TTFF: International Phish

Den Gra Hal, Christiana, Copenhagen, DK—6.30.98 (Unknown)

There’s nothing quite like seeing Phish in a different country. Whether Europe or the Far East, these international club Phish are unmatchable experiences and many have been highlights of my show-going life. Instead of the monstrosity of an arena or amphitheatre, clubs and theatres provide an intimacy unparalleled in the post-Dead Phish world. Today’s playlist is comprised of jams plucked from these smaller performances abroad.


Tweezer” 7.9.98 Barcelona, ES

In terms of “Tweezer” and Europe ’98, the focus of conversations usually centers on the Scandanavian symphony from Den Gra Hal—”Tweezer > 2001.” But a week later, at the end of the first set in a sweltering club in Barcelona, Phish dropped this under-the-radar, gooey monster that will blow up any dance party at which it is dropped.



Fee” 7.5.98 I, Prague, CZ

Amidst an Absinthe-soaked slop-fest on the first night at the Lucerna Theatre at Prague, Phish managed to stay on the same page for a standout, and virtually unknown, version of “Fee.”



Stash -> Ghost -> Saw It Again” 6.19.97 II, Vienna, AU

Phish did more than just funk out during their journey to Europe during the Summer of ’97. But there’s plenty of raw groove in here as well.



Antelope -> Catapult > Life On Mars?” 3.2.97 I, Copenhagen, DK

This unconventional song trio came in the middle of the first set in the final show of Winter ’97 in Europe.



Runaway Jim” 7.16.00 II, Osaka, JP

The Osaka “Jim”—no introduction needed. Japan 2000 overflowed with creative jams, and this one opened the tour’s final set.



The Moma Dance” 7.1.98 II, Christiania, Copenhagen, DK

The second “Moma” ever played, from Den Gra Hal in Christiana. The band botches the lyrics and sails into an extensive funk journey.



Mike’s Song” 3.1.97 II, Hamburg, GR

A well-known and sinister version from Hamburg, that was etched into history on Slip, Stitch and Pass.



Down with Disease” 6.10.00 I, Tokyo, JP

This extended jam opened up the second show of three in Tokyo. Imagine Phish opened a show with a jam like this these days?



Cavern” 6.14.97 II, Dublin, IR

This jam closed out the first show of Summer ’97 with raw, unpasteurized cow funk.



YEM” 6.9.00 E, Tokyo, JP

After dropping a monumental “Tweezer” in the second set of Japan 2000’s opening show, Phish dropped this lounge-like, laid-back “YEM” for an encore.



2/9/2012 Trey & The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Hall

I: First Tube, Water in the Sky*, Divided Sky*, Brian and Robert*,Goodbye Head, Guyute**, Let Me Lie, Stash*

II: Time Turns Elastic, If I Could*, You Enjoy Myself

E: Golden Slumbers, The Inlaw Josie Wales*

* Trey on acoustic, ** Trey on acoustic then electric

Setlist via



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  1. Al Says:

    first…by a mile!

    Interesting topic today. My first Phish show was in Hanover Germany, support gig for Santana. It was the best music I had witnessed at the time. That support gig shoulkd be released. It was just incredible. Trey was so on fire.

    I don’t know if you have watched this but here’s trey singing at a wediing in a church. It seems so odd – and at the end there’s no applause of course, no reaction at all. Probably the first time in his life that the audience didn’t go apeshit after his song..

  2. brewcity Says:

    can’t beat a good fee to wake up to in the morning!

    Is there anywhere to find any clips or downloads from atlanta?

  3. muckster Says:

    I was in Dublin and Prague. Had to push past Mike to get into the venue in Dublin. I always think of those shows as the equivalent to that Dead show where they debuted a ton of songs, 2/9/73 maybe?

    Those Dublin shows have the first Twist, first Piper, first Velvet Sea, first LxL, first Ghost and a bunch more — all in a tiny venue. Amazing. Flashed back to that during the “last” Velvet Sea at Coventry.

  4. muckster Says:

    Yeah, this:

  5. Guyute711 Says:

    Morning folks, it’s friday.

  6. ThePigSong Says:

    Thanks for the tunes Mr M –

    you can click my orange for a slightly truncated, chatty and overall bad recoding of set two last night. I’ll upload Set I right now and maybe post a few thoughts later on.

  7. Guyute711 Says:

    More cuts to NASA coming. That is just ridiculous and short sighted IMHO.

  8. carleethian Says:

    @ThePigSong Thanks! I’m looking forward to hearing Set I and Goodbye Head.

  9. gavinsdad Says:

    guyute why would you do that to me

  10. IrieWalton (Beantown) Says:

    TTE Bust Out Last Night at the Symphony….damn!

    Happy Friday All!

    One week to go till this dong is headed back out West. This weekend is going to be a packing party.

  11. Guyute711 Says:

    ha ha gdad, hope you enjoyed it. Lesser form of Rick Rolling.

  12. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    mornin’ all

    love listening to club phish. it’s like old times but steeped in funk.

    anyone in beantown area hitting up UM tonight? I’ll be at the lansdowne pub around 6:30 and probably spending some time pregaming in the foundation room upstairs preshow. give me a holler if’n you are going. typeiiijpd gmailarino

  13. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    clicking a random friday link – especially one by g711 – is inadvisable

  14. ThePigSong Says:

    guyute why would you do that to me


  15. Guyute711 Says:

    How many more people will fall into the…….trap?

  16. oldskool Says:

    Trey finally played a 3 song second set…

  17. dyda Says:

    7.3.97 ghost

    i know you’ve posted other international playlists though so it’s probably covered

    6.15.00 dwd (i know for sure this one has been posted before)

    i’m partial to the insane wall of sound in the 6.16.00 theme too

    2.26.97 second set
    6.20.97 first set

    nice picks though. couple versions i need to check out today. thanks

  18. st8 of mind Says:

    These are some sweet selections. Thanks Miner!

  19. dyda Says:

    argh. don’t even get me started on the nasa budget

  20. Dr Pronoia Says:

    Horrid teenage drivel to NASA budgets, symphony TTEs to gooey club grooves…

    I love this place

    happy friday!

  21. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    does trey dance during the drum/bass section of orchestral YEM?

  22. Yalta Balt Says:

    I really don’t get the symphony performance, does he just like teaching different orchestras his music over and over again, it seems like there’s not much exploration after this…if he started doing it for a larger catalogue of songs i could see but the same ones over and over again……seems sort of beat….ANYWAY, To each his own.

  23. dyda Says:

    i think he might have at carnegie

  24. bhizzle Says:

    Golden Slumbers? The Beatles? Always loved the tune.

    Happy Friday!

    Thanks for the Jams Miner.

  25. dyda Says:

    yep. makes me wish they’d also done carry that weight, but i’m not trying to be greedy. i’m stoked that i’ll finally get to see josie wales live

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