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Link Tuesday, 05/17/1994
The Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara, CA

Soundcheck: Jam, My Mind’s Got a Mind of its Own

Set 1: SuzySuzy Greenberg > Maze, Mound, If I Could -> SOAMuleScent of a Mule, GinsengGinseng Sullivan[1], Dog Faced Boy[2], SOAMeltSplit Open and Melt, CoilThe Squirming Coil

Set 2: Runaway Jim, Glide > Tweezer -> Earache My Eye[3] -> Tweezer > Lifeboy, Uncle Pen, BBJBig Ball Jam > SampleSample in a Jar, HYHUHold Your Head Up > Love You > HYHUHold Your Head Up, SlaveSlave to the Traffic Light

Encore: Highway to Hell

[1] Acoustic and without microphones. Fish on washboard.
[2] Acoustic and without microphones.
[3] Phish debut.

Teases:
· Happy Birthday to You and Call to the Post teases in Maze

Average Song Gap: 4.95

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

Notes: Maze included Call to the Post and Happy Birthday teases. Ginseng Sullivan and Dog Faced Boy were performed acoustic without microphones. Ginseng also featured Fish on washboard. Page’s piano solo in The Squirming Coil was cut short when Trey brought out a birthday cake for Page and attempted to lead the audience in a round of Happy Birthday. Tweezer included the Phish debut of Earache My Eye.

Song Distribution:
5 Stash
5 Hoist
2 Rift
2 A Picture of Nectar
2 Lawn Boy
1 The White Tape

Songs by Debut Year:

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

Mikesgroover , attached to 1994-05-17 Permalink
Mikesgroover Proof that even in a peak year, the band had some forgettable nights. This was one of them. Other than the only appearance of Earache My Eye, there’s virtually nothing distinctive about this show. Both sets clock in at barely an hour, an indicator that the band was either tired, not really feeling it, or both. This is a little surprising, seeing as it’s Page’s birthday.

Page drives the band during the first half of a typically strong Maze. Trey takes over in the frenzied second half, smoothly inserting a Happy Birthday tease before an exuberant climax. If I Could is always welcome and a strong effort. An a-cappella break in the middle of the first set seems to mute the energy. The Melt jam never departs from the theme, and the Coil outro is abbreviated when Trey brings out a birthday cake for Page about a minute into the piano solo.

A weirdly dissonant Glide follows the straightforward Jim that opens the second set. The Tweezer is barely memorable, even with Fishman singing a barely intelligible version of “Earache My Eye” stuck in the middle of it.

Before Love You, Fishman mentions that he broke his bass drum pedal during the Sample and that his vacuum cleaner is “on it’s last legs”.
About 2 minutes into Slave, Trey totally botches the changes, though they recover reasonably well.

Move along, there's nothing worth seeking out here.
Score: 1

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