, attached to 1993-02-09

Review by Penn42

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

There's not a whole lot to say about this lackluster show. Perhaps my expectations were a little high due to a great setlist and the previous show kicking serious butt. Regardless, this show didn't do much for me. There's no hard-hitting highlights. 2.3 had a great YEM > Lifeboy, 2.4 had a good Mike's Groove, 2.5 had another good YEM and killer Split, 2.6 had wonderful guest spots, 2.7 was basically an entire highlight reel, and 2.9 has... not that much.

Bowie opens well. That's an opinion I hold for any show with a Bowie opener. I've always loved a Bowie opener. This one does its job. Chalk Dust in the middle always seems a little awkward and the intro to Esther is way to long and boring. There's not a whole lot worth noting in this set. The Wedge got played again. That's four times in six shows now. Only five more performances remain before it gets shelved until '95. Overall a pretty boring first set. Nothing sticks out.

Set two is better, but still not great. I also have a soft spot for Punch openers, so yay! Mike's >>> Weigh is solid. Weigh is particularly well played this go-around. The Lizards emerging from an unfinished Stash is the brightest part of this fairly dim show. I'd say a fairly strong case could be made for a true segue arrow (->) between the two. The Lizards appears very naturally; however, it is just a great save by Trey after a botched Stash jam. Stash is on a trajectory towards greatness before it quickly and inexplicably falls short of its mark. It's all good because Trey really does perform a masterful save with The Lizards, but I'm not going to sugar-coat things, The Lizards was an intervention song.

Altogether a pretty uninteresting show. Check out the Stash > Lizards is you're so inclined.


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