Friday, 07/01/1994 The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Friday, 07/01/1994

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA

The Mann is a funky place. I saw two shows there – both in the summer of 95. I’m actually really happy to know Phish is playing there this summer instead of Camden. I’m not going to the shows, but I’m happy to know they’re happening.

Believe it or not, this show is new to me. I attended the next night in New Jersey which overshadowed this one, I guess. It starts out like many before it. Nothing to write home about other than it’s still refreshing to see NICU at home in these summer shows.

The first big highlight is the Stash. This one gets dark and crazy, but it’s nowhere near as tight as the Great Woods Stash we’re headed towards. The last little bit of the jam is really, cool, though. Just when they get locked into a groove it quiets down uncharacteristically and Fish plays around on the wood blocks until Trey really quietly brings the thing to a close. And out of that silence we hear the opening notes of Mango. Very cool, indeed.

Set 2 starts with a fierce but fairly uneventful Bowie. If I could is beautiful as usual… then Fluffhead anchors the whole thing. It’s not a bad set. Very listenable. Everything is played well and I truly love the setlist, but nothing really stands out here except maybe the Hood. Just a solid Set 2 from a band firing on all cylinders.

No complaints! It’s the opening day of Summer Tour 2014!! Have fun out there, folks. I’ll see y’all at SPAC in just a coupla days!

Thanks for reading.

Friday, 07/01/1994

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Soundcheck: Dog Log, Funky Bitch, Jam, The Old Home Place

Set 1: Runaway Jim, Foam, Sample in a Jar, NICU > Stash, The Mango Song > It’s Ice > Tela > Julius, Suzy Greenberg

Set 2: David Bowie, If I Could > Fluffhead > Down with Disease > The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu > The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Possum > Hold Your Head Up > Terrapin > Hold Your Head Up, Harry Hood, Cavern

Encore: Rocky Top

Notes: Possum included teases of Voodoo Child (Slight Return).

Setlist courtesy of Phish.net.

 

Key tracks:

http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1994-07-01/stash

http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1994-07-01/tela

http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1994-07-01/harry-hood

 

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