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Link Monday, 05/03/1993
State Theatre, New Brunswick, NJ

Set 1: Buried Alive, Rift, Weigh > CDTChalk Dust Torture, Esther[1] > SOAMeltSplit Open and Melt, Forbin'sColonel Forbin's Ascent > MockingbirdFly Famous Mockingbird -> Vibration of LifeThe Vibration of Life -> MockingbirdFly Famous Mockingbird, Possum, Lawn Boy > Cavern

Set 2: BagAC/DC Bag > CurtainThe Curtain > Tweezer -> Manteca -> Tweezer > Contact > It's Ice > McGruppMcGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters > Runaway Jim, BBJBig Ball Jam > HYHUHold Your Head Up > Love You > HYHUHold Your Head Up > Love You > HYHUHold Your Head Up, MSOMy Sweet One, TweepriseTweezer Reprise

Encore: Memories[2], Amazing Grace[2], Highway to Hell

[1] Random Note signal in intro.
[2] Without microphones.

· Theme from Star Trek and New York, New York teases in Fly Famous Mockingbird
· Fly Famous Mockingbird tease in Possum
· I Feel the Earth Move tease in Tweezer
· Theme from Woody Woodpecker tease in Weigh
· Charge! tease in Big Ball Jam
· Blue Monk tease in Love You

Noteworthy Jams: Tweezer, Manteca, Tweezer

Average Song Gap: 7.39

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

Notes: This show is currently available on with proceeds benefiting the Hurricane Sandy relief effort. Weigh included a tease by Trey of the theme from Woody Woodpecker. The Esther intro contained a Random Note signal. The Mockingbird narration included the Vibration of Life and a teases of New York, New York and the theme from Star Trek from Page. The Possum intro contained a Mockingbird tease from Trey and Tweezer included I Feel the Earth Move teases. Big Ball Jam contained a "Charge!" tease from Page. Love You included a Blue Monk tease from Page and a Page-led HYHU sandwiched in the middle after Fish rambled on with crew introductions. Memories and Amazing Grace were performed without microphones.

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

Songs by Debut Year:

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

, attached to 1993-05-03 Permalink
(Published in the second edition of The Phish Companion...)

The State Theater in New Brunswick is perhaps the nicest place I have ever seen the boys. Not nearly as funky as the Fox in Atlanta, it is the type of place you would expect see the Philharmonic, not a rock show. It made the Tower Theater we visited the night before look like a complete dump in comparison. I can't tell you how relieved I was to see how nice the place looked as I walked in with my Dad in tow.
It seemed my parents just couldn't fathom why I would travel to see so many shows by the same band ,so I invited my Dad to this show and he loved it! Needless to say, I did, too. It is still one of my favorites.
The "Tweezer"Ě was the first time I heard Phish really take a left turn from the structure of the song. They completely left the typical "Tweezer"Ě jam behind (they were in a groove of playing "typical"Ě "Tweezer"Ěs at the time) and forged ahead, landing in "Manteca"Ě before coming full circle back into "Tweezer"Ě. This may not be shocking to anybody now, but it completely blew my mind at the time, and I was already pretty well versed in things Phish.
While that was perhaps the musical highlight of the show, it was a far cry from my personal highlight. The real magic of this show was the moment the boys absolutely nailed the big "Baby's mouth"Ě harmony in "Curtain"Ě. It was so perfect and beautiful it sent chills down my spine. I turned to my Dad and he to me, both of us grinning ear-to-ear, and I could tell he had the chills, too. This is absolutely my favorite Phish moment, ever. Incomparable!
After the show, I asked him what he thought. He loved it! He recalled how caught up in Beatlemania he had been as a youngster, and said he completely understood my obsession. His one complaint: "they just shouldn't play one note over and over like that."Ě Upon further questioning I surmised that he was referring to the "Melt"Ě jam that featured Trey locking in on one repetitive pattern for a solid minute. He didn't like that!
Score: 7
DollarBill , attached to 1993-05-03 Permalink
DollarBill This is the only show at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, 66th of the tour and better than the last two shows Iíve heard. Very average performance for most of the songs, but more behaved and reserved tonight. The recording was an audience, which left a little to be desired, but Iím always glad to hear something. I didnít hear any real sound problems for Paul and Pete tonight either.

To open up the show Page and Fish kind of fade in on a good Buried Alive. Rift is better in the timing, but still not automatic yet. I always love hearing Weigh. Itís one of my favorite Mike tunes and this one is pretty average for this tour, so was Chalk Dust. Esther gets the official random note signal at the top and proceeded to be good to average playing wise. The rocking Melt had a few off spots, but nothing to glaring. I love Forbinís with its accompanying story, a Vibration of Life segment, and spotty Mockingbird to follow. All were, again, pretty average for this tour. Possum rocked and had a few off spots, but nothing too bad. Lawn Boy actually had a Page solo tonight, not bad, not great. Trey actually seemed to remember most of Cavernís lyrics tonight, and it was pretty well played to close up this average first set.

AC/DC has recently been brought back into the fold and this one was good, not great. The Curtain had a couple spots that couldíve been better, but overall well played. Tweezer was a little loose at times and then we have a mini bust-out with a full on Manteca! After the Tweezer jam Mike goes right into a mid-set Contact? Theyíve done this recently and this one was ok. Ice was also average and had a few rough spots along the way. Hey a McGrupp! This one is a little more rare and it shows as Trey forgets the Page solo section and moves to the end part making this one kind of awkward. In fact Trey doesnít even wait for the last note as he plunges into an average Jim. Then the Balls come outÖ HYHU brings Fish out for band introductions and a funny Love You. He gets back on the drums for a super fast My Sweet One, which was almost too fast for the others to keep up with. The expected Tweeprise rocks the closer spot tonight to sum up a good, but again average set.

Another mini bust-out tonight with Memories, as the crowd gets shushed for two barbershop style songs, Grace being the second. They were both fine. The recently added Highway to Hell rocks out the encore spot, and this one is not perfect by any means, but who cares at this point?

Definitely better than the two previous shows, but not the best Iíve ever heard. As we all know, an average performance from these guys is still great so Iím going with four stars.
Score: 3
andhen2003 , attached to 1993-05-03 Permalink
YES! I'm so psyched I found this review. I just saw Phish for the first time in more than 10 years, so I thought I'd look up some of the shows I saw many moons ago. This was my favorite. My girlfriend at the time worked at the State Theater box office and got me a ticket third row center. Seeing the setlist brings back great memories. Thanks guys!

Score: 1
beach , attached to 1993-05-03 Permalink
beach This is a very solid Spring '93 show. Compared to the two prior shows, the playing is much improved. The setlist is a knockout.

The Tweezer in the second set is a must hear. For me it's one of the best '93 versions. In fact, up to this point in '93, I think it comes in second place only to the madness that is 2/20 Roxy Theater.
Score: 1

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