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Link Sunday, 02/16/1997
Alter Wartesaal, Cologne, Germany

Set 1: Beauty of My Dreams[1], SOAMeltSplit Open and Melt, Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room, C&PCrosseyed and Painless > GuelahGuelah Papyrus, GinsengGinseng Sullivan > Tweezer, Waste > Cavern > CDTChalk Dust Torture

Set 2: SampleSample in a Jar > CTBCars Trucks Buses, Free, Sparkle > Simple -> CircusWhen the Circus Comes, Swept Away > Steep -> BowieDavid Bowie, Loving Cup > TweepriseTweezer Reprise

Encore: ThemeTheme From the Bottom > JBGJohnny B. Goode

[1] Phish debut.

Noteworthy Jams: David Bowie

Average Song Gap: 5.18

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

Notes: This show was rebroadcast on German television and featured the Phish debut of Beauty of My Dreams.

Song Distribution:
6 Billy Breathes
5 A Picture of Nectar
3 Stash
2 Lawn Boy
1 Hoist
1 Rift
1 Junta

Songs by Debut Year:

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

handjivehippo , attached to 1997-02-16 Permalink
handjivehippo europe 97 wins my nomination as best tour for the boys, so this show is a banger in my eyes. check this shit out on the youtube.
fish is lookin hairy, disgruntled, and all-together badass; trey, the same ginger-bearded, marvin the martian donning wildebeest we all know and love. (perhaps a little zombieish as he jumps on his own little drum set during crosseyed and painless.) on paper this show seems a little song-based, maybe due to a tv airing, but it nonetheless has some supreme jams.

set numero uno: nice little debut as an opener with beauty of my dreams..i'm always a dancin' man when it comes to cavern, and waste is a beaut. dirty tweezer; page and mike layin down a smooth groove initially, leaving trey to take this one over halfway through and go metal apeshit on germany.

dos: free is quite a journey, with trey's drumset adding some extra texture there. next to halloween 96's, this is probably my favorite Simple; just, heavenly. when the circus comes, you're not gonna jump up and head-bang, but it's still my favorite slow song. big jam to end the show was a dainty david bowie fit for a ballerina. page sets the pace coming into the jam, turning mr. bowie's 40th birthday celebratory tune into quite a tear-jerker, which builds and builds with the assistance of trey, who once again poops all over the german crowd, until this compact bowie peeks with grace.
lovin the theme encore, trey executes like tom cruise on a seemingly impossible mission to melt face.

only negative i could muster, once again, is that there seems to be a high amount of typical encore-esque, "piss-break" songs peppered throughout. but hell, its phish.

highlights: set 1: crosseyed and painless, tweezer

set 2: free, simple, bowie (theme encore)
Score: 3
MzRprz , attached to 1997-02-16 Permalink
MzRprz I picked set II of this show up in Jay, Vt from a ski instructor and listened to it the whole way home to Upstate NY (at the time). One of best overall sets and the Good Times with the Tweeprise teases... to die for. Great show!
Score: 2
zsmith0307 , attached to 1997-02-16 Permalink
I think this show might be a little too highly rated due to the fact that it IS on Youtube (which is fun to watch, no doubt).

Overall the show continues the great-but-not-outstanding theme of the previous two nights, although this show does feature a more interesting setlist.
CrossEyed->Guelah is definitely fun for a 1st set, but nothing too crazy happens. The Tweezer is actually my 1st set highlight. Standard type-I but hits a nice peak near the end.
Set 2 Setlist is more blah and doesn't have much to recommend.
As others have mentioned, this Theme is perhaps one of the best ever performed. Nothing crazy happens, but Trey absolutely nails his solo.

Watch the YouTube, but go to later in this tour for the real fireworks.
Score: 0

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