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Link Thursday, 02/18/1993
Electric Ballroom, Knoxville, TN

Soundcheck: Shaggy Dog, Quinn The Eskimo > Jam, Sample In A Jar

Set 1: CDTChalk Dust Torture, GuelahGuelah Papyrus, Poor Heart > Tweezer -> Foam, Sparkle > Cavern > Reba, Lawn Boy, AntelopeRun Like an Antelope[1]

Set 2: Rift, Stash, LizardsThe Lizards, PYITEPunch You In the Eye, Mike'sMike's Song > HydrogenI Am Hydrogen > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove, Mound, Amazing Grace[2], Memories[2], Sweet Adeline[2], Rocky Top[3]

[1] All Fall Down signal.
[2] Without microphones.
[3] Without microphones, acoustic. Fish on trombone.

Teases:
· In the Hall of the Mountain King and Another One Bites the Dust teases in Mike's Song

Noteworthy Jams: Tweezer, Mike's Song

Average Song Gap: 3.64

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

Notes: Antelope included an All Fall Down signal. Mike's Song contained a brief tease from Page of In the Hall of the Mountain King (Grieg) and multiple teases of Another One Bites the Dust. The soundboard shorted out during Mound. Rocky Top featured Fish on trombone, was performed acoustic, and along with Amazing Grace through Sweet Adeline, without microphones. The band engaged in a rubber band fight between Sweet Adeline and Rocky Top.

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

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1993 Winter/Spring Tour."

DollarBill , attached to 1993-02-18 Permalink
DollarBill For all you conspiracy theorists out there, this was the thirteenth show of the tour and bad luck was surely with them this night! This is the only show at the Electric Ballroom. It has some good songs, and then gets sloppier as it goes along, then has an abrupt ending. Lots of problems for Paul at the soundboard tonight. Good recording, what there is of it anyway.

Ok, first set opens up with a great Chalk Dust, I mean smoking and almost flawless. You can hear the delay on the vocals. That may have led to a brief spot of uncertainty from Fishman in an otherwise solid Guelah. A good Poor Heart also has a little extra tag at the end of Page's solo. Tweezer has a shaky intro, but is pretty good overall. Nice funk from Mike and quite a strange ending going into decent Foam. A few rough spots on this one. Sparkle was good. Trey blew the lyrics a little in Cavern, otherwise it was well played. Reba was ok, spotty in the middle and had a trill-tastic solo from Trey. It was a little different than your average Reba. Nice Lawn Boy with Trey taking the solo again. See I knew it wasn't that rare. Antelope has a very loose intro, but a great jam leading to the end. Mike also teases his It's Ice bass line again. Not too bad of a first set.

I had high hopes for the next Rift, but Fish's timing is still not locking in on this one yet. Stash started off ok, had a few rough spots, but a good jam. Trey retunes during the Lizards intro and this is a pretty good one. There was a massive glitch in the recording, sound problems already? Trey remarks "Should we do it?" before a really rough Punch. Itís still new and Mike is off and Trey blows more lyrics and actually apologizes during the song. Mike's was kind of sloppy just from general screwing around and the tramps I suppose. Hydro was rough. Weekapaug was rocking along with teases happening until the crackling of the soundboard intervened. The boys jam on for two more minutes then the recording cuts off and into the second verse of Mound. When the song ended they stopped to explain the fried soundboard. Paul? Chris?

Well, then the recording cuts off as Trey says they need it to be quiet so they can put their barbershop lessons to good use. This was the first Memories of the year. Too bad the taper didn't keep going. It would have been fun to hear the Rocky Top.

Again, I feel that this show is over rated so I'm only giving it two stars to bring the average down. Way too much sloppy playing to be anywhere near four stars.
Score: 1
sirchandestroy , attached to 1993-02-18 Permalink
sirchandestroy This place, as I recall, was an old airplane hangar. It was underneath a freeway, and there was construction everywhere so the ground was all torn up in huge, gravelly/muddy chunks and frozen. What a shithole for a Phish show, but what can you do. My theory on the fried soundboard is the fact that the metal structure was so thin that the extreme cold from outside mixed with the heat, both electrical and human, produced some serious condensation and got into the board, frying it. I was next to the board, and there was no drink spilled on it. The setlist is blahzay, but the show, as with most all of '93, was pretty intense. Seemed pretty loose as evidenced by the extended Hydrogen and the "MAKE!" in Weekapaug. Anyway, you won't find anything here you have to have, but it's a nice trip down memory lane.
Score: 0

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