December 18, 2020

Phish: new archival release Bozeman ’94

Another archival Phish release is available for streaming and download: 11/28/94 Field House, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT:

On November 28, 1994 Phish rolled into Bozeman, Montana for their first play in the Big Sky state – a Monday night show at Montana State University’s Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. The 8500-seat venue known as The Brick was the world’s largest clear-span wooden structure when it was built, and had a dirt floor (useful for rodeos) until 1980. Bozeman was the 36th show on a 46-date tour that stretched from Pennsylvania to Minnesota before crossing the Mississippi and continuing from Montana to Southern California. The Bozeman show was the first western stop and was originally ticketed for MSU Shroyer Gym, but was moved to the larger Fieldhouse. Taping was allowed as with all Phish shows, but the audience tapers missed some portions of this performance. Fortunately the band was recording fall tour on multitrack for the live album that would become A Live One and the story of this Bozeman ’94 recording was born.

Set I highlights included the opening sequence Chalk Dust Torture, 2001 > Scent Of A Mule and Stash. Guyute was new this tour and in peak form, while Simple > Divided Sky lit up the Fieldhouse. Simple included a sit-in by “nine year old saxophone wonder” Cameron McKinney, a lifelong friend of the band who had previously appeared with them onstage in 1988, 1992, and 1993. Set II is legendary for its experimental cornerstone, the Bozeman Tweezer - a 44-minute psychedelic masterpiece as expansive as the landscape. A short piece of this Tweezer was used to create the instrumental Montana on A Live One. Tweezer gave way to an inspired Sleeping Monkey and Julius before the Fee > Tweezer Reprise encore capped the festivities.

Setlist and notes from

SET 1: Chalk Dust Torture, Also Sprach Zarathustra, Scent of a Mule, Stash, Guyute, Sparkle > Simple[1] > Divided Sky, Sweet Adeline

SET 2: Suzy Greenberg > NICU > Tweezer -> Digital Delay Loop Jam -> Tweezer > Sleeping Monkey > Julius

ENCORE: Fee[2] > Tweezer Reprise

[1] Cameron McKinney on saxophone.
[2] Trey sang verses through megaphone.

Simple featured Cameron McKinney on saxophone. A portion of the jam segment from this long (nearly 45 minutes), experimental Tweezer appeared on A Live One as Montana. Trey teased I'm a Man (Spencer Davis Group) in Tweezer prior to the Digital Delay Loop Jam. Trey sang the verses of Fee through a megaphone. This gig was originally scheduled for MSU’s Shroyer Gym (capacity 1,800), and was later moved to the larger Field House (capacity 8,500).


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