, attached to 1993-02-19

Review by DollarBill

DollarBill This is the first of three nights at the Roxy and apparently that's all the time they needed to create a legend of sorts. The band seems to agree as all three of these shows have been released on LivePhish. What a great way to start off this run with Fishman's 28th birthday show! Complete with special guests on and off the stage, this show has a little of everything, lots of bluegrass, even a bust-out encore! Great recording, fourteenth show of the tour.

Really nice Cup to start the first set. And with Page's parents in attendance, I feel like he wanted to show off the new piano. Rift still has some little timing problems and the solo sections were a little off. Melt is mostly well played. Fee was good going right into a smoking Maze. Really good energy tonight. Woo Hoo!! We have a Forbin's. I love this song and this one doesn't let me down. Funny story, as usual, from Trey and a pretty good Mockingbird to follow. Sparkle sounds a little uncertain tonight. My Friend has a few off spots in the intro, but otherwise it’s good. Poor Heart still has the little extra solo section before the last verse and is well played. Then we have more of an official celebration with the debut of "JON FISHMAN...MOBY DICK...DICK...DICK..." Very funny vacuum solo combo on this debut. Bowie itself is pretty good and a nice cap off to the first set.

Jim is a great start to the second set. Maybe just a little off at the end. Mike was off in spots during Ice, otherwise it’s ok. Paul was good as was YEM, complete with the church choir ending. A rather long and loud YaMar also has a birthday shout out. Then the balls come out to play. The official dedication to the parents precedes a good Lawn Boy. Then Jimmy Herring comes out! Nice Funky Bitch trading solos with Trey and Jimmy. My Sweet One has some funny false stars from Fishman and was unfinished going into HYHU. This brings Fish back out for Love You, and a second vacuum solo and a guitar solo? Poor Jimmy hangs in there with this circus type show going into a rocking Llama. Another dedication to the parents before a nice Amazing Grace to close up a crazy second set.

Awesome bust-out encore tonight with another birthday dedication to a guy named Hack. Bag itself was a little rusty sounding, but still great to hear. Funny to hear an encore that fades out.

This is definitely more like four star Phish. I can't wait to hear tomorrow’s show!
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