, attached to 1993-02-06

Review by Penn42

Penn42 **This is my fourth of (hopefully) 71 reviews as I listen to the entire winter/spring '93 tour.**

Night two at the Roseland takes a few songs to get off the ground, but by My Friend, My Friend's end the landing gear has retracted and they're off. The Divided Sky is good and the Wedge's third performance in four shows is much stronger than the previous two. Antelope is by-the-books.

Set two doesn't have that much going for it. The song selection is ok, but didn't do much for me. Tonight isn't a YEM night so we get a lackluster Mike's Groove instead. There other Mike's Groove so far on the tour was better. However, Mike's Groove is followed by the second performance of Lifeboy, and we all know how much I, and hopefully everybody else, loves this song. It's a beautiful composition. The set and, to some extent, the show are saved by the guest sit-ins in Buried Alive, Possum, and Fire. John Popper is just a kick-butt harmonica player. There's no two ways around it. He's great on all three songs, but he's especially awesome on Possum. Popper solos in place of Trey and absolutely tears it up. If you like this, you should also check out Weekapaug and Funky Bitch from 11.15.96 for more sweet Popper harmonica action. The Noel Redding sit-in on Fire is pretty cool. How cool is it they cover Jimi with Jimi's bass player? In staying true to their ever so dorky status quo, he's brought on stage through a little skit where they have to restart the song several times because Mike keeps (purposefully) messing up. Finally, Trey tells Mike off, states they need a new bass player, and invites Noel Redding on-stage.

Not a whole lot to seek out here. The only portion that really begs listening are the guest sit-ins.


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