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Link Wednesday, 04/20/1994
Virginia Horse Center, Lexington, VA

Set 1: Runaway Jim, It's Ice > Julius, Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room, Rift, Axilla (Part II) > Stash, SuzySuzy Greenberg

Set 2: Poor Heart > AntelopeRun Like an Antelope, Magilla, Paul and Silas > SampleSample in a Jar, BBJBig Ball Jam > HoodHarry Hood, Fee[1], YEMYou Enjoy Myself[2] -> Somewhere Over the Rainbow[3]

Encore: Highway to Hell

[1] Trey sang some verses through megaphone.
[2] Dave Matthews, LeRoi Moore, Boyd Tinsley, Carter Beauford, and Stefan Lessard. Fish on vacuum.
[3] Dave Matthews, LeRoi Moore, Boyd Tinsley, Carter Beauford, and Stefan Lessard.

· Rhythm-A-Ning and The Tra La La Song (One Banana, Two Banana) teases in Magilla
· Sunshine of Your Love tease in Suzy Greenberg

Noteworthy Jams: Stash, Run Like an Antelope

Average Song Gap: 11.26

Performers: Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon, Boyd Tinsley (Guest), Stefan Lessard (Guest), LeRoi Moore (Guest), Dave Matthews (Guest), Carter Beauford (Guest)

Notes: Suzy contained Sunshine of Your Love teases by Page and Trey. Trey also teased Rhythm-A-Ning and The Tra La La Song (One Banana, Two Banana) in Magilla and sang some of the verses of Fee through a megaphone. Somewhere Over the Rainbow was played for the first time since August 17, 1992 (159 shows). YEM and Rainbow featured Dave Matthews, LeRoi Moore, Boyd Tinsley, Carter Beauford, and Stefan Lessard from Dave Matthews Band. YEM also featured Fish on vacuum. Matthews was Trey’s substitute trampoline jumper during YEM. The opening act was Dave Matthews Band.

Song Distribution:
4 Stash
3 Hoist
3 A Picture of Nectar
2 Rift
2 Lawn Boy
2 Junta
2 The White Tape

Songs by Debut Year:

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

, attached to 1994-04-20 Permalink
(Published in the second edition of The Phish Companion...)

I drove with, Richard, my roommate at Virginia Tech, straight up 81 from Blacksburg to the beautiful setting of the Virginia Horse Center. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this was a breathtaking place for a show. Rolling green hills in spring, and the prospect of the local favorites Dave Matthews Band opening sounded like a great treat. This was my first experience with a real lot before a Phish show, and I was really disappointed to see the Nitrous Mafia hard at work. I distinctly remember two huge lines, and lots of kids stumbling around clutching one and two balloons. Really disappointing. I had a lot of fun though. I ran into my younger sister, and several friends from high school before the show. My friend Peyton even had a little of the luck of the day, thanks to groundscore.
The actual venue is what it says it is, a horse center: dirt floors, a small raised stage, and limited seating. We made our way into the venue for the DMB, and they played really well. Because the floor was made of dirt, and primarily used for horses, a fine cloud of dust soon hung over the stage and crowd. The dust cloud was there for the whole show, which was too bad. But the crowd was really hungering for Phish, and the place erupted when they came on stage.
The first set was good, with some strong numbers. “Runaway Jim” and “It’s Ice” for openers. A strong “Stash” led right into “Suzy” before the break, and I was having a good show. The place never filled up, so there was a lot of room to dance. The second set was a lot of fun: “Poor Heart” opened things up, with a solid “Antelope” following. The smooth jazz of “Magilla” led into the bluegrass-streaked “Paul and Silas.’ I have always loved how quickly Phish has been able to switch from genre to genre. After “Sample,” I saw my first “Big Ball Jam,” which was immensely fun.
I am always up for “Hood,” and this was a typically good '94 “Hood.” Nothing crazy, but still very well played. “Fee” provided a bit of a breather, and Richard couldn’t believe Trey was singing through a bull horn. Now we get to the real treat of the show, the set closing “YEM" > "Somewhere over the Rainbow” jam. “YEM” opened up very quickly and developed into something fairly spectacular. This was the tour in which Trey sprained his ankle, and I was wondering what would happen during the section where he and Mike bounce on the tramps. The stagehand came out with two tramps, and Mike hopped on. Trey hobbled over to the trampoline, but then Dave Matthews came on stage with his guitar and proceeded to get on the tramp. Dave looked really nervous, but he and Mike bounced in time for a solid minute. By the time they dismounted, the rest of the Dave Matthew’s Band had come on stage. Everyone was on stage, loosely holding the jam together, but having a lot of fun.
I can’t remember if it was Trey or someone else, but somehow “Somewhere over the Rainbow” emerged. Fishman left Carter on the drums, and he took his vacuum to center stage. Fishman and LeRoi had a beautiful “horn” solo on the Rainbow theme. Just about when the jam was going to fall completely apart, they somehow pulled together a finish, and left the stage. A really rocking “Highway to Hell” as the encore put the lid on another great Phish show.
Score: 5
CaptChaos , attached to 1994-04-20 Permalink
Gorgeous setting, gorgeous day. I picked up a ticket for this show for $16.50 at a record store outside of Richmond. Ah...the good ol' days.
Score: 3
skydiver , attached to 1994-04-20 Permalink
This was my 1st show and 1st Phish taping experience. All the tapers seemed very friendly. The thing about this tapers section was that it was only marked off by a piece of yellow tape. So I had to stand in front of our equipment (I had been taping the Dead for years) 'guarding' it from people stumbling through. Which did happen, fortunately I caught a girl trying to get through by lifting her up and carrying her around the section. One of the reasons i write about this show is that when Phish took the stage Trey started yelling "Tequila". He was a bit away from the mics but clearly audible as well on the DAT. Throughout the 1st set they slipped in and out of 'Tequila' jams and I've not seen that listed on any lists/reviews. The 1st verse of Fee was sung w/o the megaphone then the rest were sung with it. Trey sang one of the verses out of order but they just went around and he laughingly sang it right. The dirt floor in my opinion helped the sound that was echoing off the metal bleachers be absorbed making for an excellent recording. The fine dust in the air also helped the light show. Like lasers through the haze. This being my 1st show I was not familiar with the songs but I came away with 'Run' being my highlight. But by now I am a hooked fan and am familiar with songs to a fault according to my wife!
Score: 0
skydiver , attached to 1994-04-20 Permalink
correction on my 4-20-94 show review, Trey did not yell out "Tequela" as I originally stated, he was yelling it onstage at the beginning of the 4-24-94 Charlotte, NC show. my apologies
Score: 0

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