, attached to 1993-02-21

Review by DollarBill

DollarBill Well after reading all the hub bub about these shows, I'll have to say I was not impressed with this one. It does have the extreme novelty factor though, including a special guest on stage and lots of rarer songs. This makes the band sound sloppy and rusty at times. This is the last of three shows at the Roxy, sixteenth show of the tour, and a really good recording.

This is the third or fourth time I've heard them do the a cappella intro to Suzy. This show is a triple opener with a good Suzy and Buried Alive and a rough newly revived Punch. Not too bad, just knocking the rust off still. Pen was also a little sloppy. Horn was pretty good. Chalk Dust was rocking as usual. Trey was out of tune already and may have broken a string or something, because this plagues him all night. Esther has an extended intro and is still a little off over all. Dinner seems like a surprise as Fish is off on this too fast version. Mike continues right into an ok Bouncing. Antelope is a good closer here and is pretty well played.

Axilla is a rocking way to start off the second set although Trey is mysteriously missing in the mix. Well played though. The Curtain was rather weak and rusty sounding to me. I disagree completely with the other reviewer on here. Stash was awful, not God awful, but just really rough. And Manteca wasn't much better as Mike searches all over for the right notes. Lizards was good, maybe a few loose spots. Gin seemed foreign and forgotten and was also kind of fast. Mike leads them right into HYHU to bring Fish out for Rosie. Great stage banter here and one of the highlights to this show for me. Fish blows the lyrics to Rosie. Trey returns to tune the guitar again which has been bugging me this whole show. Coil is also weak and not just from Mike, but also Page. That doesn't seem to happen very often. Even Page's solo lacks a little at the end. Mars rocks out as usual and ends this below average set.

After the thank you's and shushing, a nice Adeline helps clean up this show. A false start ensues because the guitar needs to be tuned again. This continues the novelty filled show with a bluegrass rendition of GTBT with banjo. Right into Paul and Pig in a Pen, which are really well played.

Again, I can't tell you how disappointed I am in this one. Even though it’s been officially released, I don't feel the need to own it. Definitely not four star Phish in my book especially when the guitar is out of tune for half the show. Sorry folks, just my opinion.


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