The Grey Hall, Freetown Christiana, Copenhagen, Denmark
Set 1: BOAFBirds of a Feather, CTBCars Trucks Buses, ThemeTheme From the Bottom, Brian and Robert, Meat, Fikus, Shafty, Fluffhead, GinsengGinseng Sullivan, PYITEPunch You In the Eye > Character Zero
Notes: This show marked the debuts of Meat and Fikus. Fans of stage banter will want to hear this show, as Trey was in a particularly chatty mood.
This show was part of the "1998 Summer European Tour."
We got a rental car at the airport for 25 beans/day. She knew a little Czech and was fluent in Spanish. I was a French minor, but our German was non-existant. We used The Force to navigate our way N/NW to the German border and into Dresden. Now this used to be East Germany, and was not at all user-friendly as far as road signs go.
So, we motored on up to Berlin and on to the Danish border. Gas was RIDICULOUS in Denmark, so we turned around, crossed back into Germany, filled up, and recommenced towards Christiania. It was 50 beans to simply cross that bridge that took you over to the island where Copenhagen is located.
We camped at what used to be a gun-sight in WWII. Big grassy field right on the edge of the water. Underneath where the showers and laundry were used to be ammunition magazines and bunkers. Crazy history there. Anyways, like a 10 minute drive from the shed.
We pulled up behind Den Gra Hal(The Grey Hall) and parked about 7 cars down from the back dock of the venue. The back dock consisted of a door that you coukd open and drive a tractor inside. Nothing formal. I got out of the car and sure enough, they were soundchecking HaHaHa. I hadn't seen it since 95 I believe, so I remember being excited. The building itself is maybe 3-4 tractor trailers long. I estimate 800 capacity of this place.
The whole one side is a free-for-all graffiti wall for the locals- legally. So there were kids there throwin up some sweet tags all 3 days. I can't remember if the other side(Fish side) was the same. I do know the whole area was like a little park, with buildings scattered about. There was a skateboard half pipe a ways down the cobble stone path that ran in front of the venue. I remember a weed garden directly out front and down a ways that had a sign on the fence that said(in English too) No Pictures Please... We did anyways. I was young, my bad. I was blown away. Chilled outside and drank beers, met some dude who played some mean devil-sticks.
Anyways, the first night was like a "best of" type show, although it is the longest 2 setter I've seen(even longer than the Alladin.) Stash-> Cities was sweet. Moma was fun. Honestly this is the 1 of the 3 I listen to the least.
2nd and 3rd night second sets both start out disgustingly HUGE. Tweezer-> 2001 is 38 minutes of DOOOM!! The Ghost-> Jim from this next night is super HUGE taboot! I believe this Ghost isn't talked about as much because it's not an official release available as a SBD. I personally think this one is equal to the 7/6 version in Praha. Get a copy and hear for yourself. All 3 of these shows have something you should hear. The debuts and banter from this show and 6/30 are especially enjoyable and I find myself smiling each time I relisten.
Good, on-par Phish show.... Until you add this Ghost->Jim into the mix
Overall: 1st set was OK, 2nd set other then Ghost was a let down. I would definitely listen to this Ghost you wont be disappointed.