Saturday, 04/30/1994 The Edge Night Club, Orlando, FL

Saturday, 04/30/1994
The Edge Night Club, Orlando, FL

It’s Wednesday and all I can think about it heading back to the Fairgrounds tomorrow for Day 4 of my Jazzfest. Alas, I must listen to some Phish this morning. This show starts with a whimper, in my opinion. Even the Stash is pretty tame by 1994 standards. The entire first set is pretty standard. Disappointing given the raucous first set one night earlier.

Wilson opens the second set and it is clear the Wilson chant has not made it’s way south. So far, it’s a one-off Beacon thing. Then there’s this Bowie. It’s short, but so good. I love Bowies like this. Intense throughout. Then, just the 5th Wolfman’s ever is played with a funky little jam. Page sticks to the Rhodes and Trey finds a little pattern to lead the band through. It’s a shame that this tune didn’t take off right away as a funky jam vehicle. It’s soooo ripe for the pickin’ in these early iterations!

The rest of the set is Gold Standard 1994. Nothing is extraordinarily long, but it’s all really playful. The “Lion Sleeps” teases sprinkled throughout and the Possum that pokes around many of the tunes played earlier in the set all hint at the fun we’ll see in the next few weeks (I’m really looking forward to revisiting the Bomb Factory in the context of this listening process).

Finally, I can think of no better encore than Sleeping Monkey > Highway to Hell. Seriously. That’s happiness in a bottle for me!

Thanks for reading. Happy Jazzfest!!!

Saturday, 04/30/1994
The Edge Night Club, Orlando, FL
Set 1: Chalk Dust Torture, Mound, Stash, Poor Heart, Sample in a Jar, Punch You In the Eye, Rift, Ginseng Sullivan, Sweet Adeline
Set 2: Wilson > David Bowie, Wolfman’s Brother > Peaches en Regalia > Harry Hood, Axilla (Part II), McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters > Possum, Purple Rain > Hold Your Head Up, Big Black Furry Creature from Mars
Encore: Sleeping Monkey > Highway to Hell
Notes: Ginseng Sullivan and Sweet Adeline were performed acoustic without microphones. Lion Sleeps Tonight was teased in Wilson, Bowie, Hood, McGrupp, and Possum. Bowie also contained an All Fall Down signal and Possum also included Wilson, Peaches, Wolfman’s, and Axilla teases. During one of the pauses in BBFCFM, Fish said his mother was in attendance, prompting a New York, New York tease from Page.

Setlist courtesy of

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Friday, 04/29/1994 Boatyard Village Pavilion, Clearwater, FL

Friday, 04/29/1994
Boatyard Village Pavilion, Clearwater, FL

They really dive into this show from the very start, eh? Halley’s was a treat back then and YEM is HUGE in that second spot! And this is no normal YEM. There is a little strange vocal segment in the jam, but they never go into the bass and drums segment, much less the vocal jam. Instead, Trey leads a nice segue into Fast Enough for You. You should hear this YEM, if you haven’t. It’s short but interesting.
The rest of set one looks like a lot of songs… and it is, but there is no low point. It’s all fantastic. The Melt breaks down into a chorus of “YeeHaw!” at one point. It’s nuts! Plus any set with both Sloth and Sanity is a winner in my book.
The second set is chock full of highlights, too. Another beautiful If I Could and Reba… and a Mike’s Groove worth checking out, for sure. The Mike’s actually reminds me a bit of the huge 12/30/93 Mike’s. It’s not quite so perfect, but it’s very interesting, to say the least. The ‘paug is also a keeper. Follow that all up with a great I Wanna Be Like You (including a nice little piano solo from Page) and this whole show is really great.
Am I fluffing? I don’t know. I got into this thing because I love 1994 Phish, so I’m not surprised I like these shows. If this show is “average” for the Spring 94 tour and I sing it’s praises left and right, does that make me wrong? YMMV, as they say. I’m loving these shows!
Thank you for reading.

Friday, 04/29/1994
Boatyard Village Pavilion, Clearwater, FL

Set 1: Halley’s Comet, You Enjoy Myself > Fast Enough for You > Scent of a Mule, The Sloth, Divided Sky, I Didn’t Know, Dog Faced Boy, Split Open and Melt > Sanity > My Mind’s Got a Mind of its Own > Llama

Set 2: Suzy Greenberg > Maze, If I Could, Reba, Fee > Uncle Pen, Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, I Wanna Be Like You > Hold Your Head Up, Cavern

Encore: Fire

Notes: There was no vocal jam in YEM, as the song melted into FEFY. I Didn’t Know featured Fishman on Madonna washboard. Split Open included teases of Ice Ice Baby and was unfinished. Sanity was played for the first time since May 17, 1992 (200 shows). Reba contained a Simpsons signal. Trey sang the verses of Fee through a megaphone.

Setlist courtesy of

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Thursday, 04/28/1994 SunFest, West Palm Beach, FL

Thursday, 04/28/1994
SunFest, West Palm Beach, FL

A quick little one-set show today. Would have enjoyed this fest, for sure. I mean, Phish AND the Village People on the same stage? Hellzyeah!!
Classic RunJim Foam opener. Never gets old, especially when their playing with that 1994 fire! Foams are just killing me as I listen to these shows. That said, I’m already weary of Sample… it’s gonna be a long year on that tune.
Solid DwD here. Big high-energy jam. Also, another really cool Page-led breakdown in Ice. Man, Ice was just this little plaything during this Spring Tour. I can’t get enough of it! Plus this Ice is the start of the great middle segment of the set. The ‘lope and Coil are both perfect… and Julius is solid, if not out of this world. Rockin’ GTBT is perfect for a fest crowd who may not know Phish all too well. Leads me to wonder why they didn’t play any well known covers at jazzfest. Golgi Encore and that’s all she wrote.
Short but sweet. Thanks for reading.

Thursday, 04/28/1994
SunFest, West Palm Beach, FL

Soundcheck: Reggae Jam, Funky Bitch, Magilla, Ginseng Sullivan, Blues Jam

Set 1: Runaway Jim, Foam, Sample in a Jar, Rift, Down with Disease > Bouncing Around the Room, It’s Ice > Run Like an Antelope, The Squirming Coil, Julius > Sparkle, Good Times Bad Times

Encore: Golgi Apparatus

Notes: This single-set performance was part of the annual SunFest that also included Joan Baez, Blues Traveler, Huey Lewis & The News, Los Lobos, The Village People, and Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers.

Setlist courtesy of

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Monday, 04/25/1994 Civic Auditorium, Knoxville, TN

Monday, 04/25/1994
Civic Auditorium, Knoxville, TN

Happy Jazzfest, y’all. It’s Friday morning and I’m enjoying my coffee on my buddy’s 120 year old, classic, porch here in New Orleans’ Seventh Ward. The next ten days will be spent doing what I love the most… eating, drinking, and dancing! Fuck yeah!! I can’t even believe that I’m seeing Phish at the Fairgrounds for the first time since 1996 tomorrow. Were you there? I was!!

I was also at today’s 1994 show. Unfortunately, I don’t have anywhere near the clear memories of it as I do the night before. What I remember most is hanging out in the lot with some friends and hearing the “Jams” disc from the the Derek and the Dominoes Box Set for the first time. Whew! I can’t even imagine my life without those jams now. HA!

I also remember this place. I can picture the inside of it. It was a theater, but it seemed cavernous. We had orchestra seats that were pretty far back where, in most places there would be a balcony overhang. Here there was not. It was just a big open space above. The ceiling seemed readicculusly high. That’s how I remember it, anyway.

Musically, I remember the acoustic Ginseng Sullivan and Dog Faced Boy. I’m glad, too, because that’s the only part of the recording that’s hard to hear.

Listening now, the show is not really even coming back to me. I’m not sure I’ve ever actually listened to this one since attending. This pristine soundboard recording sounds amazing, though. I’m loving it.

First thing that stands out here is the unique transition from Fee into Foam and the killer Foam! Then the Melt is intense. They were just ripping apart SOAM at this point. This one goes through several different phases, too. Never gets boring at all.

By the time I’m into this second set, everyone at the house is up and starting Jazzfest preparations. I’m not listening too closely at this point, but I’m happy for the nice soundboard audio. It may not be a standout second set, but it’s perfect background for this morning!!!

Thanks for reading, and HAPPY JAZZFEST!!!!

Monday, 04/25/1994
Civic Auditorium, Knoxville, TN

Set 1: The Landlady > Runaway Jim, Fee > Foam, Down with Disease, Ginseng Sullivan, Dog Faced Boy, Tela > Poor Heart > Split Open and Melt

Set 2: The Curtain > Sample in a Jar, My Mind’s Got a Mind of its Own > Run Like an Antelope, Mound, The Squirming Coil, Divided Sky, Bouncing Around the Room, Big Ball Jam > Big Black Furry Creature from Mars

Encore: Amazing Grace, Bold As Love

Notes: Trey sang the verses of Fee through a megaphone. Ginseng Sullivan and Dog Faced Boy were performed acoustic and, along with Amazing Grace, without microphones. Ginseng also featured Fishman on washboard. Antelope contained several Layla teases.

Setlist courtesy of

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Sunday, 04/24/1994 Grady Cole Center, Charlotte, NC

Sunday, 04/24/1994

Grady Cole Center, Charlotte, NC

Finally, a show I attended! This was my first show of the year. Not only that, this is a zzyzx-type of dream show for me: It includes my first Mango, Julius, Axilla (Part II), and Dog Faced Boy… plus my ONLY Jump Monk and Demand. Not only that, it was the last time I would hear Paul and Silas until 08/11/2009 in Chicago, a gap of 15 years and 75 shows.

Enough geek-talk for you? Fair enough. On to the show: This place was small with a very similar setup to the 12/28/93 show in DC. It was a basketball gym with about 5 rows of seats around the ring of it. Perfect, really.

The first set was fantastic. Listening today, I’m struck by how great the Jump Monk segment is. They slide into it so effortlessly. It’s a must-hear, in my book. Also, the Slave is absolutely gorgeous.

Demand was a surprise to me at the time. I found it a strange song on the album and hearing it live did nothing to change that thought. Bowie, on the other hand, was HUGE (and it stands up to this day. give it a listen). Actually, I remember this entire second set really well. I don’t usually have clear memories of shows from back this far, but this second set is crystal clear for some reason. I remember being surprised by how perfect Mango sounded after the madness of that Bowie. I remember falling in love with Julius from the first moment. It’s all right there.

I have heard this show several times since then, but it’s never been in heavy rotation for me. I’m really enjoying revisiting it today. Hooray for my dumb blog! It’s making my day that much better!! I can’t believe I still haven’t packed for my flight this evening!! Cannot wait to get down to NOLA for my annual Jazzfest pilgrimage. I can’t believe I’ll be seeing Phish at the Acura stage again this weekend!! HELL YEAH!!!

Thanks for reading and HAPPY JAZZFEST, EVERYBODY!!!

Sunday, 04/24/1994

Grady Cole Center, Charlotte, NC

Set 1: My Friend, My Friend, Ya Mar, Axilla (Part II) > Maze, Bathtub Gin -> Jump Monk -> Bathtub Gin > Dog Faced Boy, Paul and Silas > It’s Ice > Slave to the Traffic Light

Set 2: Demand > David Bowie, The Mango Song > Julius, Colonel Forbin’s Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird, Chalk Dust Torture, Contact, Good Times Bad Times

Encore: Sweet Adeline

Notes: Jump Monk was played for the first time since March 12, 1988 (728 shows). Tequila was teased before Demand and also during Bowie. Bowie also included Dave’s Energy Guide teases. The Mockingbird narration contained Also Sprach Zarathustra teases from Page.


Key tracks: (seriously, you gotta hear this Bowie)


Saturday, 04/23/1994 The Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA

Saturday, 04/23/1994

The Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA

Ahhh… the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta. If you’ve never been, you really must go. There is no place better. Unfortunately for me, I did not attend this show. We had tickets and a bunch of friends headed to Atlanta for it, but we made the tough decision to see Hot Tuna play a free show at Suwanee (the University of the South) that day instead. I don’t regret it. Hot Tuna was worth it. But I missed a barn burner.

I’m listening to the show today, but instead of my usual drivel about it, I invited an old tour-buddy of mine to regale us with his tale of this night. So, without further ado, I present to you my first guest blogger… Let’s call him Raoul Duke:


I can’t remember exactly how the exchange went, but it was something like the following:

“Dude, Phish is playing the Fox theater, in Atlanta.”

“No way.  We’ve got to see that show.”

“So let’s drive down south then.  We can catch the Charlotte and Knoxville shows as well.”


And that was that.  In the matter of a few minutes, my buddy and I had decided to drive nearly 1000 miles down south for a week of Phish tour, timed perfectly at the end of the spring term our sophomore year of school.  A spontaneous decision it was, but hey – in those days, almost any decision we made was spontaneous.  Besides, the winter in the New England town that is home to the liberal arts college we attended had been brutal.  It had been bitterly cold, and the snow had fallen solidly through March.  A week in the warm spring Dixieland sun was just what we needed.

A few weeks later we loaded up the car and hit the road.  The plan was this:  

Drive to Nashville and spend the night with a friend.  

Get up and drive to Atlanta for the Fox theater show.  

Drive to the Charlotte show the next day then on to Knoxville for another show the day after that.

Drive back north.

Using reasoning that only makes sense to 19 year old hippies, we saw no problem in having to drive another 1000 miles back north immediately after the Knoxville show.  Sure!  Those 12 total hours of sleep over 4 days would be plenty to fuel us home.

In those days, our plans were best described as flexible and we viewed any obligation to sticking to them as optional. But surprisingly, we managed to stay on plan the first two days.  We arrived in Nashville late, went right to sleep, and awoke the next day to warm sun and blue skies.  Once “Eat a Peach” had been queued in the car’s tape deck, we hit the road.

By this point we were feeling good–really good.  We were high-fiving each other on our brilliant decision to skip classes for a week and catch some shows.  Everything was going exactly to plan. Not once had we needed to rely on our improvisational skills like we had so many times in the past.  So far, this run was a far cry from the New Year’s 1993-1994 tour in which a combination of snow and stoned decision-making resulted in several major misadventures.

In fact things were going so well, my copilot (from here on out I will call him Dr. Gonzo as this tale is one that would make the late, great Hunter S. Thompson proud) decided to get a head start on the festivities and consume a not-insignificant quantity of a mind altering substance that achieved notoriety in the late 1960’s.

As we exited the freeway on Peachtree street we could hardly have been feeling better.  Dr. Gonzo had a perma-grin on his face, and I knew we were getting close.  The Fox!   The venue of some of the most legendary Dead shows!  And here we were, about to catch Phish the first time they would play this fabled room.  Caught up in the moment, I too consumed some of the same psychedelic Dr. Gonzo had done an hour before.  Sure, I was driving, but we had to be close, right?  Traffic was a little thick but it was Saturday afternoon after all—probably the good denizens of the fine city of Atlanta were just out enjoying the lovely spring weather.

45 minutes later we were precisely 2 blocks from where we had exited the freeway (and where I began my journey into mind expansion). To say that our mood had deteriorated is an understatement like saying Joe Theismann suffered a leg injury on a hit from Lawrence Taylor.  We were morose.  Traffic was gridlocked.  We had no “plan B.”

And, most disturbing of all, something very, very weird was happening.  The entire city of Atlanta seemed to be engaged in an impromptu street festival.  Cars were parked in the middle of the road, with beats a bumpin’.  Alcohol was freely flowing.  What the hell was this?  Atlanta’s late spring version of Mardis Gras?

“What the fuck is going on?” asked Dr. Gonzo?

“Fuck if I know” I growled, “If this is the way people from Atlanta party on the weekend, this blows!’

Just then, a young lady of dark complexion and voluptuous curvature jumped onto the hood of the car, aimed her booty squarely at the windshield, and started shaking and grinding.  Was this really fucking happening?  How much psychedelics did I eat anyhow?  WHAT THE FUCK WAS GOING ON!?

Under normal circumstances, Dr. Gonzo and I would undoubtedly have found this situation amusing, perhaps even downright titillating.  But not in our altered state.

“GET OFF!” I roared as I leaned on the horn.  That only seemed to egg on our volunteer go-go dancer.

“ARGH!” I screamed as I turned on the windshield wipers and sprayed the wiper fluid.  But even as the fluid soaked the young lady’s cutoff jean shorts, it was no deterrent.

“What do we do?” I asked in desperation to Dr. Gonzo.  But I knew immediately from his 1000 yard stare that he would not be imparting any wisdom at this particular moment.

Just then, out of my peripheral vision I caught sight of something so beautiful, so comforting, it nearly brought me to tears.  I was in rapture, as if a white-robed Jesus had appeared on a chariot drawn by two white stallions.

But it was the not the second coming of the lord I had witnessed.  No, it was a rusty blue Saab with an unmistakable green and white Vermont license plate and Phish stickers plastered on the bumper.  And it was driving in the wrong lane, bypassing the traffic.  

Dr Gonzo saw it too, and with a fierce, focused look he beamed me a message.  No words were spoken, but my instructions were clear: FOLLOW THAT CAR!

I put the car in drive and the motion caused our dancer to end her routine and jump off the hood.  I pulled into the left lane and followed that Saab like my life depended on it (which it very well may have).  About a half mile later, it pulled into a pay-lot near the theater and I gleefully followed.  

We had made it!  But there wasn’t a whole lot of time to spare.  We jumped out of the car and ran to the venue.  We hoped to sell the extra ticket we had, but time was scarce, so we miracled a fellow head which caused a cascading set of cheers to erupt as we made our way into the theater.

To be honest, I don’t actually remember many specifics from the show.  By the time we got in, Dr. Gonzo and I needed to release a lot of energy and re-key ourselves on a positive vibe.  I do remember the second set opener of Wilson and Antelope, and being in a state of total euphoria by that point.  I remember Merl Saunders.  And of course, I remember the powerful magic of just being in the Fox.

It’s funny—recollecting this story after so many years, I wonder if such a thing could even happen these days.  As it turns out, we had arrived in Atlanta during an annual event called the “Freaknik”, which was basically a spring-break celebration for many southern schools.  Nowadays, with smartphones and up-to-the-second information, we likely would have avoided the route we chose to take and let Google maps get us there a different way.  I have no problem with the forward progress of technology—indeed, I embrace it—but it seems like an element of spontaneity and surprise has been removed from our lives.

Or perhaps I feel that way because I’m 20 years older than I was on that warm spring day in April 1994, and my life is anything but spontaneous now.  But the author of this blog and Dr. Gonzo and I still go see shows together, so at least a little of the pulsating current of energy we rode back then still courses through us.  It probably always will.


Saturday, 04/23/1994

The Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA

Set 1: Funky Bitch, Rift, Fee, Peaches en Regalia, Poor Heart > Stash, Esther > Down with Disease > Caravan, High-Heel Sneakers

Set 2: Wilson > Run Like an Antelope, Mound > Sample in a Jar, Sparkle > Harry Hood, Ginseng Sullivan, You Enjoy Myself, Who By Fire, Golgi Apparatus

Encore: Free Bird

Notes: Trey sang the verses of Fee through a megaphone. Antelope included Simpsons and Oom Pa Pa signals. Caravan and the Phish debut of High-Heel Sneakers featured Merl Saunders on keyboards and YEM, which included a Rock ‘n Roll Hoochie Koo jam, featured Colonel Bruce Hampton on piano. The Phish debut of Who By Fire also featured Colonel Bruce Hampton on vocals. Ginseng Sullivan was performed acoustic, without microphones, and featured Fishman on washboard. Free Bird was played by request after Trey asked, a la Lynyrd Skynyrd, what song the crowd wanted to hear. Listen for a distinct Caravan tease in the beginning of Esther. The tramps jam in YEM featured a guest tramp jumper due to Trey’s broken foot.


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Friday, 04/22/1994 Township Auditorium, Columbia, SC

Friday, 04/22/1994

Township Auditorium, Columbia, SC

So, here’s a new experience. I’m actually really enjoying this show. I just don’t feel like writing about it all. It’s too early in the morning. But, this first set really suits my mood for some reason. I love it when nothing stands out but everything is near perfect. My kind of set. It even closed out with a great great Bowie.

Second set is more of the same: tight and energetic. The tenth Julius ever is hands-down the best one yet. The peak of the jam is just intense.

And this Tweezer is non-stop interesting with some sure-fire Type II stuff going on. Really worth a listen.

Finally, Page’s dad is there, so they showcase the Chairman of the Boards to close out the show. Page plays a beautiful extended outtro to Coil then welcomes his Pops to the stage to join him for the encore. A special treat, to be sure!

Mostly, I’m really excited about tomorrow’s blog post. It’ll be the first to feature a guest blogger!! Stay tuned. It’s a great story!

Thanks for reading.  


Friday, 04/22/1994

Township Auditorium, Columbia, SC

Set 1: Llama, Horn, Uncle Pen, Punch You In the Eye > Sample in a Jar > All Things Reconsidered, Nellie Kane > Divided Sky, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, David Bowie

Set 2: Suzy Greenberg, Julius, Reba, Tweezer > Lifeboy > Runaway Jim, Hold Your Head Up > I Wanna Be Like You > Hold Your Head Up, The Squirming Coil

Encore: Piano Duet -> Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home?

Notes: The encore featured Page’s father, Dr. Jack McConnell, on piano and lead vocals.

Setlist courtesy of


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Thursday, 04/21/1994 Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, NC

Thursday, 04/21/1994

Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, NC

Monday. Monday. I didn’t even get started listening to this show until late in the day. Too much going on with work. Oh well. At least I was ready for Chalkdust when I go to it. Lord knows I wouldn’t have been in the mood this morning.

This first set is strong. I love the Melt and the Lizards always brings a smile to my face. DwD has settled into the standard jam formula it will hold for most of the year, I’m afraid. The If I Could, though is beautiful, yet again!

Second set starts out so nice. I would have loved this one live! Everything is super-tight and high-energy… and it just builds and builds with no real break until the HUGE Mike’s crashes down into H2. Whew – I’m exhausted just listening! Then the ‘paug just brings it all home. Wow!

The rest of the set is, shall we say, gravy. I mean, listen to the Possum and just marvel at Machine Gun Trey… It’s the most fitting nickname ever given the man.

Then there’s the encore, which for the second night in a row features the opening band… this time playing one of their signature songs (and one of the few covers they played back then). But before Watchtower, we must suffer through “Drums.” Not that it’s a bad little drum jam, but I have always appreciated Phish’s avoidance of the typical drum solo segment each night. It’s one of the things I cannot stand about the second half of the Grateful Dead’s career… and don’t get me started on the myriad other bands who leave the stage to the drummer at some point every damn night.

Sorry for the rant. The Jam out of Drums is pretty cool, honestly, and Watchtower is freaking awesome. I don’t care what you think of DMB these days. Overexposure has killed many a great band. They were a force in their early years and Watchtower has always been a jewel in their crown… Add Phish to it and you’ve got a stellar version of a Dylan classic.

Thanks for reading.

Thursday, 04/21/1994

Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, NC

Set 1: Chalk Dust Torture, Sparkle > Foam, Glide, Split Open and Melt, The Lizards, Down with Disease > If I Could > Cavern

Set 2: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Maze, Fluffhead > Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Scent of a Mule, Big Ball Jam > Possum, Amazing Grace

Encore: Drums -> Jam -> All Along the Watchtower

Notes: Foam contained a brief Dixie tease from Trey and Possum contained an All Fall Down signal. Hydrogen contained the lyrics “I walk awakening on the misty fields of forever.” Amazing Grace was performed without microphones. The Drums Jam featured Carter Beauford of the Dave Matthews Band; the rest of the encore (including the Phish debut of Watchtower) featured the entire band. The guest trampoline jumper during Mike’s Song was then-nine year old fan Katherine Lang. The opening act was Dave Matthews Band.


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Wednesday, 04/20/1994 Virginia Horse Center, Lexington, VA

Wednesday, 04/20/1994
Virginia Horse Center, Lexington, VA

RunJim opener again? Of course! I must admit, I’ve been spending this weekend with some very good friends in town with their kids. So, this has been background music while I cook and eat breakfast for/with everybody at the house.
That said, a few things definitely caught my ear. If you’ve been reading these updates, you know I’m going to mention the Julius. Rockin’ version, for sure. Not too different from the previous Julius. Perhaps they have settled into a “way” to play it by this point in the tour.
Stash also stood out here. I have really loved every Stash I’ve heard so far in this project. Each is truly a little different from the last. I’ll say this right now – the Stash from “A Live One” is my favorite of all time. I’m starting to get really into hearing ALL the 1994 Stashes leading up to that gem. I imagine I may have a new favorite by the end of the year. 94 was the peak year for Stash, imo.
Second set has flown by… but something caught my ear here. Any musicians out there know what type of filter/pedal/effect or whatever Mike is using during this Hood? His sound is drastically different during Hood than it is the rest of the show. It’s a sound he uses heavily during the Bomb Factory Tweezer. I have noticed that same sound in the last year or two during certain jams, too. I love it. Would love to know what it is. Thanks!
Not going to go into the YEM in great detail other than to say it would have been fun as hell to see. DMB gets a bad wrap in the Phish world, but in 1994 they weren’t yet household names. They hadn’t broken on MTV. They were just a touring band making waves all around the Southeast. They were actually a really good fit for Phish back then. The collaborations are fun… there will be more as the year progresses. I may write a bit more about them later.
That’s it for today. I was a fun show to cook by.
Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, 04/20/1994
Virginia Horse Center, Lexington, VA
Set 1: Runaway Jim, It’s Ice > Julius, Bouncing Around the Room, Rift, Axilla (Part II) > Stash, Suzy Greenberg

Set 2: Poor Heart > Run Like an Antelope, Magilla, Paul and Silas > Sample in a Jar, Big Ball Jam > Harry Hood, Fee, You Enjoy Myself -> Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Encore: Highway to Hell

Notes: Trey sang some of the verses of Fee through a megaphone. Somewhere Over the Rainbow was played for the first time since August 17, 1992 (159 shows). YEM and Rainbow featured Dave Matthews, LeRoi Moore, Boyd Tinsley, Carter Beauford, and Steffan Lessard from Dave Matthews Band. YEM also featured Fishman on vacuum. Matthews was Trey’s substitute trampoline jumper during YEM. The opening act was Dave Matthews Band.
Setlist courtesy of

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Monday, 04/18/1994 Bob Carpenter Center, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Monday, 04/18/1994

Bob Carpenter Center, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

TGIF!! This is going to be a theme this year. When it’s my Friday I’ll be listening to a Monday night show. Can’t think of a better way to start off a Friday than Chalkdust Torture, actually. The weekend is so close I can taste the beer. Yet, I’ve got a full day of work to get through… Can’t this wait til I’m old?

This show is not one I’ve ever heard before. First set throws down another great Julius and a really intense Melt – and it’s not even 8am yet. I’m awake, damnit!! And then this AC/DC Bag just screams to an apex you just don’t get these days! Leave ‘em wanting more, indeed.

Second set starts strong with 2001, but the Sample and Sparkle feel like a first set. Let’s see where it goes from here! A great GIn. Another BBJ and a killer Ya Mar. I love the Calypso soloing from Trey on these ‘94 Ya Mars!  

And then they drop into Mike’s! A fun but short one that eases into TMWSIY in H2’s place. No complaints here. I wouldn’t have complained back then either… that is until the show ended with no ‘paug!! Kind of a bummer…

That said, I Wanna Be Like You never ever gets old. May be my favorite “Fish tune.”

Overall this show was fun. Had some highlights, but it felt like they may have been tired… I’m sure they were. This was the 6th show in 6 nights… and with a ton of driving in between. Still, fun show. Not bored with Phish yet!

Thanks for reading!

Monday, 04/18/1994

Bob Carpenter Center, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Set 1: Chalk Dust Torture, Glide > Poor Heart > Julius, My Friend, My Friend > Rift, Split Open and Melt, Dog Faced Boy, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > AC/DC Bag

Set 2: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Sample in a Jar, Sparkle > Bathtub Gin, Big Ball Jam > Ya Mar, Mike’s Song, The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu > The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Down with Disease > Hold Your Head Up > I Wanna Be Like You > Hold Your Head Up, Cavern

Encore: Good Times Bad Times

Notes: “Big Phil” was the guest trampoline jumper during Mike’s Song, as he took Trey’s place in the routine. Ya Mar was dedicated by Trey “with all my love, to Sue.”

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