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 ago—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”  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 ’97—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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855 Responses to “Ten Tunes For Friday: Summer ’97”

  1. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Darien Lake looks and sounds like a ton of fun. The fact that they open the amusement park just for the phish kids day of the show is pretty neat imo. That will be some freak show.

  2. Gavinsdad Says:

    Already bummed I can’t hit Bethel @Sumo. What a gem of a place. Hopefully everyone treats it that way. Lotta history there!!

  3. Cable Hogue Says:

    Where did the info on the “Darien Amusment Park only open to ticketholders” come from? Just curious, I’ve heard folks saying that but not found where it came from.

  4. KWL Says:

    thats what i need to hear GD. keep tellin me to skip the mail order…

  5. Mr. Palmer Says:



  6. angryjoggerz Says:

    Hey KWL – do you mind if I ask what KWL means? always wondered.

  7. kenny powers Says:

    I ain’t mail ordering shit. This is po’ man’s tour for me. Lawns on lot will be my MO, just get me through the gate and if its raining ill look for a stub down.

    I would really love to make Charlotte > Raleigh > nTelos happen. Hell of a drive from MA but would be an epic adventure.

  8. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    Not much suspense for my leg 1 tour. I’m in Europe for the entire tour, except for the last show.

    I know, cry for me. Leg II= W Coast love though, right?

  9. Cable Hogue Says:

    Mr.P- Thanks!

    That’s awesome. Think I’ll hit Darien, skip Great Woods, even though Darien’s 6 hours farther from me.

  10. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    At least I’ll come home to a big pile of Phish. That will be fun.

  11. voopa Says:

    sumo, Pig, etc:

    I uploaded the torrent, but etree isn’t recognizing for some reason…see if you can grab it:


    Trey Anastasio
    Sunday, June 23, 2002
    Bonnaroo Festival
    Manchester, Tennessee

    FOB, on 7′ stand, ~45′ from stage.
    B&K 4011>Lunatec V2 >Benchmark AD2K+ @ 24/48 >
    S/PDIF > VX Pocket > Vegas Video 3.0 > .wav >
    Soundforge 5.0 (REsample to 44.1 at highest
    quality setting (4/4), w/ anti-alias filter, then
    dither to 16 bit using highpass triangular
    dither and high-pass contour noise shaping)>
    CDWAV 1.53>MKW0.97b>.shn w/ seek tables appended

    Recording by Gunner
    Patch and .wav>.shn by Jamie Lutch
    This show is also available as 24bit, 48K .ape files
    No DAT gen,DAE, or unneccesary resampling was performed on this waveform

    ~Set I~
    Disc 1 58:56

    1. Crowd / Tuning 00:50
    2. Push On ‘Til the Day 12:41
    3. Money, Love and Change 25:18
    4. Cayman Review 07:54
    5. Mozambique 12:13

    Disc 2 55:54

    1. Sand 23:51
    2. Drifting 12:18
    3. Last Tube 19:45

    ~Set II~
    Disc 3 46:14

    1. Crowd / Tuning 03:23
    2. Night Speaks to a Woman 38:47
    3. At the Gazebo 04:04

    Disc 4 53:41

    1. Mr. Completely* 26:38
    2. Trey Speaks 04:20
    3. Wilson** 02:53
    4. Bathtub Gin** 06:10
    5. Alive Again 13:41

    *Trey conducts crowd and audience at end
    ** Trey Solo Acoustic

    bt tells me it was a successful upload, but it shows up as invalid in my client, and it’s not showing on the main page. Maybe it’s on their end. I double-checked all my shit and it seems to be in order, but I’ve had a few drinks and have been dealing w/other stuff too, so it might be me. If it doesn’t work, I’ll try again in the morning, but I should be sround for a while to see your reports.

    Oh, and this rec sounds really good! 🙂 Not sure I’ve heard it before. I see now what you cats have been saying about recent TAB. A lot of full band interplay. Maybe Trey should’ve brought Cyro on this tour…

    If you guys can grab it, I’ll keep it broken for now, then try to make it public once you have it.

  12. voopa Says:

    Cool, it’s working. I’ll leave it as is for now.

  13. sumodie Says:

    @voopa: it’s working for me -thank you!!!

  14. voopa Says:

    Yeah, and it’s on the main page now too. Either their server was lagging, or I’m a little trigger happy, or both. Enjoy, it sounds great!

  15. sumodie Says:

    @voopa: I may have to pause the torrent to stream something, otherwise I’ll be sure to dl it as fast as possible tonight

  16. garretc Says:

    Damn, some MONSTER looking jams in that ‘Roo show… Good thing I took yet another paper writing break to stop by!

  17. Gavinsdad Says:

    Holy crap this Green Glass Clean worked like a charm! Spotless!

  18. garretc Says:

    Oh wait, solo acoustic encore?

    Fuck that shit! Not pulling!

    (Kidding, kidding…)

  19. garretc Says:


    Nice! Nothing like fresh glass!

  20. voopa Says:

    ICU, garretc! Enjoy.

  21. voopa Says:

    No sweat sumo, I’ll have this up for a while.

  22. KWL Says:

    aj, my 3 biggest musical influences

    Liam Gallagher

  23. voopa Says:

    Think I know why the tracker threw an error..the checksum box has a bunch of line break codes in it…not sure how I can fix that (I tried), but it looks it it doesn’t matter now! Guess an admin is aware of that and approved the torrent or something…

  24. voopa Says:

    lol @ KfL

  25. KWL Says:

    no, just kidding, just my initials… that’s the best i could think of after a sesh…

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