The opening was in deference to Pink Floud who had played at Birmingham's Legion Field the night before. http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/pink-floyd/1994/legion-field-stadium-birmingham-al-33d764dd.html
My friends and I had 4th row, center. We saw Trey and Mike on the floor several rows back during intermission, sitting there anonymous like. We told them we dug their shit, jams, etc., and hoped for a good show from them the next night. Very casual....
5 Points was a TINY venue, and Phish was still not a huge draw back them in the Deep South. That place held maybe 750 peeps at the most...maybe. Fire code was prob more like 500..
Opening was delayed due to the trouble of getting a disco ball to hang and spin correctly, but then it quickly kicked in with the homage to Pink Floyd. From there, I was way too baked and 3 feet away from Trey and the dudes to know what happened next. Who cares at that point, right? Several doobies later, and Oteil (OMG!!) is on stage jamming. I'm there, against the stage, basically in a small bar, seeing the dudes kill it. No hassle, no pushing, no frenzy. Easy in, easy to the bathroom, easy back to center stage. Set list... Whatevs. The vibe and setting were awesome, with the added bonus of having seen the boys at the Pink Floyd show (I had better seats!!) the night before!!