Phish Friday | Europe ’98 Redux

Live Music Blog friend, Stanley T. Roper, continues to let his Phishy thoughts and comments flow freely. This week, he’s brought us a short-but-sweet review of his favorites from Phish’s 1998 summer stint in Europe (basically one-upping my Phish Friday post from last week, by saying, “ha, one show? Well I can do the entire run!?!”). We certainly appreciate Mr. Roper’s fine submissions (and you can check out his previous efforts here and here). But keep in mind, we love hearing from all the rest of you, so feel free to send those our way whenever you’re in a Phishy mood. Hope you enjoy another installment from Stanley T. Have a killer weekend!

Phish performed a nine-show Europe run in June-July 1998 after completing the studio sessions for Story of the Ghost. The last live shows before these – the Island Tour – have since been released in their entirety and quickly assumed their place in Phish lore. The next live show upon their return stateside (7/15/98 Portland) was later released as Live Phish Vol. 17. If proximity to official releases is any indication, these shows were sure to be some good stuff.

They didn’t disappoint. I listened to every note of every show – hard work, but that’s why LMB pays us the big bucks. (Hey, LMB sent Whitperson to Langerado, right?) Here are some highlights…

“Ghost” – 6/30/98, Copenhagen (night I):

First-ever “Ghost” with the new arrangement. Listen to the heads in the crowd when they realize that this is “Ghost.” Cool. Also some top-notch banter after the song.

“Moma Dance” – 7/1/98, Copenhagen (night II):

Second-ever “Moma” (i.e., new lyrics), with the first-ever coming the night before (this one’s better). Disgustingly nasty funk. Again, good post-song banter. The band was in a good mood this tour.

“Piper>Makisupa” – 7/6/98, Prague (night II):

At about 16:30 you can hear a guy in the taper’s section ask “what song are they playing again?” That pretty much says it all. Long, raging jam, then some funk that finds its way into “Makisupa.”

“Halley’s Comet” – 7/10/98, Barcelona (night II):

This jam gives an early preview of the groove-heavy 1999/2000 sound, with Mike and Fish at the helm. Also of interest: Trey teases “First Tube” a year before there was even such a thing as Trey Band. I had to do a little research to find out that Trey had performed the song for the first time in April 1998 with Eight Foot Fluorescent Tubes, a side project that grew into TAB.

  • http://www.livemusicblog.com WHITperson

    man, Ropes ain’t kidding about this Halley’s jam.

    First full listen right now, and this is vintage Gordo bass-thumping. It started out really rough with a bunch of vocal flubs and messiness, but once they get groovin’ this song takes off!

  • http://www.livemusicblog.com WHITperson

    man, Ropes ain’t kidding about this Halley’s jam.

    First full listen right now, and this is vintage Gordo bass-thumping. It started out really rough with a bunch of vocal flubs and messiness, but once they get groovin’ this song takes off!

  • Rudolfo Asuego

    Did Phish ever play a full version of First tube? Anybody know? I know that the song was released on the Phish album Farmhouse, but had never heard Phish play it live, so it was interesting to hear the tease in Halley’s Comet.

  • http://www.livemusicblog.com WHITperson

    yep. first ‘first tube’ by Phish (not Trey band) was 9/9/99. They kept playing it throughout ’99 and 2000. Not sure about post-Hiatus, but I’m sure a few times. I think I liked it best when Trey first started playin’ it on his 1st solo run in Spring of 99.

  • http://www.livemusicblog.com WHITperson

    yep. first ‘first tube’ by Phish (not Trey band) was 9/9/99. They kept playing it throughout ’99 and 2000. Not sure about post-Hiatus, but I’m sure a few times. I think I liked it best when Trey first started playin’ it on his 1st solo run in Spring of 99.

  • http://freshbread.blogs.com ryan – freshbread

    3.1.03 in Greensboro Phish encored with “First Tube”…..AND…a sick “YEM” w/ “Proud Mary” jam

  • http://freshbread.blogs.com ryan – freshbread

    3.1.03 in Greensboro Phish encored with “First Tube”…..AND…a sick “YEM” w/ “Proud Mary” jam

  • Steve

    I was in Europe that summer and caught the 2 Prague and 3 Barcelona shows. I have a few (less than I’d like, but that’s the way it goes) distinct memories of the run, and the Piper on Night 2 of Prague and the Haley’s in Barcelona are 2 of them. I’ve raved about them since and have never actually listened to them. I always say that I am going to get every set of this run, but then I get lazy and/or find enough other music to keep me sated. Maybe one day…..

  • Steve

    I was in Europe that summer and caught the 2 Prague and 3 Barcelona shows. I have a few (less than I’d like, but that’s the way it goes) distinct memories of the run, and the Piper on Night 2 of Prague and the Haley’s in Barcelona are 2 of them. I’ve raved about them since and have never actually listened to them. I always say that I am going to get every set of this run, but then I get lazy and/or find enough other music to keep me sated. Maybe one day…..

  • Rudolfo Asuego

    Did Phish ever play a full version of First tube? Anybody know? I know that the song was released on the Phish album Farmhouse, but had never heard Phish play it live, so it was interesting to hear the tease in Halley's Comet.