Video Surfaces From Phish’s Lone Concert At Paolo Soleri Amphitheater In 1994
On May 10, 1994, Phish brought their spring tour to the scenic Paolo Soleri Amphitheater. The concert was the band’s debut at the venue and they never returned before the amphitheater closed in 2010. Fan-shot video featuring the entire second set and encore has surfaced on YouTube and can be viewed below.
Architect Paolo Soleri designed the Santa Fe, New Mexico venue, which opened in 1970 and closed 40 years later. The 2,900-capacity bowl hosted concerts from Widespread Panic, The Black Crowes, Bob Weir & RatDog, Keller Williams, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Frank Zappa, Santana, Leonard Cohen, the Dave Matthews Band and many other acts in its last three decades of existence. Lyle Lovett was the final nationally-touring musician to perform at the venue on July 29, 2010.
“This is an amazing place, I hope we get to come back next year,” Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio said just before the band’s “Squirming Coil” encore, a hope that didn’t come true. In fact, the quartet didn’t return to New Mexico at all until September 22, 1999 and have yet to play the state since.
Phish played 123 shows in 1994 and the second set at Paolo Soleri was the only frame of the year to feature both “Reba” and “Harry Hood.” The four-piece delivered gorgeous versions of each jam vehicle as well as short but sweet “David Bowie.” Additionally, the band played “Julius,” “Scent Of A Mule” and “Dog Faced Boy” from their new album at the time, Hoist. “Dog Faced Boy” came during an acoustic and unamplified segment that also included covers of “Ginseng Sullivan” and “Nellie Cane.” A rare major miscue from bassist Mike Gordon took place when he began singing the “Harry!” lyric from “Harry Hood” one go-around too soon.
The video that surfaced on YouTube starts towards the end of “Wilson,” the second song of the frame, and continues through the set-closing “Bowie.” Watch the footage below via The Pharchive thanks to MrMarMar420: