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Link Wednesday, 10/26/1994
Varsity Gym, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

Set 1: Simple, It's Ice > NICU > AntelopeRun Like an Antelope, Guyute, Dog Faced Boy, SOAMuleScent of a Mule, Oh Kee PaThe Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > SuzySuzy Greenberg > Runaway Jim

Set 2: Rift, Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room, Reba, Axilla (Part II), YEMYou Enjoy Myself -> Vibration of LifeThe Vibration of Life -> YEMYou Enjoy Myself[1], HYHUHold Your Head Up > Cracklin' Rosie > HYHUHold Your Head Up, BowieDavid Bowie

Encore: Nellie Kane[2], Beaumont Rag[2], Foreplay/Long Time[2], Amazing Grace

[1] Band chanted and shouted "Greenpeace Mike" at end of vocal jam.
[2] Acoustic.

Teases:
· Dixie tease in Run Like an Antelope
· Simple and Catapult teases in You Enjoy Myself

Noteworthy Jams: It's Ice, Run Like an Antelope, Reba, David Bowie

Average Song Gap: 6.36

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

Notes: Antelope contained a brief Dixie tease from Trey and YEM contained a tease of Simple.  At the end of YEM’s vocal jam (during which the words to Catapult were spoken), the band chanted and shouted “Greenpeace Mike.” Nellie Kane, Beaumont Rag, and Foreplay/Long Time were performed acoustic.

Song Distribution:
4 Lawn Boy
3 Stash
3 Hoist
2 Rift
2 Junta
2 The White Tape
1 The Story of the Ghost

Songs by Debut Year:

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

soundboy1 , attached to 1994-10-26 Permalink
soundboy1 So we were leaving the show in Atlanta the night before and Jeff told me "it's your turn to drive tonight" My response was "I don't have a license dude" Jeff"neither do I dude!" So that was that I was driving. unfortunately I had taken L during set break and I was still pretty high when we left. I do not recommend anyone doing this ever. It was a terrible idea but I was a young kid and I just did it. The drive from Atlanta to Boone was really fucking far. At least it seemed that way. Jeff woke up at 8am or so and saw that I wasn't doing too well so he took over the driving duties thank god. We got on the Blue Ridge Parkway which is the most beautiful road on the East Coast. It was late October and all the trees were changing color . it was stunning. I was still high and the scenery was stupendous. THis is the other reason to tour. It's not all about the shows and the scene. You get to see this wonderful country of ours up close and personal...

So we get to Boone and I was kind of worried about getting a ticket. I shouldn't have been because I walked right up to the box office and I was in. I believe it was 15 bucks... The venue was a college gym. A rectangular box so not the best acoustics. The recording I've heard of this night is pretty terrible quality but I blame the room. Trey had let the tour know that he was practicing the fiddle. We all thought he would break it out in Boone but it was not to be. We also thought it would be a heavy bluegrass night but it didn't turn out that way. The Greenpeace Mike chant during YEM was a fantastic way to thank a guy who was living the dream. Helping the Earth while seeing Phish every night. I used to stash my jacket at his booth every night... The Bowie was also fantastic with lots of weird backup vocals from Fish. I love that shit.
Great night in a beautiful town... Their booking agent really scored a touchdown on this tour. They hit some amazing venues/towns.
Score: 2
Ifthir , attached to 1994-10-26 Permalink
Ifthir I am reviewing this by listening to the AKG c1000 Audience source.

Simple opener, not sure how rare that is, but gets you ready right off the bat.

A strong It's Ice segues into a tentative NICU and then we really get moving with a fantastic Antelope, complete with Machine Gun Trey.

For all the flub-watchers, the transition during Guyute is rather rough...as is the end of Mule which had been really good until the transition into Oh Kee Pa.

Flubs and a rough finish during the 2nd set opener of Rift.

Bouncing doesn't really bear a review as pretty much all versions are identical.

The Reba provides a good liftoff though, pretty much nailed with some very good playing and a nice Trey solo to finish.

A rough but high-energy Axilla part 2 follows and then kind of fades out into the YEM intro which quickly morphs into Vibration of Life and then nicely back into YEM.

After some HYHU silliness and a fine Cracklin Rosie, Bowie gets a slow start with Fishman? saying "When the cows come out to play..." well this Bowie is pretty solid and sure packs the beef.

A nice trio of Nellie Kane, Foreplay/Longtime and an Amazing Grace round out a solid if not spectacular show from fall 1994.
Score: 1
tweezedout , attached to 1994-10-26 Permalink
Love everything about this show. This is Boone's Halloween show and the only time Phish has ever played in my heady home town.

Simple opener, one of there earlier versions of the song; Fishman breathes heavily into the mic to start the show, gettin freaky to start off... the old Simples holding the simbob and beepafone longer and more vocal action.

It's Ice, Mike goes crazy...awesome break down. you'll have to check it out.

NICU, great song, Page

Run like an Antelope...teases yes, ripper yes...break down after heavy jam is jungleish, spooky jungleish, big drum junga, really kool stuff run run run run run run run

First early version of guyute ive ever heard. spacier intro than present versions, refer to it's ice

dog faced boy was played well and scent of a mule kicks ass
o kee pah is always fun, suzy suzy suzy, stando version, nice jammin on runaway jim to end the first

second set is wild

high energy rift, bouncing comes to continue anticipation

Reba is very well executed. the jam starts out slow and you just ride the wave really...trey plays awesome as usual but turn your ears on page in this one, he's the perfect glue and his sound is a beaut

Axilla Part 2 - Love this song, like the lyrics more than part 1 and the spooky jam at the end (even spooky than normal in this one)..too bad they haven't played it since 97

YEM - Vibro - YEM - awesomely 1994...hardcore jamming, simple teases, trey's nerdy vibro speech, flat weird and scary vocal jam ex... washhaaaaa, sheee uhhh, ha ha ha, catapulting down town, favoritefianeinalavendergound (yea that fast).... sorry, i lost it there but seriously GREEN PEACE MIKE!

thank you for the hyhu and cracklin rosie break, that was too weird, but amazing

Just when you think you couldn't get anymore, "the cows come out to play!!!!!!!" with high hats from none other than john fishman fishman fish.... rockin socks sik and yet again very weird metalish bowie type 1 type 2 type 5 and type 19 jamming going on here

I loved Phish during this time with their weird setlists, more vocal improv, and high energy sets, wish i couldve been at this one, sometimes i feel i was when i listen to it. im from boone but was only 8 when this show was going on... shoulda been a decade earlier....

Listen to this show
Score: 1
tillmanj , attached to 1994-10-26 Permalink
tillmanj Halloween came early in 1994 for all the phans in Boone. I was so stoked about this show then, and it is still the pride of my show list. How many people live in tiny-ass towns (outside of VT) and can say the boys have been to play in your crappy school gym?

The acoustic encore still makes me smile like a phool every time I hear it. This was the show that cemented the boys in my heart.
Score: 1
buffalo_voice , attached to 1994-10-26 Permalink
buffalo_voice This show was very special to all who were lucky enough to be there.

But, that's what everyone says about most every show they've ever played! But, that's how I feel about it just the same.

It was the last time seeing them felt like it was a word-of-mouth band, or a cult band, as far for my personal experience. The little gym wasn't packed, there was enough room for everyone to move and dance. The 'security' was some freshman looking girls in bright yellow jackets. I only saw them on the way in and on the way out.

The band was very much on and in a good mood. You can hear this in the tapes as there is a bit of bantering. They also do the Vibration of Life which was incredible. That was so unreal. I wish they would do that again sometime, but it might not work as well in a huge hockey hall.

The show they played is fantastic. It has some incredible jams that have been talked about for years by others, so I won't go into too much detail. Set one, the Simple through Antelope needs to be heard and turned up loud. Second Set, all of it is excellent and very deftly played (despite some minor flubs which I don't notice nor care about). Fishman is the MVP, he is just phenomenal. And, his humor is very much in evidence here... his adlibs this night still make me smile to this day!!

The encore was really beautiful and the way Trey spoke to the crowd was very cool. They felt an affinity for the NC mountain town Boone (and Asheville), and you can hear that in their playing.

The only thing that might hold this back from being a 5 star gig is that they stopped and started a few times during each set, and didn't keep an extended flow from all the songs into another, but I think this made this show interesting because it was totally unpredictable what they were going to play next. I guess not much has changed!

This show was also the last time I showed up to a gig, in the winter, with no place to sleep sorted out! We managed to find floor space with some local kind people who were friends with a girl that was tagging along with us (her first gig).

Listen to more Phish!!
Score: 1

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