Category: 1992


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There’s been a lot of chatter on the interwebz this last week regarding the upcoming New Years run at MSG with everyone getting their lottery results on Wednesday and subsequent slap in the face from TicketBastard on Saturday.  Hope you all had better luck than I did!  Back in olden times, New Years tickets were not always as hard to come by because  every year the New Year’s show was generally played in the biggest venue they had played to date.  1992 was no exception when the band held their NYE show at Northeastern’s Matthews Arena which with a capacity of 6300 was a big venue for the band.  I purchased a ticket on the day of the show at the box office for $24.50 (roughly the price of a cocktail at MSG!)

Matthews Arena was/is your typical ice rink/basketball stadium but it carries its fair share of history:  Opening in 1910, Matthews Arena (formerly Boston Arena) was the first home of the Boston Bruins (pre-dating the old Boston Garden) and is in fact the oldest indoor hockey arena still in use in America.

1992 was a groundbreaking and solid year for Phish and after a great November and December tour they wrapped it all up with a killer New Years run.  The first two shows at the Palace in New Haven are classics in their own right and the night before’s show in Springfield (with the epic Timber Ho! bust-out) is an all-timer.  After three great shows it might have been understandable if the New Years show wasn’t up to snuff, but the boys delivered what I feel to be a great, somewhat underrated show:

Set 1Buried Alive > Poor HeartMazeBouncing Around the Room > Rift >Wilson > Divided SkyCavernFoamI Didn’t Know > Run Like an Antelope

Set 2Runaway JimIt’s Ice > Sparkle > Colonel Forbin’s Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird > My Sweet One > Big Ball Jam > StashGlideGood Times Bad Times

Set 3Mike’s Song > Auld Lang Syne > Weekapaug GrooveHarpua-> Kung ->HarpuaThe Squirming Coil > Diamond GirlLlama

EncoreCarolinaFire

The 1992 NYE show upheld the 3-set tradition that started the year before and continues to this day (thankfully).  As we were going into the show, they passed out some leaflets with some new secret language symbols that were to be used throughout the show to confuse the folks listening at home on the radio (show was simulcast on WBCN).   Opening up with Buried Alive (always a good sign), it is a fairly straightforward version that switches gears into a Poor Heart that picks up steam after an initial gaff in the beginning.  Maze follows and delivers the goods.  1992 was the year of the Maze and there are so many great early versions from this period.  Other set highlights include a typically good (read: great) vintage Divided Sky, a really sweet Foam, and my pick for set highlight, the Antelope closer which is a rager.

The second set opens with a great Runaway Jim, a song that really started coming into it’s own in 1992.  After a typical It’s Ice>Sparkle combo the band starts the centerpiece of the set, a twenty-minute Forbins>Mockingbird during which they hoist Brad Sands above the crowd dressed as the Famous Mockingbird.  A very good version with a cool narration that makes this one worth checking out for sure.  The rest of the set is good too with a tight Stash and wraps up with a raucous Good Times Bad Times.

At this point, I could have left happy, but then I would have missed the Mike’s Song opener.  When Mike’s opens a set, it’s a treat.  When it opens a third set, it’s even more awesomer.  Especially on New Years.  I think this is the first modern-era Mike’s that was played without Hydrogen in between Weekapaug, instead substituting it for the New Years Countdown and Auld Lang Syne.  The Mike’s is short but sweet with Trey telling the audience to make the most of the last minute of the year.  People were getting the fuck down.  Auld Lang Syne is well played and the celebratory Weekapaug is just pure cream.  I love the transition between the two as well.  As if this was not enough, it’s followed up by Harpua>Kung>Harpua?  Really?  It was my first Kung ( I was a noob once too)  and the first version in over 400 shows.  I was pretty delirious.  This is followed by a gorgeous Squirming Coil with a sweet Page piano outro that is enhanced with some very pretty guitar lines from Trey.  From out of the ashes, the Dude of Life bounds across the stage pushing a lawnmower as the band goes into the Seals and Crofts classic, Diamond Girl.  I for one did not know it was the Dude of Life because he was dressed up as an old man, but it was pretty cool, in a comic relief kind of way.  Llama closes the third set and the band comes back for a Carolina>Fire encore that sends everyone out smiling into the night.  This is a very solid New Years show in my opinion, and it is a little bit overlooked.  In listening back to this show for the first time in long time for this post, I realized that it is packed with quality playing.   After the show, I had the greatest falafel I have ever had in my life (surpassing Mamoun’s even) from a truck outside.  It was so bomb.  The next day as we were driving around looking for an open restaurant we popped on WBCN and they were replaying the whole simulcast so we got to listen to a soundboard of the show the very next morning.  While not at all a big deal by today’s standards, we were totally bugging (and psyched)!  Of course everyone had taped the live feed or the simulcast as well so this show was widely available in high quality directly after the show.

 

Here is a link to a lossless audience source (Neumann RSM 191’s).  I have never heard this one but downloading now.  Seed comes from KS so I am guessing this one sounds good.

http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=556990

An MP3 of the great sounding matrix is here:

http://www.mediafire.com/?uy5i1ffu96y69

The first set Antelope is a burner:

Also, check out the Harpua>Kung>Harpua:

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20 years later, I’m still upside down….Boom! Time to break out the big guns.  This show  takes no prisoners.   A complete and total onslaught straight to the dome.  A psychedelic hoedown of astronomical proportions.  There are certain shows that demand inclusion in anyone’s Top-5 Attended list: New Years ’95, Amy’s Farm, Big Cypress, Binghamton ’92 (or ’95), Halloween ’94, the list goes on.  There are about 10 shows that make the rotation in my Top 5 attended list, but this show is never, ever, excluded.  Can’t believe it has been twenty years.  I am being 100% truthful when I say that this show, particularly what I experienced during the strobe lights of Mike’s Song, changed my life forever. Mike’s Sanity Sloth Mango?  Are you kidding?  It’s a miracle I made it out of the show alive.  It sounds like I am joking, but I’m not.  The Forum was a pretty nondescript venue but intimate and the sound was incredible.  We were in the 11th or 12th row, dead center, and it was just a sheer wall of deafening sound.  This show was loud as fuck. This show happened to take place on the Vernal Equinox (which today is too).

Set 1Wilson > RebaBrotherGlide > RiftFluffhead > MazeThe LizardsMound >Run Like an Antelope

Set 2Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug GrooveSanityThe Sloth,The Mango Song > CavernUncle PenHarry HoodCold as Ice > Terrapin > Cold as IcePossum > Secret Language Instructions > Possum

EncoreLawn BoyFire

Out of the gate, the Wilson is highly psychedelic.  Next the band slams into a tight Reba, playing like they’re out to prove something. The Reba jam is to put it mildly, glorious, albeit short.  The perfect blend of that early discordant funk, with drive and melody.  So tits.  Every song in the first set offers more of the same.  Highly charged playing that left everyone short of breath.  The “alligator pit” Brother is probably my favorite all-time version and was the real start of the the brain bludgeoning.  In my opinion, the song really came into it’s own in on the Spring ’92 tour.  Glide and Rift are both spot on, really well played.  The Fluffhead is letter perfect.  Fishman shines throughout this whole show, and I really love his playing on this Fluffhead.  The Fluff jam pwns.  The segue into Maze is glass and gravy.  Maze continued the slaughter and enters Brother-type jam territory  and I think everyone was happy to get a breather with Lizards and the fourth ever version of Mound.  A lot of people consider the set closing Antelope to be the crown jewel of this set and I won’t argue with them.  Unbelievable.  All I could see in front of my face during the set break was a bunch of pimento olives dancing with hot pink mexican sombreros. It ruled.

So they come out for the second set and Trey wishes a happy birthday to “Mike”.  Everyone screams because they think it is Gordo’s birthday.  Trey then goofs on a fan’s t-shirt before starting the Roundabout tease that leads into possibly the heaviest Mike’s I have ever seen. I know that is a bold statement, but this is a bold Mike’s and in my opinion, there are only a handful that approach the intensity of the 3/20 Mike’s.  Keep in mind also that this was back  in the day when they still used the tramps on Mike’s Song.  The combination of ferocious jam, blinding strobe lights and Trey and Mike bouncing up and down like their lives depended on it is something I will never forget.  I remember it like it was yesterday.  I think I was seeing spots for like a week after this show.  The way the snap out of it is so tight it needs to be heard to be believed (although I can’t believe anyone reading this has not heard it at least 500 times).  They melt into Hydrogen with Trey doing that sweet volume knob swell thing and Page and Trey link up for a beautiful version.  Weekapaug…again, another top-5 version for me, attended or not.  Mike’s distortion for the opening bass solo is nasty as hell.  I was still trying to get myself together from the Mike’s but there was no time for that.  I had to go with it and worry about finding my brain after the show.  The vocal interplay in this ‘paug and throughout the show just gets to me.  This track is about as hooked up as you will ever hear any band get. Sanity was a welcome surprise and pretty fitting considering I  really was losing my mind.  I don’t think I really started to pull it together until somewhere around Cavern or Hood. Once again, the vocal jams and shout outs to band and crew make this version an all-time great.  The vocal segue into Sloth, and Sloth itself only made things worse (or better depending on how you look at it).  Mango probably helped smooth things out but I don’t really remember.  It is great version.  The rest of the show is solid, with a great version of Hood.  The Possum gets a little drawn out with explanation of the Secret Language, but it was cool to hear it.  The Fire is super solid too, but the set really peaked with the opening barrage of Mike’s through Mango.  It was all good though, nobody was complaining by a long shot.  A sick, sick, sick show to attend.

There is one main source of the show that circulates, and there has been lots of discussion over whether or not the source is a soundboard or a really great audience source.  I think it is just a really great AUD as the venue/room sound is really apparent.  As well, the person I went to the show with, The Duck, taped the show and his pull came out decent too.  The links below though are of the usual source that gets passed around.  It sounds great, regardless of whether it is a board or audience.  We were in the 11th or 12th row and were sitting right behind B*g Ph*l (name changed to protect the innocent) who videotaped the whole show.  He gave the Duck a copy a few weeks later and told him not to trade it so I am not sure if it ever really circulated widely.  It is a great vid though and I would love to get my hands on it again.

For sample tracks, it was impossible to really single anything out from this show, and most people have probably heard it a zillion times anyway, but here is the Antelope and the Sanity.  Enjoy!

Antelope: 

Sanity: 

Full show MP3 here: http://www.mediafire.com/?5v3sxystwifo8

Full show lossless here: http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=543399

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The summer of 1992 was kind of a dry one for the fans.  The band made their first foray into Europe opening a host of festival dates for the Violent Femmes and then came back to the US as the support act for Santana on their national tour (after some HORDE dates).  Besides three headline shows in VA, the Coach House was the only other full, two set Phish shows we got to see.  The Santana tour was decent and had some good/great moments (Stowe rules as does the Exodus from Finger Lakes), but for the most part the Phish sets were way too short and the 30-40 minute sets left little time for exploration.  I saw a bunch of the Santana shows and while I fully appreciate Carlos and company, I think I saw enough Santana to last me a lifetime.  No doubt that the guy is the man though.

I flew out to California to see my first Phish birthday show at the LA Greek Theatre and was then planning on heading to the Dead shows in Eugene.  I hopped onto the plane, opened my USA Today and saw that Jerry Garcia was sick and the shows were canceled.  Major bummer.  At this point, I did not know the Coach House show was going on.  I hit the Greek Theatre show with my friend Cliff and it ended up being pretty solid.  Phish (who NONE of the California Santana fans knew) played a good set and I particularly remember jamming out to the Tweezer.  I think I was the only one in the venue dancing.  All the Latinos were looking at me like I had three heads.  Between the Santana and Phish sets I ran into Kuroda on the way to the bathroom and he told me about the Coach House show that was happening two days later– I was stoked!  The Santana set ended up being decent too– John Lee Hooker came out to play  “The Healer” with Santana and it was pretty epic.  I was hoping at some point Trey would come out and wail with Carlos and John Lee but no such luck.  It was still a great birthday show.  Better than Coventry but not as good as The Lemonwheel…..

Two days later, Cliff and I drove down to the Coach House from his place in Santa Barbara.  On the way there I totally  hit this old man with the car and knocked him down in the crosswalk, but that’s a whole other story.  His wife was screaming but I think he was OK.  Sorry.  We got to the Coach House around two in the afternoon and there was already a pretty good crowd of California heads.  Talked to the folks from the venue and they told me the shown was fully sold out.  I begged and pleaded and pulled the “I came all the way from New York” bit, but they didn’t go for it.  I ran into Andrew the tour manager and gave him the whole sad sack bit and I was in +1.  Thanks Andrew!  We milled about the parking lot a bit and I ran into Trey and started talking to him about the Santana tour and stuff….Interesting fact (to guitar players, I guess) was that we were talking about Carlos and his tone (he used a Boogie too, just like Trey at the time).  Trey told me that Carlos had turned him onto some Russian amp tubes (Sovtek) and he was trying them out for the first time at this show.  I like to think I can hear a slight difference in Trey’s tone but can’t be sure.  I am pretty sure he went back to his old tubes shortly thereafter though, but who knows.  It was still about two hours from showtime and Cliff and I needed to find some supplies.  We met the scuzziest looking guy in the lot and he hooked us up with some sperms.  Cliff was a little wary of the scuzzy guy so we met up with some preppy kid who gave him some recycle symbols.  Surprise, surprise, the sperm knocked me on my ass.  The recycles from the preppy kid were fake.  Yeah scuzzy guy!

The Coach House was a pretty small place that hosted a lot of dinner theater but they moved all the tables out for the Phish show.  The place was packed and I would guess there were maybe 400 people or so there.  Ninja Custodian opened up with their fun brand of rock.  I had seen them in Burlington and did not know they had recently moved to LA.  Ninja Mike is a funny dude, so I always liked seeing them.  Their set was decent and not too long.  Phish came out with both guns blazing and you could tell they were psyched to finally play a headline show.  The setlist sounds as good as it looks:

Set 1Buried Alive > Poor HeartThe LandladyRebaRiftWilsonAll Things ReconsideredFoamMy Friend, My FriendBouncing Around the RoomDavid Bowie

Set 2Suzy Greenberg > It’s Ice > Tweezer > Esther > Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug GrooveHorn > Hold Your Head Up > TerrapinHold Your Head UpTake the ‘A’ Train > Somewhere Over the RainbowCavern

EncoreThe Squirming Coil

The show itself has a lot of nice little twists and turns.  Just about everything is really well played and has a little something extra.  The Buried Alive opener was hot, natch, and the Poor Heart has some really cool stuff inside of it too actually.  Landlady is “for Carlos” and the Reba jam is a must hear.  Rift is also one of my favorite all-time versions and the Wilson is also a unique version.  Really, the whole first set is dope, ending with a solid Bowie.  A lot of the California crowd were pretty new to Phish at this time and were just sort of finding their groove with the band.  I think nearly everyone was a convert by the end of the first set.  The second set is solid too with Tweezer and Mike’s leading the charge.  Ninja Mike sits in for Terrapin, prompting some good banter and although everyone was yelling “Flintstones” for some reason, a short Somewhere Over The Rainbow gets dropped on the crowd.  The previously mentioned sperm had me bugging the whole show but one thing I remember being so funny was when they played the All Fall Down Signal.  Just as Phish had originally planned it, when they played it, I dropped to the ground.  All of the people around me started crowding around me, asking me if I was alright and someone went to go get security to help me.  It was pretty classic.  Not a very under the radar show, but a classic nonetheless and worth revisiting if you have not heard it in a while.  The drive home was very amusing and we made it back to Santa Barbara in one piece.  Since the GD shows were cancelled we hiked into the Los Padres for an awesome camping trip and ate the rest of the sperm.  It was a great time for sure.

The All Things Reconsidered is dead nuts on:

 

The first set closing Bowie is the goods too:

That is just a small taste though.  If you have never heard this show, check it out for sure, it’s a worthy listen.

There are a lot of sources floating around for this show, including the soundboard.  I got an amazing Schoeps source after giving blanks to a guy after the show.  It was his first show and he taped over some GD masters (Vegas 92) to get the Phish pull.  I had forgotten all about it and they showed up at my door like 3 months later. Sounded killer, I should probably transfer them.  Anyway, this MP3 source sounds pretty good too though:

http://www.mediafire.com/?cr244hyyid6vq

This lossless source would sound decent but it is a hair too fast.. Only lossless source being seeded now though:

http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=547692

Gobble, Gobble motherfuckers…..Years before Worcester was the place to be on Thanksgiving, the Capitol Theatre in Portchester (or Port Chester) hosted  some great Turkey Day blowouts….This was perfect for me as my parents only lived 20 minutes from the theatre.  While we never got a 60 minute Runaway Jim or a Wipeout-laden slaughter fest like Worcester, the Thanksgiving shows at the Cap were always a killer time.  Following an opening stint for Blues Traveler on 10/6/90, Phish returned for their first headlining gig on 11/24/90.  This would be the first headlining show of 6 the band would play at this storied venue (plus the 10/6 opening slot show).  I was lucky enough to attend them all.  The Capitol Theatre was a historic venue, having hosted countless GD shows and others in the 60’s and early 70’s.  When I was growing up, it was mostly a movie theatre (I saw the AC/DC movie there.)  Situated right in the middle of downtown Portchester it was a snap to get to by car or train.  It bordered Connecticut so a lot of New England peeps would come, but it was also only a half hour train ride from NYC so there was a great mix of people.  I loved it because I could rock Las Brisas restaurant before the show, and still buy beer after the show (which was a no-go in Connecticut). There was always a pretty raging scene outside the venue and around the train station as well, which was pretty uncommon for the time.   It was fairly small and intimate by today’s standards, and the balcony and the lobby were both always rocking.

11/24/90 was pretty rad.  It was a huge place for Phish, the biggest I had seen them in up until that time, and I would be seeing them 2 days later on 11/26/90 in a venue a third of the size.  It was definitely a leap for them and signaled a change in venue size that would continue to grow for the next several years.  Listening back, the show itself is a bit uneven, but it still has some choice cuts:

Set 1Buried Alive > Possum[1]Foam > Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen >Weekapaug Groove[2]The Squirming Coil > The LizardsThe Oh Kee Pa CeremonySuzy Greenberg > David Bowie[3] Set 2LlamaBouncing Around the RoomStashEliza > The Landlady > Runaway JimYou Enjoy Myself > Hold Your Head Up > Love You > Hold Your Head UpGood Times Bad Times[4]Big Black Furry Creature from Mars[2] EncoreLawn BoyDivided Sky

Buried Alive->Possum (with major Manteca teases) is a great opener and a mid first set Mike’s had the place rocking.   The first set closing Bowie is probably the set highlight.  Divided Sky in the E2 slot, also caught everyone by surprise.  Check out these cuts from the show:

A  burning early version of  Llama opens the second set and features a Buried Alive tease:

The Good Times Bad Times is way more bad than good and it’s pretty funny to hear the band abandon it and head for the BBFCM….flubs aren’t just for 3.0, kids….:

MP3 of entire show is here: http://www.mediafire.com/?uzgyon8sg5q86

After an awesome spring show at the Cap (4/27/91), the band headed back for what was now an annual Thanksgiving tradition and delivered this show on 11/30:

Set 1GlideLlamaFoamSparkleDivided SkyCavernThe Squirming Coil >BrotherPaul and Silas > Guelah PapyrusYou Enjoy Myself Set 2Chalk Dust TortureUncle PenHarry Hood[1]It’s Ice > Bouncing Around the RoomMy Sweet One > HornI Didn’t Know[2] > Run Like an AntelopeGolgi Apparatus EncoreContact > Rocky Top

Of all the shows at the Cap, this one might be my least favorite, but there is some very decent material including an almost 21 minute YEM to close the first set.

The Antelope from the second set kicks some major ass and contains a very early Simpsons tease:

MP3 of entire show here: http://www.mediafire.com/?cprgmbk1icjdc

I don’t have any ticket stubs from 11/24/90 or 11/30/91 because the Capitol Theatre was always a great place to pull the “I ordered my tickets from Ticketmaster and they never showed up in the mail…” deal….You would give them your order number or show them your credit card receipt and the nice little old lady would take out some blank Ticketmaster ticket stock and hand write the date and show for you and give you new “tickets”.  Then we’d go sell the real tickets or give them to our friends.  For some reason I didn’t end up with any of the handwritten ones in the long run, which is too bad because they were cool.  TM wised up after that, but I remember doing it for 6 tickets on 2/6/93 Roseland and that was the last time.  Anyway, I do have stubs for the next year’s two show Turkey Day blow out which were probably my two favorite shows at The Cap:


There is so much to like about both of these shows.  Almost everything is well played and both of these shows are definitely worth seeking out in their entirety.  The 27th was Jimi Hendrix’ 50th birthday and it was a hot show:

Set 1Rift > Wilson > Divided Sky > Colonel Forbin’s Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird > Split Open and MeltLawn BoyRebaLlama > MoundMemories,Runaway Jim Set 2AxillaPoor Heart > PossumGlide > It’s Ice > McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters > I Walk the Line > David BowieThe Horse > Silent in the Morning,FahtTake the ‘A’ Train > Cavern EncoreBold As Love

The first set starts out hot builds until a little rest with Lawn Boy.  Best ever Forbin’s>Mockingbird narration?  You be the judge:

Second set starts of with a new track Axilla and features semi-rarities I Walk The Line and Faht.  The Bowie is killer and has some McGrupp and Ring of Fire teases.

The Bold As Love encore was sick as hell.  In honor of Jimi’s birthday, Trey proceeded  to play between his legs, behind his back, behind his head and with his TEETH.  It was insane and unforgettable.   Check it out and imagine Trey playing this with his teeth:

The 28th brought the heat as well:

Set 1My Sweet OneFoamStashEstherChalk Dust TortureSparkleFast Enough for You > All Things ReconsideredMike’s SongI Am Hydrogen >Weekapaug Groove Set 2Suzy Greenberg > Paul and Silas > Tweezer > The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu MalkenuMazeThe Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday Bouncing Around the RoomThe Squirming CoilLove You > Hold Your Head UpHarpua,Golgi Apparatus EncoreContact > Tweezer Reprise

My Sweet One starts things off but is interrupted quickly by equipment issues.  Fast Enough For You, in it’s fourth appearance, is well played as is All Things Reconsidered.  I love Mike’s Groove’s as a first set closer and this one is no exception.  Great way to wrap up the set and set the tone for Set 2.  The set two  Tweezer is awesome and the Harpua brings us back into Fish’s brain. My first Harpua since 5/9/92 and I was fired up.  Trey brought his Grandmother out on stage and danced with her during Contact, it was cool.  All in all, this was an amazing weekend at the Cap and the last time the band would play here.

Check out the Tweezer:

and this dope Harpua:

mp3 of the 27th here: http://www.mediafire.com/?c1xrs62d38wx2

mp3 of the 28th here: http://www.mediafire.com/?6oaua7pw3h2dm

Lossless:

There is a soundboard that circulates of both the 27th and the 28th, but for the 27th, the Neumann FOB is the one to grab: http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=539209

There is a U87 pull from the 28th that rocks, but Elliot Byron’s Nak 30o source is also worth grabbing: http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=523090

3/19/92 Palace Theatre, New Haven, CT.

The Palace Theatre was a cool place to see Phish.  I didn’t make it to this show but got to see the monster show the next night in Binghamton (post forthcoming).  I did see the last two shows at the Palace in December and have some cool stories to share about those shows in a later post.  Anyway, all New Haven shows were rad because you could hit Frank Pepe or Sally’s for pizza pre-show (or hunt for records at Cutlers) and you could rock Mamouns after the show…Food aside, New Haven has always brought out the best in Phish.  Even though I did not attend this show, I have always been a fan of the “Andrew Jam” from the soundcheck….Named for then tour manager Andrew Fischbeck (who was always really generous with putting me on the list), this jam is pretty well known….for those who have never had a chance to check it out, here you go.  Good stuff if you ask me…..

Here’s the Lullaby from the same soundcheck:

MP3 of the whole show and soundcheck here: http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=e64969679d601a07ab1eab3e9fa335ca563a7a121bc6c248

11/22/92 Bailey Hall, Ithaca, NY

Of the 35 or so shows I saw in 1992, this one ranks near the top. People were fired up for the Fall ’92 shows because the whole summer tour was 45 minute sets opening for Santana with only a handful of headlining shows. This was a hometown (at the time) show for me and the venue was a 15 minute walk up the hill. It was snowing a little bit that night and there was a pretty good crowd outside on the steps and surrounding area. I had an extra ticket and traded it for a sweet batik that I still have. The venue was also sweet and we were in the middle of the floor for the first set. The crowd was pretty pumped the whole way through except for Ben Weinstein who screamed “Put Suzy on the backburner” in between songs when the crowd got quiet. Even back then, kids were hating on repeats. Incidentally, Ben also happens to be the guy that directed the 2/14/91 State Theatre video for public access TV. This show is pretty well known for the Tweezer and the Eleanor Rigby YEM but there is plenty of other good stuff too:

Set 1: Buried Alive, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg, Fee -> Maze, Reba, Sparkle, Horn, All Things Reconsidered, Bathtub Gin, Sweet Adeline, Run Like an Antelope
Set 2: Axilla, My Friend, My Friend, My Sweet One, Tweezer -> Big Ball Jam -> Tweezer, Tela, You Enjoy Myself, Faht, Golgi Apparatus
Encore: Bold As Love, Carolina, Tweezer Reprise

For the second set we moved back a little bit and then I went into the hallways for the Tweezer through YEM until the debut of Faht, which was cool.   The hallway at Bailey Hall was great, there was a ton of room and you could hear perfectly. The encore was great, especially for my friend Tracy who really was leaving for South Carolina in the morning, and because Bold As Love made another appearance after being played earlier in the week for the first time in forever.  We were always calling for it in ’90 and ’91 but never getting it so everyone was stoked when they brought it back after a 300+ show gap or something crazy like that.

So anyway, Fee->Maze is  a classic combo that the band played often, especially in ’92. The versions from this show are both winners and the transition between the two is seamless. The megaphone reappeared in the tour opener earlier in the week after a 2 year layoff, and they brought it out again at this show. The first time (and last time before this tour) it had appeared was at the 10/1/90 show in Ithaca which I’ll be posting about in the future. The Maze is just freaking blazing.  Give it a listen:

MP3 Link for the whole show is here: http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=e64969679d601a07ab1eab3e9fa335cae79030095f9a8df0

Also, even though the ticket clearly states “And Special Guest…” there was only one band that night.