Theatre St. Denis, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Soundcheck: Theme from The Munsters, Dog Log, Funky Bitch, Lifeboy
Set 2: LandladyThe Landlady > Poor Heart > Tweezer > Lawn Boy, CDTChalk Dust Torture -> BBFCFMBig Black Furry Creature from Mars > SampleSample in a Jar > BBFCFMBig Black Furry Creature from Mars, HoodHarry Hood, TweepriseTweezer Reprise
 Acoustic; without microphones.
 Without microphones.
· Theme from The Munsters tease in Llama
· Theme from The Munsters tease in David Bowie
· Hold Your Head Up, Donna Lee, Also Sprach Zarathustra, and Who Knows teases in Tweezer
· Lawn Boy tease in Chalk Dust Torture
· Free Ride and Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy teases
Average Song Gap: 12.48
Notes: Llama and Bowie included teases of the Munsters theme song and there was a brief Free Ride tease at the start of the show. Carolina was sung for Mary Buckner. There was a Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy tease prior to Landlady. Tweezer included HYHU, Donna Lee, 2001, and Who Knows teases. Chalk Dust contained Lawn Boy teases from Trey and Page and was unfinished. The Old Home Place and Nellie Kane were performed acoustic and, along with Memories, without microphones.
Songs by Debut Year:
This show was part of the "1994 Summer Tour."
There's nothing like your first Phish show. And there's nothing like a Phish show in your hometown. I was lucky enough to have both happen to me back in Summer `94. I was thirteen at the time, and some older friends of mine had insisted I see a bunch of shows around this time, it being Jazz Fest time as well. I saw some great music of those two weeks, and even remember catching a glimpse of Fish a couple rows ahead of us at the Elvin Jones/McCoy Tyner show. Phish hasn't been back to Montreal since. A terrible shame that I can only hope will be remedied sometime soon.
Theatre St. Denis is not a big place. I'd say there were at most 1200 people there, and it was basically full. To give you an idea of how intimate the show was: tons of people had taken off their shoes, myself included, and put them in a pile behind the speakers on Page's side. The band took advantage of this to do a few a cappella numbers without mics in both the first set and in the encore. And indeed, this show is as full of typical `94 playfulness as any other. Listen for the banter before the killer "Bowie"¯ (w/ Munsters theme!) about doing "a song about a really good friend of ours "... someone we consider a brother"¯ or something like that.
But I also consider Set II to be one of the great overlooked "Tweezer"¯fests of `94. And unlike some of its aimless counterparts, this "Tweezer"¯, and the feats that follow, are all well constructed and focused fun. Trey leads a full-on "2001"¯ jam in the "Tweezer"¯.
Yeah, by the time the soaring "Hood"¯ hit (the "Hood"¯s were goood in `94) I was pretty much hooked. If I hadn't been a clueless thirteen-year-old, I may have had the sense and means to get myself down to Great Woods to catch a Gamehendge two days later "....
Get it, get it, get it!
Find this show and the previous nights from the Congress if you don't have them already.
(That's really all I have to say...
...however, .net will not let me post this as it is too brief for a show review. In the words of Mr. Burns, "exxcellent"...)