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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784 Responses to “TTFF: International Phish”

  1. Mr. Palmer Says:

    “Trey finally played a 3 song second set…”

    ^^ made me laugh this morning…bravo

  2. bhizzle Says:

    What was the Beatles tune GRAB did?

  3. Kaveh Says:

    Good morning BBers!

    @Miner — Thanks for the music this Friday.

  4. stapes Says:

    Alright its Friday!

    Have a good one BB!

  5. mike in austin Says:

    You had me at “Stand out version of Fee”

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I know they did Get Back a couple of times. And Uncle Albert, but that’s Paul not the beatles 😉

  7. ReidIcculus Says:

    I was in school in London in 1998, my roommate made it down to Copenhagen, I had to return to the states. I have never forgiven America since.

  8. mike in austin Says:

    I just discovered Airfoil.

    Fantastic. That’s the way you get my $25.

    Listening to Phishthoughts across my whole Airplay system from my MacBook Pro.

  9. Kaveh Says:

    Drive By: Had a great time at the WI vs MN men’s basketball game. Good game to be at and see.

  10. Guyute711 Says:

    It’s NASA friday, pretty interesting article.

  11. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Can anyone confirm that it was just First Tube last night, and not First Tube With [Prance]?

  12. Robear Says:

    Top of the mornin!

    So let me get this straight: it’s not only Trey with symphony, but Trey on ACOUSTIC guitar as well?

    Good grief. Ehl oh ehl

  13. kayatosh Says:

    I’m an international farmer
    cultivating my good sensimilia

    – peter broggs

  14. phoammhead Says:

    wonder what the crowd was like last night . . . people yelling and screaming at a symphony probably . . . that alone would have irritated the shit outta me.

  15. Robear Says:

    Seriously, I can’t think about it. If I ever see Tom Brady doing a ballet, shoot me on the spot.

  16. mike in austin Says:

    based on the sound cloud drop earlier it sounded respectful.

  17. Robear Says:

    Lol Mia. Respectful might be the biggest tongue in cheek compliment I’ve seen. I’m guessing they’re all paid professionals. Respectful = minimum standard?

  18. phoammhead Says:

    i believe mia is talking about crowd, but lolz anyway!

  19. Robear Says:

    D’oh! @phoam is right. Too early for Stoney Case this morning….coffee but no Firsttube yet!

  20. Robear Says:

    Just so you cats get where I’m coming from:

    If I ever take a season off from my Creator given abilities, to grow and show prize Petunias, you can all call me out on the Internet, and crack jokes.

  21. kayatosh Says:

    have we praised phil and phreinds 99 yet this month? Shit is a psychedelic wet dream.

  22. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    today’s gif I want as an avatar

    you could time his dive with the drop to any one of a number of great phish jams

  23. kayatosh Says:

    that’s awesome, t3

    fox drop

  24. voopa Says:

    I bet Goodbye Head w/Trey on electric is really good.

  25. ReidIcculus Says:


    you see this yet?

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