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10-11-94 USAir Arena, Landover, Md. (Tue)

 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 7:53 am    Post subject: 10-11-94 USAir Arena, Landover, Md. (Tue) Reply with quote

10-11-94 USAir Arena, Landover, Md. (Tue)
1: Picasso Moon, Jack A Roe, All Over Now, High Time@, Shoe Fits, Lazy River Road, Easy Answers, Deal
2: Eyes> Woman Smarter, Samba, He's Gone> Drumz> China Doll> Sugar Magnolia E: Lucy In The Sky
Jerry remained onstage during percussion - final/last "China Doll": 09-18-93 [84]


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I have always considered, and always will, Fall East Coast 94 to be the last good tour. My first show was in this tour, and actually, in the run, as I was in the DC area at the time, in my first year at community college. The Cap Center had gone to its corporate sponsor sell-out name... USAir Arena... jeez. Landover cops were not at all friendly to the heads... IF I knew now what I knew then, there is no doubt I would have seen the whole run.
Anyhow, here is what I think regarding this show in particular.

Picasso Moon starts us off with some real power... Bobby is fired up, and he wants to give a real treat. Jerry is in fine form, and during the jam they actually acheive some X-factor in the 1st song of the show! Excellent performance.
Jerry must be happy with the Picasso, because he launches into Jack-A-Roe... I have a theory that this song was only broken out during hot parts of a show, usually following up a great performance. No disappointments here. A fine job.
All Over Now was a bit of a let down after these two songs to open, but they pulled out a decent rendition. Jerry doesn't fail here either.
The switch is made for acoustic High Time. Beautifully performed, well sung (there is one Jerry lyric flub).
Apparently someone on stage went for a cheat sheet, and got called out by someone in the audience, you can hear this one the SBD even. Bobby steps to the mike, and says, "that's right, a cheat sheet", and Phil repeats "cheat sheet". They embark into If The Shoe Fits. The verdict on this song is still out in my mind. I like the musical part, but Phil singing went from a joke to something that became a reality, and that is too bad...
Lazy River Road comes tumbling in after that. Vocally fine, I was not overly impressed with the music on this rendition. There are many better.
Bobby goes for the gold with Easy Answer. This is actually a pretty good rendition, with a solid jam at the end (as usual you haters!).
To close down the set, Jerry picks Deal. Jerry's guitar ought to have been a bit louder, but overall, not bad. The outro jam on the post 1980 arrangement is obviously critical to this song's true success and the lack of it the downfall of the 70s versions. They rock it out ok. I mean ok, this song is capable of bringing a lot more heat than this... and was trying to avoid saying, hey, its 94... but I just can't do it any longer. Thus ends the set.

Eyes opens the next set, with a great intro. The vocals are fine, and the tempo is just right. The first verse jam is great., with everyone doing their part. Vince is a bit low in the mix, not sure if that is bad. I love Vince, but if the option is to have him too high or too low in the mix, I probably take low. The second verse jam is lacking though, big time... I was pretty upset. Jerry no longer noodles in 94, and here he just randomly plinks away. The outro jam was like the previous verse...
Women Are Smarter came up next, after a second or two pause. I was pretty bummed out by this selection. However, it surprised me... even upset me. The Women Are Smarter was better than the darn Eyes! Jerry got a little more into it, and I was actually impressed. Bobby had once again breathed life into the show.
A handful of us, myself included, are excited about the follow up song... Samba in the Rain. I just don't get the criticism of this song. The rhythm is a samba, which I like in general. The singing was almost over the top from Vince, but not quite. The guitar work was nice, and everyone was into it. This is easily one of the better Sambas I have heard.
He's Gone in the power slot and a 17 minute length, plus the foreknowledge the Jerry stayed out for drums got me pretty excited. The vocals are great, but the song never really takes off, nor is there the amazing Gone Jam like the one at 3/21/94 I had hoped for. It was decent at best.
Jerry stayed out throughout the Drums but he must have just wanted to see what it was like from the stage instead of backstage, because he plunks along lamely... He must've just wanted to feel the power of the drums...
Space was space, and I was pretty down about the drums... but then Jerry comes out with a great, great China Doll!!! Very poignant. This was, of course, the final China Doll.
Bobby then decides to stop the show?! Sugar Magnolia. Boo! Boo! 2 songs out of space... bad move Bobby.
The encore is a LSD.

My overall thoughts on the show, great moments, but also boring moments (from my seat in 2009). My first show was better than this one. The highlights of this show were Picasso Moon, Easy Answers, Women Are Smarter, Samba in the Rain, and China Doll... if that isn't an unusual list, spank my ass and call me Nancy.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice review man. I saw a four-show run there in spring 91. Crappy venue.. great shows. DC shows were usually pretty great. I would have been pretty happy to see High Time and China Doll in 94.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In depth review....I'll check this one out.
Sorry I can't agree with your assesment of the tour. I saw 2 of the 3 Philly shows the week before. The only time I ever left a show dissapointed. Jerry just wasn't there anymore. He was running on fumes and looked terrible. The energy and the "IT" just weren't there...not for me anyway. these were the last shows I ever saw. If Jerry hadn't died, they very possibly would have still been the last ones I saw. I had a chance to go to one of the Spring 95 shows but I just had no interest after seeing them in fall 94. It really broke my heart to see Jerry in such a sad state, and to have the music suffer because of it.

Sorry....didn't mean to kill your buzz. Glad you were able to see some shows before the end...and are still enthusiastic about them. There are certainly a few shows that I love mainly because I was there and they spark great memories that others have told me that I'm flat out crazy for thinking that they are good shows. I say eff 'em.....I say that they are great shows..so they are!! Laughing

Feel free to say the same to me for busting on shows that you hold in high regard....It's All Good!!! Cheers
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

finster wrote:
In depth review....I'll check this one out.
Sorry I can't agree with your assesment of the tour. I saw 2 of the 3 Philly shows the week before.

No, I don't really hold this is high regard.
I found it to be mediocre.

When I say that is the last good tour, I mean, the last tour that has several good shows... not that they are all good. Many of the MSG shows were pretty good, and a couple of the Boston, and the 10/10 is supposed to be pretty cool. I was at 10/9, it was... great for me, but listening to it relative to other shows... mediocre.

I just review whatever I listen to sometimes, and I tell the honest truth about it... if I think it sucks, or moments of it suck, I will write it.

I was pretty disappointed with this show really.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kochman wrote:
finster wrote:
In depth review....I'll check this one out.
Sorry I can't agree with your assesment of the tour. I saw 2 of the 3 Philly shows the week before.

No, I don't really hold this is high regard.
I found it to be mediocre.

When I say that is the last good tour, I mean, the last tour that has several good shows... not that they are all good. Many of the MSG shows were pretty good, and a couple of the Boston, and the 10/10 is supposed to be pretty cool. I was at 10/9, it was... great for me, but listening to it relative to other shows... mediocre.

I just review whatever I listen to sometimes, and I tell the honest truth about it... if I think it sucks, or moments of it suck, I will write it.

I was pretty disappointed with this show really.



Valid points... I did see only the 2 shows from the tour and haven't really listened to any of the others. The Philly shows were really bad and really depressing. Based on that, I just couldn't see how any of the other shows could be a whole lot better....I guess every cloud has it's silver lining....
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

finster wrote:
Kochman wrote:
finster wrote:
In depth review....I'll check this one out.
Sorry I can't agree with your assesment of the tour. I saw 2 of the 3 Philly shows the week before.

No, I don't really hold this is high regard.
I found it to be mediocre.

When I say that is the last good tour, I mean, the last tour that has several good shows... not that they are all good. Many of the MSG shows were pretty good, and a couple of the Boston, and the 10/10 is supposed to be pretty cool. I was at 10/9, it was... great for me, but listening to it relative to other shows... mediocre.

I just review whatever I listen to sometimes, and I tell the honest truth about it... if I think it sucks, or moments of it suck, I will write it.

I was pretty disappointed with this show really.



Valid points... I did see only the 2 shows from the tour and haven't really listened to any of the others. The Philly shows were really bad and really depressing. Based on that, I just couldn't see how any of the other shows could be a whole lot better....I guess every cloud has it's silver lining....


The only show I saw from 94 was pretty weak, but I've listened to a few from this tour (Boston 10/1 and Philly 10/5) I found them surprisingly strong and I dont hold much of this year in high regard. Maybe you caught the [CENSORED] shows in Philly...

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wore out my 2nd Gen AUD cassettes of this show jamming out in my High School parking lot...was at all three nights at U.S. Air and 10-11 was my favorite on tape at the time. The EYES is wonderfully up-tempo and fully-jammed. One of the great final-era versions. Eyes could really drag on if played too slowly, but this one is rather rip-roaring. Samba rocked. Also noteworthy is Jerry staying out to jam with the drummers. The entire Drumz-Space-ChinaDoll is enjoyable.

In general Phil and the drummers were especially on their game during this three-night run. I would now go with 10-10 as the best of the three, but 10-11 has more sentimental value for some reason. All three nights are worthy of a listen.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dig it Cool Good to see you back at the pub Swami!!

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome back Swami! Love the avatar. I'll have to check out these shows, as I dug those two I mentioned before and it seems there are a few other gems from this tour.

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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Duderino wrote:
Welcome back Swami! Love the avatar. I'll have to check out these shows, as I dug those two I mentioned before and it seems there are a few other gems from this tour.



On that note, have you heard 10-18-94 ??

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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 7:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No I haven't but I'll put it on the list

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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have to disagree with Swami regarding the Eyes.
It came out of the gates strongly, particularly as the set opener... but by the 1/2 way point, it was weak.

What do you guys think? Give it a whirl.
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