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Link Sunday, 06/22/1997
Loreley, St. Goarshausen, Koblenz, Germany

Set 1: Taste, Water in the Sky, Stash, Dirt, Uncle Pen, Character Zero > ThemeTheme From the Bottom, Hello My Baby, Ghost

Encore: LxLLimb By Limb

Noteworthy Jams: Taste

Average Song Gap: 2.6

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

Notes: This single-set performance was part of the WDR Festival that also featured Ezio, K’s Choice, John Hiatt, Reef, Primus, and Steve Winwood.

Song Distribution:
3 The Story of the Ghost
3 Billy Breathes
1 Farmhouse
1 Stash
1 A Picture of Nectar

Songs by Debut Year:

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

waxbanks , attached to 1997-06-22 Permalink
waxbanks Beautifully detailed Summer '97 playing, available in reasonably HQ recordings - a treat for fans of Phish's early funk era, though I don't remember this being a particularly funky show, as such. Just a band audibly and obviously enjoying a chance to play for small festival crowds who hardly know them, and taking the opportunity to dig into not just new material but a new *style* of play. Kind of funny when ya think about it.
Score: 1
bouncin7 , attached to 1997-06-22 Permalink
bouncin7 This verison of Ghost has some unique "hooting" from Fishman during the last 5 minutes of the song - truly makes it a great version. Unfortunately, this was one of those early versions of Ghost when Trey was over-singing the lyrics. Wicked TASTE to open the set. STASH is also top notch!
Score: 1
ucpete , attached to 1997-06-22 Permalink
ucpete I really liked this set. Taste is damn near perfect again, Water in the Sky (slow version remember) is totally worked out for a new song, the Stash is relatively concise but exploratory enough. Theme soars (there it is again, I'm telling you Taste and Theme go hand-in-hand this tour), they regroup for some a capella, and drop the fifth Ghost ever in there and act like they've been playing it for years. LxL is crisp and short-ish as well, like the whole set. At 77 minutes, and available in SBD format, this is the type of show that ten years ago I would've burned to CD and played on road trips and if I didn't write "6/22/97" on it, I would have had no idea the show date because nothing out of the ordinary happens. Yep, this is a super solid set, but there is nothing special here other than the remarkable quality of the recording and the dude who yells "YOU'RE LYING" at Trey when after Stash he compliments their city on being so beautiful. Based on the aerial shots in the video @papadance posted above, I think Trey may have been telling the truth. Moving right along...
Score: 1
iovanepr , attached to 1997-06-22 Permalink
Pretty solid set. Taste was a great opener...Stash had its moments...Theme went to a pretty good spot.

I instantly felt this is the first show that you can tell Ghost was really beginning to perform nicely for the band. They explored the jam extensively and briefly showed us whats to come in the next couple of months. Even though the actual song part still sounded a little choppy, the jam was beginning to shape up perfectly!

FUN FACT: watch the above youtube video...Trey, Page, Mike, and Fish all have collard shirts on! When was the last time that happened?!?!
Score: 1

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