Ten Tunes For Friday: Summer ’97


Summer 1997 (S.Nissman)

With summer on our minds this week with the announcement of Summer 20011 Leg I, this Friday we focus on Summer tour from fourteen years agoโ€”1997. Phish had just returned from Europe, where they funked out every song imaginable, beginning to hone their new playing style. When the pulled into Virginia Beach on July 21 to kick off their US tour, they were a well-oiled groove machine that was ready for business. Here are some of my favorites selections from a transformative summer tour that criss-crossed the nation.


Down with Disease > Mike’s > Simple” 7.22

One of the most adventurous jam sequences of the summer from Walnut Creek, with, arguably, the best segue ever executed in band history.



Run Like An Antelope” 7.29 II

A fierce rendition from Desert Sky in Phoenix.



Cities > GTBT”ย  8.10 II

The Cornfields

My favorite jam of the summer when tour ended, and still right up there with the best of the best of Summer ’97.



Gumbo” 8.13 I

This is, perhaps, the most liquid “Gumbo” ever played, including some of the danciest music of the summer and a legitimate nod to “Franklin’s Tower” towards the end of the jam. My personal favorite, I don’t think any version even approaches this one.



Harry Hood > jam” 8.14 II

Darien Lake

This version from Darien Lake gets my vote for the “Hood” of Summer ’97โ€”and there were more than a few gems. And that is not even considering the sublime jam that oozed from the song’s peak; some of the most intricate interplay you’ll ever hear.



Wolfman’s > Simple 8.16 II

One of the defining jam sequences of the Great Went.



Tweezer” 8.17 I

One of only two “Tweezers” in a massive US tour (the other came at The Gorge), this version dropped on the final day of tour in the Great Went’s afternoon set.

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  1. butter Says:

    Happy Friday Mutha efers

    Sending back some of that Aloha spirit ya’lls way

  2. HolgerDansk Says:

    Yowser, hitting the road for Pitt & Columbus TAB, any BB gatherings up thataway?

  3. butter Says:

    Miner, thanks for all the Trey links, we’ve been able to keep up with our uber hip lieutenant with his Outkast, Jay z and Gorrilaz covers, while we vaca

    This 97 summer mix should hit the spot out by the pool tomorrow!

  4. Lycanthropist Says:

    repost from last post’s comments:

    glad to see all the radiohead talk

    although i may have gone down a few pegs with my radiohead cred ๐Ÿ˜‰ , I still was among the first to rave em up on this site. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Yโ€™all watch out, I got a bit of drunk purpetrator gibberish spewing forth.

  5. Admiral Ackbar Says:

    Post 5, copy Mr. Miner.

  6. Lycanthropist Says:

    great choices for TTFF btw Miner

  7. butter Says:

    really diggin this Ocelot from the Electric Factory

    really great Trey/keys interplay, room to breath

    heard others say it, but horn parts do sound very natural, especially in the jam

  8. butter Says:

    Trey is just spittin these licks that any of the jazz greats would be proud of

  9. butter Says:

    much jazzier take on ocelot with the horns and lack of Mike bombs and lead bass improv

    sounds great, very diff

  10. EllJefe Says:

    Haven’t revisited this Tweez in years. I was front rail pretty much right in front of Trey. I think it was when they hit on this “cities jam” but I remember Trey nodding his head and mouthing “fuck yeah”. One of my favorite Phish moments. Amongst 100s but still.

  11. EllJefe Says:

    Love the laid back summery vibe.

  12. EllJefe Says:

    Jerry and Bobby dug REM. Only saw them on the Monster tour. Good show. Ran into Peter Gabriel on my way into MSG for the show-drunk off my ass.

  13. Gavinsdad Says:

    Man I have more wimpy fey twee music loving skeletons in my closet than prob anyone on here but in hs for us REM was decent college rock (even before alternative was a term!) I’m so fucking old…aaaargh. Saw them for Lifes Rich Pageant at the felt forum inside mSG. Great time that nite. In 11th grade a trifecta at any one of my parties was always

    Rem – reckonIng
    Zappa – joes garage
    Jesus and Mary chain – psychocandy

    Thanks miner for the picks and the love….summer 97 will be the perfect thing to cap off a very nuts work week.

  14. willowed Says:

    97 Summer…Right up my alley. Much better than that 95 crap from last Friday ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thanks Miner!

  15. phoammhead Says:

    looking for columbus

    phoamm at gmail

  16. st8 of mind Says:

    Mornin’ BB. Thanks for the tunes Miner!

  17. HolgerDansk Says:

    HarryHood, you posted about meeting up at Friday’s show. If that’s still on, give me a shout at fjordphishing@gmail.com

  18. angryjoggerz Says:

    REM, 901210 – same difference

  19. guitarpicker420! Says:

    See when I was in high school / early college, it was all REM, Elvis Costello, and the Clash. Of course, there were crazy big haired girls rockin’ Hysteria too. But those girls were just for Friday nights.

  20. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    well, shoot. you definitely can’t go wrong with any of these summer ’97 jamz. thanks, Miner!

    I was fortunate enough to catch a few of these. that gumbo was the lasting memory I had to tide me over until my next show which happened to be Champaign in the fall. I’ll take those two as bookends to each other.

    now that you are a 2010 Staccato Funk kind of kid, does this TTFF make you yearn for your used to be?

  21. Corey Says:

    Unfortunately, in spring of 92, you were guaranteed to hear the following at least fourteen times in a night: Bohemian Rhapsody, Jump Jump, and Under the Bridge. Now, I like Queen and the Chili Peppers, but I never wore my pants backwards.

    Also think my last post disappeared into some 97 funk ether so…in summary…

    97 summer tour was a dream, that I drove from start to finish, solo style.
    Nothing like driving Austin>Ventura in Jul>Aug without air conditioning.
    Sleeping on top of my van under the stars at the gorge will never be equalled.
    Gorge>St Louis!!?!?!? Pfft. I did Gorge>Chicago>St Louis>then Chicago.

    Anyone else on here do all of that tour, or at least those drives? Merit badges earned.

  22. nonoyolker Says:

    This Cities is my joint! Doobie Brothers jam at the end if i remember correctly.

    Not to derail to sports talk, but WTF did Danny Ainge do to the C’s?? Did he consult the magic ‘8’ ball at trade deadline? His moves do not compute… ::end of sports rant::

  23. nonoyolker Says:

    Damn Corey, that is tour vet status. Hats of to you.

  24. albert walker Says:

    I stand by my admission. Where I came from wathcing 90210 was a way of life. spinning REM got you beat up.

    love these picks Miner. saw a bunch of em. Love that Desert Sky Antelope and Went Tweezer

    do dig me some Jesus and Mary Chain though GD. shit was LOUD live.

    laterz ya’ll
    have fun

    if you see a new Andrea Zuckerman alias today I swear it isn’t AW

  25. Guyute711 Says:

    90210 and REM same difference? I highly disagree that the finest comedy show ever and a crappy band are the same thing.

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