Providence Performing Arts Center, Providence, RI
Set 1: Axilla, Foam, Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room, Maze, FEFYFast Enough for You > ATRAll Things Reconsidered, Stash, LizardsThe Lizards, SampleSample in a Jar > Glide > AntelopeRun Like an Antelope
Set 2: CDTChalk Dust Torture, WedgeThe Wedge, Mike'sMike's Song > TMWSIYThe Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu > TMWSIYThe Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove, Lawn Boy, Uncle Pen, BBJBig Ball Jam, HYHUHold Your Head Up > Lengthwise > HYHUHold Your Head Up, HoodHarry Hood, Cavern
 Simpsons signal.
 The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday tease; Push th' Little Daisies quotes near the end.
 Random Note signal and Lengthwise tease.
 Without microphones.
Notes: This show included the first performance of Sample. Antelope contained a Simpsons signal. Weekapaug contained a tease of The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday and near the end included Push th' Little Daisies (Ween) quotes. Hood contained a Random Note signal and a Lengthwise tease. Amazing Grace was performed without microphones.
This show was part of the "1993 Winter/Spring Tour."
Providence Performing Arts Center, Providence RI
First Set: ~75 minutes
Second Set: ~81 minutes
I did not attend this show
The first set of this show features solid renditions of setlist staples such as “Foam”, “Axilla”, and “The Lizards”, as well as the debut of the oft-played “Sample in a Jar.” The band clearly had not perfected it yet, for there’s a pretty major flub during the buildup. Trey laughs it off however, and it doesn’t hurt the flow of the set. “Maze” and “Stash” both make appearances here, both of which can lead to some impressive improvisational highlights, but the versions played here are fairly standard. It’s a fun set with no major hiccups or poor song choices, but not one that I am likely to revisit in the future.
Set 2 kicks off with the high energy “Chalk Dust Torture” before moving into the first surprise of the night, an unusually played “The Wedge.” As the second ever performance of the song, the band is clearly still figuring out what they can do with the song. The result is a slightly jammed out ending to the song that is far different from the fairly composed version of the song that is played today. Definitely worth checking out for fans of the song!
The meat of the second set comes in the form of a Mike’s Groove with a TMWSIY sandwich. The somewhat rare middle segment is always a joy to hear, and the Weekapaug Groove features some very strong improvising from Trey. After breezing through a few “breathers” and the always-silly HYHU segment, the band band provides one more flash of excellence in a well-played Harry Hood before wrapping up the set with “Cavern”.
This is a fun show with a fun Mike’s Groove, unusual “Wedge”, and all around solid playing from all members of the band. Not an essential listen, but you won’t be disappointed either.
The first set cuts in on a pretty good Axilla although the recording is awful at first, the taper and Paul settle in nicely. Foam also has some leveling going on and is loosely played in the middle section. Bouncing should be standard, but had a bad ending from Trey. Maze is well played and has nice solos. Fast Enough is good, as is a pretty tight ATR. Stash has a really nice jam in it. This is definitely one of the highlights tonight. Lizards is good. Ah! The first Sample comes out strong, except limited harmonies from Page and Fish missed the count in the bridge hold. Right into a solid Glide. Antelope makes for a nice closer, but is loosely played the middle making it sound a little off to me.
Good Chalkdust to open the second set. The second Wedge in as many shows is better than the first. I still can't get over how different it was. Nice soloing from Page. Mike's was just ok, with a lot of uncertainty about how and where the jam was going. TMWSIY was pretty good at both ends of an average Avenu. There is some rust showing here too. Weekapaug was rocking and very dynamic with another uncertain ending tonight. They are just not locking in. Lawn Boy was sloppy on Mike's end and a little on Trey's. Pen was also a little off at times including the drums at the beginning. The Ball Jam also has an uncertain ending. Fish even messes up the lyrics to Lengthwise? But it does have a nice reggae swing to it! Hood is sloppy but has a decent ending. Cavern is also sloppy. Not sure what happened but, this show went off in the wrong direction on all the endings of the songs. Definitely below average playing tonight.
The new Amazing Grace brings the usual shushing of the crowd and is less than stellar with their intonation. An ok GTBT finishes off a rough night in Providence.