TTFF: Fall ’97 In the Shadows

MSG 1997

With the release of Hampton/Winston-Salem ’97 this week, there has been a lot of Fall ’97 nostalgia within the community on the 14 year anniversary of the legendary tour. Fall ’97 boasts so many jams that are household names, that quite a few playlists could be made from well-known highlights alone. The following selections aren’t exactly diamonds in the rough, but probably don’t jump to the forefront of one’s mind when recollecting the tour. Enjoy these lesser-played gems from one of the band’s most creative tours in history as we are now within weeks of re-congregating at MSG!


Ghost > Wilson” 12.5.97 I

Though many popular “Ghosts” on this tour overshadow this laid-back, show-opening version from Cleveland.



Timber -> Simple” 11.16.97 II

Having always lived in the shadow of the gargantuan show the following night, this jam and segue are spectacular.



Bathtub Gin -> Llama” 11.19.97 I

With such a monstrous second set in Champaign, many forget that the first was quite impressive as well, and here is one of its centerpieces.



Stash > Hydrogen > Weekapaug” 12.9.97 I

This unorthodox combo came together quite nicely 14 years ago tonight at Penn State. This “Weekapaug” absolutely kills.



Drowned > Roses Are Free” 12.11.97 II

A monstrous piece of psychedelia in “Drowned” led into the debut of “Roses” in Rochester, another stellar outing along the golden road of fall.



Run Like An Antelope” 12.6.97 I

Phish applied the funk paradigm to just about everything at some point during Fall ’97. This “Antelope” was the second song of the epic outing at The Palace at Auburn Hills.

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782 Responses to “TTFF: Fall ’97 In the Shadows”

  1. angryjoggerz Says:

    Damn, this Timber>Simple is no slouch. Loving all of this 97 stuff, I left for China in Aug 97, missed all of this heat, so great to hear it for the first time. Destroys America indeed.

  2. Mr palmer Says:

    Eli Fucking Manning!

    Hi AJ.

  3. angryjoggerz Says:

    Hey! Football’s got everyone worked up.

    Just waiting to leave for 10, yes 10, hours of meetings… including an epic music and dance thing that I go to every year. Lots of Chinese acrobats. Not complaining, just not as thrilling as it once was.

    Beautiful day in Beijing.

  4. angryjoggerz Says:

    I hope they take Timber to storage at MSG. Love me some Timber.

  5. WolfmansFather Says:

    Anyone else over thinking the fact that the archived shows tab went from past nye runs to Hampton now? Was the Hampton rumor completely squashed?

  6. WolfmansFather Says:

    *archived shows tab on the live phish app

  7. garretc Says:


    I’d think it probably has something to do with the H/W-S release… Seems like the most obvious possibility to me

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