It must have been a hot night at The Front, as references were made to a large fan cooling off the crowd. The band even encouraged the audience to take their shirts off; Trey went as far as to promise that Fish would get naked if the audience did! Wilson was performed in a heavy metal style. Trey teased Sailor's Hornpipe in Hydrogen. BBFCFM contained teases of Auld Lang Syne and the Bonanza theme from Trey.
Jam Chart Versions
Auld Lang Syne and Theme from Bonanza teases in Big Black Furry Creature from Mars, Sailor's Hornpipe tease in I Am Hydrogen
Debut Years (Average: 1987)

This show was part of the "1990 Tour"

Show Reviews

, attached to 1990-01-28

Review by westbrook

westbrook This is a nice show. Suzy works well as the opener. SOAM is played much slower than it would be played in later years, but this short version is fine. I like the following combo of Tela>Fluffhead a lot. La Grange is pretty good, featuring nice playing from Trey. The placement of Carolina is a little odd, but it's a fine version. The set gets another does of Gamehendge in Col. Forbin's Ascent>Fly Famous Mockingbird. Communication is a fun cover. Oddly enough, this was the third day in a row that it was played, before being shelved for 83 shows. The heavy metal style Wilson to open the second set is real nice, a highlight of the show. Antelope is typically shredding. Then, we get some humorous banter about the heat in the room and Fish telling the audience to take their clothes off. This is only the third Bouncing Around the Room ever played, and there are a few minor lyrical mistakes. Caravan is ok. The fourth ever Squirming Coil is good, albeit with much shorter piano solo than what the song would eventually feature. There's a nice jam in YEM. Bathtub Gin is par for the course for this period. The set-ending Mike's Groove is another highlight of the show, particularly Weekapaug Groove. The double encore of Lawn Boy and BBFCFM features the band playing back-to-back songs of completely different styles. There's a nice SBD recording of this show on the spreadsheet. I'm giving this show 4 stars.
, attached to 1990-01-28

Review by thelot

thelot Much better recording for night 2 at The Front! Beautiful SBD available for this one!

Suzy cuts in missing a second or so. Good version of Split Open. This pairs nicely with Tela. Fluffhead keeps the energy up. Another excellent version of La Grange tonight. Forbin > Mockingbird is always welcome. Communication Breakdown closes out a decent first half.

Wilson opens set 2 tonight with the same arrangement as last night. This leads into a fiery Antelope. Some funny stage banter follows Antelope regarding how hot the room is. Fishman says “I think it’s time for everybody to take off their clothes, it’s just getting to warm in here. The only way we’re gonna be able to deal with this is removable of clothing and turn the sprinklers on.” Trey: “if you guys take off your clothes Fish will I swear…if you do it he will!” lol Bouncin’ does a good job at cooling the crowd off. Caravan never gets old for me. Another fantastic version. Coil continues the new song streak. The piano outro slips nicely into YEM. YEM is electric tonight! Amazing version! Even the vocal jam is top notch. This slides nicely into Gin. Mike’s Groove wraps up set 2. Groove absolutely slays once again! Lawn Boy, BBFCFM is the perfect one two punch to close things out. Solid show tonight. Amazing recording! Other than the minor cut to start, there’s literally zero flaws. The taper even included the house music after BBFCFM! Good stuff!
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