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

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784 Responses to “TTFF: International Phish”

  1. phoammhead Says:

    if phish had ripped nyc-msg a new one for the nye run . . .

    but, since that is water under the bridge . . .

    i don’t care whether trey wants to put symphonies together . . . so long as he brings the heat in phish and his other offerings . . . otherwise, i become a hater

  2. Robear Says:

    I downloaded and spun last years symphony @ Palmer. Is this one different?

  3. albert walker Says:

    You I know I love ya P. just bustin balls.

    But let’s just say I didn’t like the TAB shows (including yours) as much as many so for me pretty much anything he’s doing outside phish right now should be played in elevators and def not listened to lifted and irie.

    And yes my opinions are based on past Trey orchestra performances I’ve heard not this one.

  4. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I hear dried petunias pack a wicked punch
    seriously visual once you get past the puking

  5. Robear Says:

    Lol T3. I’ll bring some morning glory seeds instead.

  6. albert walker Says:

    On a positive note there is a bunch of buzz around concerning D’Angelo working with Guestlove on his first album in like 11 years. He’s out playing dates in Europe right now.

    As a result I busted out his 2000 classic Voodoo which I hadn’t spun in ages. Talk about a timeless just disgustingly sick album. The bass grooves layed down by hired guns Pino Palladino and Charlie Hunter are just dirty and the all analog equipment production just screams retro soul.

    Just a brilliant mash up of Prince, Curtis, Marvin, Clinton, Fela, Miles, and the JB’s.

    So fuckin funky I spun it twice last night. Not sure if the new one has any chance at all of being good but damn that Voodoo release was brilliant.

  7. DukeOfLizards Says:

    I identify mostly with the “who gives an eff” crowd, re: the symphony shows. If that’s what Trey wants to while Mike is working with his side project(s), Page is taking care of a new child, and Fish is shoveling shit up on his farm, then I really couldn’t care less. If some half-decent things come out of the project, all the better.

    The only downside is that it’s a reminder of the fact that that if Trey sat in with any improvisational act worth their salt right now (MMW, SKB, the Duo, etc.) he would get completely played off of the park. That’s just the truth.

    But again, having said that, I cannot for the life of me see the point of getting really worked up about it.

  8. tela'smuff Says:

    i’ve heard enough to make a well-informed opinion that Trey with an orchestra isn’t my thing. eagerly awaiting Phish 2012.

    spun that Miami Tweez last night AW. clearly it’s great, especially for 2009. a few minutes riding that pocket of groove, with vocals taboot. pretty dope.

    i’ve been spinning that SC2 Tweez a little extra lately, very underrated. pretty dirty.

  9. albert walker Says:

    and Stevie of course. heavy Stevie sounds.

  10. Robear Says:

    Acoustic + Symphony = 2 wrongs don’t make a right.

  11. dusty Says:

    I go Jimson weed when I get all suited up for shows.

  12. stapes Says:

    I think Trey lost his mind aloooong time ago.

    Comparing this place to PT is like comparing Phish to Trey’s symphony. Not even close.

  13. Robear Says:

    I’m sitting over here, taking care of the kiddo, working the web, pulling tubes, cracking jokes. Worked up? Haven’t seen it.

    Either Trey is one of us, and he’s gonna take some ball busting for the acoustic symphony,or he isn’t one of us…..and gonna take some ball busting. Either way…

  14. albert walker Says:

    You can tell I really don’t care about the orchestra sit ins cuz I keep trying to bring the convo back to TAB hate.

  15. dyda Says:

    drive-by? i’m right here bucko. i may lurk much more than i post but that doesn’t mean i’m not paying attention

    suit & tie faker? i’m not quite sure how to take that

    re: loops – trey intentionally got rid of the ability to sustain them for more than a few seconds cause he didn’t want to aimlessly wander at the start of a jam setting them up

    re: not being able to download – check out or the spreadsheet

    re: ghost – i thought fikus was the other song

    re: haven’t head symphony trey yet – really? it’s not like he didn’t do shows in years past from which to draw your conclusions. search this very site & you’ll find the carnegie hall show

  16. Guyute711 Says:

    Asshole Friday, asshole Friday!!!!, Trey sucks, Phish sucks, Giants big time suck!!!!! :looking at Mr P:

  17. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I know AW, no worries here man.

    Do know that i respect guys like you, tela’s, and robear musical opinions more than most around here. And none of this was directed at anyone in particular.

    I certainly don’t want to be the guy to defend the symphony tour because i haven’t heard it ( don’t imagine i will), and don’t really care for it. I just think its funny that people can take what a another man decides to do professionally ( for 4 or 5 shows), so personally.

  18. ThePigSong Says:

    sick little Fee up there, on to the Mike’s.

    The Ushers last night were really enjoying the show, I think they got IT last night. Look out for a small horde of uppity grannies on Summer tour.

  19. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Just remember it could’ve been worse, kids.

    He could’ve played Alaska.

  20. Guyute711 Says:

    The king is dead, long live the king.

  21. tela'smuff Says:

    yeah, whose worked up? again, it’s like my first negative leaning post since MSG. where’s all the attention when i spent days hyping 2.0 or the DTE Bowie??!!! you guys are silly. ask Stapes about ball busting. it comes with the territory.

  22. phoammhead Says:

    ^lolz @pig

  23. albert walker Says:

    My problem also is I fuel on adversity and negativity. I just got free money thrown at me and was told I am doing an amazing job at a gig I thought I may lose and have to go back to pimpin pressies on phish lot.

    So my great mood is bringing out my aggro ball bustin trash talking side. Which is me when I’m in a good mood if that makes any sense? Orchestra Trey + bonus = fun convos

  24. dyda Says:

    sigh. the pt comment was hyperbole. just a little taken aback by such baldfaced negativity for this board was all. carry on

  25. albert walker Says:

    The DTE is amazing BTW Tela. One of my fav jams of the return.

    I feel though it does suffer from Split or Stash issues where there have been such open ended dirty monsters in the past we all are just waiting for that 12.29.94 style dive in.

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