, attached to 1993-05-08

Review by DollarBill

DollarBill This is the fourth and last show at the Field House at UNH, 70th of the tour, and the last show of the tour! I can’t believe the schedule these guys had back in 1993. I think that was 70 shows in about 100 days all over the country! I can only imagine how tired they were as I’ve been listening and trying to play along with any song that I could, they had to do the real work from city to city. This unfortunately is not the best show, its sloppy and disjointed at times. I’m not saying it wasn’t fun, just not the greatest playing I’ve heard. The recording seemed to be from an audience source, and was pretty average for this tour.

Chalk Dust opens up the show in a rocking fashion and was well played and so was Guelah. Rift is still loose in the timing from Fishman; they are not locked in yet. Mound also had some problems with Fish’s drumming and was just ok to me. Stash had some rough spots from Mike and Trey, but had a good jam in the middle, then inexplicably it goes into KUNG! Not sure why, but who cares? Glide was pretty good. My Friend had some off spots in the intro, but the song itself was good. Reba was also good for the most part, no real problems along the way. Trey thanks the crew then Page leads them through the last performance of Satin Doll. Cavern makes for a good closer to this average first set.

Ok, now it seems a few people here think this Bowie is special, but I thought it kind of sucked. First of all, I wouldn’t call it a Jessica jam; it’s just a lot of teasing mostly by Page. There was a lot of screwing around and signals and the actual Bowie song was sloppy, disjointed and all over the place. I believe the proof is in the Have Mercy part, which I feel the band only plays when they screw up. Of course that’s just my opinion. Trey picks up the acoustic again for an ok Horse. Silent was ok, but had some rough spots and I think I even heard bad notes from Page! Ice was also a bit off from Trey’s part and the middle jam was weird. Coil also suffered from bad notes and sloppiness and the ending jam was kind of weird. Then the Balls come out… Mike’s was good and rocking, then the jam turned into Crossroads, after last night’s Harpua had a rough version of it. Hydrogen was ok, and then the top of Weekapaug got cut off from an old edit of some sort. Then the jam turns into a ridiculous Amazing Grace jam? The whole thing was sloppy and not that much fun to hear. I guess you had to be there right? Anyway, it was a weird way to close up the tour for my ears.

AC/DC Bag is the lone encore tonight and was pretty well played.

Sorry folks, but to me there is no way in hell that this is a four star show. I wish I could say better things about this one, but I can’t


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