, attached to 1993-07-23

Review by SlavePhan

SlavePhan THE GOOD: Lots of highlights in this high energy show. You can't go wrong with the Buried Alive>Rift>Caravan opening segment, especially with the way they were playing Rift at the time. This Maze is really hot, including a wonderful long Trey sustain, and gets the band fired up. After Maze, the band remained playful the whole show - check out the spontaneity in, say, the Landlady section of PYITE, or the jam out of Jim (which is fantastic for 7:30). A searing Antelope and an absolutely blistering Chalkdust highlight the second set, the Chalkdust is particularly worth listening to. And, of course, I have a soft-spot for an acoustic intro to MFMF.

THE BAD: Really, only the communications issues in the YEM jam, which leads to BBFCFM, could be considered "bad" at this show. Overall, it could have shaped up much like IC Light (7/18), but YEM just didn't come together for whatever reason this night so it isn't quite as memorable.

ETC: Lots and lots of teases throughout the show. This is the first real show of the tour where the band starts to insert little snippets of things into nearly every break - listen to Antelope or Cavern for what I mean. Although the Dude never made it on stage for Crimes of the Mind, the whole band pays homage to him in Chalkdust by teasing the whole song and using it to kickstart the jam. After Highway to Hell, Trey had to quiet the crowd (some of whom were so wound up they were cheering "Saaaatan"!!).

BOTTOM LINE: As strong as IC Light (7/18), but more playful. Jim and Chalkdust smoke. 4/5
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