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Link Friday, 11/25/1994
UIC Pavilion, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL

Soundcheck: Jam -> Dog Log, Funky Bitch, Sweet Adeline, I Didn't Know

Set 1: Llama, GuelahGuelah Papyrus, Reba, Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room, SOAMeltSplit Open and Melt, Esther > Julius, GolgiGolgi Apparatus

Set 2: 2001Also Sprach Zarathustra > Mike'sMike's Song -> Simple > Harpua[1] > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove -> MangoThe Mango Song > Purple Rain > HYHUHold Your Head Up, AntelopeRun Like an Antelope

Encore: GTBTGood Times Bad Times

[1] Narration concerned happy green love beams and angry red hate beams.

Noteworthy Jams: Reba (highly recommended), Simple (highly recommended)

Average Song Gap: 6.44

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

Notes: This Thanksgiving Harpua included the first-ever Glowstick War, as Trey narrated a story involving happy green love beams and angry red hate beams. In the soundcheck, the jam contained Golgi quotes and the Sweet Adeline was Trey only. This show was released as part of the Chicago '94 box set.

Song Distribution:
4 Lawn Boy
3 A Picture of Nectar
2 Stash
2 Junta
1 Hoist
1 The White Tape

Songs by Debut Year:

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

markah , attached to 1994-11-25 Permalink
(this discussion regarding the "first glowstick war" took place 13 years ago at rec.music.phish)
(posted by markah@umich.edu -- all original typos were left uncorrected)

On Sun, 14 Dec 1997, Jason Cowles wrote:
> That's all fine and dandy, but the FIRST glowstick war acually took place
> during the 11/25/94 Harpua when the green love beams battled the evil red
> beam of vocal hatred (or something like that... it was some time ago). So,
> the Went glowstick war was actually kind of a recreation of a past event
> in its own right...

I never even thought of that one. 11/25/94 was my first show, and that
moment was neat. But by no means does it compare to the power and majesty
of the Went. For those of you who weren't there on 11/25/94, during
Harpua, Trey began talking about angry red beams of vocal hatred coming
down from the mountain where Harpua and his mean, nasty owner lived [this
was a special Thanksgiving Harpua Story] and Poster Nutbag emmitted Green
Love Beams to combat the Giant Angry Red Beam of Vocal Hatred. Very funny
story. I had no idea at the time what I was witnessing. Anyway, during
the story, Trey paused (which makes me at times think this was planed) and
someone from the upper balcony of the UIC Pavillion chucked what seemed to
be about 50-100 green glowsticks down onto the floor right in front of
Page. It appeared to be a vendor who was carring them around in a box or
something, because they just *showered* down. Trey responded with "Look
at all the green love beams!" It was really cool.

At the Great Went, however, the entire theme of that second set was to
focus on the synergism between the audience and the band. That's what the
2001 jam was all about. That's what I (and many other people) felt during
the Bathtub Gin, and that's why I went bonkers (quite literally) when he
started talking about that mutual energy. When that glorious Hood came
on, and the lights were turned out at Trey's request so that we could look
at the "moon and our sculpture" it was like everything about Phish's
music was exemplified, right there for that brief moment. When one person
threw their glowstick, then two, then twenty, until it was raining "Green
Love Beams" it was, for me, the epitomie of the Phish experience. Here
was the audience, participating in and playing an active role in the
atmosphere, life, and direction of the music; just what Trey had finished
talking about.

I was very worried when I saw there had been a glowstick war at Albany. I
haven't seen many positive comments about it, only those who have said
"the band approved, so it must be ok." Now I wasn't there, so take this
with a grain of salt, but I cannot imagine that the experience there was
intense as it was at the Went. In fact, the only comments on the music
that I've heard was that the Hood was "ok."

I can understand those of you who think this could become a truly great
tradition, to throw glowsticks during the lightsless jam in Harry Hood at
the close of each tour, but I'd rather not see that happen again. Like
someone said, the last thing we want is for Phish to become predictable.
Score: 7
thingfish11 , attached to 1994-11-25 Permalink
thingfish11 This was my first show of any kind. We were way up, and a lot of seats were empty in front of us, but I couldn't move! I thought if you got caught in a seat that wasn't yours, you would get in trouble or something. I was just blown away by all the colors and interesting people everywhere. I was never the same. Thanks Vermont!
Score: 3
westbrook , attached to 1994-11-25 Permalink
westbrook Llama always makes a great opener. There are a few minor slip-ups in the Asse Festival section of Guelah Papyrus, nothing major. The following Reba is very good. Split Open and Melt's jam is intense, but a little different from your normal SOAM. Also, listen for the siren at the end of SOAM that would also be used in 2001 later in the show. Esther, Julius, and Golgi are played well.

Highlights of the first set are Reba and Split Open and Melt.

After the typically compact 2001 to open the second set, things get rolling with a great Mike's Groove with extra improvisation in Simple and Weekapaug. This Simple is must-hear, as is Harpua if you want to hear some good narration about the real history of Thanksgiving. The Groove ends with a pretty good -> into Mango Song. We all know Purple Rain is an entertaining Fishman song where he gets to really belt it out. The Run Like an Antelope set closer is solid, and a Good Times Bad Times encore sends the people home happy.

The highlight of the second set (and show) is the Mike's Groove.
Score: 2
HighNote , attached to 1994-11-25 Permalink
HighNote Spectacular show at the UIC!

Ripping Llama opener followed by a very tight Guelah and a gorgeous, soaring Reba

2001 & Mike's Groove are a must listen...get this show!
Score: 1

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