First set Stash develops nicely, gets weird briefly and has a odd-key piano led jam before returning to the theme. Not sure where the Can't You Hear Me Knocking Tease is, because I can't identify it. An early version of Julius is blistering, showing the potential of this rocker.

Before Ginseng, Trey mentions how happy they are to be playing the venue, and says he's wanted to play there ever since seeing The Residents there, his "favorite concert of all time"(!)
I remember being amazed that they could get this NYC crowd quiet enough to pull off the unamplified Ginseng, but they did (with help from a lot of audience "shushing"). Afterwards, Trey says "You're still the only crowd I know that will get that quiet. Very cool"

Second set opens with the strange and rare "Faht" with Fishman front and center on acoustic guitar, quietly picking away with the sounds of nature in the background. Another nod to the venue's acoustics.

The audience singalong of the first chorus of Reba is so loud, Trey doesn't even sing it. Standard version, nothing special. BBJ was a great audience participation experiment, but never translates to tape. Fee dissolves into the final version of Take the A Train, complete with Mike bass solo, an appropriate call as it's the closest subway line to the Beacon.

The Bowie jam seamlessly weaves in a line of the Reba melody, and as it builds up steam the Reba theme sticks around for a bit. Not a long version, but appropriately ferocious.

The AC/DC Bag is oddly placed as a closer, but has a short, unusual mid-section jam.

No must-hears at this show, but the Bowie and Reba aren't bad. Average Spring '94 performance.


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