Trey sang some verses through megaphone.
 Trey on acoustic guitar.
Trey sang some of the verses of Fee through a megaphone. Fee also contained an Entrance of the Gladiators tease from Page. Stash featured a Buried Alive tease from Trey. The Horse featured Trey on acoustic guitar. It's Ice contained a Munsters theme tease from Page.
Review from 19 years after the fact... I walked into the show as Nellie Kane was finishing. The venue is really green and there was a nice breeze from the ocean (but not windy). The crowd was small - somewhere around 500 and definitely no more than 1000. I had no tapes, but I had Junta, Rift, and Nectar (I had bought them from a used CD place up in N Miami - we had to move to a warehouse in Miami Lakes after Hurricane Andrew destroyed our office down by the zoo) and I ended up at Bayfront in a serendipitous way. That day I bought Lawn Boy and the guy at the store handed me a copy of New Times that had an ad for the show. I tore it out and took it with me (I still have it somewhere). I was really in love with the Rift album and the show is full of great takes on the songs. My impression of the band was that they were incredibly talented but not incredibly deep - and that was surprising, because I thought Rift was a really emotional album. To understand my feelings you have to think that I never had heard a YEM vocal jam (a true WTF moment), nor did I get the Fishman part at all (Purple Rain... You should have seen the face of the security guard that was standing near me.) After that, I thought that the Free Bird was also a bit of a joke. Now I wish I had paid more attention. The only Free Bird that I've heard since then by Phish was the one in Tennessee that was not in any way at all à capella ;-) And I've never heard Lengthwise since then. Anyway, I was not "hooked", but I did find the r.m.p newsgroup and the next time I saw them (in Apr 94) I had a much better time. Foam, Stash, Ice, and YEM were highlights for me.
Thanks to a friendly reminder from Phish.net, I have realized that the Phish fan in me is now old enough to drink! Well, I was listening to Phish prior to 8/3/1993, I did travel up to the HORDE show in ATL, but Phish had already dropped off the tour and I really am not sure why I didn't head to Miami Beach when the boys swung by in FEB of '03...but wow, 21 years ago was my first live experience with a band that would end up changing my life....
Well, I imagine it is hard to get into specifics about something that happened 21 years ago, but some moments do stand out to me. AS great as the band sounded, it was interesting (to me at the time) that the band pushed the limitations of their sound system and you could hear it clip/distort and times.
The Jim opening, well it became a game in my head as ever first show I went to from that point on until a show in '95 opened with Jim. I recall the 2nd set just sort of started and caught a lot of folks off guard as Jon just walked out and started singing (Lengthwise).
It was a nice night out and was not crowded out all (for what the venue can hold), I imagine they did not play out doors that often back then, but a brief light rain came as Jon went into Purple Rain.
Anyway, I just wanted to put some words down about an event 21 years ago that had a huge impact on my life. I have moved on (in the sense that I won't run out of town to catch a few shows these days) and I am way out of the loop. I am really glad they came to FL for the NYE run when they re-grouped as that run left better memories than Coventry did and if a never get the opportunity to see them life again, well, like I mentioned Miami left me OK with the idea that I may not see another show, but wow, 21 years ago started a journey that went real strong up to '04...and thanks to this community for reminding me of my anniversary! ;-)
THE GOOD: After Phish totally destroyed the Tampa area, they took a breather with this show. The highlights here start with a fiery Jim opener, which, while not as good as the Jones Beach version from 7/23 a week earlier, features a beautiful climax. Also of note is a Stash that meanders until it hits the 7:30 mark, where upon the band locks in an eerie 8-note phrase and things pick up wonderfully. YEM is also strong, featuring a nearly perfect Trey note and one of the better vocal jams of the year. If you're up for some Trey shred, have a listen to this Llama.
THE BAD: The band left it all out on the floor the night before and this show is somewhat moderated as a result. Set 1 has a particularly tepid setlist, while the second set only runs about 25 minutes until YEM starts, and is somewhat short in general. A Sparkle in the meat of set 2 doesn't help much, either.
ETC: The amphitheater in Miami is right on the water, but also just a few miles East of the Miami-Dade airport; you can hear jets roaring overhead in both Foam and Golgi. Listen for an "Entry of the Gladiators" tease in Fee by Page (2:00) and the crowd cheer when Trey relents and sings the verses through a megaphone. The crowd sings along to Lengthwise and continues even though Fish drops out to start Maze. The band teases "Could you Be Loved" by Bob Marley at about the 12:05 mark - this YEM also features eerie whistling in the nirvana section, something that would pop up throughout the rest of the summer.
BOTTOM LINE: 3/5 A few strong points, but this one is pretty straight-forward with an uneventful setlist.
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