The second migration of the Great American H.O.R.D.E. had a more cohesive schedule than its predecessor, but very nearly fell through due to show cancellations, bad weather, run-ins with the law, and more inventive traveling that saw them playing three shows in New York in three different weeks, including one run from Louisiana in two days' time.
Both Widespread Panic and Aquarium Rescue Unit returned for the duration of the 1993 migration, and Phish popped in for a few shows as well. John Popper also convinced the Allman Brothers Band to join for a few shows, which nearly resulted in disaster when Dickey Betts was arrested prior to the July 31st gig in Stowe, VT. Aquarium Rescue Unit's Jimmy Herring filled in quite ably and was joined by John Popper for the entire set. On the second show of the tour, gale-force winds and, at times, blinding rain whipped through Morrison, Colorado and wreaked havoc on the stage setup of many bands. One vendor present remembers a five-pound cymbal blowing off its stand and sailing across the stage in mid-set.
As John later wrote in Gigs at a Glance:
"There were a few minor glitches (i.e. concourse/promoter difficulties, poor access to drinking water in a venue or two. Overall, you came - we played and the 2nd Consecutive Migration of the Great American H.O.R.D.E. actually achieved the success we knew it would. I gotta tell you honestly, now that the smoke has cleared that there was those of us here who weren't sure if it would come off or if it would be worth it. But an amazing thing happened. Our wildest dreams came true, in that all of you people came to these shows and made them the successes they were. You guys were really the turning point that made these shows work. The spirit of unity was more than enough to gratify all of the people who worked so hard to make it come off. These grass roots homemade festival tours are very hard to do well, especially when you don't have Perry Farrell there helping you out. But I gotta say that the '93 migration of the Great American H.O.R.D.E. was a ball, a venture, and an out & out hoe-down by any standards. Immediate memories include: St. Louis - playing the day the levee broke - what a siege that was, or filling in for Dicky Betts when he couldn't be there at Stowe (the Allman Brothers can jam their butts off), not to mention the ominous traditional installment of the Phish trampoline saga ("Death Leap Over Richmond") my butt still hurts! From the 1st "Mountain Cry" with Eric Schenkman sitting in under a blue moon at Red Rocks to the 28 minute final jam session including roadies in underwear in Birmingham - we had a blast! Again, thanks to all of you for making it possible."
7/2/93 Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO