Thursday, 04/14/1994 Beacon Theatre, New York, NY

Thursday, 04/14/1994

Beacon Theatre, New York, NY

OHIM – That’s the opposite of TGIF. It’s Monday morning and I’ve got calls galore scheduled. Managed to squeeze in the classic RunJim Foam opening segment before my first call at 9am… not a bad way to dive into the day. Machine Gun Trey is ferocious on this Jim.

The rest of this show will have to wait until after lunch.

Ahhh.. the 5th DwD ever. I really didn’t like this song back then. Now I hear this intense building jam. It’s short but so high energy. How could I not like it?

Demand followed by SOAMelt… a not-so-obvious nod to the album? Perhaps born out of the same humor that lead to the GameHoist show?

You know what Phish has always done well? They’ve always understood exactly the time for a breather after something really intense. This Antelope followed by Horse-Silent is a prime example. Perfect, really. The Antelope is insane… as I’m finding all of them are at this point.

I wonder if there was ever a time I knew the tramps routine well enough to have joined Mike in Trey’s place during YEM. Probably not. I’ve never really tried to learn it, though. You have to love gags like this, though. Comedy has always been part of the deal!

The good thing about sitting at my desk and listening to these shows is that I have a huge old-school volume knob within reach so I can crank it way up in a flash to hear the non-mic’d acoustic stuff… and just as quickly turn it way down when the crowd starts cheering. On this recording, that worked really well. The crowd was actually nearly silent for long stretches of both Nellie Kane and the debut of Dog Faced Boy. Much better about this than the night before, imo. Pretty cool!!

Solid Slave to bring it home. And the Rocky Top encore tells me they were short on time by that point.

What a great show. I would have walked out of there going… “and we have one more night of this?!?!” to my buddies. Hell yeah!

Thanks for reading.

Thursday, 04/14/1994

Beacon Theatre, New York, NY

Set 1: Runaway Jim, Foam, Sparkle > Down with Disease, Glide > Rift > Demand, Split Open and Melt, The Squirming Coil

Set 2: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Run Like an Antelope, The Horse > Silent in the Morning > Scent of a Mule, You Enjoy Myself, Nellie Kane, Dog Faced Boy, Slave to the Traffic Light

Encore: Rocky Top

Notes: Antelope contained a Random Note signal. YEM featured a guest trampoline jumper pulled from the audience taking Trey’s place in the tramps routine. Nellie Kane and Dog Faced Boy, which made its debut, were performed acoustic and without microphones.

 

Setlist courtesy of phish.net.

 

Key tracks:

http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1994-04-14/down-with-disease

http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1994-04-14/split-open-and-melt

http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1994-04-14/run-like-an-antelope

http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1994-04-14/slave-to-the-traffic-light

 

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