, attached to 1994-04-24

Review by mangojoe

mangojoe This was my 29th birthday show and a real whopper. I caught the Fox show the night before then drove to Charlotte. We got there early and were able to hang out by the door and hear the soundcheck. We heard them soundcheck the Jump monk, they also checked Purple Haze and, i think, Foxy Lady by Hendrix.
Got inside the show and got right up front. Before the show I saw Mike walking around and told him it was my birthday. He wished me Happy Birthday and signed my ticket for me. I asked as a special request if the band could do Mango Song, they had not played it for quite a while, almost a year I think. He said they hadn't practiced it so probably not. So I said, "well, how about Tela then?" He said he would talk to Trey.
The band came out and laid that monster first set on us. When they came out for the 2nd set my friends and I all screamed in unison "Tela!" as loud as we could. Trey looked down at us and said "Tequila?", then proceeded to play the theme from the song. They opened with Demand, then Bowie, and during the Bowie kept returning to the Tequila theme, even yelling "Tequila" at a few points. Then, out of the Bowie, you guessed it, Mango Song! Trey was smiling that goofy grin of his and the whole band was looking down at us and beaming. They killed it as well as the rest of the show. Check out the solo on Chalkdust, just sheets of screaming feedback.
I really love these guys, I'm so glad they're back and playing well again. Rock on Phish!!!
Oh by the way, the next show they played Tela. But unfortunately I wasn't there and would have to wait til 10/23/94 Gainesville for it, again as a request.


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