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. sumodie Says:

    spun Directions in Music and it didn’t grab me on first spin -will try again someday

  2. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    yeah willowed. What was up with that sound earning some nominations.

    Though it as entertaining but not vapid enough to garner an award.

    but what do I know?

  3. ThePigSong Says:

    First time I saw that set of dates I think. I haven’t exactly had my ear to the ground I guess.

    Feel a little ripped off on that McCartney performance…

  4. sumodie Says:

    This supposed Red Light tourdate pic aligns with what gdad was talking about a few pages back:

    (same pic that has been circulating -scratch vegas of course)

    Don’t forget Bonnaroo announcement is this week…

  5. garretc Says:

    What PigSong, you want a refund or something?


  6. ThePigSong Says:

    hah garret! I just know how hard he can rock and was hoping he’d show off some of those skillz 🙂

    I guess ripped off doesn’t really convey my feelings.

  7. Mr palmer Says:

    Montreal > Darien would be a fun 2 pack

    GW set up for a sleeper show again, sandwiched between AC and Bethel.

    Thanks for the link Sumo.

  8. Dr Pronoia Says:

    You only half listened to sir Paul

    Gotta imagine an orchestra and hand waving

  9. sumodie Says:

    Today’s phish platter:

    yet another spin thru 2.20.03’s uber jammy Simple, Jibboo, Tweezer, 7 Below, P&M. This time I dug the jamz even more as I was less bothered by the indoor arena muffle effect on the sound

    (last time I went right from the gorgeous open air sounding SPAC ’04 auds to this indoor Chicago show)

    followed by the groovilicious 5.22.00 Ghost. YUM!

    meanwhile Yes’s 90125 album still holds up (one of the very few 80s albums from my youth that made the CD leap)

  10. Mr.Miner Says:

    @ sumo. what does tube it mean? do i want to know?

  11. sumodie Says:

    If true, Delaware State Fairgrounds would be my pick for sleeper show

    That would make 4 open air gen adm shows in a row (with AC)

  12. ThePigSong Says:

    I guess I should have imagined a second orchestra then doc p 😉

  13. Mr palmer Says:

    Delaware – Site of my first phish show , which happened to occur 19 years ago tomorrow. 2/13/93. University of Delaware. Good times. Bowie opener.

  14. sumodie Says:

    lol, it’s not a phish Tube, nor like pulling tubes

    but for now neither airport xray machines nor body scanners are able to look there

    guess it’s all a matter of how badly one wants homegrown in light of perceived risk

    like I said, glad I’m not faced with such dilemmas anymore

  15. ThePigSong Says:


  16. InAMinute Says:

    I thought the dates posted above were verified nonsense, not the case?

  17. Dr Pronoia Says:

    Oh yeah, the second, imaginary, orchestra is key

  18. Mr palmer Says:

    Bethel Woods Facebook page says the have a

    “Mega Announcement” tomorrow.

    Must be …… Van halen I guess. Lol

  19. garretc Says:

    @Mr. P

    Can’t be Phish, unfortunately… Tomorrow isn’t Tuesday, after all!

  20. angryjoggerz Says:

    I hope Jennifer Hudson hit a huge hunk of crack before her tribute to keep that shit authentico.

    Etta James – denied. Fuck that.

  21. Mr palmer Says:

    Wtf was up with that? No Etta James.

  22. Gavinsdad Says:

    FTR, I too hadnt seen any of the photoshopped dates cuz I really wait til the real stuff drops. My friend in CO mentioned Delaware and I was like “Whaa?” cause…Delaware ya know….and he texted me the pic of those dates which turned out to be the “old” dates. Anyway…if the Phish are slated to play Bonnaroo then looks like there would be some coordination between superfly and RLM…can’t really remember what the cadence was for Outside lands and summer 2 dates last year.

  23. angryjoggerz Says:

    First dubstep moment at the Grammys and boy is it shit.


  24. angryjoggerz Says:

    aka, the death of dubstep

  25. joemeg Says:

    Bonnie Raitt and Alicia Keys did a tribute to Etta James

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