, attached to 1994-12-30

Review by MrPalmers1000DollarQ

MrPalmers1000DollarQ First YEMSG show. Crazy to see how far the band has come and the legendary status a Phish show at MSG now holds. Like the '93 Great Woods show, this setlist feels a bit like a proof of concept at times as the band faces a new highwater mark in terms of venue grandeur. Set I in particular is pretty straightforward. Nice ALO Wilson opener, great AC/DC Bag with some nice playful moments of tame improv, and a well-played but relatively bland Stash. The Mule pushes the envelope a bit more, but otherwise Set I would be pretty digestible for the uninitiated attendee.

Second set sees significantly more comfort and improv. The Tweezer available on LB13 fits right in with the other greats from Fall '94 in terms of experimentation. Really love how much Page is allowed to take the driver's seat on this one. YEM acts as another high point for the show: a touch slower and funkier than others from this era, the jam is allowed to really build from the ground up and reaches a fantastic peak before a slick BnD section. Last callout is for the Hood. Not as exploratory as some of the others from fall tour, but certainly a spirited cap on the band's first appearance at the Garden.

On the whole, not sure this needs to be at the top of anyone's must-hear list, but Tweezer and YEM are awesome and the sentiment associated with the show make it a worthwhile listen for any dedicated phan.


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