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Link Thursday, 02/20/1997
Teatro Smeraldo, Milan, Italy

Set 1: CurtainThe Curtain > Tweezer > Soul Shakedown Party > CDTChalk Dust Torture, Love Me, Taste, Gumbo, CircusWhen the Circus Comes > BowieDavid Bowie > TweepriseTweezer Reprise

Set 2: SampleSample in a Jar > CTBCars Trucks Buses, Character Zero > Uncle Pen, Stash, Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room, Free > Swept Away > Steep > ADITLA Day in the Life, Runaway Jim, Sweet Adeline[1]

Encore: Julius

[1] Without microphones.

Teases:
· Dave's Energy Guide tease in Taste

Average Song Gap: 3.57

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

Notes: Taste contained a DEG tease from Trey. Sweet Adeline was performed without microphones.

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

Songs by Debut Year:

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

oh_kee_dono , attached to 1997-02-20 Permalink
oh_kee_dono What can I say? It was my phish cherry popper! Great show from what I remember. I was in the navy at the time and we pulled into Italy just in time for the show. I couldn't go to the Florence show the next night though ;) The highlights for me were..when the circus comes and then Free to the end.
Score: 1
Mr_Incompletely , attached to 1997-02-20 Permalink
Mr_Incompletely This Tweezer is an absolute must hear.Go listen immediately.do not pass go,do not collect $200.
Score: 1
DaReba , attached to 1997-02-20 Permalink
Always good to hear a Curtain opener. This Tweezer is very special. In the Bible & is the divine number. at the 7 minute mark in thiss funk/rock/blues masterpiece show why there were absolutely the best live rock act act at the time.
This tape made feel heroic for somereason when I got it because i got it with a group of 3 europe shows. I was beyond pumped. These shows prepped them for a ridiculous year of growth.
I called this year flying marshmellow funk. This chalkdust is great example. Trey takes his young wailing tone from summer 95 to a clearer more defined conclusion in 97.this chalkdust is an early peak into that. Sick . leaves you speechless . you ever wanted a song to go on forever
Score: 0
zsmith0307 , attached to 1997-02-20 Permalink
I love the setlist in the first set, but the playing is only so-so. The highlights are the Curtain opener (one of the best ways to open a show) and the Tweezer, which is very good but I found it to be more typical than my fellow reviewers. The Bowie ending is very forced but is redeemed by a nice first-set closing Tweeprise.

The second set has a very mellow setlist and doesn't feature many songs I'd want to see live. However, I do enjoy the flow of the set, especially the second half. The Stash in particular has a nice jam.

Nice to have the whole thing on SBD, which really works well for the more quiet segments (Swept Away->Steep, parts of Stash), but nothing you need to seek out. Gave this 3 stars.
Score: 0

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