Weekend Nuggets: Deer Creek ’97


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Indiana Cornfields

A high point of Summer ’97, these two nights in the cornfields featured some of the best playing of the tour.  Two nights blended together, this was a perfect two night stand.  Pretty much everything the band played was money, and there were some all-time highlights held within.  Both the “Spilt” and the “Hood” in the first set present completely unique jams hat stray far from their norms.  The interplay between Trey and Mike in the epic “Cities” is sublime, and the band created quite the adventure out of this second set opener.  The second night opened with the classic combo of “Makisupa > Maze,” and peaked with a half-hour funk odyssey in “YEM.”  The Phish also shone the spotlight some of their new songs with “limb By Limb” in the first set and “Piper,” “Vultures” and “My Soul” in the second.

8.10.97 Deer Creek, Noblesville, IN < LINK

8.10.97 Deer Creek, Noblesville, IN < TORRENT LINK

1997-08-10moI: Bathtub Gin, Sparkle, Down With Disease, Dirt, Cars Trucks Buses, Billy Breathes, Split Open and Melt, Bye Bye Foot, Ginseng Sullivan, Harry Hood

II: Cities > Good Times Bad Times > Rotation Jam* > Rocko William, David Bowie

E: Cavern

*Page to Theremin (solo), Trey to keyboards, Mike to guitar, Page to bass, Mike joins Trey on keyboards, Trey joins Fish on drums, Mike takes piano solo, Fish to guitar…and into “Rocko William.”


8.11.97 Deer Creek, Noblesville, IN < LINK

8.11.97 Deer Creek, Noblesville, IN <TORRENT LINK

1997-08-11moI: Makisupa Policeman > Maze, Water in the Sky, Guyute, Guelah Papyrus, Limb By Limb, Horn, Run Like an Antelope

II: Timber Ho!, Piper, Vultures, My Soul, You Enjoy Myself, Character Zero

E: The Squirming Coil



“The Squirming Coil” 8.11.97 Deer Creek


“Mike’s > Hydrogen” 3.7.09 Hampton

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43 Responses to “Weekend Nuggets: Deer Creek ’97”

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  1. fromthetub Says:

    These were my first shows back after a ill-conceived self imposed Phish hiatus during ’95 and ’96 (still have huge regrets about that). And my last shows in the mid-west before moving out west. I somehow had made it up to this point without hearing a Bathtub Gin, a personal favorite… and it’s like the band was giving me a huge welcome back by OPENING with it! I was home again and there has been no turning back since. 🙂 God, these were fun times! Love Deer Creek! Thank you Mr. Miner.

  2. hairy pood Says:

    ^Lee’s campground is definitely your best bet

  3. gus Says:

    off topic but:


  4. RamblinOnMyMind Says:

    Also off topic, but maybe someone has this show and can tell me: I downloaded the 8/2/97 Gorge show from this site awhile back, but hadn’t listened to it until tonight. There’s a sick DWD>Tweezer>DWD, but after they transition back to Disease, there’s only 1:35 of the song and then it gets cut off, which sucks because it’s still raging. Is it like that on everyone’s recording, or did I fuck up downloading it?

  5. Pence Says:

    Fenway opener…..Snootable Snunshine

  6. RamblinOnMyMind Says:

    Wait, I’m retarded. I think I just had the next song misnumbered so the transition didn’t make sense.

  7. Myhkel Says:

    ^Cowfunk…concerning campgrounds around the Creek. There are a few options…my preference is off-site camping(which might require at least 1 person in your party that can drive). I have always stayed at a little campground called Glowood…might be considered the furthest(about 3.5 miles) away, but to me was always a very friendly party. I stayed there from 89(GD) to 03(Phish), then in 04 I stayed at a place that was not a real campground but a guy hosting a post Phish shows party. Great party there in 04…night before 1st night:Lotus…after 1st night:Fareed Haque…after 2nd night:Jennifer Hartswick. That place is about 3/4 of a mile behind Deercreek…don’t know yet if he’s planning anything this year. Then there is the ever popular Green Acres which is about 1.5 to 2 miles behind Deercreek. There is usually signs on the back roads behind Deercreek directing you to the three places I mentioned above(sorry, don’t know if these places have anything as fancy as a website). Now if want something within “real walking distance” from the Creek, there is Camp Sleepy Bear that is literally a 5 min. walk from the top of the lawn, but it usually fills up pretty quick(they Used to have a website, i’m too lazy to see look it up right now..sorry). Then of course the onsite camping(about a 7-10 walk from the lawn).

    I live about 15 min. away from the Creek(luckily I can take ALL country roads to the Creek without ever having to deal with traffic in and traffic out). Sorry for such a long post but…one more thing…

    I saw every Grateful Dead show at the Creek from 89-94 and then in 95 I was super broke and had to choose between Phish or GD at the Creek. Thankfully I chose Phish over GD…as everyone knows what happened at 95 GD Creek(thank god 94 Creek was my last GD show). Then I went on to see Phish at the Creek from 95-04(missing just 8-3-98…but not Really…I found a spot along the actual creek and could hear the show almost perfectly). Sorry for my rambling post…just a little buzzed.

  8. Harpua Says:

    Just saw The Dead tonight in Philly. They played at the Spectrum and they had IT tonight. My mind exploded during the St. Stephen>Jam>Revolution (Beatles cover) segment in the second set. Encored with Samson’s Delilah: “If I had my way, I’d tear this whole building down”, in spirit of the coming demolition of the historic Spectrum venue.

  9. Little Buddy Says:

    The 8.11.97 Deer Creek Download that Miner put up for us also makes his point from a few days ago about things that should “go away” but won’t. Some idiot is talking through half the show. It would be a good recording otherwise. Go to the back of the lawn if you want to talk!!! Someone should walk around with a roll of duct tape and tape the talkers’ mouths shut during shows…

  10. Jack O Roses Says:

    Amazing 3 camera HD video of Wilson from Hampton 09: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WDKEDYjG9s

  11. Alex Says:

    the hood from this 8.10 is definitely unique to say the least…
    an underlying “tension” that builds marvelously into the closing

  12. Mr.Miner Says:

    ^^ yeah, its amazing….not sure if this is correct musically, but it sounds like its in a minor key, rather than the blissful Hood key…also, the Split Open may be the best jam from BOTH nights…

  13. Billy Breathes Says:

    any updates on last nights Dead show?

    i heard they played really well…

  14. Jon Says:

    You guys better be careful speaking in positive terms about the current Dead tour; I tried it earlier on in the tour and learned that it’s not looked upon kindly around here.

  15. Little Buddy Says:

    ^Jon and Billy B

    Some of us saw really bad Dead shows on this tour. I’ve got nothing against those guys. In fact, I love them. But I don’t ever want to see what I saw in Buffalo again. It was ugly… I’m sure some of the other shows have been better. Someone wrote on here last night that the Saturday Spectrum show was good. There is very little objectivity in evaluating a show, so its all gotta be taken with a grain of salt I suppose.

  16. Billy Breathes Says:

    yup yup. just talked with one of my girls on tour who said the last few shows were really heating up, they were anticipating a peak in chi-town.

    can’t wait…11th row, central part of town!

  17. Iculus7 Says:

    The 8/10 show is the one in Bittersweet Motel where they’re talking about the ‘bad review’ where the band was “urinating in the ears of their listeners and they happily lap it up.”

    Likely referring to the rotation jam > rocka william. Or perhaps that long and incredibly nasty Cities (in which your every day music writer would be totally lost).

    Ahhh good stuff. Can’t wait to Creek this summer. I’ve been at every Creek show they’ve played (’95-’03) and this is one of my favorite summer sheds.

  18. Jacob Says:

    OK, just had to post this. I’m streaming 8.10’s Cities, cranked at work, and my friend/co-worker came in and said “Are you watching a porno in there?”

    I thought I had to post that here.

    Have fun this summer everybody!

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