Soundcheck: Free Ride, Cry Baby Cry, The Old Home Place, Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey, Funky Bitch/Caravan Jam, Funky Bitch, The Old Home Place

SET 1: Suzy Greenberg, Foam, If I Could > Maze, Guyute, Stash, Scent of a Mule, While My Guitar Gently Weeps

SET 2: Halley's Comet > Tweezer > The Mango Song > Axilla (Part II), Possum, The Lizards, Sample in a Jar

ENCORE: The Old Home Place[1], Foreplay/Long Time[1], Tweezer Reprise

The Old Home Place and Foreplay/Long Time were performed acoustic. While Mike tuned up for Foreplay/Long Time, Trey talked about the fact that the Bangor Auditorium and Nectar’s are both on Route 2, so the band had been playing on that road for eleven years. This version of Tweezer appears on A Live One. Trey teased Stairway to Heaven in Suzy Greenberg and Possum contained I'm a Man (Spencer Davis Group) teases. The second Old Home Place in the soundcheck was acoustic.
Jam Chart Versions
I'm a Man tease in Possum, Stairway to Heaven tease in Suzy Greenberg
Debut Years (Average: 1990)

This show was part of the "1994 Fall Tour"

Show Reviews

, attached to 1994-11-02

Review by waxbanks

waxbanks The Tweezer is the centerpiece of this infamous show, and was included on 'A Live One' as the big Disc Two F*CK YOU jam. Like most of Phish's long pre-1996 jams, the Bangor Tweezer contains a far amount of dicking around - to my ears they still had trouble going deep with their improvisations back then. The result is a jam that's intermittently thrilling and soporific. It ends spectacularly, with a quick hurdy-gurdy groove transforming into a bit of a Sparks jam and exploding back into the Tweezer theme, and there are plenty of entertaining micro-improvisations in the middle ten minutes. But it wasn't until late 1996 and (especially) early '97 that Phish developed the patience that characterized their great improvisations.

This, then, is ADHD rock - dazzling pyrotechnics, ostentatious chops, and lots of cerebral mini-jams that manage to be both (1) short in duration and (2) oddly trying to one's patience. Weird for a 2-minute improvisation to have outstayed its welcome, but...

That said, it's a monumental rendition of this mainstay tune, and every Phish fan should hear it - if for no other reason than to help make sense of the vastly more coherent, emotionally serious music that the band was making just three years later.

This version of Possum (with extensive chordal weirdness that's traditionally been labeled 'Mind Left Body' jamming) sort of has the same problem/virtue: Trey has all these neat ideas about bringing the music up and down and all around and goofily deconstructing the Very Idea of a Blues Solo, etc., etc., and what you get is a version of the tune that's viscerally exciting and impressive without revealing even a split second of emotional depth or honesty. The band's technique in those days was positively inhuman, and 'inhuman' isn't exactly the cardinal virtue for a blues performance. Right?

But you gotta admit this too: no other band does quite what Phish does, and that was true in 1994 too. This is astonishing music: giddy high-wire ensemble playing in some weird dialect of Rock, smarter and in some ways wilder than anything else going. When they locked into a song they could perform miracles, even then. And back then they very specifically wanted to do just that. They're into other stuff now - love, death, mere living - and so the music goes deeper than ever, but is less likely to impress the music school kids. If that's your standard than enjoy this marvelous exhibition.

If you think bitter truth and ecstatic melancholy are more important to music than the blinding wizardry on display in this show, go see Phish next time they're in your town.

Well, and keep this tape too. Nothing wrong with that. Nothing at all.
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Review by tommyjon

tommyjon This was my first concert ever, and I was 16 years old. My best friend (RIP) and I went, and didn't know what we were in for. We are from a small town in Northern/Central Maine and made the one hour trip south in my old LTD station wagon. We brought one jay which we smoked in the car before we stood in line. It poured rain the entire time, but we were bewildered by the scene. People came up to us with all kinds of goodies that we of course had no money for. Ended up with some sweet spots on the lower bleachers which bounced the entire show. Everybody on the bleachers was super-friendly.

As far as the music goes the moments I remember most were the opener, which I had never heard before so I thought cheekily that they were saying "Suzy Greenbud." Axila and Sample stood out because at the time Hoist was one of my favorite albums. Tweezer struck a chord with me as well. Sorry I can't elaborate on the music more, but I was young and basically in awe at the whole experience.

This was more of a personal account rather than a concert review, but thanks for letting me share this experience.
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Review by theghost

theghost It was a cold rainy scene in the lot. Tickets were very hard to find and the mood was very subdued...not much joy in the lot. At the gate, security was horribly slow, checking everyone meticulously even while the band had begun. Some people opened a door and a whole gate-crashing event ensued. And then, once through the gate, everyone entered the gym from the Page side of the stage. Everyone got about 20 feet into the gym and stopped to watch the band, creating another log jam.

Anyway, the vibe was cranky and agitated and the band responded with a pretty dark mean first set. The second set continued with more agitated playing during the famous Tweezer. Eventually the Tweezer got kind of silly and the ice began to thaw. By the time they got to Lizards everyone was happy and joyous again. For me, it was stunning example of the band manipulating the mood of the crowd... a large scale emotional tension and release.
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Review by timbuk295

timbuk295 Well, well... it looks like this was a first show for a lot of us!

I'll recap my memories of the show, which are less of a review of the music (sorry, I just had no frame of reference at the time), and more a recap of the experience. I have never listened to a recording of the show (save for Tweezer, of course) since. I'm looking forward to listening to this show finally, after writing about it purely from memory...

I knew very little about Phish at the time, and only went because a friend gave me a free ticket, and I went with an open mind. It would be a long time after this show before I would open my mind again and finally start to like the band.

It was a very cold November night, as I vaguely remember walking to the venue and back with frosty trees and slick sidewalks. I also remember the long line and something about gate-crashing that TheGhost mentioned, so I probably didn't make it inside until well after the music had started.

The pre-renovation Bangor Auditorium was a horrible building acoustically, with a metal roof and long, sloping bleachers, designed more for State Championship Basketball than anything else. The stage was backed up against the wall at one end of the court. I remember black curtains surrounding the back of the stage area. Since the entrances into the auditorium were on either side of the stage, with a hallway behind, it's a puzzle to me how the band got on and off stage without going through that hallway and being swarmed by fans -- although maybe those were early enough days that it was no concern.

I remember the floor was arranged with folding chairs at the start of the concert, which the audience removed once the music started. (between this and the gate crashing, I imagine the venue staff were just grossly ill-informed about what to expect from a Phish show). I wonder if the clanking of metal chairs can be heard among the first few tunes? I remember being confused and thinking to myself 'we probably shouldn't be moving these chairs...', while the community effort moved all of those chairs up the bleachers on the sides and into the stands, freeing up the dance space for the floorward migration.

I remember being very confused as to why no songs were played, as the music seemed to just go on and on in no particular direction. 'Is this still the same song,' I vaguely recall asking my friend somewhere in the middle of the show. The response was something like 'you're a musician, you should appreciate this.' I remember trying, and failing, to appreciate it.

I do remember that Stash was played, because I remember trying to clap along with everyone else, and then clapping at the wrong time. It was like being an outside date at someone's inside joke party.

I also remember that Maze was played because that plinking intro was unlike anything else I had ever heard, and I was fascinated.

Into Set 2, it just seemed like things had devolved into noise (this was probably Tweezer). I remember that Trey had a rack of effects next to him on stage and just kept playing with the effects knobs, and he seemed to just really be experimenting with noise by himself.

I also have this vague recollection - and I hope someone can corroborate this - that Trey and Mike were ballet-style prancing across the stage, and pretending to 'shoot' their guitars at Page, who would pretend to be hit by their 'arrows' and slam on the piano. Anyone else remember this, or is this just my imagination?

At some point, I had had enough of the nonsense and decided to leave. It was likely during the Tweezer. Not being familiar with the music at all, I had nothing to latch on to, and was bored.

I remember waiting by the door at the side of the stage, looking to see if anything interesting would happen before I left. Nothing to me did, and that was that.

I do remember the next day people saying how amazing it was that they came out and played an acoustic Encore with Fishman on Madonna washboard and that I had missed something very special.

I'm looking forward to finally listening to this.
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Review by westbrook

westbrook This show kicks off my favorite month of Phish and does not disappoint.
The Foam, Maze, Stash, Tweezer, and Possum from this show are all excellent versions of their respective songs. That slew of highlights and the generally strong playing throughout make this show remarkable even for the high-quality Fall 94 tour.
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Review by MexiWook

MexiWook Truely my first PHISH show, after listening to Lawn Boy and enjoying the groove as well as a faster pace from the Grateful Dead I jumped into the car to drive to Bangor with 4 other friends to witness my first live PHISH show at the Bangor Auditorium...
Stories abound from this show and my Maxell 90 aud2 tape in the garage reminds me of the innocence we viewed PHISH back in those days... Geeze that was fun!
What a show on a cold night in Bangor Maine, we stumbled upon a glorious spot on the floor about 20 feet from Page and let the music cascade down on us as we bounced and grooved with Suzy, Stash and Scent of a Mule 1st set. Awesome I thought and this is WAY more fun than a Dead show!!
2nd set Tweezer knocked me into a new belief system!! Trey and Mike went back and forth for 20 minutes of Wickedness. The house came down during Lizards from what I recall and I could not believe these 4 musicians put together a wicked a capella encore..
1st show!!
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Review by Icculus

Icculus Posted to Rec Music Phish in November 1994

11/2/94 Bangor Municipal Aud., Bangor, ME

If you went to this show, you may have seen my friend walking around
outside with a GIANT sign that read "Drove From Arizona Have Cash and
Halloween Tapes for your Extras" etc. Anyway, I went to Halloween and
Bangor with him. We were horrified to find out that Bangor was sold out,
since weeks ago we had the option of getting tickets. In desperation mode,
Dead (his nickname) whipped up these signs and proceeded to gather three
tickets for himself and two of our Maine friends. I said I would find a
ticket myself, since I had enough Phish on tape and had seen them enough
times that I wouldn't be too unhappy to miss Bangor.. I got a ticket
finally, from dreadlocked Jeff Drudge, and made it in during the Maze jam
in the first set. If anyone knows Jeff Drudge, from Ohio, please be in

Setlist Note: fish was on ukelele, not washboard, for MOHP and
Foreplay/Long Time. (Mike on banjo, page on standup bass, and trey on
classical guitar)

I missed the Suzy, Foam, and If I Could, but heard that they were good but
nothing to write home about. The Maze jam that I caught was strong but not
awe-inspiring (for those who have seen and heard it done well before).
Guyute and Stash were also nothing to speak of. Especially Stash. I was
hoping they would do more with it.. not tonight. The Scent of a Mule was
the most incredible one I have heard up till now. Just ridiculous. You
have to hear it. I couldn't believe it. They were really, really screwing
around on it. Very, very long, too. The WMGGW was sick, just like at
Halloween.. a great set closer!!

Halley's Comet was great to hear.. my first one! I was leaping up and down
with glee.. most of the people around me didn't get it (in fact, most of
the people THERE didn't get IT.. I thought the bangor crowd was worse than
charlottesville and INSERTCOLLEGECROWDHERE crowds combined.. clueless
people galore, lots of moshing and people getting carried over others' heads
on the floor, even during Lizards.. it was a god damn embarrassment, and
you could tell that Mike was not pleased.. oh well, guess I'm too old..).
The Tweezer was over thirty minutes long and was the longest, weirdest, and
most peculiar Tweezer I have ever heard so far. If you like Bomb Factory,
you will love this one.. lots of weird chaotic mayhem in this Tweezer that
i couldn't relate to. It was still incredible... an experience! [See "A
Live One".] I liked it much more than any other tweezer ive heard this
year, including Bomb Factory. Mango was great as always, and Possum and
Lizards were fine, just not impressive. I won't comment on Axilla and
Sample, which the masses ate up, and which were played just like they are
always played. The encores were great.. really like MOHP.. the Tweezer
Reprise was typical (which surprised me since the Tweezer sure as hell
wasn't). It was nothing like the extended Tweezer Reprise we got at

I really enjoyed this show, and recommend you veterans check out the Scent
and the Tweezer, which were just exceptional versions. Everything else was
pretty standard... don't get me wrong folks, I love phish, but when you
have seen them a certain number of times and have waaaay to much stuff on
tape, you reach a certain point were you have got to make calculated
decisions about what tapes/versions to hear and what not to hear.


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Review by spreaditround

spreaditround SET 1: Suzy Greenberg: Standard.

Foam: Smokes as I would expect a version of this era, but this one is charted/lauded, and I don’t hear anything out of the ordinary? Shame on me?

If I Could > Maze, Guyute: Standard.

Stash: Very good Stash!

Scent of a Mule: Standard.

While My Guitar Gently Weeps: Crowd loves it being the first played since the debut in Glens Falls.

SET 2: Halley's Comet: Standard >

Tweezer: The early jam segment is some of the finest improvisation Phish has ever put together. It might as well be composed. The last piece of this jam smokes too. There is so much to unpack between these segments – I am not your man to do so. But I will say that I have listened to this more times than I would care to admit. It is ground breaking. Lot’s of risks were taken. For a bit of humor I will say we played this a few times while camping at the Dead Deer Creek run – loud enough for our neighbors to hear – fair to say many did not appreciate it but had a few folks stop by and ask what it was. It is a legendary moment in time for the band and for good reason. >

The Mango Song > Axilla (Part II) – Standard.

Possum: Definitely white hot. This one gets out there and then some.

The Lizards, Sample in a Jar: Standard.

ENCORE: The Old Home Place[1], Foreplay/Long Time[1], Tweezer Reprise: Standard.

Stash has replay value as does Possum – Tweezer of course is in a league of it’s own. Incredible piece of Phish history, The Bangor Tweezer. I would rate this show as a 4.3 out of 5.
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Review by MrPalmers1000DollarQ

MrPalmers1000DollarQ Just as 12/30 is a reliable date for an absolute smoking show in anticipation of NYE, 11/2 has a track record of putting out some heaters after a lubricating Halloween performance (see '96 Coral Sky and '98 Dark Side of the Moon for reference). The Bangor '94 show has provided some really awesome officially released tunes. Foam (on Live Bait 9) features some really great rhythmic play, tension, and above-standard dynamic drive, arguably bookending the song's golden era along with the legendary 12/14/95 performance. Possum (on Live Bait 19) plays with a cool Spencer Davis jam that prevails even into Trey's solo. But even after this motif is abandoned, the band takes off down that road, recklessly mowing down whatever vermin may scuttle in their way. Trey's shredding is on another level for this one, and there's some really excellent departures from the standard solo structure as the band approaches the peak. Of course, the mighty ALO Tweezer packs a heavy-ass punch. This version is in many ways the spiritual predecessor to the Bozeman 11/28/94 Tweezer that would follow, notable for its numerous, diverse sections and crazy creative Type II jamming. Just scrub through the song a few minutes at a time and you could trick any unfamiliar party into believing they're hearing totally different jams.

Outside these official releases, the show features a stellar first set that includes a spirited Suzy Greenberg with a fun Stairway tease in Trey's solo, a blazing Maze that burns white hot with dissonance and fury (Fishman is fucking ballistic), a cool Stash unique for its departure into major mode territory, and a kick-ass Mule with some awesome collaboration between Page, Mike and Trey. Second set is mostly carried by Tweezer and Possum, but the rest of the tunes are nonetheless delivered with that special Fall '94 gumption (especially Mango Song).
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Review by BigSpike

BigSpike Fishman never ceases to amaze me. Try to figure out how he keeps perfect time on the ride and squeaks in the little Cabasa sounds (chit chit) in between on If I Could. He always does this on this song, but, on this version it's over the top. A butt with arms and legs my ass!!!! An ass with 8 appendages flailing, with no rhyme or or reason, but still in time!!!!!
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