, attached to 1993-08-16

Review by BigSpike

BigSpike Ok... here goes.... Everyone seems to really think this show is something else, and it is, admittedly. However, this was my first show, and I had no experience at all with the songs. Completely foreign to a 23 year old "deadhead". You know how we deadheads can be. If it ain't Jerry it ain't sh*t type of thing. So, anyway... our very good friend had been on most of the summer tour and was raving to us about this band. So, when the tour finally rolled around to St. Louis, we got to hook up with her and she scored us tix. They were great seats, halfway up the lower bowl of seating in the theatre. Having never experienced the music, we sort of just sat there in awe at what we were witnessing. Very impressive musicians, obviously very talented, but, not Jerry. Little did I know. So, I tell you all this: You all owe this first set to ME!!!! I swear to god.... I was just sitting there judging and Trey and the boys were to doing everything they could to try to "get" me. Eventually, at the opening of Melt, I found myself jumping to my feet and dancing like never before. They won... ok... who cares... sorry... Ok, just a few unsaid things about this show: Firstly, it was Aug. in the Midwest. Mid-nineties and 100% humidity with no breeze. Just nasty. Then, cram 2500 sweaty hippies in a small old theatre with no air conditioning or ventilation. Pretty uncomfortable, but, nobody seemed to mind. The jam in Foam that goes into obliviated silence featured the band pretending like they were The Who smashing their instruments in complete silence, but, somehow, it seemed like you could still "hear" a jam going on. Also, during Mike's song, the fog machines set off the fire alarm which I don't know if you can hear, but i would imagine that's what led to Faht being played. It was a very crazy night and I feel very blessed to call this my first show. In hindsight, wow!!! I wish I'd have been a fan, but, you know.... I wish I was at the Murat and the Cincinnati Zoo show, too. Want in one hand...


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