Phish - 1994

Flynn Theatre
Burlington, VT, US

Set List

Set I

Set II


Show Notes

This was the 1st show following the 3/29/94 release of “Hoist”, Phish’s fifth studio album on Elektra. Mike Directed an MTV video for the first single, Down With Disease which included footage shot during the 12/31/93 show. The crew, which now numbered eighteen including drivers, had a few days of tech. rehearsal at the Flynn the week before the show, at least one of which included the band with horns. New “Republique du Phish” art by Jim Pollock adorned the new Spring 1994 Doniac Schvice and tour itinerary. This was Phish’s third show at this venue – a benefit for the continued renovation and expansion of the Flynn Theatre that had begun in the 1980’s. The show was not listed in the Schvice. The show opener was the band’s 1st performance of Back In My Hometown, a one-line A cappella introduction with the same lyrics as the title (see 7/16/94). This show also featured the 1st public performances of: Scent Of A Mule, Down With Disease, If I Could, Julius, Wolfman’s Brother and I Wan’na Be Like You (Richard Sherman/Robert Sherman/Terry Gilkson cover). Fee was performed without the megaphone Most of set two starting with Buried Alive included the debut of The “6-piece” Giant Country Horns, who, for this show consisted of: Dave “The Truth” Grippo on alto saxophone and percussion, Carl “Gears” Gerhard on trumpet, Chris Peterman on tenor saxophone, Mike Gallick on baritone saxophone, Joseph Somerville, Jr. on trumpet and Don Glasgo on trombone. Dave Grippo played congas for the debut of the “Jungle Book” classic I Wan’na Be Like You (The Monkey Song) and The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony. The end of Wolfman’s Brother sped up into the 1st instrumental Alumni Blues Jam played (see also 4/15/94 when the band sang a verse and 5/4/94). Fish sang I Wan’na Be Like You, pausing before his vacuum bit to announce “this is where King Louie plays his solo”. This show took place during the Duke vs. Arkansas NCAA championship basketball game and Trey updated the audience on the score throughout the show. Before Harry Hood, Trey said “for those of you who care as much as I do, with 1 minute remaining, Duke 70, Arkansas 70. We’ll be dropping the large screen t.v. behind us…I’ll be back in about 1 minute.” Buying time, he continued “It’s a big night for us, for those of you who don’t know, it’s been about 8 months since we actually toured…except for those 4 night at New Year’s Eve. It’s really incredible to be at this end of…it’s boom, back out.” Before Cavern, Trey said “I’m very happy to announce, Duke 72, Arkansas 76.” Carl Gerhard joined the band For Cavern, during which Trey filled in the alternate lyrics (“the brothel wife then grabbed the knife and slashed me on the tongue. I turned the blade back on the bitch and dropped her in the dung.” The April/May 1994 Doniac Schvice preceded the tour by nearly a month. It was the first color Phish Update/Newsletter and was decorated with a two-page spread of Amy Skelton’s horse, Maggie, hanging in her full “Hoist” album cover pose. The April/May 1994 Schvice listed tour dates from April 5 through May 28th and Phish News was replaced with “A note from Trey” which read: “Greetings from Gamehendge…Vanessa is in Japan…so she can’t peruse the hues of our new four-color Achvice. You, on the other hand, can. For that matter, I can too. It’s new (the Hoist cover art) and an icon too. (Of sorts.) Iconography? (I kind of agree, says Dave…looks too much like Hoist.) See? The eye can…and if black don’t do it, dye can. I’m writing this on 3/3…one month till the tour starts. Anticipation! See you there.”