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By: Antti V almost 3 years ago

Fugazi in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the third time out of the total five they played in the city. This would be the only occasion out of those to be held at the culturally notable Eagles Club, which was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1986. The Eagle's Ballroom, tonight's place of performance, is the largest and most ornate room in The Rave/Eagles Club complex opened in 1927. Lightly dubbed as the “Million Dollar Ballroom” with its oval wooden dance floor and domed ceiling ringed by balconies. It provides an interesting but acoustically challenging space for this entry.

As Ian mentions in his usual, calm opening remarks, the room is enormous, and this could be the cause of the overall muddy and imbalanced sound of the recording. The drums sound comparatively thin, and Joe's bass nearly disappears into the low end. What's good is that the guitars sound quite heavy, vocals cut through okay most of the time, and you can feel the atmosphere of the room. Sound-wise this recording leaves a bit to be desired then, but let's see for the show itself.

Someone yells for Reclamation after the intro, and the song promptly begins the show in its always massive style. Unfortunately the flow is initially denied, and there's an interlude right away as the crowd surfing needs to be addressed. A couple of songs, namely And The Same and Cassavettes, have Ian stop his playing at points completely, possibly to handle people coming on the stage. Apparently things eventually smoothen out and many great performances follow, with especially Dear Justice Letter getting a deliciously heavy and intense rendering. Besides being a delightful listen, it's a rare song too, as it got a mere five plays during the fall 1993 tour of the US.

By: Antti V almost 3 years ago

The mid-set row of classics is a highlight once again. The room joins in with Ian during a glorious Suggestion, and the band go into a hypnotic, lengthy jam before the final explosion. As Ian mentions during interlude 4, the band is ecstatic about a local food joint, and the dinner's energy could very well be one of the factors fueling the fiery performances this evening.

The energy level peaks during the last tracks heading to the encore break. Public Witness Program is a punk rock delicacy, and to my ears it seems there's more people joining in for the chorus than Ian and Guy, but it could be just the audience singing along. 23 Beats Off is another big rarity in the tracklist, and although as diverting it always is to hear, the performance this evening feels a tad rushed, maybe due to over-excitement. What makes up for it is the superb seamless flow to Exit Only, with the only downside now being Guy's indistinct vocals.

By: Antti V almost 3 years ago

Repeater starts with an explosion after the usual ominous guitar noise, but grinds to a complete halt as a fistfight needs to be stopped. The song luckily picks up soon after, and finishes with same fervor it began with.

The band climbs back on stage and you can hear Guy quietly strum the chords of Blueprint. Ian cuts the calm with his angry call for Great Cop, and the song starts another epic Fugazi encore. Shut The Door is huge and the big jam section in the middle is scary to say the least. A natural flow to another excellent rendition of Sweet and Low is the perfect contrast to the preceding chaos, and always a beautiful way to send people off into the night.

I highly recommend this entry despite the aural shortcomings it has compared to some of the better sounding tapes from the era. The mood is on this evening, the band is definitely on a hot streak, and the disorderly conduct doesn't mess too badly with the music.

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Fugazi Live Series FLS0574 Fugazi Milwaukee, WI USA 9/2/1993

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Show Date:
 Eagle's Ballroom
Door Price:
Played with:
 Slant 6, Muckraker
Recorded by
 Joey Picuri
Mastered by
 Jerry Busher
Original Source:
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Play Sample Track
1. Intro
2. Reclamation
3. Interlude 1
4. Nice New Outfit
5. And The Same
6. Cassavetes
7. Facet Squared
8. Dear Justice Letter
9. Styrofoam
10. Rend It
11. Interlude 2
12. Returning the Screw
13. Smallpox Champion
14. Interlude 3
15. Suggestion
16. Margin Walker
17. Waiting Room
18. Interlude 4
19. Public Witness Program
20. 23 Beats Off
21. Exit Only
22. Repeater
23. Encore 1
24. Great Cop
25. Sieve-Fisted Find
26. Shut the Door
27. Sweet and Low
28. Outro

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