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Link Wednesday, 04/14/1993
American Theater, St. Louis, MO

Soundcheck: I Didn't Know, Dog Log, Funky Bitch, Rift

Set 1: Buried Alive > Poor Heart, Maze, Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room, It's Ice > Stash -> Kung -> Stash, Kung[1] > HorseThe Horse[2] > SilentSilent in the Morning, DividedDivided Sky, IDKI Didn't Know[3], GolgiGolgi Apparatus

Set 2: BagAC/DC Bag, MSOMy Sweet One, Tweezer, Mound, BBJBig Ball Jam, YEMYou Enjoy Myself -> Spooky Jam[4] -> YEMYou Enjoy Myself, Harpua[5] > Runaway Jim

Encore: Lengthwise > Contact > TweepriseTweezer Reprise

[1] Trey used an acoustic guitar to improvise on the intro to Horse.
[2] Trey on acoustic guitar.
[3] Fishman on Madonna washboard.
[4] Included a verse sung by Page.
[5] Narration centered on a story about people who steal your dreams at night.

Teases:
· Dave's Energy Guide and Pinball Wizard jams in Kung
· Kung quote in Stash
· Harry Hood tease in The Horse
· Woman from Tokyo tease in AC/DC Bag
· Theme from Jeopardy! tease in You Enjoy Myself
· Dream Weaver, Theme from The Jetsons, and The End (The Doors) teases in Harpua

Noteworthy Jams: Stash, Kung, Stash, You Enjoy Myself, Spooky, You Enjoy Myself

Average Song Gap: 4.93

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

Notes: Kung segued into a Dave's Energy Guide jam before turning back into Stash, which also featured Kung quotes. The second Kung was recited while Trey, using an acoustic guitar, improvised on the intro to Horse and contained a brief Pinball Wizard jam. The second Kung and The Horse featured Trey on acoustic guitar and the intro to The Horse contained a Harry Hood tease. I Didn't Know featured Fishman on the Madonna washboard. At the beginning of the second set, Trey’s friend Roger Halloway got on stage and asked his girlfriend Jen to marry him. She said yes, and in response the band played AC/DC Bag (which references Roger in the lyrics), which also included Woman from Tokyo teases. The Spooky Jam inside of YEM included a verse sung by Page. The YEM vocal jam included a Jeopardy! tease. Harpua featured teases of Dream Weaver and The Jetsons theme as well as vocal quotes from The End (The Doors); the narration centered on a story about people who steal your dreams at night.

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

Songs by Debut Year:

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

Kaya93 , attached to 1993-04-14 Permalink
Kaya93 My first Phish show, how could I forget! Actually, pretty damn easily. I was 18 years old and a new fan of Phish at this show. I certainly had all their albums by the time I saw this show, but had little idea of the world that was Phish. Possum, Gamehange, vacuum cleaners, trampolines, ah...no...Oh wait, maybe that's what that vacuum dealio was with the Lawn Boy album. This was St. Louis people! Phish was known by a handful of high school and college students. Certainly didn't have any XLII's of Phish.

The venue was great, the smallest I would ever see them at, but probably indicative of where they were playing away from the East coast. I was a seasoned Dead Head, I had already been to let's see...one show, yeah, so you know I was pretty much Captain Trips himself. Looking at this setlist, I was probably befuddled by many songs. Ummm, KUNG, holy shit! Don't remember that. Of course, smoking a joint was a big deal back then. Shit lasted for four hours, had to visine up, get the munchies ready and everything! Of course I knew all the rift stuff, that was in my Eddie Bauer Ford Explorer in the parking lot. Buried Alive, hope I was there for that, one of my favs still, as long as Trey could handle it. Wait, 1993, oh he could handle it. Probably burnt his hands off since they went right into to Poor Heart > Maze. Sick!

I do remember something about Roger proposing and what not, but didn't know shit about AC/DC Bag. Spooky Jam, Big Ball Jam, etc...It was all phenomenal stuff for a first show. This is the setlist you tried to will them to play at the Festivals in the late 90's, but it never happens, cause it's such a different time for Phish. This is Phish at a specific benchmark. They have toured and paid their dues to have a legitimate touring staff, they have good equipment, they know what they're doing, but they really have no idea of what they will become. That's what was great about the band at this time and place and it came through in the show.

It was fresh and new, and never all encompassing, as it would get later on. I remember Trey going off about Dreams and a Dream pile, this was weird, but so was Phish. I was used to an old guy in an old band from the 60's gently rocking back and forth barely mustering the words to China Cat Sunflower, and here was Phish jumping on trampolines, singing barber shop, and ripping forth an energy I had thought only I felt. This was it, and the drummer sang that funny song about diagonal in my bed. What a memory!!
Score: 2
DollarBill , attached to 1993-04-14 Permalink
DollarBill Continuing 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
KernelForbin , attached to 1993-04-14 Permalink
11/09/12 - This show was replayed in thePhish room on Turntable.FM

A lot of fun in this show, teases all over the place and you can tell the band is thoroughly enjoying themselves. Always love the Buried Alive openers, really start things off right and gets the crowd ready for some action. The entire segement of Stash through Silent is phenomenal and must be listened to. Certainly the most unique Horse I have ever heard, with an improvised intro and a Hood tease in the middle.

Unexpected awesome moments in Bag, with more obvious highlights in Tweezer and YEM -> Spooky -> YEM. The Harpua > Jim to close it out was a nice touch. The encore was also a very special moment and everything flowed together very nicely.

This recording has been remastered, download it here: http://www.mediafire.com/?nsvhazk36n819
Score: 0

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