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:

    While Trey w/ a symphony isn’t something i have the slightest interest is seeing or listening to, it doesn’t bother me at all.

    It’s Feb, phish isn’t touring ( they rarely do this time of year, 2003 last time). I really don’t care what he does. Much more concerned with what happen with Phish this summer. I’m not sure one has anything to do with the other as others seem to think.

    Trey has done this before don’t forget,a few times i think.

  2. Mr. Palmer Says:

    ^^^ and Phish was still good post Symphony…to continue my thought

  3. sumodie Says:

    sounds like negative nancy day round here today

    meanwhile, rodrigo y gabriela’s latest album, complete w/ commie cuban orchestra, absolutely smokes

  4. albert walker Says:

    I agree Palmer. The Orcehstra stuff is terrible iMO and would rather catch Arcade Fire opening up for SCI then sit through that nonsense but if that’s what Trey wants to do no complaints.

    I’m more frustrated by the total destruction of all that was TAB cuz I actually used to dig that band and think Russ, Tony, and Ray are good players.

    But in general it’s the consensus that all Trey’s side projects totally blow these days.

  5. tela'smuff Says:

    Michael Ray & The Cosmic Krewe
    Jimmy’s, NOLA

    Astro Nation
    Cosmo’s Song
    Beans ‘n’ Rice
    Red & Green
    Dancin’ Shadows
    Earth Rite
    Cosmic Chaos
    Myth World
    Marie Lavoe
    Space is the Place

    so maybe this isn’t what Dusty was talking about, but this show i really good. would love to find a copy of it.

  6. albert walker Says:

    End of year bonus day. Even the wooks got a pinner one. My meeting went great. Pretty stoked. Plus we still get paid it in cash, no stock here. Good stuff.

    Not quite 1%’er though. Fingers crossed for next year.

  7. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Aw- See, I was lucky this year with TAb. The one show I saw in NJ was really good, IMO. Probably the best tab show I’ve seen since 2003. So i’m not even down on them. TAB was fire this year from my one show perspective.

  8. sumodie Says:

    telas, congrats on the free phil & friends tix. would love to catch phil w/ scofield

    (also been digging the new MSMW live album)

  9. dorn76 Says:

    This one?

    Widespread Panic
    The Roxy
    Los Angeles, CA
    November 11, 1993

    Source: SBD > DA-P20 @ 48.0khz
    Transfer: Tascam DA-45HR > Audiophile 24/96 USB > Cool Edit Pro > CDWave > FLAC(level 6)

    Resampled(48>44.1) and Fades Added in Cool Edit
    Tracked in CDWave

    Converted, Edited, and Seeded by D.P. Swint

    Disc 1
    Set I
    01. Pleas
    02. Space Wrangler >
    03. Henry Parsons Died >
    04. Travelin’ Light
    05. Diner >
    06. Pilgrims >
    07. Hatfield
    08. Walkin’ >
    09. Holden Oversoul
    10. Love Tractor

    Disc 2
    Set II
    01. The Take Out >
    02. Porch Song
    03. Can’t Get High >
    04. Worry
    05. Makes Sense To Me*
    06. Little Kin
    07. Chilly Water >
    08. Fishwater
    09. Pickin’ Up The Pieces

    Disc 3
    Set II cont.
    01. Heroes >
    02. Mercy >
    03. Wonderin?
    04. Mr. Soul

    05. Get Up Early In The Morning**
    06. Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys*** >
    07. Time Is Free Jam*** >
    08. Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys***

    * with T. Lavitz on piano
    ** with T. Lavitz on piano, Trey Anastasio on guitar
    *** with Page McConnell on organ, Trey Anastasio on guitar

    Setlist compliments of Everyday Companion

  10. Guyute711 Says:

    I’m actually in a great mood sumo, I just don’t dig Trey symphony bologna. I do still love Phish and am waiting for dates. C’mon boys we are trying to plan our summer.

  11. dorn76 Says:

    you said Tip’s…this is LA though

  12. tela'smuff Says:

    yeah, Trey could be slaying concert halls with dirty guitar solos and sweaty afro-groove jams to help me get through the Winter.

    negative nancy – present!

  13. dorn76 Says:

    I just posted a Panic show. That’s a first!

  14. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Nice AW.. I miss those days. nothing like a getting a fat check this time of year.

  15. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Pretty sure Trey played with Panic one other time also. I remember hearing a pretty hot Fixin to Die.

  16. tela'smuff Says:

    thx Sumo, excited for the show. my wife has never seen a GD related show one time, and she passed out in the opening song and we had to leave. so this is exciting for her. I’m with you on the Scofield aspect. i’m a big fan.

  17. dusty Says:

    not the show I was talking about…its not on that list either. I’ll have to dig out my saved cassettes I guess. Pretty sure it was Nola…if not Tips.

    I don’t think I’m anti here…just calling out Trey as lame in his current effort. Kinda like Trey band. Loved first tour second sets…2nd tour longed for that simple 3 piece sound to let him get dirty….3rd tour I’m gone.

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    at least two other times. the first one there he was in on Fixin’.

  19. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Thanks T3. I thought it was in Seattle. I’d actually like to hear that show.

  20. Mike in Austin Says:

    Trey symphony reminds me of Zappa and the LSO. He is a composer, so I get that getting back into the headspace of being a composer is where he is at right now.

    His last major “composition” TTE was a failure from fans though.

    If Trey starts playing the synclavier ….

  21. ThePigSong Says:

    We had a really good time last night with Trey and the Symphony. Got in a few minutes late, didn’t even know there was a First Tube. I thought the sound was terrible in the balcony, but maybe that’s just how they roll.

    Stash was the standout of the first set. (do we call them sets?) Crowd participation was ridiculous though. The clap? Although I did think the crowd succeeded with the (maybe so,maybe not). Divided Sky was decent as was Guyute, both songs do well in this environment. Everything else is just awkward.

    Time Turns Elastic is craptastic even in it’s intended setting. Thought it was mostly boring and quiet, definitely lots of un-tapped talent sitting on the stage. I really enjoyed YEM, thought it was superb. really. The jam was really true to form and well executed imo. Vocal jam was totally out of place though.

  22. Kaveh Says:

    Sweet Jesus…that Jim is AWESOME. Thanks @Miner. WOW…got to spin that one again. Never heard that one before.

  23. dyda Says:

    wow. when did this place turn into fucking PT?

    the one quarter of phish argument doen’t fly if he’s playing songs he wrote by himself (marshall lyrics withstanding)

  24. Kaveh Says:

    @Miner: Any way I can get this show (Japan) off your server? The feds aren’t allowing me to download it from your current audio archive. Let me know what you think? Thanks.

  25. InAMinute Says:

    This Barca tweezer is awesome, which further proves the point, everything in barcelona is better…

    quick question…what the hell happened to trey’s delayed pedal loops? think that added a very cool layer/texture to the music which, for the most part, has been lost since the return of the band


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