Soundcheck: Slave to the Traffic Light, Funky Bitch
SET 1: Chalk Dust Torture, Guelah Papyrus, Poor Heart, Brother, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg, All Things Reconsidered, Bathtub Gin -> Makisupa Policeman -> My Mind's Got a Mind of its Own > Dog Log > La Grange
SET 2: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Mike's Song -> Sparks > The Ballad of Curtis Loew > Rift, The Squirming Coil, Weekapaug Groove -> Hold Your Head Up > Bike > Hold Your Head Up, Run Like an Antelope
ENCORE: Sleeping Monkey, Amazing Grace
Brother made its first appearance since July 14, 1992 (143 shows). Other breakouts included Dog Log (dedicated to Paul, and first since May 4, 1991, or 283 shows), La Grange (first since March 17, 1991, or 310 shows) and Sparks (first since September 13, 1990, or 392 shows). Guelah Papyrus contained a Simpsons signal. Bathtub Gin contained Low Rider and I Feel Pretty (West Side Story) teases. Page teased Blue Monk in My Mind's Got a Mind of its Own. The jam out of Mike’s featured Joe Rooney of the band First Born on vocals. Bike was preceded by a Moonshadow tease from Mike. There were Contact, Jean Pierre, When the Saints Go Marching In, Gimme Some Lovin', and Makisupa teases in Antelope, along with the lyric “Marco Policeman-dolas” and an All Fall Down signal. Amazing Grace was performed without microphones. This show was originally scheduled for the Cuban Club Plaza and was moved to the Ritz Theatre two weeks prior to the gig.
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Review by SlavePhan
THE BAD: It's hard to be critical of this one - if there is anything to say, I'll mention that Fish doesn't chime in on Poor Heart or Suzy, for some reason. Maybe he was saving his voice for Bike?
ETC: Lots and lots of etc. in this show. Check out Guelah for some quirky little breaks, something the band would keep up for the remainder of the tour. There's 2 secret language signals in here, too. Trey introduces Dog Log by asking "What song is it you want to hear?", and then dedicating it to Paul, as it is "his favorite song". Trey introduces Fish as "the master of the universe...the one the only, Henrietta, reborn in Vermont!". Fish talks about his new 1953 Electrolux that he picked up in Atlanta a few days before the show. Oh, and there's that crazy Geddy-Lee sound-a-like in Mike's!!
BOTTOM LINE: An energetic show - one of the best of the year, this one has pretty much everything. 5/5