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Link Saturday, 05/02/1992
Cabaret Metro, Chicago, IL

Set 1: Runaway Jim, Forbin'sColonel Forbin's Ascent > MockingbirdFly Famous Mockingbird[1] > Icculus > MockingbirdFly Famous Mockingbird > Sparkle, Reba, Maze, Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room, Stash[1], CoilThe Squirming Coil > Llama

Set 2: Glide > BowieDavid Bowie[2] -> Band/Crew Football Theme Song -> BowieDavid Bowie, Tela > Foam, YEMYou Enjoy Myself, CDTChalk Dust Torture, Cold as Ice > Cracklin' Rosie > Cold as Ice, Cavern

Encore: Sleeping Monkey > BBFCFMBig Black Furry Creature from Mars

[1] Referenced the L.A. riots that ensued after the Rodney King verdict was announced.
[2] Will the Circle Be Unbroken?, Get Back, Aw Fuck!, All Fall Down, Up Up and Away, Random Laugh, and Oom Pa Pa signals.

Teases:
· Miss Gulch / Witch's theme tease in David Bowie
· Don't Get Me Wrong tease in You Enjoy Myself
· Dave's Energy Guide tease in The Squirming Coil

Noteworthy Jams: You Enjoy Myself

Average Song Gap: 7.65

Performers: Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon

Notes: Both Mockingbird and Stash referenced the Los Angeles riots that ensued after the Rodney King verdict was announced. During Icculus, Trey extolled the virtues of the Helping Friendly Book and remarked jokingly that The Aquarium Rescue Unit “used to be a feeble bluegrass band until they read this great book!” Glide was a birthday dedication. Coil included a DEG tease. Bowie included Will the Circle Be Unbroken?, Get Back, Aw Fuck!, All Fall Down, Up Up and Away, Random Laugh, and Oom Pa Pa signals, as well as the return of the Band/Crew Football Theme Song (first since April 16, 1991, or 125 shows). Bowie also included Miss Gulch / Witch's theme teases. YEM included a strong Don’t Get Me Wrong tease. BBFCFM featured some zany on-stage antics that found Trey on top of his stack and Mike singing from down on the floor. The Aquarium Rescue Unit was the opening act.

Song Distribution:
5 A Picture of Nectar
4 Stash
4 Junta
3 Lawn Boy
3 The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday
2 Rift
1 The White Tape

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1992 Spring Tour."

DollarBill , attached to 1992-05-02 Permalink
DollarBill This bootleg was an audience recording. A little too much crowd for my taste. Not a bad balance though. The show itself might have been a case of the boys having too much fun again. Rough Trey night.

Right off the bat we have Fish coming in a little too fast on Jim, making Trey sound lost. It got better. Forbin's is great, I love this song and so far, can't get enough of it. Icculus is great, very funny stuff. Mockingbird is good. Sparkle sounds a little uncertain tonight. Reba has obvious flaws in it. An otherwise good Maze is ruined by Trey's early ending. Bouncing is fine. Stash lyrics were changed to "Police pull you over and beat the shit out of you." Pretty good Stash. Almost sounds like Trey broke a string or something because Coil is out of tune and awful. He must have fixed it during Page's solo because Llama rips as usual.

Second set has a nice birthday dedication for Sherry's 21st going into Glide complete with evil laughter. After all the foolishness Bowie has an awful start but, includes the Crew Football Theme Song! Not sure what that is all about. I'll have to do some more research. Tela was good. Foam had some shakey parts in it too. It's been a while since I've heard a bad Foam. YEM was good, vocal jam was ok. Chalkdust is fine. Rosie included Fish apologizing to Paul after a loud wooo! Cavern is always a good closer.

Fish's voice cracks during his solo moment making Monkey funnier than it already is. BBFCFM is hilarious! A must hear for fans of this song. The interplay between Trey and Mike is priceless. Fish even tries to get Paul to do the solo count off from the soundboard.

Overall this was a bad Trey night. There is some funny stuff in here but, not the greatest show.
Score: 0
DaReba , attached to 1992-05-02 Permalink
If you happen to get a good recording of this you will love the crisp determined playing of the band from jump.
Jim is sparkling. Fish shines giving a perfect tapestry for the band and crowd to dance to. they ripped this Runaway Jim to shreds. You could almost assume they didn't think it would be that way with the curious but welcomed Col Forbin follow. The band is so tight this whole year, its hard to stop mentioning it. it is a good narrative . referencing the riots and another example of how self-aware the band is. Forbin leads into a Famouspus Mocking Bird that I have to say , in my humble opinion, the tightest to that point. They are on fire. Again a good recording will make this obvious. i heard this off of phistracks.com . sick quality. I can't imagine they thought they could play that song better at that time in the bands' development.
Reba follows, full disclosure my favorite song or first favorite masterpiece jams by trey in the YEM, Divided Sky, Antelope realm. Reba got me hooked on those atonal gems from trey's mind. htis written first part is played so perfect you wanna cry. The jam is Phish RnB at its best. the beginning is fish on a great groove wih Mike and Trey rocks it slowly the band gets a regular reba groove giong. Mike drops the first bomb and trey matches that figure in a DEG-like jam Then Fish's cymbals make a great appearance and then Trey just Jedi-Knight's this song. A must-hear Reba.
A blistering Maze follows. The band is in full flight drumd Trey's solo
The Stash verse is a good listen alone. Trey switches the words for a dig at the cops. . this stash is great. must listen.
Score: 0

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