Trey dedicated Uncle Pen to the death metal band Possessed, calling them "one of the greatest living rock and roll bands" and prompting banter from Fish. Mike teased What I Am before Uncle Pen. Tweezer contained a Woody Woodpecker theme tease from Trey and Possum included teases of Norwegian Wood. La Grange was introduced by Mike as a song by David "The Truth" Grippo.
Ah, an early version of Bathtub Gin...think I'll have some wine. Seriously, though, it's amazing how much more tight the band sounds in this performance when compared with the previously reviewed 3/11 and 3/10 1990 shows. Runaway Jim is basic but solid, and the "Possessed" banter is quite amusing before an equally solid Uncle Pen. Trey does get a little loosey-goosey in Divided Sky, but it's still not a bad rendition. It's a cool segue from Lawn Boy into David Bowie, and it's yet another very strong Bowie. I've said it before, but it bears repeating: Bowie is the undisputed heavyweight champ of '85-'91 Phish.
The second set starts out with a solid Mike's Groove...hey, this Cactus guy can play some bass, can't he? The Foam is slow and starts out kind of labored, but they make something of it. There's a standard rendition of Donna Lee, but then, we get treats. The Tweezer is an impressive and interesting version. Then, following MSO, a young Reba makes an appearance. Despite a rough composed section, Trey just mesmerizes in this jam, playing with dreamy effects and jazzy licks and coming to a wonderful, swirling conclusion! Reba grade: C+/B- marked down from B- for the composed slop for those who are interested, and I must say the Reba was a pleasant surprise! From there we get a BIG time Bitch, a breather for Sweet Adeline, and a good, strong Possum closer with lots of Norwegian Wood teases. For the cherry on top, that old Dave "The Truth" Grippo classic, La Grange. This is definitely an enjoyable show that I would place in the 3 3/4 stars range, so I'm going to go ahead and say 4 Stars and let others level it out.
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