June 30, 2017

Phish: new archival release Milwaukee 6/17/94 (the "O.J. Show")

Another archival Phish release is available for streaming and download: 6/17/94 Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom. This is the "O.J. Show":

On June 17, 1994 Phish played the Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the largest and most ornate room in The Rave/Eagles Club complex. The landmark “Million Dollar Ballroom” was opened in 1927 with an oval wooden dance floor and domed ceiling ringed by balconies, with a capacity of about 1,500. It was Phish’s only show in the haunted ballroom but their second performance in the building, having played The Rave in spring 1992. This was the “O.J. Show” performed during O.J. Simpson’s slow-speed Bronco chase. Starting just before showtime and unbeknownst to the audience (O.J. had a cell phone in 1994 but most fans didn’t), the band was following O.J.’s progress along the freeways of Los Angeles. To say this affected the show would be an understatement. Phish channelled that crazy American energy and injected the juice into the music. The result is no secret – the O.J. Show is a classic introductory Phish tape.

Setlist and notes from phish.net:

SET 1: Runaway Jim, Foam, Glide, Split Open and Melt, If I Could, Punch You In the Eye > Bathtub Gin, Scent of a Mule, Cavern

SET 2: Also Sprach Zarathustra[1] > Sample in a Jar, Poor Heart[1] > Mike's Song[1] -> Simple[1] -> Mike's Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Harpua -> Kung -> Harpua[1], Sparkle > Big Ball Jam > Julius > Frankenstein

ENCORE: Sleeping Monkey > Rocky Top

[1] O.J. reference.
This is the infamous “O.J. Show,” played on the night of O.J. Simpson’s Bronco chase. 2001, Mike’s, Simple, Poor Heart, and Harpua all included references to O.J. Mike’s Song also included a Mission: Impossible theme tease and Hydrogen included Simple quotes. Weekapaug contained a Nellie Kane tease from Mike. Harpua included a Simple quote and Voodoo Child tease.

» livephish.com

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