, attached to 1993-02-03

Review by tds418

tds418 February 2nd, 1993
Portland Expo, Portland ME
First Set: ~75 minutes
Second Set: ~100 minutes
I did not attend this show

This show marks the first at which Page is able to bring a baby grand on tour, so the first set suitably kicks off with the first ever “Loving Cup”, a song which the band nails even at the first outing. The band shreds through a number of well played compositions, but don’t attempt any improvisation until the set-closing “David Bowie”. Although it’s nothing too adventurous, the band is clearly locked in and they dive into some sinister sounding passages before the satisfying resolve.

The second set, however, is interesting almost from the start. A superb “Runaway Jim” kicks off the set, while an always-welcome “It’s Ice” carries the momentum just fine. “Tweezer” features some very interesting vocal interplay among the band early on before the jam section even begins. The jam itself is fiery from the get-go, and more than worth a listen. After a mid-set breather, the band breaks out a most enjoyable “You Enjoy Myself” and the debut of “Lifeboy”. A silly “Hold Your Head Up” sequence gives way to an enjoyable “Possum” set closer.

This show offers great renditions of “David Bowie” and “Tweezer,” even if they aren’t particularly notable, as well as solid offerings of other staples such as “You Enjoy Myself” and “Possum”. It isn’t essential listening by any means, but it’s a decent listen all the same.

Rating: 3/5


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