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Link Thursday, 03/25/1993
Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz, CA

Set 1: CDTChalk Dust Torture, GuelahGuelah Papyrus, It's Ice, Possum[1], Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room, Stash, Glide, Rift, Horn, Magilla > AntelopeRun Like an Antelope

Set 2: Axilla > CurtainThe Curtain > SampleSample in a Jar, Uncle Pen, Forbin'sColonel Forbin's Ascent > MockingbirdFly Famous Mockingbird -> Kung -> Icculus > MockingbirdFly Famous Mockingbird, WedgeThe Wedge, Mike'sMike's Song > HydrogenI Am Hydrogen > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove, GolgiGolgi Apparatus

Encore: MSOMy Sweet One > BBJBig Ball Jam, Sweet Adeline[2]

[1] Simpsons and Oom Pa Pa signals.
[2] Without microphones.

Teases:
· Stash tease in Magilla
· Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da jam in Run Like an Antelope
· Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da and Don't Get Me Wrong teases in Weekapaug Groove

Noteworthy Jams: Stash

Average Song Gap: 11.86

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

Notes: Possum included Simpsons and Oom Pa Pa signals. Magilla (first since May 8, 1992, or 114 shows) included a Stash tease. There was an Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da jam in the Antelope intro and a tease by Trey later in Antelope and again in Weekapaug. Weekapaug also contained an a Don't Get Me Wrong jam and a subsequent tease by Trey. Icculus was played for the first time since May 2, 1992 (119 shows). Sweet Adeline was performed without microphones.

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

Songs by Debut Year:

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

, attached to 1993-03-25 Permalink
(Published in the second edition of The Phish Companion...)

This was to be the last of five West Coast shows for me. After the show I was to drive straight to Los Angeles and then get on a plane and flew to Maui, so I decided to really blow it out. Everyone was excited for another Santa Cruz show, so there were many local pre-show gatherings. I don't remember when I actually made it inside the Civic, which is a wooden floored auditorium that holds 2200 people, max. I have no idea how many people were at the show, but I think it was sold out. We got there before the first set started and landed at the top of the seats on Page's side. Our group took over the entire area up there, which fortunately had windows because the entire auditorium turned into a sweatbox for this show.
This is another epic Santa Cruz show; as one reviewer at the time said, it was "one for the record books". Everything is played exceptionally well, and as a bonus there's a Gamehendge narration thrown in. The show starts with Trey on fire during "Chalk Dust". "Possum" is the next peak of the set, followed by a crowd-pleasing "Bouncing Around the Room". The rest of the set is great and closes with a monster "Antelope". They start the song as an "Ob-la-di - Ob-la-da" (Beatles) tease that the audience sings to, and then build up to an incredibly intense peak. This is one version that must be heard to be believed. The band then took mercy on the drenched crowd and gave us a set break to relax and gather our energy for Set II.
The music during the second set just gets better. The band and the audience are all on fire, and the band opens the set with an explosive "Axilla". Things get crazy again when Trey starts "Colonel Forbin's". What ensues is one of the most hilarious Gamehendge narrations I've ever heard. At the time I was actually really upset at Trey for talking at the audience for what seemed like years to me, instead of playing music. But, listening to the recording now, I can appreciate the funny story/rant. The introduction to "Icculus" is classic, with Trey screaming "Read the book!" with the other guys singing behind him. The set ends with an epic "Mike's" > "Hydrogen" > "Weekapaug", followed by a crowd-pleasing "Golgi".
People were pretty out of it when the show ended, so I did what I could to find people and say "Bye" before running out of the auditorium and driving to LA I was exhausted after five shows in eight days, but some of my friends were just starting tour and planned on doing the S.F. > Vancouver run, in addition to Santa Cruz). All of the shows I saw during the tour were good, and the Santa Cruz Civic was easily one of the best.
Score: 2
DollarBill , attached to 1993-03-25 Permalink
DollarBill Continuing to break new venue ground, the 37th show of the tour is the only show at the Civic Auditorium in Santa Cruz and a pretty good one. Fishman continues to put on drum clinics night after night. The bust outs are huge, and the teases are all over the place. Not the best recording I've ever heard, but much better than not having one.

Great front end on this first set from the rocking Chalk Dust all the way through to a standard Bouncing. Maybe a few spots here and there in Guelah and Ice. Possum rocked, of course. Stash had some problems, but not too bad. Trey needed to tune for Glide. Rift still had some timing issues in the middle Page solo, but had much more control in the end. Horn had some tough spots tonight. Hey Magilla's back! Nicely done and a huge Antelope to close out this really nice set.

Axilla rocks the opener spot, but Fish kind of drops the end. The Curtain was kind of all over the place and not very tight. Sample was good and a solid Pen right behind it. Forbin's had some weak spots, but the stories totally make up for that. More huge bust outs with Kung and Icculus. MBird was kind of weak and tired sounding. Wedge still has the alternate arrangement and wasn't bad. Mike's was good, and you almost get a glimpse of the next piece of Simple falling into place in the jam. Trey needs to tune during an average Hydrogen. Weekapaug was great, including the Fishman drum clinic. Golgi was an ok closer, good, but not great.

Super high energy encores from Fish on Sweet One and the Ball Jam, and then everyone gets shushed for a nice Adeline.

This show was already at four and a half stars and I feel that's right on. It could have been a touch better at times, but the bust outs easily put this above the four star range.
Score: 2

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