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Link Sunday, 07/03/1994
The Ballpark, Old Orchard Beach, ME

Soundcheck: Communication Breakdown, Funky Bitch

Set 1: My FriendMy Friend, My Friend, Poor Heart, DwDDown with Disease > Fee[1] > NICU > Horn, Old Home PlaceThe Old Home Place, Reba -> Somewhere Over the Rainbow -> Reba, Axilla (Part II) > BowieDavid Bowie

Set 2: SOAMeltSplit Open and Melt, LizardsThe Lizards, Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room, It's Ice > HorseThe Horse > SilentSilent in the Morning > Julius, CoilThe Squirming Coil, AntelopeRun Like an Antelope > SuzySuzy Greenberg

Encore: Fire

[1] Trey sang verses through megaphone.

Teases:
· Somewhere Over the Rainbow tease in David Bowie
· Third Stone From the Sun tease in Split Open and Melt

Noteworthy Jams: Reba, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Reba, David Bowie, Split Open and Melt (highly recommended), Run Like an Antelope

Average Song Gap: 6.26

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

Notes: Trey sang the verses of Fee through a megaphone. Bowie contained a Somewhere Over the Rainbow tease from Trey. SOAM was preceded by a Simpsons signal and subsequently contained a Third Stone From the Sun tease. The jams in Antelope and Suzy were accompanied by a fireworks display.

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

Songs by Debut Year:

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

, attached to 1994-07-03 Permalink
(Published in the second edition of The Phish Companion...)

It was an unusually sunny summer day on the coast of Maine. My significant other and I spent the afternoon in downtown Old Orchard Beach, eating ice cream and lobster rolls and walking along the beach. I actually had a sunburn already when we headed back to The Ballpark for the show.
The Ballpark is a small stadium, built for a minor league baseball team in the ‘80s. It wasn't anywhere near full for the show — my s.o. and I had huge amounts of dancing space where we were planted in front of the tapers’ section, and there was almost nobody in the stands. This was the last truly mellow, uncrowded Phish show I had the pleasure of experiencing.
The beginning of the first set was filled with fairly short songs. It was fun, though — especially hearing “NICU”, which had been a rarity before the Summer '94 tour, and which I had never heard on tape. The high point of the first set, though, was “Reba”. It wasn't the sort of “Reba” that you search for on tape, like the “Reba” on Halloween later in 1994, but there was a certain magic being there. The sun was setting, and tiny clouds in the west (away from the stage) were turning various shades of pink. Trey began staring off into the clouds, and then, quietly, playing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. I think the entire crowd looked back to see what he was staring at.
The second set featured more composed stuff (“Lizards”, “Bouncing”, “It's Ice”, “Silent in the Morning”, “Julius”) between the “Split Open and Melt” opener and the “Squirming Coil”. It didn't matter to me at the time, though — this was my sixth show, and I was just starting to build a tape collection. It was such a thrill to hear “Lizards” live after listening to it on tape on the drive to Maine!
The high point in the show, though, was “Antelope”. Imagine “Antelope” has just begun. The crowd goes wild. They improvise around a little on the quiet part, then move on to the louder jam, and then suddenly the sky erupts in an umbrella of pink fire droplets. Big "Ooooos" from the crowd. A great fireworks display — explosions in clusters, one after another, building a visual crescendo while the jam built aurally. At one point the band started playing the fireworks — drums hit when the fireworks went off, a little rising guitar note for the rising spark, followed by chords timed with the explosion. Page played one of the fireballs exactly the way it looked. I swear I was looking at an image of the pleasure sensors in my brain going off in response to the music during the entire fireworks display.
They held the end of “Antelope” for quite a while (waiting for the fireworks to end?), but ended up moving on to “Suzie Greenberg”. The fireworks finale came near the beginning of “Suzie”.
I've seen fireworks to Sousa marches, and I've seen fireworks to Handel's “Water Music” (which was very good, by the way), but I don't think I ever fully experienced fireworks until I saw them with “Run Like An Antelope”.
During the “Fire” encore, roadies lit a Phish-logo ground fireworks display to send us off to July 4th with our brains exploding.
Score: 4
AnalogKid , attached to 1994-07-03 Permalink
AnalogKid Went with tapers, so of course we got there unreasonably early to a nearly empty lot. Killed some time by walking down to Old Orchard Beach and hanging out on the water. Came back to a still-empty lot. Kim's review gets into the details of the day in a most excellent fashion. I too spent the day in front of the tapers (part of the human barricade protecting the equipment) and I too danced and enjoyed. I will reiterate that the soundtrack to the fireworks was one of the coolest things I've ever seen them do. This was one of the best Phish shows I ever attended, and not just because it had the feeling of being at someone's backyard party. Strong performance, great crowd and a stellar summer day!
Score: 1
mihmih1 , attached to 1994-07-03 Permalink
awesome melt that no one ever talks about, worth a listen
Score: 1
Penn42 , attached to 1994-07-03 Permalink
Penn42 1994 was thee year for Reba. This one doesn't even stand out when there's the likes of 5.27, 5.28, 7.6, 10.31, and 11.25 to compare it to; however, it is still really phenomenal. At first I was skeptical that this whole "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" business was going to be one of those jam halting ideas that drag on for too long, but I was glad to be wrong. The "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" jam is quite nice and fits well within the Reba jam.

The Split Open and Melt is abnormally long for the era and is pretty great as well. There is some really nice engaging jamming throughout its seventeen minutes. The Antelope does not particularly stand-out, just rages like usual for the era. However, right after the peak, it sounds to me like the band is trying to interact with the fireworks. They drop the Fish and Mike groove and just start making abrupt eruptions of cacophonous noise that pretty closely parallel when the fireworks go off. I'm not 100% percent sure this is the case, but it sure sounds like that could be it.

The rest of the show is par for the course. I hadn't listened to any Summer '94 for quite a while and this was a nice show to remind me why I like it so much. 4 Stars.
Score: 1
Phillipanthony , attached to 1994-07-03 Permalink
Phillipanthony It was the most empty show I've ever been to (meaning there was hardly anyone there!!) and it was a gorgeous day out! I remember running into the field as My Friend started playing! Honestly it was like seeing Phish in my High School baseball field, but even smaller! The "Old Home Place" was very appropriate! One of the best shows! :-)
Score: 0

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