, attached to 1994-10-20

Review by phishymike

phishymike This was my first Phish show (actually second, but the first was at at SunFest in West Palm Beach, FL and they only played one set). I'll admit, the setlist may not look stellar, but this show was extra special to me and my crew. The Mahaffey Theatre in St. Pete, FL, from what I recall, is a tiny, yet gorgeous venue. I recall it being decorated with lots of red and gold; it definitely didn't feel like a Phish show as we walked inside. The ushers were all elderly women who were very sweet to us and we returned the kindness. I believe they debuted "Golden Lady", by Stevie Wonder at this show due to the ushers and gold decorations of the theatre.

I felt like the band was extremely focused at this show. I recall watching from the first few rows and it was like they were so tuned in that it almost didn't matter that an audience was even listening. I don't mean this in a bad way at all. I just noticed a lot of non-verbal communication among the entire band throughout the show. The highlight of the first set for me was the Split>Kung>Split, Esther. The second set was superb due to the Maze, McGrupp, Rift, Hood. Although they were doing the Foreplay/Longtime thing a few times during this tour, it was a treat to see the boys play completely acoustic, without mics. Fishman was absolutely hysterical on the washboard.

Great venue, great group of phriends on an amazing night in St. Petersburg, Florida. Thank you PHISH!


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