Ya Mar was unfinished. Mike’s Song included 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.
Foxy Lady quote in Mike's Song
Debut Years (Average: 1991)

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

Show Reviews

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Review by PhanArt

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.
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Review by uctweezer

uctweezer 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.
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Review by yemenzo

yemenzo 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!!
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Review by Bob_Loblaw

Bob_Loblaw Lower end grade of tour. High end of most shows played overall.

Ya Mar follows the opening song jam trend and has a nice mellow cowfunk jam. I love the crashing segue into Axilla although they stumble a tad, very unique. Theme is excellent like literally every single version from this year. GTBT is a top tier version compared to most, excellent work by Trey.

The 2nd set really gets going with Ghost which has a nice vibrating build during it. Mike's song is very unique in the fact that it has added lyrics by Trey and then the silly "Bring in the Dude" banter which seems to keep going surrounded by some pretty chaotic jamming. Hood although kind of fluffy in it's center does have a gorgeous transition into the outro section.

Nice long outro coming out of coil which makes it a special encore.

Overall not the best show of the tour, but a great one for any era.
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Review by DARKH0LL0W

DARKH0LL0W WOW This show is insane!

The first set is great, the Ya mar >Axilla>Theme is a must hear .I loved the Tube! Vultures GTBT are solid.

The Second set is one of the best sets I have listen to. Dark and jammed out. Ghost is impossible for me to put into words ! PYITE and NICU are both dead on! The ending of PYITE is spacy and goes into ghost so well.
then the shit hits the phan! MIKE'S MIKE'S MIKE'S.OH THIS MIKE'S
the bring the dude jam puts this version in the best ever category! then its Llama, is it me, or is this the sickest way to go into Llama, they teased it the night before all during the second set, and when they went into it, the crowed gave in to a incredible release of energy! The sets only calm moment came with the beautiful When the circus came to town. The weekapaug>Catapault>weekapaug was as good as it looks, and Just when I thought the show was over, Harry Hood hits. this is a bad ass version with the first Glow stick war. Both songs in the encore were perfect. Coil is the only way this show, and this tour could end! The 3 day run of Rochester and Albany can compete with any before, and after.
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Review by Doctor_Ocelot

Doctor_Ocelot My first phish show. I was in 8th grade. Bought somebkiller good herb off a guy in the bathroom. First time I remember being wicked stoned and fishman is playing a vacuum cleaner. The lights went out completely and I was confused. Instantly hooked. The knickerbocker arena kicked butt. I got interviewed by fox news after. Again I was in 8th grade. My buddys older brother brought us.

Phish is like that they just lure you in and you are hooked.

Like my fishing (phishing puns)??



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Review by spencer

spencer the slow funk solos during the bring in the dude were great- epic live phish hooking performance
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Review by spreaditround

spreaditround SET 1:

Ya Mar: Unfinished. I ADORE how they reboot to the original theme at 8:50 and a beat or two slower than normal. Then they go into that minor chord jam, it’s just so nasty! It’s so good it feels like they practiced or at least talked about it before they went on stage. It’s moments like these that made this tour so special and memorable. Things get gradually more intense from here. They back off at 13:50, Trey hits up some loops and they take this into the pornofunk side of town. Super icky, sticky funk. Easy all timer and highly recommended. The segue into Axilla seems slightly forced. >

Axilla: Standard. Contained Axilla II ending. >

Theme From the Bottom: Standard.

Ginseng Sullivan: Standard.

Strange Design: Standard.

Sample in a Jar: Standard.

Vultures: Very cool jam. Ethereal and then abstract and ambient. Big fan would recommend.

Tube: Absolute funk dance party USA would recommend!

Good Times Bad Times: Unbelievable energy. Folks losing it for Page’s vocals. I know what it means to be alooooone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SET 2: NICU: Fun. >

Punch You in the Eye: Place is going bonkers over this and rightfully so. Just like Rochester. Monster effects and general fuckery after the song proper ends setting up a segue into Ghost… >

Ghost: Yeah baby, woo hoo!!!!!!!! This one is a straight up rager for 14 minutes, then devolves into loops/space and then into Mike’s… >

Mike's Song: Mike’s Song included Foxy Lady quotes from Fish and some memorable vocal interplay from the band that included a chant to “Bring in the Dude.” Funkytown by Lipps Inc. Foxy Lady by Jimi Hendrix at 10:56. They start this at breakneck speed! Cactus will bring the Dude. Bring the Dude Michael. Ahhhh, feel the Dude! I gotta do it again Fish, I gotta bring in the Dude! OF LIFE. Page? Page? Bring the Dude!!! Absolute mayhem. Assume this was sponsored by Patron and our friends from Columbia. ->

Llama: Smokes. I like the mellow middle part that they inject into this one.

When the Circus Comes: Well earned breather.

Weekapaug Groove -> Catapult -> Weekapaug Groove: I love the little reset/reboot thing they do at the 4 minute mark and then explode out of that right back into the rocking and funking. I also like how they take the last minute and a half and boil it down from a typical hard rocking version down to just about nothing and sort of hypnotize you and before you know it we are in Catapult. Once they get back into Weekapaug, I like the Can’t You Hear Me Knocking stuff. Would recommend this version!

Harry Hood: Wow, another heavy hitter. They just don’t want to get off the stage, do they? This show is going long for sure. 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. This really set the tone for what turned out as a great version. Things are very mellow as everyone was likely playing with and throwing glowsticks and watching all of that unfold. Very ambient. By 12:15 Fishman is doing what he can to ramp things back up and he is actually (I think) trying to take this into My Soul (Fish would have to wait to play this in the encore slot). Lots and lots of building towards the eventual backed into peak. You can tell they just straight up didn’t want to get off the stage which is echoed by Trey after the song is over – when he says it’s been a great tour, and we wish we could keep going but I guess we will see you in a couple weeks. Great version right here, would recommend!


My Soul: Standard.

The Squirming Coil: Beautiful way to cap an epic tour! Beautiful solo from Page.

Summary: Second longest show of the tour (11.29). Great show and tour closer. So many highlights. I would say the one all timer to come out of this show is Ya Mar, that was absolutely epic! Good first set and a great second set!

Replay Value: Ya Mar, Vultures, Tube, Weekapaug Groove, Catapult, Weekapaug Groove, Harry Hood
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