Friday, April 23, 2004

10 Years Ago Today... The Best Phish Show Ever?

4.23.94 Atlanta might be one of the best Phish shows in the history of Phishdom, and I was there... with Beano, Smitty, Singer, Dutch, and Chicago Bob and his brother. Merl Saunders made a rare appearance and made the show. Smitty can be heard screaming "Yeah Mike!" in the middle of an acapella Ginseng Sullivan. Check those bootlegs.

At the time, it was probably my 20th show or so and it was the best live concert I had ever seen. Funky Bitch opener? A rare Esther? Fee > Peaches.... holy shit! Set 2 opener of Wilson > Antelope? Back when Antelope was a sizzler. They even busted out Mound! And those were the days when no one shouted "Harry" during Harry Hood. A what's a show in the deep South without a Freebird encore!

Even a decade later, the show stands out as one of my Top 5 Phish shows of all time.

The setlist:
04-23-94 Fox Theater, Atlanta, GA

1: Funky Bitch, Rift, Fee-> Peaches en Regalia, Poor Heart, Stash, Esther, Down With Disease, Caravan*, High-Heel Sneakers*

2: Wilson-> Run Like an Antelope, Mound, Sample in a Jar, Sparkle, Ginseng Sullivan**, Harry Hood, You Enjoy Myself-> Keyboard Jam#-> Who by Fire, Golgi Apparatus

E: Freebird

*With Merl Saunders on keyboards.
**Acoustic and without mics.
#With Colonel Bruce Hampton and all of Phish on keyboards.
Man, those were the days! Shoot me an email if you have that some on CD. I've been looking for a fresh copy for a while now. I have it on audio tape... and it's worn out!

One more parting note... that night was Beano's first Phish show!! Just a few weeks earlier, he saw his first Grateful Dead show with me!

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