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Link Wednesday, 08/11/1993
Eastbrook Theatre, Grand Rapids, MI

Set 1: Buried Alive > Runaway Jim > Weigh > It's Ice, GinsengGinseng Sullivan[1] > My FriendMy Friend, My Friend[2], MangoThe Mango Song > Stash, Sparkle > Cavern

Set 2: Mike'sMike's Song > Great Gig in the SkyThe Great Gig in the Sky > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove, Esther > ATRAll Things Reconsidered, Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room -> Rift, JJLCJesus Just Left Chicago, MSOMy Sweet One[3] > AntelopeRun Like an Antelope[4]

Encore: Sweet Adeline[5], Bold As Love

[1] Phish debut; Trey on acoustic guitar, Fishman on washboard.
[2] Beginning featured Trey on acoustic guitar.
[3] Aw Fuck! signal, Oom Pa Pa signal, and three Simpsons signals.
[4] Multiple Simpsons signals.
[5] Without microphones.

Teases:
· Games Without Frontiers quote in Mike's Song
· Theme from Jeopardy! and A Love Supreme teases in Run Like an Antelope

Noteworthy Jams: Runaway Jim, Stash (highly recommended), Mike's Song, Jesus Just Left Chicago, Run Like an Antelope

Average Song Gap: 9.48

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

Notes: Ginseng Sullivan made its Phish debut in the first set, featuring Trey on acoustic guitar and Fish on washboard. The beginning of My Friend also featured Trey on acoustic guitar. Sweet Adeline was performed without microphones. My Sweet One contained Aw Fuck! and Oom Pa Pa signals as well as three Simpsons signals. Antelope subsequently contained several more Simpsons signals, a Jeopardy! theme tease from Mike, and a tease of A Love Supreme. Fishman quoted the vocals of Games Without Frontiers during Mike’s Song. This Mike’s Groove is included as filler on Live Phish 07.

Song Distribution:
6 Rift
3 A Picture of Nectar
3 Lawn Boy
2 Stash
1 Junta
1 The White Tape

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1993 Summer Tour."

SlavePhan , attached to 1993-08-11 Permalink
SlavePhan THE GOOD: This show started off a streak of 5 incredible performances. While this is arguably the weakest of the 5, there are many high points. The second-slot Jim features a groovy little Hey-jam that winds into a subtle and delicate tension build. There's a chaotic ramp-up until Trey drives a glorious release - absolutely fantastic stuff. My Friend is particularly powerful as well, and features a drawn out jig-like ending. The highlight of the first set is seemingly typical chaotic '93 Stash, but somewhere towards the end turns into an absolutely evil monster. This may be one of the most sinister jams there is. Also deserving mention are Weekapaug, which has some awesome Hey herky-jerky jamming, and Antelope, featuring a full blown Simpsons theme jam as well as a foreshadowing of parts of the Murat Gin. Pretty good for the weakest show of that week!

THE BAD: Beautiful playing in this one, although there are certainly a handful of short songs mixed amongst the outrageous jam vehicles. I imagine that this show has "something for everyone", but one has to wonder about the ATR>BATR in the meat of the second set.

ETC: The band continued to add little quirky additional jams to lots of songs. Check out the funky ending bits on It's Ice and the weird vocal jam ending to MFMF. MSO is particularly fast, and has 2 Secret Language signals as well as 3 straight Simpsons signals. Ginseng Sullivan is a debut, and Trey mentions that "we've never played this song before". Oddly, he also says they've never played MFMF before either!
Score: 5
mattc , attached to 1993-08-11 Permalink
mattc Phish took a break from the outdoors show in August '93 to play Club Eastbrook, a relatively small club in Western Michigan. Located in a strip mall, the pre-show festivities seemed a bit out of place but allowed for a some fun conversations (including a bold a love request) with Trey as the boys made there way from the tour bus into the venue. A general admission show, there was a nice sized floor up to the front of house area, where were some tables and chairs are the floor began its incline.

It seemed to take forever for the boys to come on stage but they did so in style with Page and Fish leading the way with buried alive. Mike and then Trey made their way on stage to get song going. Jim and Ice were well played. Then we got a new bluegrass tune and a real nice acoustic guitar intro into my friend. A wonderful Mango Song prepared the way for a killer Stash.

The real highlight, for me anyway, was the second set. A heavy and deep Mike's started things off and took off into a amazing psychedelic jamming that lasted through Great Gig. The fog machine added a great touch. After a rockin Weekapaug we were treated to a rare ATR before a tight Esther. Page and Trey nailed JJLC and then they closed with a Simpsons-laced Antelope - classic Phish.

The Bold as Love encore by request was a perfect end to an amazing show in what I consider to be one of Phish's best tours.
Score: 3
nattyoats , attached to 1993-08-11 Permalink
The thing I remember most about this show was the upstairs. It was not general admission and no one was up there. I had a ticket for upstairs and went up and droped it down to a phellow tourmate who came up and repeated the process until there was a dozen or so of us up the with the palce to ourselves. It was like a private show especially since the balcony wrapped around to right over the sides of the stage. People we're running through the rows of seats and when the smoke machine/strobe combo during Mikes........You can only imagine.
Score: 3
westbrook , attached to 1993-08-11 Permalink
westbrook Buried Alive>Runaway Jim gets this show off to a smoking start. As with several other Jims from August 93, this version is improvisational and excellent. The Stash later in the first set is the highlight of the show and is an absolutely blistering version. The Mike's Groove that opens the second set (released as filler on LivePhish Volume 7) has some good jamming amid some unusual parts. There is s good theme in the Mike's jam that is repeated several times. Other notable moments in the second set are the segue out of Bouncing into Rift and the set-closing Antelope. Antelope continues the Simpsons theme from the preceding My Sweet One and is a heavy, thrashing version. Good 'Lope.

A mid-level August 93 show in my opinion. The Stash is must-hear.
Score: 2

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