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. El Duderino Says:

    Being here just slaps the fact in my face that I dont belong in the south. Almost all of beliefs are congruent with everything down there. While Im enjoying my time, Im actually depressed and frustrated. No word on city job, 500 applications/ resumes and 4 interviews, GOPers everwhere, christian rightwing nuts, god this, anti union that. I just dont belong in the south. 🙁 Duder is bumbed

  2. albert walker Says:

    you notice GD they want that Dilla sound on the drums. it’s amazing that he didn’t work on that record how much the drums sound like his feel and style

    I just keep hearing Dilla when I spin the record.

    supposedly he showed them how he worked and they just kinda copped his style even though he didn’t produce any tracks.

  3. snowbank Says:

    @GhostDog – the key is an external digital-audio-converter (dac_… this is kind of the entry level usb…

    FiiO makes several variations from headphone amplifiers to larger desk units.

  4. snowbank Says:

    from there, sky’s the limit… this website has tons of good information…

  5. garretc Says:


    Written on normal music staff, with X’s with normal music note tails to dente rhythms, and if you have multiple bongos at different pitches it’ll have the higher ones higher up the staff, but they won’t necessarily correspond to the actual note made by the bongo, but that doesn’t matter, you just need ordinal not cardinal direction on those points

  6. phoammhead Says:


    california passed anti-same sex marriage law within past year or so with a vote of like 52 to 48 percent as an example of conservatism there. yes, it was overturned in court and may go to supreme court soon, but still. a similar law is on the books for nc, so we need you here to help out in the south.

  7. phoammhead Says:

    ^similar law is coming up for vote in nc

  8. GhostDog Says:


    Righteous. Muchas Grassy Ass.

    I will check this stuff out. Would love to keep the lossless, well lossless. All the shit you need to hook things up with just gets you further awat from the source. Thanks for the help.

  9. Guyute711 Says:

    “GOPers everwhere, christian rightwing nuts, god this, anti union that.”

    Aside from anti-union stuff I run into nothing like this in my life down here. You find what you focus on brah.

  10. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Phish should release a Europe ’97 or ’98 box set…

    Japan ’00 would be acceptable as well.

    Please get on that Kevin Shapiro.

  11. phoammhead Says:

    . . . and can you say ronald reagan and war on drugs even though reagan was a few years back

    @G7 . . . duder wants a medi card . . . so do i

  12. Mr.Miner Says:

    I, for one, love the orchestra. Its, honestly, what Trey was thinking about when writing songs like YEM. Just don’t get the hate. I dig the arrangements and translations.

  13. Mr.Miner Says:

    If its not your thing, I get it, but to say it’s not interesting and engaging is just silly IMO.

  14. El Duderino Says:

    @ phoammy I want a good paying job with bebes, pension, tax deferred annuity and double time like I had in Chicago. Not this 9.00$ an hour BS

  15. Guyute711 Says:

    To hell with medi cards, legalization and availability in my local gas station is what I want.

  16. El Duderino Says:


  17. GhostDog Says:


    Any recommendations for portable use. How big of a sacrifice are you making once the file is on the ipod? Good headphones the best way to go or are there effective ways to wire into the car stero?

  18. tela'smuff Says:

    Duder – Portlandia is your place.

  19. phoammhead Says:

    i hear you, duder

    i’ll start with a medi card

  20. Mr.Miner Says:

    Id rather hear Trey play most of these songs with an orchestra than with Phish to be honest.

  21. El Duderino Says:

    Ill take a medi card too!

  22. stapes Says:

    “Whole Foods is corporate!”

  23. kayatosh Says:

    goodbye head would be a cool one to add to the phish repertoire.

  24. albert walker Says:

    It’s not embarrassing bad or anything Miner. Just two my ears they are songs for a psychedelic rock and funk band. Taking pop and prog rock songs and rewriting them to fit that space doesn’t do it for me.

    An original piece Trey worked on for the symphony would actually interest me quite a bit.

    But hearing a Stash or a Let me Lie is just kinda Meh for me

  25. phoammhead Says:

    ^come on, miner . . . let’s not get carried away! oh wait, it’s your blog . . . carry away!

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