McNichols Arena, Denver, CO
Soundcheck: Saw It Again
 Played in concert for the first time.
 Pete Wernick on banjo.
Average Song Gap: 6.25
Notes: Mule and Poor Heart featured Pete Wernick on banjo. Mule also included a brief Foggy Mountain Breakdown tease. The jam out of Timber included a Frankie Says tease. Harry Hood was unfinished. Farmhouse was played in concert for the first time.
Songs by Debut Year:
This show was part of the "1997 Fall Tour (a.k.a. Phish Destroys America)."
NICU is a fun opener. My Soul is good, Trey's solo is solid. BEK is throws some funk into the mix. Farmhouse is awkwardly placed, but is well played and sung. I like Old Home Place, but this ensuing string of breather songs kind of diminishes the value. Cars Trucks and Buses is a great song, so even though it's another short/no segue song I don't really mind it. Page has an unusually long solo, and it's really good. Gets kinda abstract in the middle with a descending chromatic pattern. Scent of a Mule is next and only had a page solo. Pete Wernick adds some nice flavor to this version. Poor Heart is fun with the banjo. Taste is the first really high energy song, and is played very well. Both Trey and Page's solos are really tight. Page is really on in this set. Hello My Baby closes. One of the few skippable sets this tour. Not BAD by any means, just not great flow and not much jamming.
Timber begins with a minute or so of space, follows with a minute or so of composition, then jumps right into a very heavy jam. It begins with a very nice Trey lead, and then turns into a wall of sound, and then peters back into space where Trey sorta clumsily makes his way into Simple. The jam has a very heavy psychedelic feel. It's not the tightest jam, but it's very ambitious and has some interesting work from everybody. Simple has a short "jam" who's only purpose is to segue into Wilson. Wilson is good and leads into a pretty decent Hood. All Hoods from '97 have great, emotive playing from everybody. This one has an especially powerful peak. The > Isabella is fun, and Trey goes machine gun at the end.
Cool to have Bowie as an encore. Not very exploratory, but has a couple type II excursions. The entire jam has a very heavy feel. Not metal necessarily...there's just a lot of things happening at once, and Trey plays around with what sounds like power chords for a bit.
First set doesn't do a whole lot, second set is decent exploratory '97 Phish. Timber is probably the only thing from this show that I'd listen to again. This is only a testament to how great the rest of the Fall was, because this is by no means a bad show.
*--all apologies for the Hannah Montana reference!!!!!