Fourteen years ago tonight, Phish stepped on stage in Albany, New York, and finished one of the most creative and well-loved tours of their career. Each and every night brought a new musical assault on the audience, and this night would be the last. Following a gritty and exploratory second set of Albany’s opening show, the band threw down a celebratory set of anthems to conclude a tour that fans still celebrate to this day.

The meat of the second half is a full throttle romp through “Ghost,” “Mike’s” and “Llama.” After “Ghost” had been such an extravagant vehicle of groove throughout the tour, Phish gradually built this jam into a seething excursion that favored a shreddier path. And as “Ghost” wound down, Phish wound up another heavy-hitter of the season, “Mike’s Song.” Splashing into ballistic Fall ’97 stop/start funk around the comical, in-jam banter, “Bring In the Dude!” the guys alternated solos during the breaks and absolutely blew the roof of The Knick with adrenalized musical fury and one of the more energetic band-audience exchanges in memory. The end of such a legendary tour would not go quietly into the night.

Building the jam into dirty, clav-painted rock textures, the band then took it way down before bursting back into the piece at a breakneck pace. Taking their head of steam into an aggressive jam that saw its way out of “Mike’s” structure, the band was playing not like it was their last night of tour, but as if it was the last night of their lives. Building into a quickened pattern, Trey took the idea and turned it into a scorching mid-second set “Llama.” Phish finished the set with the more uplifting playing of “Weekapaug -> Catapult -> “Weekapaug” and “Harry Hood,” and although Fall ‘97 was finally over, the community was shits and giggles after a month of the best music we’d ever heard from the band. And New Year’s Run was only two weeks away…

I: Ya Mar > Axilla > Theme From the Bottom, Ginseng Sullivan, Strange Design, Sample in a Jar, Vultures, Tube, Good Times Bad Times

II: NICU, Punch You In the Eye, Ghost > Mike’s Song -> Llama, When the Circus Comes, Weekapaug Groove -> Catapult -> Weekapaug Groove, Harry Hood

E: My Soul, The Squirming Coil


Jam of the Day:

Ghost > Mike’s -> Llama” 12.13.97 II

Phish brought it home in Albany and this sequence provided the dark meat of the set



Sand” 12.13.99 II

And while we are celebrating anniversaries, this big-time “Sand” dropped in Providence 12 years ago, tonight.

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1,005 Responses to “Albany—Twelve-Thirteen”

  1. sumodie Says:

    A $22.50 ticket to 12.13.97 would only cost me $31.74 today

    Whereas a $60 ticket to the upcoming 12/28 show would have cost me $42.53 back in 1997


  2. Esteban Says:

    @Robear Where are the seats? I was able to score both 12/29 and 12/30, but they’re 300/400 levels. If you still have extras after @HH gets in the door, my younger brother is looking to secure a ticket for either night, too.

  3. Robear Says:

    Will call my friend later, Este. Not sure where they are. They have trades, and maybe extras.

    Missed all the Sunday games working in town. Was excited to catch whatever was on Monday night. Then I hear it’s Rams v Seahawks on the radio. Get home and the powers out. Blessing in disguise? How was the JV game?

  4. voopa Says:

    Robear, didn’t watch. Gave Kristin a football break. Not that it was really football anyway…

  5. Guyute711 Says:

    Absolutely brutal Robear. I don’t know what the hell happened to Bradford but he looks like David Carr now, just plain scared to be out there. Seattle is not very good but they are a lot better than the lambs.

  6. Jtran Says:

    Seun Kuti, recommended by Mr. C. Like it a lot so far

  7. CSK Says:

    I’m glad to see that you gave a shout-out to 12/13/97, Mr. Miner! This is a dark horse show of 1997 that I frequently hype as, perhaps, the most intense arena experience outside of MSG that Phish has ever thrown down. The “Bring in the Dude” “Mike’s” didn’t come across as comical at the time; rather, it seemed that a sonic explosion was shaking The Arena, a wave of furious sound and funk.

    I’d love to hear a soundboard remaster of this show…the audience tapes, although good, can’t handle the full depth of the bass explosions during the second set.

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  9. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    in two weeks, the role of “Larry” will be played by “Wook”. The scene in the minimart one block from MSG is always hilarious… with this being reenacted nightly. plenty of showings throughout the late night so no need to get advance tickets.

  10. ae Says:

    thanks for the assist on the tix guys. extras will come here first. 🙂

  11. Kaveh Says:

    Morning BBers…hope you guys are having a good one.

  12. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    oh, my mistake. that was the edited version. here is the full monty

  13. Robear Says:

    i’ve always strongly disliked ‘Verizon’ for everything.


  14. Robear Says:


    any of you cats seen the rap video mash-up on Firsttake with Tebow and Bayless.

    what a world. too weird and funny for words.

    For Bears Fans:

  15. CC Says:

    What’s the source of this Sand?? All I’ve ever seen are some poor sounding AUDs.

  16. dorn76 Says:

    New Mastersounds (the guys who beat Trey to the name Land of Nod) from Bear Creek Fest this year.

    Decent AUDs (12-13 is up as well), worth a listen anyway if you like these guys, and their infectious brand of old school funk…which I do

  17. Phuzzy Says:

    Love those guys Dorn. Was at the fest. They are so super clean and tight. James Brown would be proud of these boys.

  18. ThePigSong Says:

    Dies anyone here have an opinion on Miles: The Autobiography? I am 50ish pages in and not digging the tone. Just curious how far I should push on.

  19. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    great gift idea

  20. Robear Says:

    A couple things:

    If you have to move (college kids with few possessions, need not apply), check these out:

    No joke. Best things since the furniture dolly for moving. Towels, sheets, seasonal clothes, blankets, cha-ching.

    Also, anyone still have a functional tape deck? I have 12/5/92 From the Vic in Chicago, set 1 soundboard. Unreleased.

    My friends were at this show, front row. At set break, they talk to Phish security, the guy says, “grab a souvenir from the stage”?!?

    One cat goes and grabs an extra drumstick. The other spunion walks up to the DAT deck on top of Pages amp and hits ‘Eject’. They go home, realize what they’d done. Record DAT to tape, return DAT to band next night.

    If you want it, it’s yours.

    humboldtrob at g mail dot com

  21. tzara's Says:

    @PigSong, that’s just Miles and he doesn’t give a fuck what anybody thinks. I thought he was pretty badass. And there’s a lot of insight into the jazz demi-monde, if you can get past his attitude.

  22. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Have people heard Dylan’s Christmas album?

    At first, I thought it might be so-bad-it’s-good territory, but now I’m pretty sure it’s just so-bad-it’s-FUCKING-AWFUL.

  23. GhostDog Says:

    Sick YaMar opener that night. Showed up on the SBIX FTA. Real good.

    Loved everything about these Albany shows to close the tour.

  24. Robear Says:

    This Providence ‘Sand’ was my favorite from that Dec run.

  25. Eric Says:

    Guyute711 – my roomate’s name was Woody, we lived in the Margativille apt.’s downtown. What is tep? Frat?

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