17

Jun

1994

Phish

Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI

06/17/94 Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI

Products

Set One

Runaway Jim 462

387014-TRACK

  • $1.29
Foam 545

387015-TRACK

  • $1.29
Glide 307

387016-TRACK

  • $1.29
Split Open and Melt 676

387017-TRACK

  • $1.29
If I Could 367

387018-TRACK

  • $1.29
Punch You in the Eye 428

387019-TRACK

  • $1.29
Bathtub Gin 579

387020-TRACK

  • $1.29
Scent Of A Mule 426

387021-TRACK

  • $1.29
Cavern 289

387022-TRACK

  • $1.29

Set Two

2001 246

387023-TRACK

  • $1.29
Sample in a Jar 292

387024-TRACK

  • $1.29
Poor Heart 130

387025-TRACK

  • $1.29
Mike's Song 451

387026-TRACK

  • $1.29
Simple 236

387027-TRACK

  • $1.29
Mike's Song 109

387028-TRACK

  • $1.29
I Am Hydrogen 12

387029-TRACK

  • $1.29
Simple 65

387030-TRACK

  • $1.29
I Am Hydrogen 125

387031-TRACK

  • $1.29
Weekapaug Groove 416

387032-TRACK

  • $1.29
Harpua 133

387033-TRACK

  • $1.29
Kung 18

387034-TRACK

  • $1.29
Harpua 906

387035-TRACK

Sparkle 227

387036-TRACK

  • $1.29
Big Ball Jam 163

387037-TRACK

  • $1.29
Julius 405

387038-TRACK

  • $1.29
Frankenstein 311

387039-TRACK

  • $1.29

Encore

Sleeping Monkey 312

387040-TRACK

  • $1.29
Rocky Top 166

387041-TRACK

  • $1.29
Price for

$9.95

$9.95

Show Notes

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.

Highlights from 6/17/94 set I included the Runaway Jim opener dedicated to O.J., a dynamic Foam, Split Open And Melt, and Punch You In The Eye > Bathtub Gin.  All of set II was a highlight, a Peak Phish excursion at the height of summer 1994, wound into a historic soundtrack.  The band thrice showcased their latest song, Simple, during set II: in its usual slot out of Mike’s Song, a unique mashup with I Am Hydrogen, and within the Harpua narration.  Harpua also featured the band’s attempt to cool down the sweltering audience, and Gamehendge references foreshadowing events of the next few weeks.

The verdict on the O.J. Show is unanimous - this is must-hear Phish. 6/17/94 Milwaukee was recorded by Paul Languedoc to 2-track soundboard DAT and mastered by Fred Kevorkian.

- O.J. references throughout the show including during: Runaway Jim, 2001, Poor Heart, Mike’s Song, Simple, Harpua
- Harpua narration includes quotes from Simple and Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)
- Kung was chanted very quickly by Trey

- Recorded by Paul Languedoc
- Post-Production by Kevin Shapiro
- Mastered by Fred Kevorkian at Kevorkian Mastering