, attached to 1993-03-28

Review by DollarBill

DollarBill After a blazing week of shows the boys break more new venue ground heading into northern California for the 40th show of the tour. More digging deep into the song list also makes this one pretty unique. I thought the recording started out more as an audience copy, but was very clear and board sounding by the end.

Landlady gets pulled back out of Punch for the opener and this one was just average to me, and had a rough end. Funky Bitch is back and I like it a lot. Sparkle continues to have great control in tempo. Melt was good and rocking. Double shot of Gamehenge material with an average Lizards and Sloth, both were ok, but not smooth and tight. Maze rocked as usual. Fee and Ice were also just average for me tonight, and so was Lawn Boy. It just seemed kind of extra lame for some reason. Antelope had some teases and was pretty good overall for an average first set closer.

Another deep cut makes its way onto the list as we have a rare Walk Away to open up second set. Not sure why, maybe for the pun of walk away, run away? Anyway, Jim is really on tonight, and totally rocks! Mound was good, maybe a few week spots in the jam. It's been a little while for Gin also, and this one was good. Then the Balls come out... YEM starts kind of rough, but then there is the priceless debut of the PEZ song? Funny story before YEM actually takes shape. It was a pretty good jam, plus a funny vocal jam off of Higher Ground that rounded out the 20 minute affair. Paul gets the call and had a cut in the recording, but pretty standard for this one. HYHU brings Fish out for a long Love You, with band intros. Mike gets the back end of this show starting with a long, rocking Possum, complete with McGrupp teases for a lot of it. Nice one to close up the mostly average second set.

Mike continues with a kind of rare Contact. Great stage banter during and at the end when an annoyed Mike sings "Sing the song." to Trey. Double Mike encore with the always entertaining Creature from Mars! Really funny stuff here, as Fish starts the jam while Trey isn't ready, so he doesn't play and Fish apologizes over and over. "Sorry about that man."

There are too many average songs in here to make this five stars, although Mike did play a lot better overall tonight. I'm going to give this show four stars like last night's show.


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