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Link Friday, 07/08/1994
Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts, Mansfield, MA

Set 1: Llama -> NO2[1] > LizardsThe Lizards > Tela > Wilson > BagAC/DC Bag > Forbin'sColonel Forbin's Ascent > MockingbirdFly Famous Mockingbird > SlothThe Sloth > McGruppMcGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters > DividedDivided Sky

Set 2: Rift > SampleSample in a Jar, Reba[2], Yerushalayim Shel Zahav > It's Ice > Stash, YEMYou Enjoy Myself -> Frankenstein -> YEMYou Enjoy Myself, Julius > GolgiGolgi Apparatus

Encore: Nellie Kane > Cavern

[1] Fishman on vacuum.
[2] No whistling.

Teases:
· Manteca tease in Reba
· Frankenstein tease in You Enjoy Myself

Noteworthy Jams: Reba (highly recommended), It's Ice, Stash, You Enjoy Myself, Frankenstein, You Enjoy Myself

Average Song Gap: 4

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

Notes: The first set included the complete Gamehendge saga, including narration between songs from NO2 through Divided Sky. NO2 featured Fishman on vacuum. Reba contained Manteca teases and did not have the whistling ending. This version of Stash appears on A Live One. Mike teased Frankenstein during the bass and drums segment of YEM.

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

Songs by Debut Year:

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

, attached to 1994-07-08 Permalink
(Published in the second edition of The Phish Companion...)

I wish I had documented my earlier Phish shows in writing, because these shows were primal to me — everything was new, and the shows were spectacular. I will attempt to rekindle the flame that made these shows so amazing to me, in writing. Up till this point I had been seeing Phish for one year (7/23/93 Jones Beach Amphitheater, Wantagh, NY, was my first show). I had the "phire," as some called it back then. I was seeing them any chance I could. I had kicked off the year by seeing wonderful shows in Binghamton and the Beacon Theater run in April, but nothing could prepare me for this wild weekend.
A couple of my friends and I made the trek up to Great Woods from Long Island. I had just recently seen the Mann Music Center show (7/1/94), and had heard about the "GameHoist" show in Charleston, West Virginia (6/26/94 Municipal Auditorium). Needless to say, I was astounded that they did the most complete Gamehendge since '88. I was thoroughly jealous for not attending the "unannounced" show (it was not in the newsletter, and was announced during the tour — a few showed up nonetheless).
So, as we check into our hotel, we begin talking about the night's show and what we might have in store. We make our way to the venue and check out the lot scene. It was getting crowded, not insane like it is nowadays, but it was crazy for its period. There were quite a few ticketless. As we enter the venue, a beautiful girl walks up to my friend Ryan and compliments him for his "beautiful eyes," and hands him a ticket. Ryan already had a ticket, so he hands it to the first girl he sees, who was ticketless, and compliments her on her beautiful eyes. She gives him the most genuine hug I've seen and beams a smile to us, making us all feel very good. Enter venue…My friend Erick and I go to our seats, which are within the first ten rows, center, and settle down for the show to begin. Finally, the lights dim, and out comes Phish, breaking out my first Llama. I'm very happy and express it to Erick. As the song ends, we hear a siren going off, and I'm convinced there's a fire, but nothing happens. Suddenly, I realize that it is Phish making this noise. Confusion settles into some sort of order for me as I realize it’s “N2O”. I had recently picked up the “Down with Disease” cassette single, which has “N2O” on the B-side. I thought it hilarious that they were playing this orthodontically challenged song. Who'd a’ thunk?
Amidst the drilling and the smooth talking of Mike, the dentist, Trey begins speaking about a fifty-two-year-old man sitting in a dentist's chair…And we stepped through the door….Was this Gamehendge? Erick and I exchange confused glances, as the reality of this event sunk in. Only two weeks later and they were doing Gamehendge again. I will not review every bit of this set — you need to hear it yourself — but I will say that this still holds top honors in my opinion, for one of my favorite Phish experiences, and I haven’t even gotten to the tip of the iceberg yet.
The set ends and we begin mingling with the people around us. Everyone seems transcended, which tends to happen right after the lights come on. We talk to one person and express how much we loved that set. He replies, "It was good, but I wish they had played ‘Chalk Dust’." We agreed, of course, (insert laughing here).
The second set is highlighted by a wonderful “YEM>Frankenstein>YEM” sandwich. The show ends, and we leave fulfilled.
Fast-forward to night two. We park in the lot, and who parks next to us but the Dude of Life. We talk with him for a while and proceed into the venue. Show begins with a solid “Runaway Jim” and closes with a smoking “Antelope”. Second set, well, let me just show you: “Also Sprach Zarathustra->Split Open and Melt->Fluffhead->Poor Heart->Tweezer->Lifeboy->Sparkle->Big Ball Jam->Harry Hood”, “Suzie Greenberg”. 'Nuff said.
As the show ends, I'm walking out and bump into the Dude of Life again. We talk for a bit and he asks me if I'd like to meet the band. Of course I say yes, and he gives me an extra pass. As I enter the backstage area, the first person I see is Trey, with his big shit-ass grin. The Dude asks me if I am going to tomorrow night’s show (SPAC), to which I reply that I am, and he says, "good." He wound up playing with them the next night. Trey and the Dude of Life are ushered out by corporate-looking people, and I'm standing there, knowing no one, and being surrounded by the rest of Phish, phamily, and a few other phans.
I drink a few beers and talk to Page for a bit. Just small talk, but he’s very friendly and amazingly humble. Mike, on the other hand, is a bit stranger. I ask him if they had planned out the Gamehendge (for possible CD-ROM release) or just busted it out. His reply: "We busted." Then he says goodbye and walks away. Not unfriendly, just strange.
I talk to a few other people. Happened to see "Big Phil" who I have seen at every show I’ve been to (and the few times I was at the aftershow party). I tell him that I see him at every show, to which he replies, "I am at every show." He laughed and so does Amy Skelton. After a bit I start talking to Fish (you must realize there were not many people at this aftershow, so the people I felt I knew the most were Phish). Fish was extremely friendly, and I literally feel like I’m talking to one of my friends. He enlightens me to the meaning of “Weekapaug Groove”: they were at a party in Weekapaug, RI, and had a great time, and wrote about it. He said the rumors about the band all sleeping with the same girl were bogus…hmmm?
After a while, I knew my friends were probably getting impatient, waiting at my car with no clue where I was, so I decided I had to get going. I had Page, Mike, and Fish sign my ticket from the night before (Gamehendge), and really wanted Trey to sign it too. Enter fanboy phase…I told Fish that this was probably going to sound lame, but does he know if Trey is coming out. Fish sarcastically replied, "Well I usually keep tabs on him, but he got away this time." Of course I felt really stupid, and just said to him, "hey…," his friends commented to him he was being rude, and he apologized to me, said he was just kidding, and said he had no clue where he was. I, feeling stupid, said okay and goodbye. By the way, when I first asked Fish to sign my ticket, his friends said, "wow, you're a rock star now." This hugeness must've still been so new to them. I left the venue totally in shock about what had just transpired. When I got back to my car and told my friends what happened, they were so happy for me. After all, they had driven Page (don't ask) to a show the previous summer (Waterloo, NJ), and I was supposed to go with them. So, they were happy for my experience.
What an amazing run. Remember, we can stage a runaway golf cart marathon!
Score: 9
flatbottomfrank , attached to 1994-07-08 Permalink
flatbottomfrank Jones Beach 93 was my first show and I knew not what to expect. Greatwoods was my second show, and though I thought I was prepared I will admit I was floored. Llama was electric and intense, then the sirens. Its been almost 20 years yet this show still is my most memorable though the funny stamps I licked were fogging my mind the "trip" through Gamehenge was as intense of a journey as I have ever been through. I was convinced Phish was doing more than playing music. It felt like they owned the entire atmosphere, even controlling the traffic through the skies above. As I write this I am listening to the show for the first time in years, and its all so fresh almost frightning. I had no idea what Gamehenge was, I had heard The Lizards and Wilson before from the couple of bootleg tapes I was lucky to get my hands on (being the only person I knew in Oklahoma at the time who even knew who Phish was). The narration and songs truly took me away into the land of Gamehenge. I spent setbreak wandering about the venue completely lost, seperated from my friends who I had drug along to the show. Second set began with my favorite song of those years Rift, and temporarilly was brought back to earth. As the second set progressed Its Ice took me away again as it always has, then YEM totally destroyed me bringing with it a strange fear and anxiety. I began to feel as if the band was sending forth secret messages wrapped and encoded in sounds. The message I recieved was to loose my load. I began to get rid of all possesions, my shoes, my belt, my shirt, my sun glasses (luckily I wasn't carrying my wallet). The intense strobes during Frankenstein pushed me over the edge and I felt I had to leave, but as I neared the exit Julious began with the phrase echoing in my mind "dont take another step". I returned and decided it best I try and find my companions, which turns out they had already found me. I stood almost naked holding the one thing that was left in my pockets, my ticket stub, and again phrases were repeated through my mind as they were busting out Golgi "I saw you with a ticket stub in your hand". At this point I was thourghly convinced that Phish was all powerfull wizards of sight and sound, I sat down around my friends and as I began to find the articles of clothing that I had discarded earlier putting my birks back on my feet yet another phrase came bouncing through my head "whatever you do take care of your shoes". It was a strange and long trip back but I was forever hooked at that moment. No show since has proved to be as powerful or meaningful. I went home to Oklahoma with connections to get regular tape trades in the mail, soon after I discovered the old news group phish.net, until 2010 I never missed seeing Phish at least a few times every year having to drive all over the country to catch shows. Now this summer for the first time ever I only have to travel 85 miles to Oklahoma City to see Phish play in OK for the first time, Im so freaking pumped. Maybe we will get another Gamehenge in the perfect venue for it.
Score: 5
kipmat , attached to 1994-07-08 Permalink
kipmat I had heard the "Storytime At Nectar's" and "Trey's Senior Thesis" versions of Gamehendge already before I heard set one of this show, but IMO this set blows all other versions away (including 3/22/93 and GameHoist). Listening to the show, you can tell that the material is rehearsed, and that the band is excited (not to mention the crowd - this is one of the loudest aud tapes I have). The second set could never live up to the first, but it is fine, very well performed, and above average even for 1994 (meaning excellent). Maybe if I was a tourkid, I would want to "be there" for another Gamehendge show, but this show suits me just fine. If you want to hear Gamehendge, hear this show.
Score: 3
RunawayJim4180 , attached to 1994-07-08 Permalink
RunawayJim4180 Great review above, very descriptive! I find it hard to believe there was no mention of that "Stash" though, it being one of the quintessential Phish jams of 1994, if not all time.
Score: 1
stevendewitt , attached to 1994-07-08 Permalink
I've literally only seen a handful of shows but this one was my first, my baptism, into a world that forever changed my life. Adam Schneider describes this show as primal. I can't think of a better word to capture that pure, raw, childlike feeling a person can only get when experiencing something as powerful as your first time. Amazing. Gratitude is the attitude.
Score: 0
Issiah , attached to 1994-07-08 Permalink
Issiah Would like to first say: Flatbottom that's awesome ;)

After seeing Phish at Great Woods last summer and having such a blast, the decision was made to do it again this year. Some buds and I headed back out to Boston and took the train to Mannsfield.

The scene was even more abundant than last year. VW Buses everywhere, Tied died tour kids, Rows of Shakedown! The Circus had come to town. The "Dead" scene that provided much of the soil for Phish's growth was exploring, evolving and expanding into new horizons. (Point of view from someone introduced to both at same time)

A large group of friend's from back home in Central,NY had come out for the show. It was nice having familiar faces to lean on. Today was my 18th birthday, and it ended up being a very special one. Had seats right up in front for the Gamehendge saga to unfold.
Score: 0
soundboy1 , attached to 1994-07-08 Permalink
soundboy1 FlatBottom I think you nailed the Phish experience in your review. It's why we all keep coming back...

The talk in the parking lot at this one was all about Gamehoist. I remember my buddy Keegan from cobleskill (anyone know him?) saying how he was bummed he missed that show and how he didn't think he would ever see a Gamehendge... Well he was wrong. Not much to say about the 1st set it was primal and it was as special as you can imagine. Setbreak everyone was buzzing about Gamehendge and wondering if it was going to be in the rotation! Still waiting for that! The 2nd set was great but honestly it was kind of hard to live up to the 1st. I do remember really digging YEM>Frank>YEM however. It's funny about the Stash because I barely remembered it until A LIve One came out...
Score: 0

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