This show was rebroadcast on German television and featured the Phish debut of Beauty of My Dreams.
Noteworthy Jams
Debut Years (Average: 1993)
Song Distribution

This show was part of the "1997 Winter European Tour"

Show Reviews

, attached to 1997-02-16

Review by handjivehippo

handjivehippo europe 97 wins my nomination as best tour for the boys, so this show is a banger in my eyes. check this shit out on the youtube.
fish is lookin hairy, disgruntled, and all-together badass; trey, the same ginger-bearded, marvin the martian donning wildebeest we all know and love. (perhaps a little zombieish as he jumps on his own little drum set during crosseyed and painless.) on paper this show seems a little song-based, maybe due to a tv airing, but it nonetheless has some supreme jams.

set numero uno: nice little debut as an opener with beauty of my dreams..i'm always a dancin' man when it comes to cavern, and waste is a beaut. dirty tweezer; page and mike layin down a smooth groove initially, leaving trey to take this one over halfway through and go metal apeshit on germany.

dos: free is quite a journey, with trey's drumset adding some extra texture there. next to halloween 96's, this is probably my favorite Simple; just, heavenly. when the circus comes, you're not gonna jump up and head-bang, but it's still my favorite slow song. big jam to end the show was a dainty david bowie fit for a ballerina. page sets the pace coming into the jam, turning mr. bowie's 40th birthday celebratory tune into quite a tear-jerker, which builds and builds with the assistance of trey, who once again poops all over the german crowd, until this compact bowie peeks with grace.
lovin the theme encore, trey executes like tom cruise on a seemingly impossible mission to melt face.

only negative i could muster, once again, is that there seems to be a high amount of typical encore-esque, "piss-break" songs peppered throughout. but hell, its phish.

highlights: set 1: crosseyed and painless, tweezer

set 2: free, simple, bowie (theme encore)
, attached to 1997-02-16

Review by MzRprz

MzRprz I picked set II of this show up in Jay, Vt from a ski instructor and listened to it the whole way home to Upstate NY (at the time). One of best overall sets and the Good Times with the Tweeprise teases... to die for. Great show!
, attached to 1997-02-16

Review by zsmith0307

zsmith0307 I think this show might be a little too highly rated due to the fact that it IS on Youtube (which is fun to watch, no doubt).

Overall the show continues the great-but-not-outstanding theme of the previous two nights, although this show does feature a more interesting setlist.
CrossEyed->Guelah is definitely fun for a 1st set, but nothing too crazy happens. The Tweezer is actually my 1st set highlight. Standard type-I but hits a nice peak near the end.
Set 2 Setlist is more blah and doesn't have much to recommend.
As others have mentioned, this Theme is perhaps one of the best ever performed. Nothing crazy happens, but Trey absolutely nails his solo.

Watch the YouTube, but go to later in this tour for the real fireworks.
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November 20, 1994
23 years ago
Dane County Coliseum

Set 1: Chalk Dust Torture, Fee[1] > Scent of a Mule, Stash, If I Could[2], Little Tiny Butter Biscuits[3], My Long Journey Home[4], Dooley[5], Divided Sky, Sample in a Jar

Set 2: Also Sprach Zarathustra > David Bowie, Glide, Axilla (Part II) > Reba[6], Simple > Rift > Hold Your Head Up > Terrapin > Hold Your Head Up, Julius > Cavern

Encore: Icculus[7]

Encore 2: Fire

[1] Trey sang verses through megaphone.
[2] "Reverend" Jeff Mosier on banjo.
[3] Acoustic; "Reverend" Jeff Mosier on banjo.
[4] Acoustic; "Reverend" Jeff Mosier on banjo and vocals.
[5] Phish debut; acoustic; "Reverend" Jeff Mosier on banjo and vocals.
[6] No whistling.
[7] Referenced the 6/17/94 "O.J. Show."

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