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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.

Teases:
· 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: 3
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
The_Ghost , attached to 1993-08-12 Permalink
The_Ghost Beautiful opener. AC/DC bag is one of my sleeper favorites. Maybe one of the better openers of 93 Summer (can I edit this later if I need to adjust that opinion after more research?). Anyway, moving on the Reba has a nice vibe control at 2:36. Also later in Reba has an amazing amount of jamming by Page, it sounded very clean and organized. It breaks down nicely into a little slow hip wiggling dance grooves. Then a wicked(need a thesaurus) little whistle. Just a great way to help start the engines.

Then oh sweet Chalk Dust Torture. Always a lifting dance tune. The next bit just keeps the dance vibe going.

Trey just absolutely shreds it on SOAM. He just really does his thing as per usual and the band carries him around on that magic carpet out running the melt he leaves behind as he just shreds it at light speed. Page puts out the fire and lands the ship(yeah it was a carpet now it's a ship - get over it) with the help of the always steady, the calm, cool, collected Fishman. This jam was so hot, Trey had to sit the guitar down and grab the acoustic for a couple minutes as he rode The Horse.

Silent in the Morning and Poor Heart carried the set toward it's inevitable close with Squirming Coil. But this one did not get away, as this Squirming Coil was set free ladies and gentlemen.

A much deserved set break follows. If you listen to this, give yourself a break here, grab some water and a sammich. You'll need them for set 2 coming up. Seriously, stop reading, get a drink...

...Okay good now that you're refreshed let's continue.

ASZ gets you back up off your ass, are you eating a sandwich? what were you thinking, save that for later. The Landlady/Tweezer dance is solid, though I wouldn't quite take the trouble to list them each out twice, seems like track (stat) padding to me.

The Lizards are such amazing creatures. Shows with a glimpse into Gamehendge are always worthy of a listen. Speaking of lizards, I bet you need to drain yours for being an idiot and drinking all that water earlier. Well good news, you aren't at a live show you can hit pause and do that real quick. There might not even be a line.

The Sloth, probably the most honest and trustworthy member of Gamehendge came in nicely to keep the set alive. Nice little breakdown jam in the 2:30 area for a while. Get that dance going to the next level you'll need it when it breaks back at 3:10.

Dare I be so corny as to say what happens next is a MAZE ing? Yes, I'll allow it. Such a tasty intro to Maze, as can be expected. Whoever woos in this crowd instead of laughing, God bless you, that is what makes a show truly epic. Maze always dances in me as much as I dance to it, and I like that it f*cks with me like that. Fans of Maze, like myself, will appreciate this one.

Maze gets into me so well that I was probably 43 seconds into Lawn Boy before I realized I was about to open my sinuses and be overwhelmed. I think this Lawn Boy is worthy of a highlight, should be given the "recommended version" tag or whatever voodoo sorcery is used to make a song link green.

It took some stones to do what came next. Big Ball Jam started off a little rusty, but then the clouds opened and and and and finished strong. I love some Golgi, this little roller coaster finally stabilized thanks to the Apparatus. The Apparatus always delivers a nice clean hit and this one was double filtered with crossover carbs. Trust me, you won't regret it.

Possum, great way to end a second set. Especially this one. They really made an excellent point about the believing it in the first place. I mean really if your mind is closed and set, you need overwhelming evidence, and even then so many remain clueless.

Well, all the yelling of "FREEBIRD!" while drunk at every show for every artist has finally paid off. This encore set is proof that if you just keep yelling it, you hillbilly hippies, it will be rewarded eventually. When playing Freebird, any band at any place in the universe instantly becomes THE.GREATEST.BAND.EVER. for the duration of the song.
Score: 1

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