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Permalink Posted by DollarBill on , attached to 1993-04-14
DollarBillContinuing an amazing Midwest swing, their first show ever at the American Theatre, and 51st of the tour, is crazy good. Not technically the best played show, but the song selection just puts it over the top. What did St. Louis do to deserve this?

Pretty standard Buried alive to open up leads right into a solid Poor Heart. Maze rocks as usual as the boys start to heat up, maybe a few spots at the end. Bouncing was standard. Ice was good, maybe a silent jam from Trey in the middle or some other antics? Then the craziness starts with a pretty good Stash leading into KUNG! Not sure why they pulled this out, but the stage banter is priceless. And they eventually get back to Stash, but Fish won't let it go, so they basically do another Kung while Trey switches over for the Horse. The Horse itself was fine and Silent was a little fast, but good. Page still had the new chime type setting on for a decent Divided Sky. A few off parts from Mike make it average, but the jam at the end is great. IDK brings Fish out for a washboard solo and they almost do a full on vocal jam again during the Doug part. Golgi was much tighter this time after they blew the Iowa performance. Great closer to a good first set.

Do we have a wedding proposal on stage at a Phish show? Yep, a special moment with friends before a monster second set. AC/DC is a little rusty, but eventually rocks the opener spot for the actual Roger. A super fast My Sweet One continues the tailor made set list for their friends. Tweezer rocked and had a Walk Away type jam in it. Mound was well done for the most part. Then the Balls come out... And now here is where the fifth star is earned, as the back half of this set is ridiculously delightful! A solid YEM, with Trey yelling BOY, MAN, GOD, SHIT! With a full on Spooky jam with Page, into the vocal jam, into Harpua? Wow, great story as usual, the song itself was sloppy, but Trey's descriptions are just too funny. And if all that wasn't enough, you get a good solid Jim closer to all this madness. Thanks Roger!

This show just keeps giving with a fun encore segment with Fish doing a "lighter" Lengthwise and then Mike slides into a Contact. Tweeprise was the only thing expected at this point and wraps up a great night in St. Louis.

I think the personal nature of the second set really pushed this show emotionally to new heights. Again not the best technically played show, but a must hear.
Score: 1

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