Weekend Nuggets: Two Nights In Europe


Europe '97 Summer Tour T-Shirt

Europe '97 Summer Tour T-Shirt

This weekend, I am featuring two shows from the game-changing tour of Europe Summer ’97.  Fully realizing their transformation to groove, Phish explored slow, funky realms throughout the beginning of summer. Warming up to the point of sizzling over the course of a 19 show European tour, Phish then turned their attention stateside for one of the most beloved summer runs.  Starting in Virgina Beach and ending in Limestone, Summer ’97 was a special era of Phish.  But the excellence we witnessed throughout the U.S. had its foundation in Phish’s European vacations in winter and summer.  These two nights represent explorations of the new style, with funk galore and a whole lot more.  These Europe ’97 shows are very underexposed, in general, containing many a night glossed over.  These are two of those nights.


6.19.97 Arena, Vienna, Austria < Torrent

6.19.97 Arena, Vienna, Austria < Megaupload

1997-06-19gnI: Limb By Limb, Dogs Stole Things, Theme From the Bottom* > Punch You in the Eye, Water in the Sky, Maze, Waste, Vultures, Runaway Jim

II: Stash > Ghost > I Saw It Again, Wading in the Velvet Sea, Piper, Jesus Just Left Chicago, Prince Caspian

E: Beauty of My Dreams, Character Zero, Hello My Baby#

*With “The Landlady” tease (including dance by Trey and Mike).  #No mic

Source: Schoeps CMC 64


7.3.97 Serenadenhof, Nuremburg, Germany < Torrent

7.3.97 Serenadenhof, Nuremburg, Germany < Megaupload

I: Piper, My Soul, The Divided Sky, Beauty of My Dreams, Taste, Train Song, Theme From the Bottom, Rocky Top

II: Ghost*, Cars Trucks Buses, Billy Breathes, Sparkle, Harry Hood, Cavern

E: Character Zero

*Included themes from the 07-02-97 Set II Jam, and more “Back of the Worm” vocals.

Source: AKG C1000 > DA-P1

Winged music note=====

Jam of the Weekend:

Stash > Ghost > I Saw It Again” 6.19.97 II


A essential chunk of Europe ’97 from Vienna; a segment of one of the downloads above.



“The Tower Jam” Montage, IT 8.2.03 – From Festival 8 The8tre (SICK!!)

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127 Responses to “Weekend Nuggets: Two Nights In Europe”

  1. Mr.Miner Says:

    ^^ twas ruff. night one aint bad at all

    set 1
    bag in set 2
    drowned from set 3 – prob my fav part by FAR if i remember correctly….

    ….def doesnt make it into listening rotation

  2. JP Says:

    good description of the “storm” that was coventry – what a rough way to go “out”….

    my last show until 8.7.09. a great feeling of total redemption and JOY that the boys were back and growing yet again.

  3. whole tour! Says:

    let me know what you think of these cell phone vids…shitty cell phone but unique venue..i hqad access to all over next to the stage and behind gordo’s rig.


  4. Robear Says:

    Miner’s got it right. He hit on the highlights. Second night ‘DWD’ was pretty good, yet I have no real memory of the 30 min. ‘Split’. I do remember some douche giving me shit because I was on the corner of their tarp. Man I can’t stand tarp nazi’s!

  5. Robear Says:

    Funny tidbit. If you go to Livephish for the second night of Coventry, it still says:

    the final Phish concert.

    I thought the antics on the second night bordered on offensive towards the fans. ‘The sexy bump’, the ‘Dickie Scotland’ blah.

    Could not be more happy that they are back, sober and ballin’!

  6. whole tour! Says:

    sugar shack tease: http://s699.photobucket.com/albums/vv351/WholeTour/Mobile

  7. Robear Says:

    wt, thx for posting those. a bit tough on my slow connection, but I get the vibe. You were on the move!

  8. Neemor Says:

    The Coventry DWD was dope for the huge orange glowstick jam that poured off the lawn into the “bowl” that was in front of the stage. I remember listing the Melt Jam as a “blowing off steam jam” on my setlist, it was pretty good. Sadly, the music, though emotional, was extremely rough around the edges. Rough weekend with the rain for days beforehand causing the traffic jam, the assholes going by all the long-suffering phans in the left lane, the 23 mile hike for me, etc. But I didn’t miss a note, and wouldn’t have. I think the bad taste left in some of our mouths was the worst part.
    For me, it just seemed like mother nature didn’t want this band to end things and was going to do anything in her power to keep it from happening. I took copious notes in a journal for that weekend, something I’d wished I’d done throughout my touring career.
    Fun to look back on things now to reminisce.
    The Scents from Camden ’03 just came on the LivePhish Radio the other day and brought me back. I didn’t do IT, but went to both Camden shows. I remember leaving the second show early, something I’d NEVER done previously or again to this day. The placement of Friday was supremely horrible. I had been on my then girlfriend to see a show with me and this was the one she went to. It really disappointed me, but she loved it. I was angrier still when I finally heard the Hood that I made her (and I) miss. What a dick. Never did THAT again.
    Anyways, thanks Miner as always. Go Steelers and happy weekend all.

  9. Robear Says:

    Hey Neemor, I have an awesome time-delay photo of the ‘DWD’ glowstick war. My friend J. King took the shot. We were super close. yeah, blowing off steam jam!

    rob gale 3 at g mail dot com

    I’ll send you a copy if you want.

  10. BrandonKayda Says:

    Hey Robear

    What do you think of that Ween? I just got a lot more of it, show-wise so I could send some if you’d like.

  11. John Says:

    My god, did you guys all know that there is a pro-shot of the Bathtub Gin from the Great Went on the Festival 8 theatre? My mouth is drooling…

  12. John Says:

    It’s only the first 7 and a half minutes though… lame.

  13. Robear Says:

    Hey BK! Hope you’re feelin’ betta’!

    I do like the ‘Ween’ so far. Very unique. Though I did get shut out of their show in Eureka….

    Let me finish your disc, b4 you send me more. You’re too generous! I’ll get it done tomorrow watching football!

  14. EL Duderino Says:

    @ John

    Prolly ‘cuz it’s from the BitterSweet Motel movie

  15. JP Says:

    sorry to hear you got shut out of the eureka show robear – i remember when you mentioned that you were going to head to that show hoping to get in.

    nice coventry reflections Neemor – i’d say one of the coolest things about how it all went down was to demonstrate the incredible commitment on the part of the phans to get into that mess.

    excited to be hitting a zony mash w/skerik show this coming friday, should be some good times – nothing like live music! anyone have anything to say yeah or nay on u-melt shows?

  16. EL Duderino Says:


    The Mike show was @ the Work/Play in Birmingham right?
    MMW played there the night before. The rumor is MMW hated that place ‘cuz most were talking too loud and ruining the performance. Was wondering if you made that one too and could confirm this rumor?

  17. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @Miner – while I love those summer Europe shows, I think the real turning point for the band was the spring Europe tour. It seemed like the experimentation with the funk really came to fruition (listen to the evolution from the start of tour through Hamburg SS&P). The Cortamaggiore show is one of my all time favorite Phish shows. I like your review, I just think that a more profound turning point was 3 or 4 months earlier.

  18. Neemor Says:

    Thx, Ro…sounds good.
    I remember that they had to mave the stage back because of all the rain and it created that “bowl” that felt like being in a 5000 seat auditorium. When the glowstickx came over the top off the lawn, it was a sight to behold. All orange. I love glowstick jams, sometimes they’re too frequent IMO, but when they work, they REALLY work.

    Trey grabbed one of them out of midair and played his Languedoc with it. I remembr it like it was yesterday. I wrote it in those copious notes. I was standing next to the kid that had the ‘PHISH’ Vermont License plate. I quoted him as saying, “That just changed my life. I won’t ever be the same”, or something to that effect.

    I’d like to see the photo. tydyvision at sbcglobal.net.

  19. beepaphone Says:

    Neemor – Good story about Coventry. Sounds quite a bit like my experience. We had to walk so far (15 miles…honestly one of my favorite Phish memories though), we left our tent and most other amenities in the car and just hoped for the best. After the first show, my buddy and I still hadnt figured out our sleeping situation. All we had were our sleeping bags, extra socks, and and an extra pair of shoes each. So on the way out, a guy was handing out trash bags, we each took one and said “thank you so much. We now have shelter for the evening.” He snatched the bags back from us and said “Nah, brah, these bags are for trash ONLY” I was dumbfounded.

    Definitely a couple great jams and overall a great, yet bittersweet time, but Coventry was, well…Coventry.

  20. Billy Breathes Says:

    Thank You Mr Miner.

  21. BingosBrother Says:

    Anyone know what European show Phish played a super trippy Strange Design at? Remember hearing it a long time ago but never did find out where it came from. Any help would be appreciated. Love Strange Design, have sung that to my kids as babies way more than anything else.

  22. Mr.Miner Says:

    “I like your review, I just think that a more profound turning point was 3 or 4 months earlier.”

    ^^ agreed, the “transformation” happened by the end of winter, but by the time they got there, there were no shows left. So this summer tour is where they took that stylistic discovery and really let loose on it with real experimentaion

  23. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @Miner – fair enough. There is a profound shift in the sound through the short winter europe ’97 tour. You can hear a radical difference in listening to the London show (which sounds stylistically more like fall ’96) to the Hamburg show (clearly into the funk style). The one thing profoundly lacking in the entirety of winter ’97 is the really long psychedelic journeys. Most of the jams are more succinct, although they certainly head into 10-15 minute range. This is in contrast to summer ’97 (Deer Creek 2nd night, set 2 comes to mind) where 4 songs could make up an entire set, becoming more prominent in the fall (which was my favorite tour, though admittedly I saw 8 shows on that fall tour).

  24. Lycanthropist Says:

    Ok so still recovering from a great night thursday…Got to go again tonight out of town. Bout to head out..

    Just figured I would post real quick for those who are interested.

    Our show Thursday night is available for download at this link:

    The setlist is this:

    More Russians -> Sun Guy > Blueberry Pie > Sliding Home, Orange Knights OK, Frying Pan, Chemical Parade -> Cosmic Dirigible, White Squall, Circles in the Ground > Da Bears -> Lo and Outside, Hoverboard > Sophia, Where is My Mind*

    Encore: Cornelius

    * – Pixies Cover.

    Ok sorry for the Chance Fisher hijack..

  25. Lycanthropist Says:

    ^ and that is 2 hrs of music if that is any indication of song length/jams

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