Band chanted and shouted "Greenpeace Mike" at end of vocal jam.
Antelope contained a brief Dixie tease from Trey and YEM contained a tease of Simple. At the end of YEM’s vocal jam (during which the words to Catapult were spoken), the band chanted and shouted “Greenpeace Mike.” Nellie Kane, Beaumont Rag, and Foreplay/Long Time were performed acoustic.
This show was very special to all who were lucky enough to be there.
But, that's what everyone says about most every show they've ever played! But, that's how I feel about it just the same.
It was the last time seeing them felt like it was a word-of-mouth band, or a cult band, as far for my personal experience. The little gym wasn't packed, there was enough room for everyone to move and dance. The 'security' was some freshman looking girls in bright yellow jackets. I only saw them on the way in and on the way out.
The band was very much on and in a good mood. You can hear this in the tapes as there is a bit of bantering. They also do the Vibration of Life which was incredible. That was so unreal. I wish they would do that again sometime, but it might not work as well in a huge hockey hall.
The show they played is fantastic. It has some incredible jams that have been talked about for years by others, so I won't go into too much detail. Set one, the Simple through Antelope needs to be heard and turned up loud. Second Set, all of it is excellent and very deftly played (despite some minor flubs which I don't notice nor care about). Fishman is the MVP, he is just phenomenal. And, his humor is very much in evidence here... his adlibs this night still make me smile to this day!!
The encore was really beautiful and the way Trey spoke to the crowd was very cool. They felt an affinity for the NC mountain town Boone (and Asheville), and you can hear that in their playing.
The only thing that might hold this back from being a 5 star gig is that they stopped and started a few times during each set, and didn't keep an extended flow from all the songs into another, but I think this made this show interesting because it was totally unpredictable what they were going to play next. I guess not much has changed!
This show was also the last time I showed up to a gig, in the winter, with no place to sleep sorted out! We managed to find floor space with some local kind people who were friends with a girl that was tagging along with us (her first gig).
So we were leaving the show in Atlanta the night before and Jeff told me "it's your turn to drive tonight" My response was "I don't have a license dude" Jeff"neither do I dude!" So that was that I was driving. unfortunately I had taken L during set break and I was still pretty high when we left. I do not recommend anyone doing this ever. It was a terrible idea but I was a young kid and I just did it. The drive from Atlanta to Boone was really fucking far. At least it seemed that way. Jeff woke up at 8am or so and saw that I wasn't doing too well so he took over the driving duties thank god. We got on the Blue Ridge Parkway which is the most beautiful road on the East Coast. It was late October and all the trees were changing color . it was stunning. I was still high and the scenery was stupendous. THis is the other reason to tour. It's not all about the shows and the scene. You get to see this wonderful country of ours up close and personal...
So we get to Boone and I was kind of worried about getting a ticket. I shouldn't have been because I walked right up to the box office and I was in. I believe it was 15 bucks... The venue was a college gym. A rectangular box so not the best acoustics. The recording I've heard of this night is pretty terrible quality but I blame the room. Trey had let the tour know that he was practicing the fiddle. We all thought he would break it out in Boone but it was not to be. We also thought it would be a heavy bluegrass night but it didn't turn out that way. The Greenpeace Mike chant during YEM was a fantastic way to thank a guy who was living the dream. Helping the Earth while seeing Phish every night. I used to stash my jacket at his booth every night... The Bowie was also fantastic with lots of weird backup vocals from Fish. I love that shit.
Great night in a beautiful town... Their booking agent really scored a touchdown on this tour. They hit some amazing venues/towns.
Halloween came early in 1994 for all the phans in Boone. I was so stoked about this show then, and it is still the pride of my show list. How many people live in tiny-ass towns (outside of VT) and can say the boys have been to play in your crappy school gym?
The acoustic encore still makes me smile like a phool every time I hear it. This was the show that cemented the boys in my heart.
Love everything about this show. This is Boone's Halloween show and the only time Phish has ever played in my heady home town.
Simple opener, one of there earlier versions of the song; Fishman breathes heavily into the mic to start the show, gettin freaky to start off... the old Simples holding the simbob and beepafone longer and more vocal action.
It's Ice, Mike goes crazy...awesome break down. you'll have to check it out.
NICU, great song, Page
Run like an Antelope...teases yes, ripper yes...break down after heavy jam is jungleish, spooky jungleish, big drum junga, really kool stuff run run run run run run run
First early version of guyute ive ever heard. spacier intro than present versions, refer to it's ice
dog faced boy was played well and scent of a mule kicks ass
o kee pah is always fun, suzy suzy suzy, stando version, nice jammin on runaway jim to end the first
second set is wild
high energy rift, bouncing comes to continue anticipation
Reba is very well executed. the jam starts out slow and you just ride the wave really...trey plays awesome as usual but turn your ears on page in this one, he's the perfect glue and his sound is a beaut
Axilla Part 2 - Love this song, like the lyrics more than part 1 and the spooky jam at the end (even spooky than normal in this one)..too bad they haven't played it since 97
YEM - Vibro - YEM - awesomely 1994...hardcore jamming, simple teases, trey's nerdy vibro speech, flat weird and scary vocal jam ex... washhaaaaa, sheee uhhh, ha ha ha, catapulting down town, favoritefianeinalavendergound (yea that fast).... sorry, i lost it there but seriously GREEN PEACE MIKE!
thank you for the hyhu and cracklin rosie break, that was too weird, but amazing
Just when you think you couldn't get anymore, "the cows come out to play!!!!!!!" with high hats from none other than john fishman fishman fish.... rockin socks sik and yet again very weird metalish bowie type 1 type 2 type 5 and type 19 jamming going on here
I loved Phish during this time with their weird setlists, more vocal improv, and high energy sets, wish i couldve been at this one, sometimes i feel i was when i listen to it. im from boone but was only 8 when this show was going on... shoulda been a decade earlier....
This show starts off with Simple, which is still in its infancy and was attached to Mike’s Song more often than not at this point. This is the second time it opened a show, after doing do so for the first time just a couple of shows earlier. It does an admirable job although the band doesn’t start to take it anywhere until the upcoming Halloween show. The It’s Ice that follows is excellent, as at first it shows the band completely in synch and then they do some nice exploring.
Moving through NICU, the band arrives at a mid-set Antelope that is full of energy. I always love it when this song appears in anywhere other than its traditional set closing placement so this is a welcome spot. Next up is Guyute, which continues to get better since its debut earlier in the month. Dog Faced Boy is a nice breather before Mule, which is fine, and we move to the solidly played and energetic set-ending Oh Kee Pah > Suzy > Jim sequence.
Set II begins with a well-executed Rift, followed by BATR, and then into Reba. Reba had a banner year in ‘94 and this version exemplifies this. While not quite on par with my favorite versions from the year (check out 7.6.94, 10.18.94 & 10.31.94, which are all phenomenal), this version comes pretty close.
The YEM is another highlight, containing a Vibration of Life and the Catapult lyrics during the vocal jam. I’m surprised this doesn’t count as Catapult actually being played and it’s not clear why, other than because it’s part of the vocal jam? The set-closing Bowie is more classic Fall ‘94 excellence, with strong playing in the structured segments, and frenzied chaos in the jam that follows. Between the Reba, YEM and Bowie, this is a monstrous set.
I really like this show, and it’s worthy of a couple of listens.
This Runaway Jim is such a cheeky add-on. Suzy Greenberg finishes comfortably north of the 1-hour mark, but instead of wrapping up the set, as most could have been forgiven for expecting, they dive into Jim. Bravo.
The Antelope is awesome. Reba doesn't hit those July 94 heights but is plenty good.
There are hints of Simple and Boogie On Reggae Woman from Mike in the latter part of YEM.
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