Maze included Call to the Post and Happy Birthday teases. Ginseng Sullivan and Dog Faced Boy were performed acoustic without microphones. Ginseng also featured Fish on washboard. Page’s piano solo in The Squirming Coil was cut short when Trey brought out a birthday cake for Page and attempted to lead the audience in a round of Happy Birthday. Tweezer included the Phish debut of Earache My Eye.
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This show was part of the "1994 Spring Tour"

Show Reviews

, attached to 1994-05-17

Review by SplitOpenAndMule

SplitOpenAndMule While I agree with the first reviewer in that this show isn't that special compared to the rest of this month, I'd also like to provide a counterpoint. Mound, If I Could, and Lifeboy are all played with extra feeling and focus, especially the ending of all 3 songs. Lifeboy uniquely alternates volume in the outro jam. The birthday tease in Maze and cake and crowd song in Coil all feel great. Also in Coil, listen for Fishman to tease Peaches En Regalia before the final chorus. Tweezer has an impressive tempo shift towards its end as well.

My point is that even on what may be an "off night" compared to other "on nights" around this show, Phish was playing so well in May '94 that even a show with very few highlights can still take you on a delightful journey of the senses. The current rating of 3.82 feels right to me, but even still, I had a great time listening to this one.
, attached to 1994-05-17

Review by Mikesgroover

Mikesgroover Proof that even in a peak year, the band had some forgettable nights. This was one of them. Other than the only appearance of Earache My Eye, there’s virtually nothing distinctive about this show. Both sets clock in at barely an hour, an indicator that the band was either tired, not really feeling it, or both. This is a little surprising, seeing as it’s Page’s birthday.

Page drives the band during the first half of a typically strong Maze. Trey takes over in the frenzied second half, smoothly inserting a Happy Birthday tease before an exuberant climax. If I Could is always welcome and a strong effort. An a-cappella break in the middle of the first set seems to mute the energy. The Melt jam never departs from the theme, and the Coil outro is abbreviated when Trey brings out a birthday cake for Page about a minute into the piano solo.

A weirdly dissonant Glide follows the straightforward Jim that opens the second set. The Tweezer is barely memorable, even with Fishman singing a barely intelligible version of “Earache My Eye” stuck in the middle of it.

Before Love You, Fishman mentions that he broke his bass drum pedal during the Sample and that his vacuum cleaner is “on it’s last legs”.
About 2 minutes into Slave, Trey totally botches the changes, though they recover reasonably well.

Move along, there's nothing worth seeking out here.
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