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Link Wednesday, 06/22/1994
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Columbus, OH

Soundcheck: Jessica > Black or White, My Sweet One, The Wedge Jam, Funky Bitch

Set 1: Llama, GuelahGuelah Papyrus, Rift > Gumbo > Maze, If I Could > SOAMuleScent of a Mule, Stash, GolgiGolgi Apparatus

Set 2: 2001Also Sprach Zarathustra > Mike'sMike's Song > Simple -> Midnight Rider Jam -> Catapult[1] -> Simple -> Icculus, Simple -> Mike'sMike's Song > HydrogenI Am Hydrogen > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove[2] -> TMWSIYThe Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu > TMWSIYThe Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Digital Delay Loop Jam > Fluffhead, MSOMy Sweet One[3], BBJBig Ball Jam > JJLCJesus Just Left Chicago > SampleSample in a Jar

Encore: Carolina[4], Cavern

[1] Sung over the Midnight Rider jam.
[2] Unfinished.
[3] Acoustic; without microphones.
[4] Without microphones.

Teases:
· Voodoo Child (Slight Return) tease in Cavern

Noteworthy Jams: Stash, Mike's Song (highly recommended), Simple (highly recommended), Midnight Rider (highly recommended), Catapult (highly recommended), Simple (highly recommended), Icculus (highly recommended), Simple (highly recommended), Mike's Song (highly recommended), I Am Hydrogen (highly recommended), Weekapaug Groove (highly recommended), Jesus Just Left Chicago

Average Song Gap: 10.83

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

Notes: My Sweet One was performed acoustic and, along with Carolina, without microphones. Catapult was sung over the Midnight Rider jam. Icculus was played for the first time since March 25, 1993 (128 shows). Weekapaug was unfinished. Cavern contained a Voodoo Child (Slight Return) tease. This show was officially released as Live Phish 10. The soundcheck's The Wedge Jam was released as an iTunes bonus track called "Columbus Soundcheck Jam."

Links:
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Song Distribution:
6 Stash
5 A Picture of Nectar
3 Hoist
3 Junta
2 Rift
1 Lawn Boy
1 The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday

Songs by Debut Year:

Sixtwentytwo94 , attached to 1994-06-22 Permalink
So, that was my first show. I was in graduate school at Ohio State the time, and a couple of office mates and I had just discovered Phish. One of those office mates was Randall, who was 6'10". He played college basketball as an undergrad, and while in graduate school he'd typically wear basketball jerseys over t-shirts. He was skinny, with a short neck and a long face. Almost all of his extra height was in his legs -- he had a 46" inseam. He was overly smart, and he always had a stoic bored look on his face that took a while to get used to. His nickname was Lurch, like the butler in the adams family. He did very much look like this:

http://www.addamsfamily.com/addams/lurch4.jpg

On 6/22/94, Randall, another office mate, and I were in the 7th row right in the center of Veterans Auditorium, and of course Randall stood out since he was so much taller than everyone. That night the Knicks were playing the Rockets in game 7 of the NBA finals and so Randall had a Rockets Jersey on (he wasn't a Rockets fan per se, but he I think he had at least one of every NBA jersey). With everyone standing up for the show, there was the normal sea of heads, and he looked like he was standing in chest high water. Because of his proportions, he looked like some guy standing on a box in the middle of the crowd.

During the first set, Trey couldn't help but keep looking at him. And of course, typical Randall just stood there with his normal bored looking face, and every once and while he'd write something down on a small hand size notebook he had with him. Between songs Trey would push his glasses up and look at Randall with an inquisitive look on his face.

Then when the second set started, of course Trey came out and announced the game 7, score, "First Quarter, Houston by 5". He was clearly acknowledging Randall who looked down at me with a quick stoic glance and smirk.

We all know what happened next. The Mikes Song was ridiculous. Kuroda turned on the dry ice and strobe lights for entire song up through the end of Simple into Icculus. The air pressure in the theater was such that the dry ice stayed perfectly on the stage and covered it so completely that the theater stage looked like it had a movie screen between the crowd and the band and there was nothing but that strobe going off.

By time the band got to the end of Simple the dry ice was dissipating. When Icculus started Kuroda put a yellow light on Trey and he was all you could see. The rest of the band was still hidden from view by the dry ice fog. I think he moved his mic stand out towards the front of the stage as well.

Clearly, Trey was obsessed with Randall. Early on during the transistion from Simple into Iccullus, you can hear Trey saying "Cym-bop and beeb-a-phone, skyballs and scratch paper." Referring to Randall writing stuff down during the set.

And then he looked right at Randall, and was talking to him saying, "You might be standing up on top of your skyscraper..."

"you can be Akeem, Shalim, any of those people..." He was referencing Akeem Olajuwan from the Houston Rockets, and was pointing directly at Randall.

By the time Trey said, "You might think your life is okay, but you're wrong, you're all wrong...", Trey finally had Randall laughing.

What a night!

Randall and I become huge fans and attended the first 6 Phish festivals together.
Score: 68
WayIFeel , attached to 1994-06-22 Permalink
WayIFeel Still think it's the best Icculus of all time.
Score: 14
ColForbin Phish.net Staff , attached to 1994-06-22 Permalink
ColForbin Since there are no reviews of this amazing show, I thought I would add my $.02. Just an amazing, blistering tight almost non-stop second set. The Mike's Groove is maybe one of the most creative ever, fun Simple, Catapult(!?!), Icculus with Simple references and tons of great screaming from Trey, awesome Weekapaug.

As it says in the show note, this show was released as Live Phish 10. I'm not sure if the CDs are still in print, but you can get FLACs or mp3s from livephish.com - and I highly recommend that you do, the SBDs sound spectacular!
Score: 8
n00b100 , attached to 1994-06-22 Permalink
n00b100 I finally gave this show a listen thanks to @Sixtwentytwo94 's fantastic and hilarious story about that night. I have to say - I've now heard plenty of shows that have peaked with a majestic jam, but this has to be the first show I've ever heard that peaked with Trey and the rest of the band screaming at the audience like deranged homeless people. What a great Mike's Groove, and a great second set.
Score: 5
aybesea , attached to 1994-06-22 Permalink
Overall, a really strong show. But the Cavern is outstanding!!!
Score: 3
Raible , attached to 1994-06-22 Permalink
Raible You'd better read the book. You. YOU! Had better read the book!

Best. Icculus. Ever.
Score: 3
lpenoza , attached to 1994-06-22 Permalink
lpenoza This is one of the Top Twenty Essential fuck me silly PHiSH shows - but this isn't a review. I just have to write this somewhere: One of my best musical soul brothers, a kickass drummer we call Skin Richards, a bandmate of mine past present & future, told me (when I asked him years ago if he ever saw PHiSH play live) "Yeah, I saw 'em a couple of times when I still lived in Ohio - the first time was in Columbus back in '94" .....
Score: 2
chummer , attached to 1994-06-22 Permalink
Do I really need to review this show? Probably not. Many others have expressed what were surely a few of the high points. But I feel compelled. Its personal to be sure. I need to get it off my chest.

When I first heard this show I was just starting to get interested in the band and they were past their 90's prime. It was likely in 99' or so. I didn't know much about the band or the music. I don't even know why I bought this show. Maybe the reviews were good. But what I can remember clearly is what the effect of listening to the 2nd set had on me.
Sheer amazement. Tinges of awe.

I mean when they start Mike's they don't really stop but for a brief halt out of Icculus. And they keep on plowing ahead and didn't settle down until My sweet one 8 or so songs later. ???!!!

Funk, rock freak outs, maddness, silliness, melancholy, and epic grandeur. I had never heard a band do anything like this before. I always wonder about what kind of state the band was in the night of the show and the day of. What happened that brought this set to life?

So many shows get thrown around for "best" show ever. Fall 97's. 12/31/95 or 93. Y2k. But this one is up there for me. I still wonder how they did it. Magic.
Score: 2
kipmat , attached to 1994-06-22 Permalink
kipmat Another no-brainer 5-star Phish show from 1994. This show has a few things in common with 5/7/94: well played first sets with Llama openers (Trey is messing with loops and effects here, foreshadowing 7/8/94), second set segue-fests, and Sample in a Jar closers with Trey's guitar sounding out of tune :) . The vibe in the second set is also on the crazy-wacky side. With Trey's comments related to the Knicks-Rockets NBA Finals game, I wonder if the band thought they could give the Knicks a needed boost of energy with their playing. Even if that isn't true, this show is still a-maz-ing.
Score: 1
The_Mollusk , attached to 1994-06-22 Permalink
The_Mollusk One of the best of '94. They dug deep and brought the fire. The second set is hands down one of the best theyve ever played.
Score: 1
HHCCCCAA , attached to 1994-06-22 Permalink
Having the official LivePhish release is a privilege for a show like this. I heard this one early on when I started getting into the band's live act (even though I was unable to see them until years later). This "Mike's Song" has always been one of my default versions to listen to, the first one I mean; and the sandwich that "Mike's" creates in this instance is awesome. Icculus is always a top hope to hear and this one sort of creeps up on ya out of simple. Trey's emphatic profanity is pretty comical here too. I've yet to review a show negatively, not sure if I ever will but my point is that you're more likely to review one that you like and recommend people download ... Hence this show: download and enjoy.
Score: 1

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