Phish Blows the Roof off UIC Pavllion
June 18, 1994
First Appeared in The Music Box, June 1994, Volume 1, #1
Written by John Metzger
In the blistering heat that has gripped the Chicago area over the past week, Phish provided a concert of contrasts. Blasting through several songs trying to remind us of cool thoughts (It's Ice, Tweezer, and Tweezer Reprise), Phish turned up the heat leaving few standing still over the course of the 3 1/2 hour show.
Just about every other tune seemed to explode into intense jam sessions which forced you to move your feet. From the early You Enjoy Myself to the new and popular Down with Disease, the band traversed their career, weaving in and out of songs, and leaving everyone in attendance immensely satisfied by the end of the night. Even the newest songs, which have been received rather critically by Phish fans, seemed right in place next to Rift, Maze, and David Bowie.
Vocals from Trey Anastasio, Mike Gordon, and Page McConnell were solid throughout the show, as was the incredible instrumentation and jamming. I still find it amazing to watch Anastasio and Gordon bounce on their trampolines and still play a good, solid tune! It's even more amazing to watch the audience bouncing right along.
Personally, I find it quite refreshing to see some newer bands picking up the explosive musical jams that were begun years ago by bands like the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers. Too bad I have to go to work Monday, or I'd follow Phish right on up to Kalamazoo, Michigan for their Sunday night gig!
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