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Link Sunday, 07/05/1998
Lucerna Theatre, Prague, Czech Republic

Set 1: BOAFBirds of a Feather, Taste > Cavern, Reba, Fee[1] -> Water in the Sky > Lawn Boy > CDTChalk Dust Torture

Set 2: GinBathtub Gin > MomaThe Moma Dance > McGruppMcGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters > Jam > Axilla > HoodHarry Hood > Rocky Top

Encore: Funky Bitch

[1] Trey improvised the story as he led the band back to final chorus. Extended jam segment at the end.

Noteworthy Jams: Fee (highly recommended), Bathtub Gin, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters (highly recommended), Jam (highly recommended)

Average Song Gap: 5.69

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

Notes: Trey seemed to forget the lyrics to the last verse of Fee and improvised the story as he led the band back into the final chorus. Fee subsequently concluded with an extended jam segment.

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

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1998 Summer European Tour."

ADAWGWYO , attached to 1998-07-05 Permalink
ADAWGWYO Really sloppy show. They were definately drunk and I surmise drunk on Absynthe. I remember Trey gesticulating near the mic and knocking his glasses off. Not much to say musically. I have seen Trey mess up Fee probably more than I've seen him do it right, bit this was definately the worst.

Beers were 34 CZ Crowns, or about a dollar. They raised the prices the next night like 50 cents or something.

I truely believe it is because of this night that they came out a-guns-blazin the next night. They had to make up for this bomb. Not quite on the level of Vegas '04.... not quite I say.

I don't really think any Phish show deserves a 1 star rating but this one is definately below a 3.

2 stars
Score: 2
ChalkdustPleasure , attached to 1998-07-05 Permalink
I don't get why so many people hate on this show, sure it doesn't nearly match the next nights performance, but those are the types of shows that are on inhuman levels which is what makes this band awesome. If they make a few mistakes here and there then joke around about it it only reminds me that these boys are still human, just playing out of this world music for us at the same time.

By the way, the fee jam is straight raw...and makes the show no doubt.
Score: 1
rhcp4115 , attached to 1998-07-05 Permalink
During Reba, Fishman completely forgets his part of the song and is way off with the drum timing. Trey and Page stop playing and look over at him. Followed by a Fee with most of the verses missing.
Score: 0
ucpete , attached to 1998-07-05 Permalink
ucpete Fishman and Trey are SO fucked up during this show. The first set may be the worst first set of Phish I've ever heard in my life.
Score: 0
dscott , attached to 1998-07-05 Permalink
Sub-par show overall, and other reviewers have described the sloppy mess that is the 1st half of Set 1. At least things get competent after the forgotten lyrics Fee-asco, albeit largely ordinary. A relatively brief Chalkdust Torture has a little extra snarly gnar to its final 3 minutes or so, and Gin drops into a decent funk groove which nicely sets things up for how it meets its Moma.

Legit highlights can be found in the jams out of Fee and McGrupp, which are truly wonderful! I could swear that the funky melody that they keep repeating between ~9:45 and ~12:00 (when the jam takes on a Manteca-ish tone) is a tease of a familiar song, but I just can't place it.
Score: 0

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