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Link Saturday, 07/05/1997
Piazza Risorgimento, Como, Italy

Soundcheck: Funky Bitch, Ginseng Sullivan

Set 1: Julius, Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room > Uncle Pen, SampleSample in a Jar[1], ThemeTheme From the Bottom, CaspianPrince Caspian[2] -> Twist > Piper, HoodHarry Hood[1] > Love You > HYHUHold Your Head Up > Poor Heart > Character Zero > GTBTGood Times Bad Times

Encore: CoilThe Squirming Coil

[1] "Worm" banter.
[2] Unfinished.

Teases:
· Groove Is in the Heart jam in Twist
· Theme from The Odd Couple tease in Harry Hood
· Walk This Way tease in Good Times Bad Times

Noteworthy Jams: Twist

Average Song Gap: 13.6

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

Notes: This was a single-set, free outdoor show. Caspian was unfinished. Twist included a Groove Is In the Heart jam and GTBT included a Walk This Way tease. Sample and Hood contained more "worm" banter (from July 1, 1997 and July 2, 1997) with Trey saying "you're on the back of the worm!" Hood also contained Odd Couple theme teases from Mike. At the beginning of the Hood jam, Trey asked Chris to turn off the lights so that the band could see the mountains. Love You was played for the first time since December 8, 1995 (111 shows).

Song Distribution:
3 Billy Breathes
2 Farmhouse
2 Stash
2 Hoist
2 Lawn Boy
1 A Picture of Nectar

Songs by Debut Year:

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

andrewrose , attached to 1997-07-05 Permalink
andrewrose Short version: hear this Twist!

Longer version:

There weren't many bad stretches of music anywhere in 1997, and you could argue that July was as strong a month as November or December. Summer 97 was definitely Phish at their most playful--and funky. Though Fall 97 often gets given the funk-throne, I think that's a bit erroneous. Not that there wasn't a ton of funk in the fall, but by November Trey was also channeling Hendrix more and more, and the band was doing much more group oriented spacey stuff as well. You were just as likely to hear a space-rock jam as you were a funk one. No if you really want the funky shit, your odds are just as good to pick a show from July.

And this one is maybe where things really got going in earnest. The Stash from the Paradiso a few days prior is one of the band's best otherworldy melodic expeditions of 97, foreshadowing the glorious 8/10 Cities. But this Twist is one of the first examples of their funky throwdowns that would also become a big summer touchstone. The Groove is in the Heart jam is no token throwaway tease, it's a proper 'groove' that's pure dance. Page shines, and you can feel their collective momentum just swell up in it--the sound of a band really starting to hit their party stride. Just so much fun. This vibe would return again through the fantastic YEM->Ghost>Poor Heart sequence with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones a few days later in Lyon (7/9), the standout Ghost in Atlanta (7/23), and basically every Gin they played that summer up through to the Great Went.

It was a good summer.
Score: 3
ucpete , attached to 1997-07-05 Permalink
ucpete To take a step back from my reviewing all of Summer '97, I should mention that if @andrewrose or @waxbanks have already reviewed a show, it's safe to ignore my review altogether. Those guys know what's up and I really appreciate their analysis and writing, and largely agree with their opinions.

A free Phish show near Lake Como, one of the most picturesque places in all of Europe? Totally radical man. And for a one-setter, this one's solid! First off, the soundcheck is floating around as well, and it's pretty cool -- it sounds like the soundcheck was basically part of the show with a decent crowd. Tons of teases and noodling before they start playing Funky Bitch (Camel Walk, Chalkdust, etc.). Julius is pretty hot in the opening slot, and then the show gets a little worrisome for a second with Bouncing > Uncle Pen, Sample, but that's the end of the radio-friendly segment. This Theme is very good, and I think it's the first time this tour it's been played when Taste wasn't also played in the same show. This Caspian is excellent, and the segue into Twist is pretty slick with Mike hinting at Twist early and often before they actually take the jump. Normally seeing Piper after a wonderful funky Twist featuring a full on Groove is in the heart groove would make you drop trou', but this is before Piper was *Piper* and it's just sort of a 5 minute tack on at this point. I feel really good about this Hood, with an Odd Couple on the back of the worm. "Chris, can you turn off the lights so we can see the mountains" reminds us where Harry goes when the lights go out -- they also did this during 8/2/97 Gorge and the Went Hood too, both of which had glowstick wars (or so I'm told). It's nice to get some free Fishman antics, and after Poor Heart they rock their way off stage with Zer0 and GTBT before Coil peacefully sends everyone into the night. For a one-setter, this one is quite fun. As Andrew says, get the Twist, but go ahead and hear the whole stretch from Theme through Hood.
Score: 1
andrewrose , attached to 1997-07-05 Permalink
andrewrose Oh yeah, and speaking of the Paradiso, listen for a "on the back of the worm!" nod from Trey during the Hood peak. Quite a ride, indeed.
Score: 0

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