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Link Thursday, 02/13/1997
Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, England

Set 1: CDTChalk Dust Torture, Wolfman'sWolfman's Brother > 2001Also Sprach Zarathustra > Stash, Walfredo[1], Taste > Waste > Poor Heart > Character Zero > PeachesPeaches en Regalia, Love Me[2], BowieDavid Bowie

Set 2: Julius, CTBCars Trucks Buses > My Soul[2] > PYITEPunch You In the Eye > Jam > SlaveSlave to the Traffic Light > CircusWhen the Circus Comes[2] > Maze[3] > Rock A William[1], HoodHarry Hood > Frankenstein

Encore: CaspianPrince Caspian > JBGJohnny B. Goode

[1] Debut.
[2] Phish debut.
[3] Unfinished.

· Close to the Edge tease in Jam
· Super Bad tease in Also Sprach Zarathustra

Noteworthy Jams: Jam (highly recommended)

Average Song Gap: 3.35

Performers: Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon

Notes: The European tour opener featured the debuts of Walfredo and Rock A William and the Phish debuts of Love Me, My Soul, and When the Circus Comes. Trey teased Super Bad in 2001. The jam after PYITE contained Close to the Edge (Yes) teases from Trey. Maze was unfinished.

Song Distribution:
5 Billy Breathes
3 A Picture of Nectar
2 Stash
2 Hoist
1 Rift
1 Junta
1 The White Tape

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1997 Winter European Tour."

Penn42 , attached to 1997-02-13 Permalink
Penn42 This show is nothing essential, but an okay listen nonetheless. Here we get the first taste of funky Phish. Though the funk hadn't fully developed, the contrast between this show and Fall '96 is striking. The grooves are deeper and, more importantly, Trey has started to back off. This is the first step of Trey's (and the band's) minimalistic journey that would culminate somewhere in the first half of 2000.

There aren't really any highlights in this show, save the Punch. The song Punch You In The Eye itself, is a little sloppy, but the post-jam out of the last big hit is quite tasty and reaches some very nice spacey places. If you include the post-jam in the timing, Punch is almost 17 minutes long. Other than that we've got just decent versions of 2001, Stash, and Bowie in the first set and five debuts sprinkled in for flavor.

In the end, the only thing you really ought to hear from this show is the Punch.
Score: 2
pauly , attached to 1997-02-13 Permalink
pauly Good tour opener:w/solid playing all around.w/one exception in the 2nd set, this Punch is an alltime favorite of mine..this is an excellent jam that gets overlooked..
Score: 0
zsmith0307 , attached to 1997-02-13 Permalink
I actually didn't enjoy the Jam out of Punch... I think it could be overrated in part because it's really the only improv the whole night.
As lame as it sounds, my highlight of the show was probably the encore. You can tell the band was excited about the Billy Breathes material and as far as I can tell songs like Prince Caspian are played their best around this time. Caspian definitely hits some great peaks, and JBG is a great way to end the show and rips.
But I definitely agree with the consensus that this show is skippable.
Score: 0

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