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. plord Says:

    This Hurd cat seems like a real winner.

  2. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    too perfect

  3. Mr palmer Says:

    Hoping Kayas eagles can take out the Jets this weekend.

    Going to be a great last few weeks in NFL

    Anyone watch 24/7 on HBO about the Rangers and Flyers last night? Great show and I’m neither a Ranger nor hockey fan .

  4. sumodie Says:

    2) It’s not a space jam at all, or even particularly abstract, except maybe in a tonal sense. It’s a composed improvisation, with a beginning, a middle and an end. It builds in a specific way.

    Pshaw! Page randomly waves his hand this way in the beginning, then randomly thataway in the middle, then randomly combines the this way random hand waving with the thataway random hand waving at the end

    It looks like Page randomly plays the baby grand too but I don’t want to obfuscate the current debate

  5. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    @jtran, maybe it was someone else, or my friend is a liar.

  6. MrCompletely Says:

    @jtran all vermonters look like this, right?

  7. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    page needs to work on this

    you know, to harken back to the warfield in 94 and all

  8. tela'smuff Says:

    love that vid T3. awesome!! i’ll be doing that in the man cave for the NYE run.

  9. MrCompletely Says:

    people who hate Eli are fucked these days cause that kid is playing pretty damn well

  10. kayatosh Says:

    don’t count on it, palms.

  11. MrCompletely Says:

    lol so basically Page is really just taking the hundred monkeys approach to performance?

    well done if so!

  12. kayatosh Says:

    hurd, my man. wtf?

  13. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    I’ve played the theremin before in a music store. I am now god.

  14. MrCompletely Says:

    this is the time of year when football gets simpler because we actually know who most of these teams are now

    The Jets are a mediocre team

    The Eagles are a bad team

    that should be that. Jets have a bit of a failure-prone Jekyll and Hyde aspect, they could choke it away…if they play an average game for them they will kick the eagles’ ass

  15. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    for the wilco-ians

  16. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Making that thing sound not like shit, definitely not easy. I’m guessing dude, the brilliant musician, has never played one before.

  17. Mr palmer Says:

    Baron Davis or Mike Bibby? Jeez. Point guard needed in NY.

    Clips are legit now. Kobe will be demanding a trade within 2 months.

    Stern fucked them…. Hard.

  18. MrCompletely Says:

    “Baron Davis or Mike Bibby?”



  19. Mr palmer Says:

    No kidding. A+ frontcourt, D backcourt.

  20. Mr palmer Says:

    Although I heard they are looking into Michael Redd. If he’s healthy, he’s a great shooter.

  21. tela'smuff Says:

    i’m gonna follow the NBA a bit more again, now that i live near a city with a team. no idea if the Nuggets are any good.

  22. kayatosh Says:

    5.14.74 GD (weather report suite) — ahhhhh. makes me wanna tebow.

  23. kayatosh Says:

    10-9-8-76ers. lookout.

  24. DukeOfLizards Says:


  25. voopa Says:

    Excellent, DOL!

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