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Link Sunday, 07/06/1997
Spiaggia di Rivoltella, Desenzano, Italy

Soundcheck: Samson Variation -> Oliviaís Pool, Beauty of My Dreams, Hellís Bells, You Shook Me All Night Long, MMMBop, Another One Bites the Dust, And It Stoned Me, Only Shallow, The Banana Boat Song (aka Day-O)

Set 1: Runaway Jim, The Old Home Place, Dogs Stole Things, Stash, HorseThe Horse > SilentSilent in the Morning > CTBCars Trucks Buses, SOAMuleScent of a Mule, CDTChalk Dust Torture

Set 2: Free, YEMYou Enjoy Myself[1] > Waste, Rocky Top > Funky Bitch

Encore: My Soul

[1] No vocal jam; unfinished.

Noteworthy Jams: Stash, Scent of a Mule, Free, You Enjoy Myself

Average Song Gap: 8.87

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

Notes: This was an outdoor show; the afternoon soundcheck was free and open to the public. Trey began playing Hell’s Bells to the accompaniment of church bells ringing nearby. During MMMBop, Trey noted: “Fish will now do his version of James Brown singing Hanson’s MMMBop.” Fish responded in part that “I’m an 11-year-old sex machine” and that it was “too hot in the hot tub!” Another One Bites the Dust through Day-O featured the infamous Soundcheck Limbo Karaoke Contest, where fans were invited on stage to sing, while mic stands were used for the limbo contest. Page teased Let It Be at the end of And It Stoned Me. YEM did not contain a vocal jam and was unfinished.

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

Songs by Debut Year:

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

ucpete Staff , attached to 1997-07-06 Permalink
ucpete This is pretty damn cool due to the free afternoon soundcheck, essentially making this a three set show. In fact, you can find shaky video of the soundcheck on PooTube here:

They played some pretty random covers that have never seen the light of day during a show proper, so I recommend listening to the soundcheck too just for novelty's sake. As for the show itself... fans must have been thinking "they've GOT to play YEM today right?", given that this was the closest gig to Firenze the band would play all tour (~150 miles). And they'd go nuts in the vocal jam right? More on that later...

The Jim opener is spot on and works well, as usual. BoMD and DST are fine, but this Stash is pretty freaking great. The composed section is totally nailed, and the jam starts drifting in a sort of August '93 Stash style with undertones of DEG-like patterns and type II tomfoolery. By the 14 minute mark things are reeled back in a bit, but it's a highly percussive version of the Stash closing jam before one final build-up that Trey drives home. The rest of the set is just sort of going through the motions -- it's well played, but nothing crazy happens for the most part, though Scent of a Mule gets waaaaay the hell out there and should be checked out if you're a SoaMule fan.

The second set is really short at 51 minutes. This definitely isn't the same type of 5 song second set that would pop up in the fall (i.e. full of -> and over an hour of wall-to-wall improvisation). The opening Free is solid, and brings some filthy funk during the jam that sounds almost 2003ish. Then we get the YEM that was sure to come -- only the second of this tour actually. I can only imagine the goofy grins on people's faces who flew all the way across the world and were seeing Phish so close to Florence and hearing them sing "Wash uffize drive me to Firenze!". I don't know, maybe I think it's a lot cooler than it is, but I'd be giddy as hell. The YEM jam is funky and long, and they skip the vocal jam and instead -> Waste! Maybe they didn't want to offend any Italians in attendance with their fake Italianglish gibberish... around the 20 minute mark the mood moves from funky to spacey, maybe foreshadowing the predominant styles of Fall '97. This YEM is really great, but isn't necessary to hear by any stretch as there's nothing super unique about it except for where it was played. They end the show with three covers and we're off to France again for a chance meeting with the Flecktones.
Score: 4

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