, attached to 1994-07-03

Review by theghost

theghost It's funny that several others have mentioned the weather, because that's etched in my mind too. This was a beautiful scene all around. The Dead were on the west coast, Phish was still more an insider band, and there were no knuckleheads in sight. No bad drugs. No dope sick runaway kids. No wookie hustles. Nobody showing up just to get wasted with a crowd. Just a group of thrilled Northeastern fans with perfect weather, gentle security, and a minor league baseball park with lots of breathing room for everybody.

The first half of the first set was mostly just light hearted fun with a rocking crowd. By the time we got to the Somewhere Over the Rainbow part, Trey started gazing up over the crowd with a dreamy look on his face. Soon, I noticed people starting to turn around and we realized Trey was watching the sun slowly dip below the top of the bleachers. The second the sun finally disappeared, he put his head back down and got to business....ok, the sun's down....now we're ready to go. The Reba is great as others have mentioned. I don't remember the Bowie knocking my socks off but I haven't listened to it in a long time.

The band came out for the second set with Page carrying a life-size cut-out of the Simpson family. He plopped it down in front of his piano, where it remained for the rest of the show. The Melt was deep, dark, and awesome. We'd noticed a Phish logo set piece off beside the stage so we suspected some fireworks, but when they came during the Antelope it was a very pleasant surprise. They lit off MANY all at once and the sky just exploded all of a sudden. The Antelope and the Suzy that followed were just a blast of energy and a thrilling way to close the set.

The Reba, Split, and Antelope/Suzy are top notch and should definitely be heard. The rest of the show was kind of lightweight but this remains among my favorite shows I've attended.


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