, attached to 1993-05-03

Review by DollarBill

DollarBill This is the only show at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, 66th of the tour and better than the last two shows I’ve heard. Very average performance for most of the songs, but more behaved and reserved tonight. The recording was an audience, which left a little to be desired, but I’m always glad to hear something. I didn’t hear any real sound problems for Paul and Pete tonight either.

To open up the show Page and Fish kind of fade in on a good Buried Alive. Rift is better in the timing, but still not automatic yet. I always love hearing Weigh. It’s one of my favorite Mike tunes and this one is pretty average for this tour, so was Chalk Dust. Esther gets the official random note signal at the top and proceeded to be good to average playing wise. The rocking Melt had a few off spots, but nothing to glaring. I love Forbin’s with its accompanying story, a Vibration of Life segment, and spotty Mockingbird to follow. All were, again, pretty average for this tour. Possum rocked and had a few off spots, but nothing too bad. Lawn Boy actually had a Page solo tonight, not bad, not great. Trey actually seemed to remember most of Cavern’s lyrics tonight, and it was pretty well played to close up this average first set.

AC/DC has recently been brought back into the fold and this one was good, not great. The Curtain had a couple spots that could’ve been better, but overall well played. Tweezer was a little loose at times and then we have a mini bust-out with a full on Manteca! After the Tweezer jam Mike goes right into a mid-set Contact? They’ve done this recently and this one was ok. Ice was also average and had a few rough spots along the way. Hey a McGrupp! This one is a little more rare and it shows as Trey forgets the Page solo section and moves to the end part making this one kind of awkward. In fact Trey doesn’t even wait for the last note as he plunges into an average Jim. Then the Balls come out… HYHU brings Fish out for band introductions and a funny Love You. He gets back on the drums for a super fast My Sweet One, which was almost too fast for the others to keep up with. The expected Tweeprise rocks the closer spot tonight to sum up a good, but again average set.

Another mini bust-out tonight with Memories, as the crowd gets shushed for two barbershop style songs, Grace being the second. They were both fine. The recently added Highway to Hell rocks out the encore spot, and this one is not perfect by any means, but who cares at this point?

Definitely better than the two previous shows, but not the best I’ve ever heard. As we all know, an average performance from these guys is still great so I’m going with four stars.
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