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Link Saturday, 05/01/1993
Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PA

Soundcheck: Gonna Live That Life, Poor Heart, Odd Couple Jam, Brother

Set 1: Runaway Jim, Foam, GuelahGuelah Papyrus, SOAMeltSplit Open and Melt, Fee[1], Rift, SampleSample in a Jar, It's Ice > Glide > BowieDavid Bowie

Set 2: CDTChalk Dust Torture, Fluffhead[2] > My FriendMy Friend, My Friend[3], CoilThe Squirming Coil, BBJBig Ball Jam > Halley'sHalley's Comet > Paul and Silas > Mike'sMike's Song -> Great Gig in the SkyThe Great Gig in the Sky -> WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove, Cavern

Encore: Carolina[4], Rocky Top

[1] Trey sang verses through megaphone.
[2] Ending featured Trey on acoustic guitar.
[3] Beginning featured Trey on acoustic guitar.
[4] Without microphones.

· Simple and Fuckin' Up teases in Mike's Song
· 1812 Overture tease in Split Open and Melt

Noteworthy Jams: David Bowie, Mike's Song, Weekapaug Groove

Average Song Gap: 3.52

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

Notes: Melt contained an 1812 Overture tease by Mike. Trey sang the verses of Fee through a megaphone. The ending of Fluffhead and the beginning of My Friend featured Trey on acoustic guitar. Mike’s Song included teases of what would become the riff to Simple, as well as a Fuckin’ Up tease. Carolina was performed without microphones. The soundcheck's Poor Heart was performed a cappella.

Song Distribution:
4 A Picture of Nectar
4 Junta
3 Rift
2 Stash
2 Lawn Boy
1 Hoist

Songs by Debut Year:

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

MountainKung303 , attached to 1993-05-01 Permalink
MountainKung303 The first of two great nights. 4.12 stars

Nice first set. SOAM has that original melt grove. A fun Fee well performed. Ice>Glide>Bowie makes a great set closer. I like It's Ice as a song. It tells a story; very progressive type of a song. But sometimes I think the funky changes can throw the band off. They totally nail this one. Glide. Special song, secret song, sacred song. An amazing, slightly fast tempo version. A great Bowie with a "structured jam" that walks into near lunacy finishes it off. UB Bowie...

Second set has a really good Fluffhead, very clean. Really this entire show has that great Phish chemistry that is one of a kind. You can tell they're comfortable with it. There's a BBJ in the second set. Probably a lot funner to be there than to hear it with no big ball. A cool little Mike's Song intro for a Groove. Indeed the primary riff for Simple is present just for a couple of bars. My understanding is that that riff poped up here and there in '93 and debuted in '94. I love that song. The music and lyrics are from Mike Gordon's journal. Great Gig in the Sky>Weekapaug, oh hell ya. A hard to hear Carolina on the version I have. Barbershop with one mic. As it should be I suppose. A hoppin' Rocky Top tops it off, complete whit hoots and hollers.

It should be noted that Johnny B. Fishman was on top of things all night.

"See you tomorrow."
Score: 2
DollarBill , attached to 1993-05-01 Permalink
DollarBill This is the first of two shows at the Tower Theatre, 64th of the tour and just average and sloppy to my ears. Iím not saying they didnít have fun, and there are some good moments in here, but there is sloppy playing, an out of tune guitar and blown lyrics all over the place in this one. Maybe itís just because the recording was good soundboard quality, kind of, so I could hear all the faults. However, it does sound like somebody squished the crap out of the recording along the way. There's way too much compression on it for me.

Jim opens up and I though this was going to be an audience recording at first, but it seems to be a matrix of some sort. Jim was ok, but Mike was teasing something and he wouldnít let it go, so it sounds like they are playing two songs at the same time, which is not that great to hear. Foam was really good, so definitely check this one out. Guelah was pretty good as was Melt except the ending. Trey never gave his official signal, so Fish didnít know when to end. Fee was good overall going right into a better, but still not all there, Rift. Sample was pretty tight and Trey has some of his signature guitar licks in already. Ice was average for this tour and so was Glide. The screwing around during the Bowie intro caused the actual beginning of the song to be off. Fish came in and it was a mess all the way into the composed section, but the jam was ok to end this average set, in my opinion.

Chalk Dust rocked the opener spot of the second set, but there were some rough spots and Mike seemed to be all over the place. Fluff was also loose and had some messy spots in the Travels. Trey picked up the acoustic for an average My Friend and I love how you can hear the stage talk on the recording. You can hear Trey telling Mike and Page to go ďright upĒ in the climb at the end of the second verse. Trey calls up Coil, but doesnít tune his guitar, so stay away from this one. There are rough spots playing wise and awful bad notes throughout the whole thing. Even Page, sadly, canít make up the difference by the ending solo. Then the Balls come outÖ and the best part about this was the recording source seemed to turn into a pure board! Iíll take it! You can hear Trey asking for a G starter note from Page as they do the recently brought out Halleyís. This one isnít too bad, but they do blow the lyrics a bit. Paul was pretty good and speaking of Paul, you can hear the reverb change on the board. I love soundboard recordings! Mikeís was a good jam, though not too great to my ears, just average for this tour. Then Page leads them right into the Great Gig. Fish delivers his trademark howling and vacuum soloing, love it or leave it. Hereís where I donít agree with the other reviewer on here. Fish gets back on the kit and plays the wrong drum part going into Weekapaug so you donít get the usual Mike solo. You can hear Mike slap his bass in frustration. They just donít sound very locked in tonight to me. Cavern was very sloppy on Treyís part and he also blows the lyrics again. I donít know whatís up, but heís been doing this a lot lately. It was a very awkward way to close up another average set.

Everyone gets shushed for Carolina, which was fine, and then a ripping Rocky Top with a big Leo scream sends everyone out with a smile.

The energy of this show is worth four stars, but this is definitely not four star playing in my book. Sorry folks, Iíve got to go three stars on this one. Maybe tomorrow will be better?
Score: 1

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