Weekend Nuggets: Phish in Japan


dscn08886.9.00 On Air East, Tokyo < LINK

This potent show kicked off Japan 2000.  In a small, dark club Phish greeted their Japanese audience with a funky opening set featuring the combo of “Funky Bitch” and “Moma Dance.”  A perspective-changing “Tweezer” highlighted the second set, with a laid back, club-style “YEM” encore punctuating the night.

I. Axilla, Taste, Billy Breathes, Poor Heart, Golgi Apparatus, Funky Bitch, The Moma Dance, First Tube, Chalkdust Torture

II: Tweezer, Bouncing Around the Room, The Mango Song, The Squirming Coil, Gotta Jibboo, The Meatstick* > Tweezer Reprise

E: You Enjoy Myself

* w/ Japanese Lyrics


6.13.00 Club Quattro, Nagoya

6.13.00 matrix Club Quattro, Nagoya < LINK

In by far the smallest club of 2000’s Japan tour, everyone had to take an elevator up inside a mall to access this tucked away music venue!  Fitting no more than 500 tightly squeezed fans, Phish tore apart one of their best shows of the run.  With two sets of equal stature, the tiny club was filled to the brim with standout Phish jams by the end of the night.  With the space between band and audience all but obliterated, this was as intimate of a Phish show as I’ve seen.  Highlights include the first set “Mike’s Groove,” and second set segment of “Wolfman’s, Antelope > Contact, Sand.”

I: Meat, Maze*, Ya Mar, Fast Enough For You, The Old Home Place, Wilson, Mike’s Song > Simple > Weekapaug Groove

II: Gotta Jibboo, Wolfman’s Brother, Run Like an Antelope > Contact, Sand, Roggae, Prince Caspian, Rocky Top, Cavern

E: Brian and Robert, Good Times Bad Times

*Followed by a reprise of “Meat”



Phish: Japan Tour 2000 (A Ryan C Winkleman short) 11 mins.

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“First Tube” 6.11.00 Hibiya Park, Tokyo

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2 Responses to “Weekend Nuggets: Phish in Japan”

  1. shpongleyez Says:

    Stories, man, stories. That is what your people want to hear! Rodan eats your Japan-o-phish.

    Thx anyway.


  2. nich obert Says:

    fwiw, this is the most atypical Bouncin Around The Room that I’m aware of. Trey plays a different solo over the last few bars instead of the typical arpeggio. It’s pretty sweet. One guy got it at least. “YEAH!” i think half the band thought they were going to unleash the first Bouncin jam.

    Makes sense since the rules go out the window when Phish leaves America.

    Maybe Japan 2012 will finally get me my 40 Minute Bouncin that I’ve been agitating for? That groove is too good to not be a jam platform at least one every 400 versions.

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