, attached to 1993-08-14

Review by NickSalv

NickSalv No review here, my apologies, I know this is the spot to do so... But really what more could I say about this show that hasn't been said already???

One thing though, which I'm sure people have debated before in the years since this show's date / subsequent archival release - whether in a group or in one's own mind - is the tiny little question of whether we should add a footnote regarding the Band's (obvious) jaunt into David Bowie, post-WalkAway, right after the LivePhish-titled 'Tinley Park Jam' section, in the minute leading up to HaveMercy (c'mon you know what I mean).

Few Questions to Raise Here:

1) Did Trey forget which song he was in?

- Quite possible, given that this was one of the 1st HUGE, extended segue-fests the band experimented with, wandering all over the place. Also, with all the furious enthusiasm/enthusiastic fury that goes into a song like RLAA, one might expect that, at one point or another in a meandering musical journey, the band/Trey may mistakenly slip into a similarly wild song like Bowie. Once the band picked the pace back up, I wonder if Trey's excitement shot the tempo up a little too fast into final Bowie jam territory / final hyper-speed Antelope jam territory which is basically the same format as Bowie just diff key.

2) Or was it actually planned?

- Also very possible, given that Red was maniacally insane - whether it was thought up pre-set/Antelope or on the fly like we all hope was the case. I don't think that's what happened, and I believe in #1 above; I actually appreciate the enthusiasm and slight screw-up more than a planned set aspect. Trey was just giving his all, even if it wasn't the same song, and I really believe he dropped the band back down into Have Mercy as a chance to regroup and find the key for RLAA. This also might explain why he chose to sing the RyeRyeRocco portion in Have Mercy melody, giving him more time to collect himself.

3) Who cares? (I mean, it's PHISH, just appreciate the magic.)

- Welp, I do. And yes, this is pure geekery to spend time thinking/writing about this for an extended period of time, but I'm a geek. A Phish geek. Additionally: 1) Antelope and Bowie are two of my fav songs, I love the early Phish, especially the mean/nasty stuff like those two, Stash, Melt, the like. and 2) Thousands of minor notes have been added to this site, like another boring Oye Como Va tease in Twist (which should go away), so what's one little "Full-band Bowie tease" going to hurt here? It sure will make this guy happy, regardless of the true intentions from the band's perspective.

Anyway..........END BOWIE-related RANT (until next time).


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