, attached to 1993-02-11

Review by DollarBill

DollarBill This is the only show performed at the Haas Center. The eighth show of the tour picks up where the last show left off, experiments are good when they work, but the timing in this show is just off. No real sound problems for Paul that I can tell in this recording, which was a little boomy.

Normal, average Suzy to start with was well played. Double opener songs tonight with a good Buried Alive, followed by an equally good Poor Heart. A few rough spots in Stash show that the timing is already off. Nothing ground breaking in the jam. Fee was good and well played. Rift has multiple timing problems during the solo sections. Fishman is playing really fast tonight. First Fluffhead of the year shows a little rust, but not too bad over all. Llama was even a little off on the timing, and experimentally rough. Usually that one is a solid no brainer. Lawn Boy was ok, kind of a surprise and not that great. They must have felt the same as they continue to tease it well into Bowie, especially Mike. Hilarious moment as they even mess up the language with an inexplicable D'oh after a random note signal, which brings on even more signals including "Get Back" to Lawn Boy. Sounds like Mike is almost teasing Blues for Allah. Bowie itself was just ok, nothing too great to bring this average set to a close.

The first Landlady (only) of the year starts off second set, and was a little rusty sounding, maybe because they are doing it as part of Punch now. Wilson also sounded just ok to me, as did Pen, Mikes and Hydro. Maybe the tramps made Mike's sound uncertain and listless at times. Weekapaug was the highlight of the trio. Woo Hoo! Another Mound comes out as this seems to be a new trend to let Mike have another say after his song. Mound was well played. Then the balls come out before an average Bouncing. HYHU brings out Fish for a pretty good Love You, capped off by a rocking HYHU outro. Did not expect a Lizards this late in the set, and this one was ok, maybe a few off spots during the jam. Cavern was just ok to close up another average set.

First Bold as Love of the year also shows some rust, like they need to go over some parts in practice. Another Grace follows after the shushing, and this one is pretty well done from what I can hear.

Well the intent is always there, but this show just never quite got "there" tonight. Too many mistakes on timing make this one average for me.


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