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Link Sunday, 04/24/1994
Grady Cole Center, Charlotte, NC

Soundcheck: My Mind's Got a Mind of its Own, Funky Bitch (possibly incomplete)

Set 1: My FriendMy Friend, My Friend, Ya Mar, Axilla (Part II) > Maze, GinBathtub Gin -> Jump Monk -> GinBathtub Gin > Dog Faced Boy, Paul and Silas > It's Ice > SlaveSlave to the Traffic Light

Set 2: Demand > BowieDavid Bowie, MangoThe Mango Song > Julius, Forbin'sColonel Forbin's Ascent > MockingbirdFly Famous Mockingbird, CDTChalk Dust Torture, Contact, GTBTGood Times Bad Times

Encore: Sweet Adeline

· Tequila and Dave's Energy Guide teases in David Bowie
· Also Sprach Zarathustra tease in Fly Famous Mockingbird
· Blue Bayou tease in Contact

Noteworthy Jams: Bathtub Gin, Jump Monk, Bathtub Gin, Slave to the Traffic Light, David Bowie (highly recommended)

Average Song Gap: 41.1

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

Notes: Jump Monk was played for the first time since March 12, 1988 (727 shows). Tequila was teased before Demand and also during Bowie. Bowie also included Dave's Energy Guide teases. The Mockingbird narration contained Also Sprach Zarathustra teases from Page. Contact included a Blue Bayou tease from Page.

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

Songs by Debut Year:

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

mangojoe , attached to 1994-04-24 Permalink
This was my 29th birthday show and a real whopper. I caught the Fox show the night before then drove to Charlotte. We got there early and were able to hang out by the door and hear the soundcheck. We heard them soundcheck the Jump monk, they also checked Purple Haze and, i think, Foxy Lady by Hendrix.
Got inside the show and got right up front. Before the show I saw Mike walking around and told him it was my birthday. He wished me Happy Birthday and signed my ticket for me. I asked as a special request if the band could do Mango Song, they had not played it for quite a while, almost a year I think. He said they hadn't practiced it so probably not. So I said, "well, how about Tela then?" He said he would talk to Trey.
The band came out and laid that monster first set on us. When they came out for the 2nd set my friends and I all screamed in unison "Tela!" as loud as we could. Trey looked down at us and said "Tequila?", then proceeded to play the theme from the song. They opened with Demand, then Bowie, and during the Bowie kept returning to the Tequila theme, even yelling "Tequila" at a few points. Then, out of the Bowie, you guessed it, Mango Song! Trey was smiling that goofy grin of his and the whole band was looking down at us and beaming. They killed it as well as the rest of the show. Check out the solo on Chalkdust, just sheets of screaming feedback.
I really love these guys, I'm so glad they're back and playing well again. Rock on Phish!!!
Oh by the way, the next show they played Tela. But unfortunately I wasn't there and would have to wait til 10/23/94 Gainesville for it, again as a request.
Score: 5
westbrook , attached to 1994-04-24 Permalink
westbrook Prett-ay prett-ay good show with some great jams and good flow. My Friend My Friend, Ya Mar is an ideal show opening pair in my opinion, so no complaints there. Axilla (II)>Maze ratchets up the intensity from there. The following Gin is one of the very few improvisational versions of the song up to this point in time and is certainly worth hearing. DFB and Paul and Silas are perfectly fine in their role of 'breather songs' before the set-ending action of It's Ice and Slave. This Slave is excellent.

Set 1 highlights - Gin, Slave

Set 2 opens with the all-too rare Demand, serving as the appetizer to the main course of the evening, David Bowie. This 20+ minute version is a great example of the tense and thrilling nature of 1994 jamming. Be sure to give this one a listen. There isn't too much jamming left in the set after the monster Bowie (no complaints), but the Forbin's (w/narration)>Mockingbird is a good listen too.

Set 2 highlights - Demand>BOWIE, Forbin's>Mockingbird.

4 Stars
Score: 1

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