Jones Beach Amphitheater, Wantagh, NY
Soundcheck: Funky Bitch
Set 2: LTJPLetter to Jimmy Page > BowieDavid Bowie, Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room > Reba, It's Ice > Yerushalayim Shel Zahav > Dog Faced Boy > Julius, HYHUHold Your Head Up > Setting Sail > HYHUHold Your Head Up, Runaway Jim
 Trey sang verses through megaphone.
 No whistling.
Average Song Gap: 17
Notes: This was the first solar-powered Phish show. Trey sang the verses of Fee through a megaphone. Reba included Brazil and Popeye theme teases and did not have the whistling ending. Setting Sail was performed for the first time since March 25, 1992 (292 shows). It's Ice featured a Page-led jam that was unlike most versions. Bowie included a full Jessica tease during the jam.
Songs by Debut Year:
This show was part of the "1994 Summer Tour."
We got there and started drinking very early. Not the best plan. Especially on the beach in the middle of July. I got a ticket for open container which kind of put a bummer on my whole day. In general drinking at shows is not a good idea if you want to enjoy the music. Between constantly getting beer and going to the bathroom you miss a lot of the good stuff.
I remember Gumbo being great and totally new to me. I thought and still think that it's a great beach/summer song. Bowie with the full Jessica riffs was fantastic. And of course Letter was a great bustout but I was bummed they didn't play Alumni along with it. Sleeping Monkey is a great encore and we left all smiles. We had a great time though because we decided that night that we would go to Sugarbush which was a great idea....
The first set was solid, but the undisputed heavyweight was the Split Open and Melt. From about 6:30 (on my version) to the end, it is an evil steamroller with sights set on flattening your mind till the grey matter reaches the far corners of your skull.
In the second set, the Letter to Jimmy Page intro was a great treat – had no idea that it was busted out earlier in the month – and it was the last time it would be played for 587 shows! Aside from the historical interest, it made a really cool transition to Bowie – kind of like an explosion with the stunned aftermath being the spacey Bowie intro (and the Bowie itself was pretty cool).
Reba was nice, with loads of funny business going on. Looking back on it, the whole second set was pretty strange and the boys must have been feeling especially goofy. Apart from strange “Letter to Jimmy Page > David Bowie” and “Yerushalayim Shel Zahav > Dog Faced Boy” pairings, the ultimate and obvious goofiness of the set was setting sail.
And where do you go after performing humanities first ever solar powered vacuum solo? Sailing off into the sunset, I suppose, as the song was never performed again (as of this writing…). It Set sail with the whale, ran away with Jim, and went home on the train with a sleeping monkey through the rest of the set - where it probably found home sweet home on Rocky Top Tennessee.