MP3 / GIVEAWAY: Phish Chicago ’94 Box Set

While our trusty friends from Hidden Track were all over this a week or so ago, Phish made the news official last night during their second webcast from Portsmouth, VA: The band will release an audio box set of their two shows that were played at UIC Pavilion in Chicago during the year 1994. The six-disc set is due out on July 31st, and we’ve got a few MP3 samples from the set that are mastered with Fred Kevorkian’s magic touch…

The first show Phish is featuring from the set was their June 18th show at UIC Pavilion after stopping by the Danny Bonaduce show at the Loop 97.9 Studios. Check out the “Divided Sky” below…

Phish – “Divided Sky” (Chicago ’94) [MP3]

The band then returned to the city in November to play the night after Thanksgiving; the show opened up with a scorching “Llama” which you can hear below:

Phish – “Llama” (Chicago ’94) [MP3]

There are a few bundles available for pre-order on this and the artwork for the set was done by Pollock; head over to Phish Dry Goods to see the packages.

While the set doesn’t come out for another month and we won’t have it for another week or so (at the earliest), we’re going to feature a giveaway here on Live Music Blog for the Chicago ’94 release.

If you’d like a FREE copy of the Chicago ’94 release shipped straight to your front door courtesy of our friends at Phish and JEMP Records, just drop a comment below and tell us your favorite thing about Chicago and/or a favorite memory about seeing Phish specifically in Chicago. You can say “pizza” as your answer, but that’s boring as hell. Make sure you have a “valid” email address as part of your comment submission so I can get in touch with you if you’re randomly selected to win the prize…. the winner will be notified in a week!


  1. I was born in chicago! my favorite phish show memory was when halfway through a set in Atlantic City, i turned into a wolf

  2. Have never seen Phish in Chicago but spent my honeymoon there 10 years ago (as of August 10th). Lots of Cubs games, Lake Shore Drive, pizza, Morton’s, and sexy time with the wife. Got a call from my buddy on the ride to the airport heading home that Phish hiatus was ending. Pretty good week I had in Chicago back then.

  3. 2000-09-23
    Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL – had to park under a brifge under construction. Unbeknown to me there werwe birds nesting in the bridge supports. After the show, I walk up to my car and discover it covered bumper to bumper with bird s*** and feathers. Could barely see the paint color. I had to drive this car with my head sticking out the side window crawling in traffic and passing in front of the venue. Everyone laughing and pointing and hooting.

    They opened up the second set with Birds of a Feather that night.

  4. 9-23-00 – MEATSTICKALOPE! Greatest phish show moment ever! The crowd started singing Meatstick with the band.. The band eventually getting quieter and quieter until it was just the crowd singing Meatstick. Then Trey busts into Antelope while the crowd is still singing Meatstick, but he’s still teasing Meatstick. It was an amazing show and a great day to be a Phish phan.

    As for that, nothing other than hotdogs are worth wild in Chicago… Twisted Spoke is pretty cool too.

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  5. UIC 8-15-11-8-17-11

    The first time I ever went to Chicago was for Phish. I discovered my favorite city in the world that run and have been back many times since my favorite Phish memory there besides a ragin show that included dinner and a movie but also I didn’t have a ticket last summer I came to lot early and looked all day my then boyfriend had a ticket and it wa almost time to go in I told him not to worry and to go on in it’s like 10 mintues before show time …. I figured hey at least of us won’t miss it. All of a sudden as I’m walking down past the box office this kid appears holding a ticket in his hand ptbm and alll I scooped it up for face !! Ran straight to my man in line hollerin and brandishing it that night we had a great show I raged from dinner and a movie all the way to rocky top that’s the closest I’ve ever come to not getting in a show and walking around searching for it was worth every mintue I will never forget the amazing sets we got that run and how hard I danced. I did the whole tour last year and UIC was one of the best times I had all summer I also found a city a truly love and dream of some day living it it’s amazing the things I’ve found and places I’ve been just because of my love of Phish. I also brought a beautiful glass bead that night after the show I love it dearly and wear it on my necklace almost everyday it reminds me of the amazing miracle of finding that ticket and have since framed the ptbm with my others and that wonderful Chicago poster

  6. never saw phish in chicago but adore the 6/18/94 show. Also the jesus left chicago from slip,stitch and pass was one of my first phish songs i heard.

  7. The best thing about Chicago is the summer time! Street fests/concerts every weekend with hot girls, good food and great music.

    I saw them one of the nights at UIC last summer and it was a very fun show. I love it when bands come to Chicago and play 2 or 3 nights. One of my fav shows though was close to Chicago at Alpine Valley in 2010. I somehow scored 8th row center tickets from the Phish lottery and had a blast. Can’t wait for Alpine Valley next weekend!

  8. I got into Phish in 99, and my first show was 9/22/2000. At the time my absolute favorite song was DwD, and sure enough, the boys opened my first show with it. That first live experience got me “hooked on phish”, and i’ll be seeing shows 37-40 at DC>Alpine.

  9. Nice giveaway! Best thing about Chicago has to be Wrigley Field. Maybe someday we’ll get a Phish show there!

  10. My favorite memory of seeing PHiSH in Chicago (Rosemont) 9-22-00, my seat being directly next to the stage @ eye-level (Trey side). It was my first time inside a show, and they played YEM. During the vocal jam, I was in the perfect location to see the lights spin ’round and ’round…I was blown away. My favorite quote from a paper I wrote about that experience was, “The wooden support beams that ran across the ceiling, plucked like guitar strings to the rhythm of my heart beat.” I will NEVER forget that show, and what PHiSH did in that very night, to change my entire perspective of the world that surrounds me. Thank you PHiSH.

    David M. Phillips
    3771 Ashley Oaks Dr.
    Lafayette, IN, 47905

  11. The best part about Chicago? Downtown-all of it. Love that area for some reason. Get excited every time i have to go into town. Love the music, the food, the night life-all of it. Saw my first GSW show there too

  12. there is nothing like going to the sears tower after a phish show in 94′ to celebrate and get the best possible pizza in the world, much better than any NY pizza hands down. Last year I did another chicago run and saw Millenium park and it was epic to say the least. Phish plays shows next to amazing places like Watkins Glen last year next to the Gorges

  13. Laughing my ass off while two very, extremely uptight security guards at the venue attempted to address every puff of smoke in our section. It was like ‘whack-a-mole’, only with phish heads. We still laugh about it to this day.

  14. 94 is probably one of my favorite years for phish! I used to live close to Chicago and have been there many many times. One thing that stands out is the hotdogs! :)

  15. Never saw Phish in Chicago, but my favorite thing about the city was probably the invention of house music.

    That, or pizza with the sauce on top, but you said that was boring.

  16. i’ve only driven though chicago (summer tour 99 from alpine > deer creek or maybe on the way to alpine, can’t recall) but my favorite thing about the city are the many friends who live there. i hope to spend some time there in the coming years, it’s the #1 city in this country i need to visit. have heard great things about the food and downtown. cool giveaway…

  17. I can haz phish discs? The best thing about Chicago is all the middle class Midwestern white people who move there after college and wear the same things. That and the suburbs.

  18. Chicago: lovely midwest women and great food/beer… not to mention midwest mentality in a big city, which doesn’t equate to big city feel.

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