The Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX
Soundcheck: Jazz Jam, Dog Log (slow reggae version), Blues Jam
Set 2: Loving Cup > Sparkle > Tweezer -> Sparks -> MakisupaMakisupa Policeman -> Digital Delay Loop Jam -> Sweet Emotion Jam -> Walk Away -> Cannonball Jam -> Purple Rain > HYHU JamHold Your Head Up Jam -> TweepriseTweezer Reprise
 Ended with a brief, atypical jam.
 The jam after Walk Away included a Page solo and a Simpsons signal.
 Without microphones.
Average Song Gap: 14.82
Notes: Horn ended with a brief, atypical jam. The jam out of Walk Away included a Page solo, teases of It’s Ice and McGrupp, and a Simpsons signal. The Sweet Emotion and HYHU Jams both contained Tweezer teases. Amazing Grace was performed without microphones. This show was officially released as Live Phish 18.
Songs by Debut Year:
I studied music at the University of North Texas from 1993-96, and I knew a couple guitarists who were planning on going to this show (The previous week was finals week). I didn't hear about the legend of this show until I came back and talked to the two guitarists, who now had Hoist and Rift on cd and Phish stickers on their guitar cases. It sounded cool, but I was skeptical. A couple months into that semester, I heard Junta and fell in love.
As with many fans, the second set of this show was one of the first sets I heard on cassette. This noob loved all the covers of classic rock songs that I was familiar with, and I still appreciate the band's approach to covering other artists. Listening to it today, I can hear the band's confidence in their musicianship taking a step forward from 12/31/93 and 8/13/93. This show makes a great LivePhish release, and even if the band never plays another note, I'll always have 5/7/94 to lift me back to the heavens.
- This show shines through and through! To kick things off, the band opens with a very solid first set, including gorgeous renditions of Divided Sky & If I Could, down right nasty bass from Mike in Split Open And Melt, a tasty Mound, and the fan favorite Suzy Greenberg to finish things off.
Its the second set that makes this show an absolute MUST HAVE for the Phish fan who loves them for their ability to play with reckless abandon for 70 + minutes.
The Tweezerfest opens with a 25+ minute Tweezer with a heavy hard rock jam in the middle with mind-bending improv from Mike and Page that will send waves of pleasure up your spine! The "Fest" includes a nice "Sparks" (the Who tune), a chill "Makisupa Policeman", some "Sweet Emotions" jamming (Aerosmith), an entire "Walk Away" (Joe Walsh cover - included a Simplson's Signal 10 min into the tune), then "Cannonball," which closes out with a quality rendition of "Purple Rain."
The "Hold Your Head Up Jam" -> "Tweezer Reprise" will absolutely dazzle you and certainly left the entire Main Street District in Dallas begging for MORE.
The "Amazing Grace" --> "Sample" is a beautify to finish off a very special show.
Phish's unique ability to put together a seamless second second set is showcased in this MUSICAL ADVENTURE!
And it's mostly for good. The closing HYHU>Tweezer Reprise is a truly amazing jam, the DDLJ ->Sweet Emotion ->Walk Away stretch is inspired, and Purple Rain is a real hoot, Fishman vacuum solo and all (why don't they pull that one out anymore?). This show, for me at least, stands as one of the linchpins for what it is that makes me so happy to be a Phish fan.
I got these tapes about a year after the show, and they got almost as much play as my 12/31/93 tapes. This was actually the first time I heard Phish (or anyone) play Loving Cup. Looking back it's strange seeing it open a set.
Anywho, real tits shows. Top notch.