Entrance of the Gladiators tease in Split Open and Melt
Debut Years (Average: 1987)
Song Distribution

This show was part of the "1990 Tour"

Show Reviews

, attached to 1990-02-05

Review by smelt

smelt somewhere, I have this setlist written down. I will have to dig it out.
, attached to 1990-02-05

Review by thelot

thelot Pretty good SBD recording available for this show albeit a little flat. I’m grateful there’s something available for this show given the lack of people in the audience. It sounds like there’s only three people in the room that night! Probably all Page’s immediate family.

The show starts out with a loose Alumni. It almost sounds like you’re listening to soundcheck. Things tighten up quickly and we’re treated to a nice string of songs to open the show. A decent Split Open follows. Donna Lee gets dusted off after a brief Hiatus. Last seen at The Front on 10/20. This pairs nicely with a solid Slave. Inspired version of YEM tonight, but unfortunately cuts out during the jam section! Ugh!!! I believe the band debuted Carolina earlier this year knowing these Carolina shows were coming up. It sounds like the room is filling in a little more at this point. Foam is a bit off to start. Jesus Left closes out the recording of this long first set. There was definitely more that followed but unfortunately it’s lost to time. I’m curious if I only one set was played on this night.
, attached to 1990-02-05

Review by TheEmu

TheEmu On the plus side for this show is a pretty good Split Open & Melt, a solid Donna Lee, some FANTASTIC Cactus at the start of the Slave jam, and a bit of nastiness in YEM. But the YEM doesn't finish that strong, IMHO, and there is some shakiness in it, as well as in Coil and Foam. Actually, the Foam gets absolutely sloppy. There are, however, several funny banter moments, first about Fish's dress ("The real question is, is he wearing anything under the dress") and then about Foam ("An alternative to the pill.") Despite the few sloppy moments, I'll say three stars for this.
, attached to 1990-02-05

Review by cjfphan21

cjfphan21 I've gotta echo just about exactly what @TheEmu said. YEM definitely doesn't finish strong. Trey's soloing gets a little meandering, it kind of sounds like he doesn't really want to know what he wants to do, and I'm honestly not disappointed that it cuts off. However, I am disappointed that they didn't jam on Funky Bitch a little longer because Page seemed to be getting into it there at the end. Gin is short, and the ending is kind of strange and not fulfilling. Foam...meh. Jesus Just Left Chicago is probably my favorite moment from this show. Everyone sounds comfortable, especially Trey. However, I'm gonna have to play the harsh asshole on this one since I don't think it deserves quite 3 stars (and there are already two 3 star ratings) and go with 2 stars.
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