, attached to 1996-07-12

Review by SethG

SethG As other reviewers mentioned, this was a very hard ticket and contrary to most of the Europe shows so far, there were lots of people looking for tickets outside the venue. The venue itself is just a tiny club, but historic (the Dead played 2 shows there 15 years earlier). I don't remember much criticism of the show at the time, but lots of reviewers who were not there tend to bash the playing. After a relisten, I understand where they are coming from, but the recordings don't do justice to the vibe inside. This show harkened back to the early years of the band with lots of fan interaction. The first set is very well played and my only problem is not finishing the end of Wilson - if you aren't gonna blap us, then make sure you go into Peaches. Instead we got an excellent D. Sky. Lots of fun hints of songs, including what is a full on tease of BBFCFM after Ya Mar, but instead they played Funky Bitch. Second set is different - we got the only Mike's into Antelope ever, though this should be called Ante, as they only played half of it. Fishman kept trying to start Bowie, especially after NICU. We finally got the Bowie on what I labelled as the first encore at the time - right after Trey took a hit from a giant joint right on stage. All in all a crazy show, wholly appropriate for the mindset of the fans there that night. Although the playing might not be stellar, I wouldn't trade the experience of having been there for any number of unmemorable shows in the later years. After the show, the band was out all around the city, talking and hanging out with fans.
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