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Link Sunday, 10/09/1994
A. J. Palumbo Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Soundcheck: Poor Heart, Jam, Reggae Jam

Set 1: Runaway Jim, Foam, FEFYFast Enough for You > CurtainThe Curtain > Dog Faced Boy > SOAMeltSplit Open and Melt, CoilThe Squirming Coil

Set 2: BowieDavid Bowie, Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room, SOAMuleScent of a Mule, YEMYou Enjoy Myself, Amazing Grace[1], Julius > Contact > Possum

Encore: Sleeping Monkey > Poor Heart

[1] Without microphones.

· Contact tease in Possum

Average Song Gap: 4.88

Performers: Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon

Notes: Amazing Grace was performed without microphones. Possum contained Contact teases. This version of Coil appears on A Live One.

Song Distribution:
5 Stash
4 Junta
3 Hoist
3 Lawn Boy
1 Rift
1 A Picture of Nectar
1 The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday
1 The White Tape

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1994 Fall Tour."

hitchhikingin94 , attached to 1994-10-09 Permalink
Then comes Phish tour. Most of my craziest experiences started hear! At the time, they were playing smaller venues. I actually got into my first show in Pittsburgh, PA. They were playing at recreational center at a local collage. There were two sides to the rec center; an auditorium and a sports center. We walked around the building until we herd the sound of a basketball in the gymnasium. I knocked on the door and to my surprise a girl opened the door. I explained to her that we were trying to get into the Phish show, and asked her to let us in. I was really surprised when she obliged! We eventually found the main entrance to the building. There was a pull down gate, like a fence, that seperated the two parts. After talking some people on the other side into lending me their stubs, I found some security people. I convinced them that we had gotten lost trying to find the restrooms, produced the ticket stubs, and got into the show!
Score: 2
gphishmon , attached to 1994-10-09 Permalink
This was my second show, and I didn't know most of the repertoire. All I knew was that my jaw was on the floor during one song in the first set, which turned out to be Split Open and Melt. Listening to it again, it still stands up as a particularly insane version. The rest of the show is pretty much standard stuff, which is why it's generally ignored. There are no Type II jams here, but it's all really well played, which has not been the case in recent years.

We've gotten used to slower tempos and a more mellow approach, forgetting how exciting even an ordinary show up through about 1996 could be due to Machine Gun Trey. We took his shredding abilities for granted back then. I can hardly stand to listen to SOAMelt from Phish 3.0, because all Trey does is hold mid-range notes with tremolo and bending while letting the others do most of the work (one recent example is 1/3/2015). I keep waiting for the peak that never happens. That's not to say a Phish show these days isn't a fun time, or that they don't do some trippy, heady stuff, or even that Trey never shreds anymore, but it isn't the almost nonstop aural assault that characterized a Phish show when they were reaching their peak in the early to mid 90's. An ordinary show like this one from back then carried far more energy than the best show nowadays.
Score: 2

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