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. Multibeast Says:

    Please do share your symphony thoughts.

  2. Kaveh Says:

    Really like the Wolfman’s tease at the end of the Barcelona Tweezer. NICE!

  3. tela'smuff Says:

    it’s been 157 days since Trey unleashed the Dick’s Gin. That’s nearly half a year.

  4. Guyute711 Says:

    “it’s been 157 days since Trey unleashed the Dick’s Gin”

    That just doesn’t sound right.

  5. Kaveh Says:

    From YEMBlog:

    Now We’re Talking! Video: Stash @treyanastasio w/ ASO 2/9/12 [VQ: A-, AQ: A-] #phish

  6. tela'smuff Says:

    why? you got cock on the brain? 😉

  7. Guyute711 Says:

    You got me tela’s

  8. tela'smuff Says:

    ok, i was able to establish in the first 1 min of that Stash vid that Trey has officially lost his mind. dude could be throwing down with Claypool, Copeland, Lesh, TAB, or Gordon, and instead is plucking along to some cheese orchestra versions of songs he can hardly unleash on with Phish. not my thing, at all.

  9. tela'smuff Says:

    that’s f’in hilarious G711!! rollin. and that weather chic is hot taboot.

  10. dorn76 Says:

    The whole thing is cringe-worthy. Yelling “yeah Red!”, at a symphony? Clapping along to Stash?

  11. dorn76 Says:

    Now screaming like a maniac during this Barca Tweezer I get.

  12. albert walker Says:

    Trey has officially lost his mind. sobriety can do fucked up shit to peeps. shit it caused me to get a job at a hedge fund.

  13. dusty Says:

    Wow…trying to compare that vid of Trey’s symphony to the tibet house benny. I agree…Trey has lost it on an ego trip. Trey original Phillip Glass arranged song compared to TTE w/ symphony.

    Thinking about that Tibet show…anyone recall Mr Bryne’s accordion like piano.

    Final question before hippy speed ball for work, anyone have a link for new orelans spread show at Tips uptown I think in the mid 90’s with Page and Trey sitting in? I had it on cassette as filler and can’t seem to find it.

  14. dyda Says:

    i know i like to dictate what creative outlets an artist chooses to pursue. maybe a little culture isn’t such a bad thing

  15. kayatosh Says:

    thanks for posting the video. curious stuff, like one of my dreams in which I go to see phish but something’s off, wacky about the show. In some cases it’s not even phish up there, just a weird approximation.

    I appreciate that he gets off on the orchestra sound and wants to give it some exposure. The next frontier for trey.

    would i pay to see this show? no. orchestral arrangements are pleasant but would get old quickly. nothing daring. Whole things seems kinda of subdued and cutesy. the vocals felt awkward. However, the jam at the end of the clip was starting to pique my interest.

    yelling out during the song. for real people?

  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    not sure on a NO sit-in, but the spreadsheet now has a tab for sit-ins. there’s a few WSP ones there with some DL links.

  17. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    actually, perhapsthis is the show you are referencing? There’s a Tipitina tease noted.

  18. kayatosh Says:

    massive cock fighting operation

    giggle giggle.

  19. albert walker Says:

    Rock and orchestra combos have been annoying me since the Beatles used too much George Martin nonsense back in the day.

    But to try to sell this as high culture just cuz Trey is wearing a suit I think is kinda BS.

    Different strokes though. If kids dig it go nuts. I’d rather just go see the Chicago Symphony runnin through a classical piece than a Trey sit in and Let Me Lie.

    Either way the Miami tweezer is sick as shit.

  20. oldskool Says:

    Some people find religion after getting clean; based on the video it looks like Trey has found Phish elevator music

  21. tela'smuff Says:

    @Dusty – there was a show that had Trey and Page sit in with Michael Ray and the Kosmic Krew during the ’96 Jazzfest weekend, if i remember correctly. It was one of my favorite “phillers” back in the day. i think my copy was incomplete, and if someone had recorded that whole show, it’s worth digging up. good quality as well. if you find it, let me know, i’d love to respin that.

  22. Mike in Austin Says:

    @RI – saw that yesterday, and only 4 songs up. Looks like they posted the rest. Fantastic.

  23. kayatosh Says:

    Trey doing phish tunes w/ an orchestra. derivative and uncool. First off he’s playing phish tunes, but he’s only one fourth of phish. the hubris.

  24. Guyute711 Says:

    Alright I made it through 1:26, Trey is actually back on drugs. How else can you explain his little Stash dance.


  25. dusty Says:

    thanks for that link.

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