Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
Soundcheck: Nellie Kane, Instrumental Jam > The Wedge, Funky Bitch
Set 2: 2001Also Sprach Zarathustra > SampleSample in a Jar, Poor Heart > Mike'sMike's Song -> Simple -> Mike'sMike's Song > HydrogenI Am Hydrogen > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove, Harpua -> Kung -> Harpua, Sparkle > BBJBig Ball Jam > Julius > Frankenstein
 O.J. reference.
Average Song Gap: 5.81
Notes: This is the infamous “O.J. Show,” played on the night of O.J. Simpson’s Bronco chase. 2001, Mike’s, Jim, Simple, and Poor Heart all included references to O.J. Mike’s Song also included a Mission: Impossible theme tease and Hydrogen included Simple quotes. Weekapaug contained a Nellie Kane tease from Mike. Harpua included a Simple quote and Voodoo Child tease.
Songs by Debut Year:
This show was part of the "1994 Summer Tour."
From the completely random OJ references (which nobody in the audience knew what was going on at the time), to the great set list and encore, to the condensation pouring down from the ceilings in the restroom during intermission. This was truly an awesome show.
I must have been taking care of one of them during the second set- I did not see the big ball jam.
Oh yeah- why are these guys talking about OJ?
And yet here I am, talking about a show that's probably more beloved than any of the Tweezerfests I mentioned, a show sporting one of the healthiest ratings on .net, and a show that people still talk about fondly to this day. When people talk about 1994 as one of Phish's great years, they are most assuredly including this show in that opinion. It's a classic show, it always has been, and it always will be.
The main reason for this? It's so damn *fun*. I mean, it's one thing to read the reviews about how upbeat and energetic this show is, but it's another thing to *hear* the show, the snarky OJ references already populating the 2001, the wild first draft of Simple that leaks into IAH, and the melodic firepower of both Mike's and Weekapaug (to say nothing of the Gamehendge-inflected Harpua), and be amazed at how much power the band put into their performances back then, before they properly harnessed it in 1995 and then dispersed it in new and exciting ways in 1997. There's still a lot of early 90s in this show (particularly Gamehendge), but with even more skill and ability than even a year ago, as the band were continuing to mature on stage. Once you get past the OJ stuff, that's what really remains - a band having as much fun as they ever had on stage, while showing just how far they'd come in such a short period of time. I'd say that makes this show worthy of its reputation.
Also, try not to laugh at "Run, OJ, run!"