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Link Thursday, 08/12/1993
Meadow Brook Music Festival, Rochester Hills, MI

Set 1: BagAC/DC Bag, Reba[1], CDTChalk Dust Torture, GuelahGuelah Papyrus[2], Nellie Kane, SOAMeltSplit Open and Melt, HorseThe Horse[3] > SilentSilent in the Morning > Poor Heart, CoilThe Squirming Coil

Set 2: 2001Also Sprach Zarathustra > LandladyThe Landlady > Tweezer[4] > LandladyThe Landlady[5] > Tweezer[6], LizardsThe Lizards, SlothThe Sloth, Maze, Lawn Boy, BBJBig Ball Jam, GolgiGolgi Apparatus, Possum

Encore: Fire, Free Bird

[1] Dave's Energy Guide tease from Trey.
[2] Key Change and Random Note signals.
[3] Trey on acoustic guitar.
[4] Three Get Back signals, Key Change signal, and an I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart signal.
[5] Get Back signal.
[6] Simpsons signal.

· Can't You Hear Me Knocking tease in Chalk Dust Torture
· Nellie Kane tease in Split Open and Melt
· Tweezer Reprise tease in Big Ball Jam
· Dave's Energy Guide tease in Reba
· Mystery Achievement tease in Maze

Noteworthy Jams: AC/DC Bag, Reba (highly recommended), Split Open and Melt, The Landlady (highly recommended), Tweezer (highly recommended), The Landlady (highly recommended), Tweezer (highly recommended), Possum (highly recommended)

Average Song Gap: 5.92

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

Notes: Reba contained a DEG tease from Trey and Chalk Dust contained Can't You Hear Me Knocking teases. Guelah contained Key Change and Random Note signals. Melt contained Nellie Kane teases from Mike and was briefly teased prior to The Horse, which featured Trey on acoustic guitar. Tweezer included three Get Back signals, Key Change and I Let A Song Go Out of My Heart signals, and a Simpsons signal after the second Landlady. The second Landlady contained a Get Back signal prior to returning to Tweezer. Maze contained Mystery Achievement teases from Mike and Trey. Possum included a Tweezer Reprise tease.

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

Songs by Debut Year:

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

westbrook , attached to 1993-08-12 Permalink
westbrook This is a great August 93 show with sharp playing and improvisation and teases popping up all over the place. You should not hesitate to listen to the entire show, but if you're just hunting for noteworthy performances check out the Bag, Reba, Chalk Dust, Split Open and Melt, Landlady/Tweezer, and Possum.

AC/DC Bag - Great opener. Includes the old intro and hot playing from Trey. The end of the jam is unusual too.

Reba - Type 2 jam with lots of tension that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Some nice interplay between Page and Trey. If the release from all of the tension was better, I think this would be an all-time version.

Chalk Dust - Can't You Hear me Knocking teases and played with a lot of gusto. Definitely a plus version.

Split Open and Melt - Classic SOAM jamming mixed with some type 2 action as well. Every August 93 Melt should be heard!

Landylady/Tweezer - Lots of signals and great communication. An interesting version to say the least.

Possum - More teases and a raging jam.

Lots of highlights. This show begins one of my favorite runs of all time. The following week's worth of shows should all be heard. No reason not to pull this one down if you're looking for a great mid-90s show.
Score: 2
SlavePhan , attached to 1993-08-12 Permalink
SlavePhan THE GOOD: Although outshined by the following night, there is a lot of good in this one, especially in the way of eccentric jamming. The early first-set Reba has a wonderful DEG-inspired building jam and a good 4 minutes of Hey-jamming. In Guelah, Trey jumps back and forth amongst keys throughout the song. SOAM also gets fairly wacky - it diverges onto a unique path around 9 minutes in and hardly looks back. Tweezer, though, is the star of the show. After a chug-a-lug jam, the band finds themselves playing a slow reggae-inspired groove, then jumps back and forth amongst tempos (slow to fast), and then even amongst songs (Landlady then back to Tweezer). It's a Frankenstein of a jam, but is a great representation of the wild stop-on-a-dime mentality of the tour at this point. For more energetic and typical shredding songs, the Chalkdust, Maze, Possum, and Fire are scorching and worth a spin. Even Golgi seems particularly pretty on this night - the boys were on!

THE BAD: I have no idea what was going on with Trey's rig, but for 2001 and parts of the Landlady, he can't seem to play anything right. Sounds like technical difficulties to me, but it's a weird contrast to how solid the show is otherwise.

ETC: ACDC Bag is "For Lodi". There's a bunch of teases in this show - DEG in Reba, Can't You Hear Me Knocking in Chalkdust, and Mystery Achievement in Maze. Take note of the wide use of language signals, key change signals, and Get Back/return signals in this Tweezer. Mike is introduced as Mik-Ha-El in Poor Heart. Mike yells 'Rastafari!!' during Tweezer. If you're interested in seeing shades of other jams appear for the first time, check out Reba @ 10:45 (Tinley Park Antelope).
Score: 1

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