, attached to 1994-06-18

Review by MrPalmers1000DollarQ

MrPalmers1000DollarQ The answer to Red Rocks '94, 6/18/94 at the UIC Pavilion is, in my opinion, the "other" quintessential Phish show (at least from this era). Only separated by a week, the two behemoths share considerable overlap in setlist construction, boast numerous legendary jams, and carry forth that unyielding energy and momentum that garner a 4.5+ star .net rating. Swap out RR's Stash/Antelope/Melt for UIC's Divided Sky/Bowie/Tweezer, and you've gotten most of the way there on paper and meat.

Since this is one of the most widely reviewed shows on the site, I'll not dive too deeply into the show here beyond emphasizing just how phenomenal and diverse the jams are. Divided Sky is one of my go-to demonstrations for both Fishman's drumming and Trey's chops; Bowie encapsulates the band's ability to follow one another into the dark and create awesome improvisational grooves and movements on the go; Tweezer is full of patience, not demanding to stray too far from the blueprint, but reaching a tremendous peak (one of my all-time favorite Tweezers); and YEM bares an unrelenting and infectious groove that soars as high as any other. The pieces in between are nothing short of fantastic, as well. This is considered one of the "best" Phish shows for a reason. You've heard it, but listen to it again.


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