my first show as well. freshly exiting my freshman year of highschool, i had heard a tiny bit of this band and how they "played a vacuum"...no vacuum this night, but fish did bust a little ditty on the washboard in ginseng sullivan. in all honesty, i had no idea what i was in for this night and was pretty much oblivious to the magic i had seen on stage- though i did know enough to know it was good. not sure if they've ever held concerts at this venue since this show, but it was really a magical setting in the middle of "downtown" slc, with some, oh maybe 1500 or so people in attendance...a far cry from the 70,000 or so i would see ten years later at their "last shows" at coventry. needless to say, i was hooked after this show and have traveled far and wide to continue seeing these special guys. it is hard to rate shows from this era- the band was so incredibly on point EVERY NIGHT. i'm not quite versed enough in the compendium of live recordings from this era to give it a rating based on '94 shows only, but, having stayed true and remained a fan through ALL of the years (right up and through the webcasts of the great "runaway golfcart marathon" of 2012) i have to rate this show in light of the arc of phish in general. i would give anything to see them play today with the loose-tightness that i hear in this show; playing every song with such intention; trying so hard to play each note and each transistion masterfully; with the enthusiasm for singing every one of their wonderful, silly, dark, light, fantastic lyrics. whether this show was "run-of-the-mill" for '94 or the gem that it seems to be to me, as with all of the times i have seen them here in the great state of utah, they blew the damn roof off.
My first Phish show. I tried to make it to shows in early 90's but this was the one. At the time I was living near the University of Utah with some friends from my hometown who had been to Phish shows before, we scored tickets that day at the beloved Graywhale CD store just off campus. This Phish ticket is still my fav, cool artwork limited printing for a tiny ass venue. We walked the 30 blocks down to the show, right across the street from the former Delta Center, this "ampitheatre" was located behind some historical building. Tiny I mean small - maybe 700 people??? Definitly a treat looking back, check out the setlist and listen to the AUD recording, the band is on it, really locked in all night. Out the gate with Llama - I always giggle this was my first live Phish tune, love the Llllllama. Guelah and Rift are standard, then I get the first of 15 DWD I have seen live. I was hung up on Hoist at the time (still am, love the album)next is It's Ice is rare in my rotation, great version. If I Could is sweet too..Maze, Fee and Suzy were strong - I had the disctinct feeling at setbreak I was at home...SOAM terrific set opener, hot - Trey killing it..Glide! Another rarity in my rotation and then Julius bright springy. Halleys>Scent is the highlight of the night for me - Page & Trey, some Ginseng and them the classic Mike's>H2O>Weekapaug sandwich with kudos to Gordo - it doesn;t come thru on the AUD so well but he was killing it...Golgi wraps it and lights down. Love the HWY2Hell closer, we were treated to a one off show in a small ass venue where the boys played really tight. I am so lucky to have gotten this as my first!
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