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. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    there’s a mediafire link on the Sit-Ins page of the spreadsheet. I’m sure you can find a lossles/better version on etree though.

  2. ThePigSong Says:

    It was extremely frustrating to hear people cheer/clap/yell out during any of the songs. I guess people really are THAT douche-y. Luckily it was mostly only one wookette doing the yelling, unluckily nobody punched her in the face.

    There was a small asian (filipino) guy just to Treys right. Trey must have the habit of looking to page for support, because he gave this little guy the Rock n Roll Face many times. Awkward.

    Obviously the ASO isn’t used to having an alcohol issue, apparently you can buy as many beers as you want. There were wooks walking in mid set with armfuls of beer.

    TANKS! Why the fuck would there be kids lining up to buy a balloon after the Symphony? I digress.

    Overall it was a great time. We talked to lots of cool people, some that traveled far for the show. I might not go again, but as a one off, I have no regrets.

  3. dorn76 Says:

    Everything IS better in Barcelona. FACT.

  4. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Thanks for the report Pig.

    If it was across the street from my house i would have gonna also.

    Still think you and the lady should have split a ten-strip to make it interesting. 😉

  5. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Super bowl sound effect by NFL films. This is really pretty cool. Shit players and coaches are saying during the game. In four parts i believe.

  6. phoammhead Says:

    yeah @pig

    thanks for the report back.

  7. voopa Says:

  8. dorn76 Says:

    Here’s a Springsteen Vid, apparently going to be on heavy rotation during Re-Elect 2012 Tour.

  9. Mike in Austin Says:

    This is a standout version of Fee for sure.

  10. Mike in Austin Says:

    Looks like they’re aware of Kaya’s playbook.

  11. Robear Says:

    Sumo, I love you bro. You’re one of my only friends I’d take a bullet for because I think the world is better with Sumo, than without.

    That said, just because you and yours dig the symphony in general, doesn’t mean Treys shtick is a good one. Shit is whack, yo! Why are there tanks outside? Cuz like it or hate it, that’s more the fan base than the suit and tie fakers.

    It’s more comedy than negativity around here to me. A tragic comedy.

  12. tela'smuff Says:

    it never fails to amaze me on this board, which is generally positive 90% of the time (loose math) that when a few quips are made, it quickly becomes, “this place is PT”. hilarious.

    i appreciate quiet chilled out acoustic ballads, i just spent an evening with Ryan Adams as proof. plus, i’m the Arcade Fire guy, so what do i know, but that orchestra vid of Stash is just weak for my taste in what Trey brigs to the table. sorry if that’s negative. i’ve spent the last 2 weeks praising 2.0 and 3.0 Phish and i never got one, “jeez Tela’s, you’ve been so positive this month, thanks!” ha! 😉

  13. albert walker Says:

    They should have let the wooks bring the tanks into the symphony

    Maybe a couple balloons of automotive nitrous would make that bearable

  14. albert walker Says:

    This place could use a bit of PT once in a while

    A little negativity never hurt anyone

  15. dorn76 Says:

    That PT comment was a drive-by. Very PT.

  16. Mr. Palmer Says:

    How many trey symphony shows are there? 4 ?

    I repeat, Who gives a shit?

    4 nights out of 365 Trey wants to get his composer geek on. Not for me, but i think its childish to insult it and act like he’s doing anyone a personal injustice by performing with an orchestra.

    Wierdo fan base needs to get over themselves.

  17. Robear Says:

    Whatever Palmer! I’m just pissed there’s none in Nor Cal!

  18. Mr. Palmer Says:


    I knew it Robear.

  19. albert walker Says:

    I think it’s childish to blindly follow artists and not have an opinion palmer. Always 2 ways of looking at things.

    I am massively pimpin the Seun Kuti tour while dissing the Trey orchestra tour.

    I fuckin hate the cubs right now. Is that childish. No they fuckin suck and I’m callin em out.

    Like I said I don’t want Trey to not do this cuz it sucks but to not express my opinion I think is just as lame.

  20. tela'smuff Says:

    Mr P – you are a good man, sir.

    i personally don’t think trey sucks, or any of that nonsense, just stating that i think the orchestra stuff is not my bag (and in replay, that he may have lost his mind, ha), and i’m doing so on a forum where we discuss every aspect of the band, it’s members and it’s music. seems to be fair game imo. he’s touring, even if it’s 4 shows. it’s a valid discussion.

  21. Kaveh Says:

    This Japan Disease is $$$$$ too. Excellent stuff.

  22. dusty Says:

    One of my favorite phish moments was plattsburg, after the day time set….daytime mazes are weird….Burlington Orchestra playing Stravinsky. After the set a few friends and I blasted off and watched the gliders glide to Stravinsky. A dime from here can penetrate don’t ya know. I’d take that over Trey symphony anyday…let alone Phillip Glass. I doubt most people at shows then or now feel the same.

    Trey Symphony in Reno…just screams classy.

  23. makisupa Says:

    this vienna recording is so fun. sitting here at work, amazed how the BB pumps out such quality postings while working

    in other words, AW and others, you are full value for your bonuses

    i come here for news. the MSM just spews nonsense, this gang knows more about the insides of this wonky global economy and society, and does so with mirthful glee

    that Stash w/ SO is weird to me, but others think it’s so sophisticated and a great setting. i really enjoyed Zappa tunes done by a symphony, it was really a revelation on many levels.

    different strokes.

    Saw It Again – is this part of the Ghost trilogy? I think I remember that Meat formed the other lyrical piece to that.

    I didn’t hate TTE @ redrocks 09. has a nice peak, and wasn’t second set. the show just took off after, and I mentally made note that by being positive thru TTE I was rewarded with some nutty jams

    Friday, we all deserve it

  24. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Yeah, I think i stated that it wasn’t my bag either, a few times.

    FTR- I’m pretty sure that everyone that is dissing it hasn’t heard it either ( nor have I). So, i’m not sure how much credence any of our blind, uneducated opinions, really count on the matter.

    The Cubs have sucked since the dawn of time, not an apt comparison. If the cubs only sucked 4 nights out of 162, you might have something there…

  25. Robear Says:

    When I show up to the next three day run with a bunch of dried petunias instead of the bane, you all just leave me alone. It’s fine for me to take a year off and do something creative…..

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