IC Light Amphitheater, Pittsburgh, PA
Soundcheck: Buffalo Bill, Guyute (partial), Pungee -> Dude of Life Medley, Train Medley, Funky Bitch, Bass Jam
Set 2: 2001Also Sprach Zarathustra > Poor Heart > AntelopeRun Like an Antelope, Mound > FEFYFast Enough for You, ATRAll Things Reconsidered, Fee, YEMYou Enjoy Myself, Purple Rain > HYHUHold Your Head Up, GolgiGolgi Apparatus
 Trey sang verses through megaphone.
Average Song Gap: 3.43
Notes: The soundcheck treated those who arrived early to the first-ever Guyute, which was an unfinished, raw version of the song that eventually made it to the stage fifteen months later. Pungee contained a Camel Walk quote and the Dude of Life Medley contained Trials and Tribulations, Crimes of the Mind, Lucy in the Subway, Family Picture, Ordinary Day, Dahlia, Francella, and T.V. Show quotes and closed with a Free Bird tease. The Train Medley in the soundcheck included quotes from Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash), Mystery Train (Junior Parker), One After 909 (The Beatles), and Love in Vain (Robert Johnson). Antelope included Heartbreaker and Brother jams. Fireworks from nearby Three Rivers Stadium coincided with Antelope and Mound. Trey sang the verses of Fee through a megaphone. Prior to Purple Rain, Fishman found out that one of the crew members tried to play a prank on him by turning his vacuum cleaner inside out. Fishman introduced Peter Schall and Brad Sands with Page teasing HYHU.
Songs by Debut Year:
This show was part of the "1993 Summer Tour."
THE GOOD: Starting with an extremely hot Buried Alive,Rift duo, the band was ready to play for this one. I love the 1st set Maze here. Trey absolutely destroys Maze in this time period and this is a great example. He's active, full of ideas, and the rest of the band is exceptional. Likewise, the Divided Sky here is a highlight. Not often the highlight of a set, this version is fast-paced (per the time period) and wonderful. I love the series of hammering chords Trey plays right when it seems like things are going to wrap up - instead of doing that, the whole band plays a series of Who-like chords and Trey plays his arpeggios. Truly a 5-star version. Even Lawn Boy, the bring-down that it often is, features some scat from Page.
The Antelope shines in this show's second set. There's Heartbreaker teases throughout. Not only that, but the band enters what one might 'think' would be BBJ. Instead, the band was playing along to fireworks that were going off over the river in nearby Pittsburgh (you can hear them afterwards in Mound). Feeling extra playful, the band moves into a whole section of Brother before bringing things back to close up Antelope. I'm a sucker for FEFY, and this version is triumphant here. The other major highlight, though, is a fairly solid YEM which has an extremely funky D+B section. Nothing out of the ordinary from this YEM, though.
THE BAD: Is there any? It's hard to find fault in this show. Pretty much everything in this show is above-average, even short numbers like Guelah, Uncle Pen, and ATR. While I would've liked to hear a longer YEM, the Purple Rain isn't particularly strong here. In a show when the major songs are absolutely spectacular (Maze, Divided Sky, Antelope, FEFY), and the shorter songs are played pretty much without flaw, there's not much to note here.
THE NERDY: Lots and lots and lots of trivia for this show. Although it didn't officially count, Buffalo Bill hadn't been played since the fall. The Guyute here is interesting. It features the main verse, but Page is also tinkering around with a Classical song which eventually folds its way in to the song. Trey yells for everyone to sing along. Aside from the craziness that is the sound-check, there's a Blues Brothers tease from Mike at the end of Divided Sky, Touch Me teases in Antelope, and Trey flubs the lyrics to Fee (which he admits, sheepishly). Also, sometime after Divided Sky some guy gives the band an avocado, and the band rewards him much later with "The Avocado Song" (aka Freebird).
An extremely solid show, buffered by a one-of-a-kind sound check.