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!