, attached to 1994-05-04

Review by mangojoe

mangojoe Drove out to NOLA from Gainesville for this show, over the ten days I caught 5 shows, Fox 4/23, charlotte 4/24, Tampa 4/29, Orlando 4/30 and then this awesome throwdown. We got to the venue early and were hanging by the backstage door when we heard the horns playing, so at least it wasn't a total surprise to us though they made us wait up til the YEM for it. The State Palace is/was a beautiful old theatre with a couple of balcony levels and huge chandeliers like Phantom of the Opera. Though not as well known as the Fox, it is easily its rival. I was on the rail right in front of Mike with Mimi Fishman on my 3 o'clock. I asked her if she was going to play but she said no. First set was hot, a little short. We thought the horns would come out at the beginning of set two but instead they got all the way through the YEM up til the jam at the end, then on cue the horn players came marching across the stage from right to left, Grippo in the lead and Gears right behind him, all dressed for Mardi Gras. They went back behind Page where the risers and mikes suddenly were revealed by a dropped curtain. The horns played for the rest of the set and it was fantastic! A couple of notes here, there were actually ten horn players in all but I don't think Trey had all the names. They also followed the Caravan encore with Cavern, also with horns. Don't know why that song has dropped from the setlists and also the posted audios, but I know they played it and it's on my cassette of the show. This was one hot show and well worth the drive.


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