SET 1: My Friend, My Friend, Sparkle > Simple -> Runaway Jim, Foam, Lawn Boy, Split Open and Melt -> Buffalo Bill -> Makisupa Policeman -> Rift
SET 2: Down with Disease -> The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu > The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday -> Sparks > Uncle Pen, You Enjoy Myself, Hold Your Head Up > Bike > Hold Your Head Up, Run Like an Antelope -> Sleeping Monkey > Run Like an Antelope
ENCORE: Harry Hood
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Review by Raible
Who knows? Whatever the reason, this show deserves classic status. It's got it all - the bust-out factor, the great (if compressed slightly) fall 94 jamming, the creative set list design for both sets, and a killer encore.
Let's dive in.
Set I: Um, hello? A rare and intense My Friend opener; a strangely placed Simple->Runaway Jim combo (and a strange combo for any show); and the pure treat of SOAM->Buffalo Bill->Makisupa->Rift to cap it off makes what would have been an otherwise typical warm-up set for a Fall 94 jamfest in Set II become absolutely mandatory listening for any phan. Forever.
Set II: You mean it gets better?!
DWD->TMWSIY>Avenu>TMWSIY->Sparks>Uncle Pen to kick it off. I don't think I need to really say much more about that string; it's self-explanatory. The DWD is high-energy and rocking; the TMWSIY sandwich is always serene-plus-fun; and just throw in a dash of The Who's Tommy for seasoning. Plus some bluegrass for good measure. w00t!
Caught your breath? Good. Next stop: YEM. A typical strong 94 YEM, and actually a short and sweet version considering the other YEMs of that tour and year. Jazzy-creepy vocal jam.
Good Fishman-tastic fun and banter with Bike is next. Now they'll probably wind it down with something lame like Sample or maybe a nice Horse>Silent, right?
WRONG. How about a smoking Antelope with Sleeping Monkey plunked right in the middle of it? Bam! That. Just. Happened.
Encore? A beautiful, soaring Harry Hood. The perfect way to end any show, and a pitch-perfect way to end this one.
For those who don't know the set list by heart already, this show is a lot of fun to just put on from start to finish and try not to remember or even guess what song comes next.
Because 9 times out of 10 with 10-29-94, what comes next is anyone's guess.