Ginseng Sullivan and Sweet Adeline were performed acoustic without microphones. Ginseng also featured Fish on washboard. Lion Sleeps Tonight was teased in Wilson, Bowie, Hood, McGrupp, and Possum. Bowie also contained an All Fall Down signal and Kashmir teases from Page. Page teased Entrance of the Gladiators in Axilla. Possum also included McGrupp, Bowie, Wilson, Peaches, Wolfman's, Axilla, and DEG teases. During one of the pauses in BBFCFM, Fish said his mother was in attendance, prompting a New York, New York tease from Page.
The Lion Sleeps Tonight tease in Wilson, The Lion Sleeps Tonight and Kashmir teases in David Bowie, The Lion Sleeps Tonight tease in Harry Hood, The Lion Sleeps Tonight tease in McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Wilson, Peaches en Regalia, Wolfman's Brother, Axilla, David Bowie, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters, and Dave's Energy Guide teases in Possum, New York, New York tease in Big Black Furry Creature from Mars, Entrance of the Gladiators tease in Axilla (Part II)
Debut Years (Average: 1989)

This show was part of the "1994 Spring Tour"

Show Reviews

, 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 :)
, attached to 1994-04-30

Review by westbrook

westbrook The first set is quite short and unspectacular aside from yet another '94 Stash you'll want to hear. The second set is a big improvement over the first and circulates in SBD quality so there's no reason not to give it a go. Wilson > Bowie is a great combo to get things moving and also begins the "Lion Sleeps Tonight" theme of the set. I found Page to be the instigator of many interesting ideas in this Bowie jam but Trey also gets his licks in before the end. Wolfman's starts another mini segment of the set that runs through Hood. It's still a little strange to hear an early Wolfman's with its lower key and lack of a jam but it's a nice rendition. Peaches is mostly clean aside from a brief slip-up from Trey. The Lion Sleeps Tonight is integrated smoothly into this strong Hood. The ending of the song is cut off but you get the whole jam. It's at this point in the show where you might be expecting a breather, but it keeps rolling all the way through Axilla II, McGrupp, and a really hot Possum that fits in a bunch of teases. Possum concludes the real meat of the show from a jamming standpoint but Purple Rain sung by Fishman is charming in its own way. During BBFCFM Fish has to tell somebody to "get off my fucking riser" which he then apologizes for saying in front of his mother. Funny stuff to end a good show.
, attached to 1994-04-30

Review by dr_strangelove

dr_strangelove Solid show with some decent highlights:

1) Stash: Jam starts with some oscillating wave-like rhythms which the band rides into melodic flirts with tension. Eventually the tension begins to win and some chaos ensues. I'd say Fishman is the MVP of this jam, very percussive throughout.

2) David Bowie: Jam starts by probing a dark quiet space, with the sense of dread you get when you are home alone but feel like someone is right behind you. Page, Mike, and Trey are interweaving with melodies that are really fantastic as the jam only continues down this dark hallway into more hushed tension. Eventually, only Page is keeping the melody alive when Trey begins to growl back into the mix with weird guitar effects, signaling the shadowy dread of prowlers in the night and leading the whole band into a frantic chase through moonlit streets. "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" teases toward the end are cute.

3) Harry Hood: At around 7 min into the song, the jam blossoms into ethereal bliss provided by swirling melodic flourishes from Page & Trey that are gorgeous. From here, the jam gradually reaches a transcendent peak equal to an quality Hood. Unfortunately, the recording on cuts off right at the vocal reprise, but still worth a listen.

4) McGrupp: Page has a really great, extended solo in this one.

5) Possum: Typically great Possum, rife with teases including "The Lion Sleeps Teases" that are sprinkled throughout the show, but also includes extremely well-executed "Wolfman's", "Wilson", "Peaches in Regalia", "Axilla", and a couple other teases. Slick and masterful as one could only expect from '94 Phish.
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