, attached to 1994-04-30

Review by axpstanz

axpstanz My 1st show. This place was tiny, capacity around 900 I believe.

1st set pretty standard. Stash featured some ambitious playing. They were really attacking different themes, exploring different keys. Most of the time it didn't really work but still interesting. Also of note, a flawless hard driving Rift. Nothing special but just a reminder of how this tune was intended to be played.

The highlight of the 1st set for me was Ginseng Sullivan, acoustic/ no mics. This was really cool. They had to belt it out to fill the club and of course play around crowd applause. It isn't often the Phish has the opportunity to play no mics anymore. That made this special and unforgettable.

The 2nd set was very special. Mike starts in with "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" teases in Wilson (with old intro vocals). From there it felt like a game between Trey, Mike, Page, and I guess the audience to fit in 'Lion Sleeps' teases throughout the rest of the set. Very entertaining.

The Bowie is definitely worth checking out. They continue attacking different themes hard. Again, it does not always work out, however there are some good moments. The best of these is deep into the jam when Trey lays on feedback out of this mellow place and explodes back into more traditional Bowie rage. The end of Bowie was longer than usual as well, returning to the Bowie theme several times before the final notes.

The teases don't stop there. In Possum they teased every song played to that point of the set, and well. There are a couple of shows that feature more teases than this show(Roxy), but this is up there.

Lots of novelty in this show, between acoustic w/out mics, all the teases, all fall down signal, Purple Rain and all that comes with Fishman tunes, as well as a BBFCFM to cap off the set. Other than that the Bowie is very good and worth a listen. I was hooked after this show. Here I am 17 yrs later still trying to figure out how and when I will make it to another show :)
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