, attached to 1994-11-28

Review by Funkybert

Funkybert I wonder if someday someone who knew me back then will find this review and contact me through here ;)

I was at this show... and it remains a fantastic memory of my first time west of the rockies going to school at University of Montana. My new found friends and I drove the 3 hour ride to Bozeman in the bitter cold and snow.. all took acid.. and went on in..

What happened in the gymnasium was ecstatic.. My first shock was that we were in a Gym.. on basketball courts.. with risers on the sides.. we were asking ourselves are we in the right place?

This was Phish's first time in Montana.. and everyone knew this.. so there was excited anticipation.

I noticed people reviewing about some terrible sax solo going on during the second set.. I can say that this is because the sax player was about 10 years old.. Trey knew him.. I think they were either related or he had an old gf who's child it was. They brought him on stage and introduced him to the crowd.. it was awesome for him.. but obviously not near the caliber of professional musicians so we have to go easy on the little guy! ;)

This is one fact of why this show in particular was one of those "you just had to be there" shows.

As with the other reviews.. The Tweezer(s) are incredible.. and I remember vividly getting down so hard with my 19 year old body in sheer amazement as to how incredible the improvisation was and how hard their music could make me dance. The good acid we took for this experience only enhanced the feel throughout the body.. I put the trip I took during this show as tops for musical body/mind connection. I hope I revisit the peak of Tweezer with how I felt in that moment during my walk into heaven reliving my life when I die.. definitely highlight.

This show's venue was simple as can be, completely stripped down, even the light show was stripped down.. many Phish heads drove hours to the show... and for that I think the boys stepped up in epic fashion with their first time in Montana to show the locals and those who took the journey there what they were made of in the peak of their best tour year which was 1994 (my opinion of course)

To have a short excerpt of the Tweezer jam on their next live album (A live one) I think was a tip of the cap to their own performance as it must have been memorable for them as well. When a band really connects effortlessly on stage only to find themselves in "the zone" together completely in control of their next move and the crowd feeds off it.. I can only imagine the shared bliss they must have felt left them wanting to get the recording out there in some fashion. To think that there is a master tape out there in their vaults is such a little frustrating, but at least we have the second set to download!

I'm forever thankful to have experienced this show the way I did.. and with the new friends I had met as well.. some of which I know would love to read this and remember the trip we shared in Montana with the boys from Phish..

This show sealed the deal on my opinion of the band as one of the greatest American jam bands of all time. Still a dead head first and foremost ;) But Phish takes their jams to places no other band dared to go...


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