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Link Saturday, 12/13/1997
Pepsi Arena, Albany, NY

Set 1: Ya Mar[1] > Axilla > ThemeTheme From the Bottom, GinsengGinseng Sullivan, Strange Design, SampleSample in a Jar, Vultures, Tube, GTBTGood Times Bad Times

Set 2: NICU > PYITEPunch You In the Eye > Ghost > Mike'sMike's Song[2] -> Llama, CircusWhen the Circus Comes, WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove -> Catapult -> WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove, HoodHarry Hood

Encore: My Soul, CoilThe Squirming Coil

[1] Unfinished.
[2] Chants to "Bring in the Dude."

· Funkytown and Foxy Lady teases in Mike's Song

Noteworthy Jams: Ya Mar (highly recommended), Tube, Mike's Song, Harry Hood

Average Song Gap: 9.95

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

Notes: Ya Mar was unfinished. Mike’s Song included a Funkytown tease, Foxy Lady quotes from Fish, and some memorable vocal interplay from the band that included a chant to “Bring in the Dude.” During Hood, Trey asked Chris Kuroda to turn off the lights for a Blackout Jam and the audience responded with a shower of green glowsticks. The opening act was J. Willis Pratt & We're Bionic.

Song Distribution:
2 A Picture of Nectar
1 The Story of the Ghost
1 Billy Breathes
1 Stash
1 Hoist
1 Lawn Boy

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1997 Fall Tour (a.k.a. Phish Destroys America)."

PhanArt , attached to 1997-12-13 Permalink
PhanArt This was my first Phish show and while at the time I didnt know much of the music, I return to this show to hear what I was blown away by.
I dug the Ya Mar opener, but didnt know the song. Sample and GTBT are the only tunes I knew, and the latter really got me pumped, being a big Zeppelin fan in high school and college.
Second set got really dark, sitting behind the stage was an experience but i got to see the majesty of Kuroda this night. The Mike's Song was insane and I kept looking around, wondering where this 'Dude' was. Listening to it again, it is the most rocking Mike's Song I have ever heard, and I love it. Every minute of this show is worth a listen. Set 2 is hot as hell.
A hometown show is a great way to start a life of Phish. I'm glad my friend Mike gave me a ticket for this show. 100 shows later, I'm looking back only with a smile.
Score: 5
yemenzo , attached to 1997-12-13 Permalink
1997 obviously had epic stuff and i was at the palace show, with that being said "bring in the dude" is by far the greatest thing since birth control!!
Score: 3
spencer , attached to 1997-12-13 Permalink
the slow funk solos during the bring in the dude were great- epic live phish hooking performance
Score: 1
ucpete , attached to 1997-12-13 Permalink
ucpete Do yourself a favor and seek out the SBD recording of Ya Mar (Super Ball FTA)-- it's awesome. The Ya Mar portion itself is just fine, but the funk jam that ensues is awesome and epitomizes the rest of the preceding tour: you never know when the funk will drop.
Score: 1

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