, attached to 1997-02-23

Review by Babyrattlesnakes

Babyrattlesnakes I dig this show. A fun setlist with a few very memorable build-ups, and one absolutely perfect gem of a jam. The Carini opener bodes well, and while there are a few hesitant moments in set one (listen to this ATR and you'll understand why they shelved it; also, Rift suffers from some out-of-sync playing), it's overall a fun, rocking small-hall affair. Fluffhead and Bowie, in particular, get the job done.

Set two provides the real meat. The bustout of Daniel Saw the Stone is followed by a Suzy with a little extra funk (hints of Summer/Fall?), a Maze that's well above par (Page's solos are particularly fine), Peaches is always welcome, and then Mike's Song. If you haven't heard this Mike's Song yet, I feel you need to. Is this the "second jam" that folks are always yammering about? I'd say it qualifies. At the point in the song where the band would normally slip into Hydrogen or Simple, they instead veer off into a seriously beautiful and calming six minutes of improvisational bliss . "Ethereal" is the best word I can muster to describe it. With the listener's guard now completely lowered, they thump into WDWDIITR, with Trey celebrating "the rebirth of Henrietta" after the song's conclusion. Top it off with a gorgeous Billy Breathes encore, and this one's a keeper.


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