, attached to 1993-05-06

Review by DollarBill

DollarBill This is the third and last show at the Palace Theatre in Albany, 68th of the tour, and another pretty good one overall, with more guest stars as well. It seemed to be a board recording for the most part, which is always a pleasure to hear, however there were digital glitches, from a DAT most likely, and I had to seek out a different source for Fluffhead and Possum because they were missing.

A nice solid Chalk Dust opened up the first set and was pretty well played. Fish’s drum part takes us right into a nearly flawless Mound. A good, but average, Melt keeps the energy going pretty well. Trey picks up the acoustic for a good Horse and then Silent, which has really improved recently, was solid to follow. Trey had some rough spots in the middle of a fast ATR. Llama was raging, as usual, and also had some rough spots in the middle. So raging in fact, that Trey pulled himself out of tune and didn’t fix it before an average Fluffhead. The soundboard source gave out a few minutes in. Fish kind of blows his drum part in the Clod and the ending was pretty weak too. Possum was also just in the ok category to me tonight. Then we have a guest star for another funny Lawn Boy, and Page really milks the ending vocal part. Another guest is added and we end the set with three debut songs, which I guess were great because I have nothing to compare them to, but this is definitely up Mike’s alley. Pretty good first set overall, except for Fluffhead.

Suzy rocks the opener spot for the second set, and was well played going right into a long Tweezer. A good jam is included in this one, but it really didn’t do much for me musically. Tela was an unexpected mini bust-out tonight, and had some rust showing during the middle solo. Pen also had a rough time at the top, but was ok overall. Then the Balls come out… Coil was pretty average, but Page works his magic at the end, of course. Mike’s was also in the average category and after reaching the jam in F they make a turn into more uncharted territory with Ob La Di, Ob La Da? Not sure what that was all about, but they add the fiddle player back in and work into an unexpected, early, Rocky Top. This one is usually reserved for encores, but whatever, it rocked anyways. HYHU brings Fish out for Rosie with a nice shout out to Neil. Just like the first set we have a debut song, and a shout out to Elvis, to end the second set. Well played set for the most part, although it did get a little weird in there.

For the encores, Adeline was cut from the board source I heard. I’m sure it was fine. Then we continue the Mike show with a fun Contact, and the expected Tweeprise wraps things up nicely to a fine finish.

For the Phish part of this show, it is a four star night for me. But just like last night’s show, the guest stars and all the debut songs make this one a little more special. So I will reluctantly go with five stars on this one.


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