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Link Wednesday, 12/28/1994
Civic Center, Philadelphia, PA

Set 1: Mound > Simple, Julius, GinBathtub Gin, Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room, Axilla (Part II), Reba[1], Dog Faced Boy, It's Ice > AntelopeRun Like an Antelope

Set 2: SuzySuzy Greenberg > NICU > Mike'sMike's Song -> MangoThe Mango Song > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove[2], Contact, Llama, HYHUHold Your Head Up > Love You > HYHUHold Your Head Up, CoilThe Squirming Coil

Encore: Bold As Love

[1] No whistling.
[2] Vocal jam.

Teases:
· Auld Lang Syne, The Little Drummer Boy, and Cars Trucks Buses teases in Weekapaug Groove
· Buried Alive tease in Julius

Noteworthy Jams: Mike's Song

Average Song Gap: 9.59

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

Notes: Julius included a Buried Alive tease by Trey. Reba did not have the whistling ending. Weekapaug Groove contained Cars Trucks Buses, Auld Lang Syne, and Little Drummer Boy teases as well as a vocal jam.

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

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1994 NYE Run."

Holloway , attached to 1994-12-28 Permalink
Holloway My first show. I was 14 years old. I had no idea how important that show would be for me now that I have seen these guys close to 100 times. I told my parents I was staying at my buddy Brad Shafer's house after I played a Junior Varsity Hockey Game. Well instead of going to the game, or Brad's, I went to see Phish. (I was suspended two games, and grounded 2 weeks.) I had a few tapes, and albums, I think Junta, Lawnboy, Rift and Hoist. Seeing this show was unreal. Opened with Mound! Still, to date, my only Mound. I was also graced with an Axilla(Part II)! Now you must realize, I left the show having no idea what I had seen. I was 14! I remember thinking, "I wish they played Fee." well, now I leave shows thinking, "it be cool to hear a "mound" or "Axilla II". I wonder if these songs will ever be played in the same show again. I know Axilla I and II are quite similar, but I can only imagine the feeling I'd have hearing those lyrics. This Venue has shut down since, it was demolished and will soon reopen as the new civic and convention centers. Pretty epic place, The Rolling Stones did a show there and The Grateful Dead had a few run's as well. Cool to be a part of that history. Anyway, I love this site. My buddy recommended it having scanned through my old ticket stubs. If any one has a good recording of this specific show, I'd love to hear it, I had it on tape like 15 years ago.
Score: 5
joonze , attached to 1994-12-28 Permalink
joonze what a great first show to see Phish. I had moved away from the Philly area and was home visiting my family and my brother suprised me with a ticket to the show.
I had been listening to Phish for about 3 years, but never got to a show before this one.
It was incredable seeing these guys live and still cant get enough of them. Great set list....
Score: 4
DriedupGoliath , attached to 1994-12-28 Permalink
DriedupGoliath This Weekapaug features Phish at their improvisational best.

Typical high power Weekapaug jam->Suzy Greenberg-esque style of jam->creepy noodly jam->vocal jamming->machine-gun hose->circusy video-game type jam->monstrous Little Drummer boy jam->return to Weekapaug.

They hit so much in this jam, it's crazy. The only down point is really the weird spacey jam between the vocal jamming and the Litte Drummer Boy jam. Listen to this immediately. Now. What are you waiting for?
Score: 2
Faht1 , attached to 1994-12-28 Permalink
Faht1 This Show was kind of Meh then yeah for me. Show would started out with a rare Mound into a below average Simple. Julius was a crowd favorite followed by a boring Bathtub Gin. Bouncing and Axilla standard. The show picked up a bit at Reba. Very Nice play by Trey in this version. Its Ice had a nice space kind of Jam... very nice played. Hard Run Like Antelope to cap of a rusty first set. You can tell with the rare extended 1st set. It was much longer then most shows in 1994. You can tell the band new they were off a bit especially the first songs of the set after a much needed 18 days off after a 121 show tour. Set2 Saved this show a bit with solid Suzy, NICU, Mikes and Mango but the staple of this show was what was to come next...Weekapaug Groove/ALS Tease/Little Drummer Boy! If you haven't heard this version yet I would suggest you download it asap one of the better Weekapaugs of 1994. The show would would finish off nicely with a RIPPING Llama, good Coil and a great caper with Bold as Love. I rate this show a high 3 star (3.8/5.0). Defiantly worth a listen just for the Weekapaug/Little Drummer boy jam.
Score: 1
CForbin , attached to 1994-12-28 Permalink
CForbin Home from college, seeing the show with my crew & running into a few old heads from HS (yeah prep) at the Convention Center show. What a gas, I was last at this venue w/ my parents as a young kid for the Bicentenial Celebration - my Dad and I met Jessie Jackson in the men's room, but I heavily digress...
Onto the show... highlights for me included Simple, Gin, Axilla, Ice (always!) and although I LOVE to Run Like an Antelope, I don't recall anything special about it. 2nd setters Mike's was good, yes the Drummer Boy was way cool near Christmas, Contact was neat-O too. I was dead ass sober at this show, for what it's worth, and honestly the show itself really doesn't stick out as being anything special - although I distinvtly remember during the show I had this erie feeling like I wouldn't see Phish again for a very long time... not sure where it came from, the scene or maybe just turbulence in my life at the time, anyway I was right, it was 15 years before I got back on the train. WTF was I thinking?
Score: 0
SkyTrainWand , attached to 1994-12-28 Permalink
SkyTrainWand This is a seriously great show. The Reba they play is OFF the HOOK. It rages... just when you think the band is going to hit that final chord to end the tune, they go into 8 more bars of bandwide hose. Amazing.

Great version of It's Ice here too, very tight. Straight into a sexy Antelope. Good closer.

Second set speaks for itself. Mike's > Mango Song > Weekapaug? Yes please. Llama is always fun, and I'm always happy when a Coil closes the set. Bold as Love is pretty epic.

5/5, straight up
Score: 0
mcgrupp81 , attached to 1994-12-28 Permalink
This is one of my favorite shows and it features one of the best Mike's Grooves you will ever hear. I remember reading in the Pharmer's Almanac about this guy who was some mega tape collector and he listed this show as his all time favorite show along with Mike's Groove being his favorite Phish song.

First set features a decent Reba and a real deal rager of an Antelope. Set II opens with Page really pounding the keys for Suzie. NICU follows and I love listened to my AUD tape for the joyful crowd reaction. The Mike's that follows has a jam that has the feel of organized chaos. The few seconds between the end of Mike's into Mango is one of my favorite transitions the band has played. Page does a good job with Mango. The Weekapaug that follows is my all time favorite 'Paug. This type of improv was the appetizer to next night's Bowie. There are many different entertaining parts to this jam. Reviewing the individual parts of the jam is not necessary. Listen to it and hopefully like what you hear. The Contact/Llama/Coil that follow are just gravy.

I got this show from a guy who claimed to have been there, 20 rows back tripping. Intense show for that.
Score: 0

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