Sunday, 07/10/1994 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

Sunday, 07/10/1994
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

I love SPAC… I will say it without shame. I love this place. I love that (lately) we get to join in with all our Phish friends and take over the place for a few nights. It’s really tough to beat.

That said, there is exactly one place on this earth where I’ve ever gotten into a legitimate shoving match… and it’s happened three times!! All three: SPAC! What it is about this place?

The first time I saw Phish at SPAC in 1995 I was shoved unceremoniously out of my seat by a meat-head. I don’t go around calling people meat-heads as a general rule, but how would you best describe a guy who obviously uses steroids and wears a wife-beater to show off his sweet Anheuser-Busch logo tattoo? Meat-head? That’s all I got.

Anyway, I was not at this show. It’s a keeper, though, eh? Chalkdust right off the bat features Trey just scorching his ‘doc with all he’s got. Horn>Peaches?? Hellsyeah! Then there’s the Stash. Just a few days after the master-class of Stash performances at Great Woods, we get this intense Set 1 version. Did I say hellsyeah already? This one is nothing like it’s predecessor, too. I mean, it has moments that are just like it, but the locked-in sections bare no resemblance at all. It’s a must hear!

Then skip ahead to this Bowie, which is almost Stash-like in intensity. I mean, it scorches from start to finish. Holy smokes!!! This whole Set 2 is great, really, but it’s the Bowie that I come back to. Of course, there’s the great Mike’s and the Dude of Life sit in. But the Bowie!

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, 07/10/1994
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

Set 1: Chalk Dust Torture, Horn > Peaches en Regalia > Rift, Stash, If I Could, My Friend, My Friend > Julius, Cavern

Set 2: Sample in a Jar, David Bowie, Glide, Ya Mar, Mike’s Song -> Low Rider -> Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Bouncing Around the Room, The Squirming Coil, Crimes of the Mind

Encore: Golgi Apparatus, Rocky Top

Notes: My Friend included a Purple Haze tease and Julius contained a Buried Alive tease from Trey. Crimes of the Mind featured the Dude of Life on vocals.
Setlist courtesy or phish.net.

Key tracks:
http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1994-07-10/stash
http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1994-07-10/david-bowie
http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1994-07-10/mike-s-song-low-rider-mike-s-song

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