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Thursday October 31st, 1996
The Omni
Atlanta, GA USA

Set 1: Sanity > Highway to Hell > Down with Disease > You Enjoy Myself, Prince Caspian > Reba, Colonel Forbin's Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird[1] > Character Zero, The Star Spangled Banner

Set 2: Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)[2] > Crosseyed and Painless[2], The Great Curve[2], Once in a Lifetime[2] > Houses in Motion[3] -> Seen and Not Seen[4] -> Listening Wind[2] > The Overload[2]

Set 3: Brother[5], Also Sprach Zarathustra[5] > Maze[5], Simple[6] -> Swept Away[5] > Steep[5] > Jesus Just Left Chicago[7] > Suzy Greenberg[8]

Encore: Frankenstein[9]

[1] Narration referred to David Byrne, who appeared in the mountain as the face of Icculus, threw Forbin off the mountain and into the arms of the "evil" Famous Mockingbird.
[2] Phish debut; Karl Perazzo on percussion, Dave Grippo on saxophone, and Gary Gazaway on trumpet.
[3] Phish debut; Karl Perazzo on percussion, Dave Grippo on saxophone, and Gary Gazaway on trumpet. Tweezer tease from Trey at the end.
[4] Phish debut; Karl Perazzo on percussion, Dave Grippo on saxophone, Gary Gazaway on trumpet, and Trey on bass.
[5] Karl Perazzo on percussion.
[6] Karl Perazzo on percussion. Mama Told Me Not to Come tease.
[7] Karl Perazzo on percussion, Dave Grippo on saxophone, Gary Gazaway on trumpet.
[8] Karl Perazzo on percussion, Dave Grippo on saxophone, Gary Gazaway on trumpet. Born Under Punches tease from Page.
[9] Dave Grippo on saxophone, Gary Gazaway on trumpet.


The Mockingbird narration included a reference to The Talking Heads’ David Byrne, who appeared in the mountain as the face of Icculus. As Trey told the story, Byrne threw Colonel Forbin off the mountain and into the arms of the “evil” Famous Mockingbird. The second set "musical costume" was The Talking Heads' Remain in Light. All of the Remain in Light songs were Phish debuts; the set featured Karl Perazzo on percussion, Dave Grippo on saxophone, and Gary Gazaway on trumpet. Perazzo also played during the entire third set. Jesus Just Left Chicago, Suzy Greenberg, and Frankenstein also featured Grippo and Gazaway. At the end of Houses in Motion (which featured Trey teasing Tweezer), an armchair was brought out to the center of the stage and Mike sat in it to sing Seen and Not Seen. While he sang, Karl Perazzo drummed and Trey played bass. After Overload, a bizarre on-stage demonstration closed the set. The third set opened with a Feel Like a Stranger tease. Suzy included a Born Under Punches tease from Page. Simple included a tease of Mama Told Me Not to Come. The soundcheck's Overload was performed with horns and briefly featured Fishman on vacuum. This show was officially released as Live Phish 15.

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Friday November 8th, 1996
Assembly Hall, University of Illinois
Champaign, IL USA

Set 1: Runaway Jim, Axilla > All Things Reconsidered > Mound, Down with Disease > Prince Caspian, Reba, Golgi Apparatus, Run Like an Antelope

Set 2: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Maze, Bouncing Around the Room > Simple[1], Loving Cup, Mike's Song, The Star Spangled Banner, Weekapaug Groove

Encore: Theme From the Bottom

[1] Cecilia tease.


Trey had equipment problems in Simple, so Loving Cup (“I know I play a bad guitar”) was played next. Simple included a Cecilia tease. ATR was played for the first time since July 1, 1995 (108 shows) and Axilla was played for the first time since October 16, 1994 (170 shows).

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Friday November 15th, 1996
Kiel Center
St. Louis, MO USA

Set 1: Wilson > Divided Sky, Bouncing Around the Room, Character Zero, Punch You In the Eye > Prince Caspian, Ginseng Sullivan, Train Song, Chalk Dust Torture, Taste > Cavern

Set 2: Makisupa Policeman -> Maze, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters > Split Open and Melt, The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu, My Mind's Got a Mind of its Own > Mike's Song, Sleeping Monkey > Mean Mr. Mustard[1] > Weekapaug Groove[2]

Encore: Funky Bitch[2]

[1] Phish debut.
[2] John Popper on harmonica.


Mimi Fishman addressed the crowd before the show and noted that the band was donating a portion of the proceeds from the show to charity. After Sleeping Monkey, Trey announced that the show was brought to you by the letter M (referencing all the second-set songs with “M”-titles) and the number 420. This show marked the Phish debut of Mean Mr. Mustard, complete with a John Popper (cloaked in a cape and hobbling with a cane to the roar of the audience) cameo as the “dirty old man.” Popper stayed on stage to lend his harmonica to a very short Weekapaug closer and Funky Bitch encore.

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Saturday December 28th, 1996
CoreStates Spectrum
Philadelphia, PA USA

Set 1: Runaway Jim, NICU, Wolfman's Brother, It's Ice, Billy Breathes, Ginseng Sullivan, Split Open and Melt, The Mango Song, Frankenstein

Set 2: Makisupa Policeman[1] -> Maze, Bouncing Around the Room, Digital Delay Loop Jam -> The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu > Mike's Song -> Strange Design > Weekapaug Groove[2], The Star Spangled Banner

Encore: Johnny B. Goode

[1] Key words: “Stink, Stank, Stunk"
[2] Ended with long Page solo.


Makisupa Policeman included the cryptic lyrics “Stink, Stank, Stunk,” which may have been a reference to the theme song in The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Weekapaug Groove ended with a long Page solo. The Star Spangled Banner was dedicated to Kate Smith, who used to sing God Bless America at Flyers’ home hockey games.

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Monday December 30th, 1996
FleetCenter
Boston, MA USA

Set 1: Ya Mar, The Sloth, Llama, Gumbo, Reba[1], Talk[2], Funky Bitch[3], Theme From the Bottom > Good Times Bad Times

Set 2: Timber (Jerry) > Uncle Pen, AC/DC Bag, Guyute, Tweezer -> Lifeboy > Scent of a Mule[4], Slave to the Traffic Light

Encore: Possum

[1] No whistling.
[2] Trey on acoustic guitar.
[3] P.A. cut out.
[4] Page/Mike Mule Duel and Steven Wright ringing a desk bell three times.


Reba did not have the whistling ending. Talk featured Trey on acoustic guitar. The P.A. cut out during Funky Bitch, during which Fishman took an “air drum” solo, Trey performed Townsend-style windmills, and the entire band engaged in random silliness while still “playing” the song. Scent featured a Page/Mike Mule Duel and a guest appearance from comedian Steven Wright, who came out and rang a desk bell three times.

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Tuesday December 31st, 1996
FleetCenter
Boston, MA USA

Set 1: Axilla > Peaches en Regalia > Punch You In the Eye[1], Cars Trucks Buses, Stash, The Horse > Silent in the Morning > Divided Sky, Sample in a Jar > Tweezer Reprise

Set 2: Chalk Dust Torture > Wilson > Sparkle > Simple -> Swept Away > Steep > Harry Hood -> Prince Caspian > Character Zero

Set 3: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Auld Lang Syne -> Down with Disease > Suzy Greenberg, Run Like an Antelope, Bohemian Rhapsody[2], Julius[3]

Encore: Amazing Grace[3]

[1] Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough teases from Page.
[2] Phish debut; Boston Community Choir.
[3] Boston Community Choir.


As the traditional Auld Lang Syne rang in the New Year, tens of thousands of balloons (reportedly a world record) fell from the rafters. This show marked the first Phish performance of Bohemian Rhapsody which, along with Julius and Amazing Grace, featured the Boston Community Choir. PYITE included Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough teases from Page.

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Tuesday July 1st, 1997
Paradiso
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Set 1: Ghost[1], Horn, Ya Mar[1], Limb By Limb -> Ain't Love Funny, Saw It Again[1], Dirt, Reba, Dogs Stole Things

Set 2: Jam[2] -> Timber (Jerry) > Bathtub Gin[3] -> Cities -> Jam[4], Loving Cup[5] > Slave to the Traffic Light

Encore: When the Circus Comes

[1] "Worm" banter.
[2] The second set began with a Fishman piano solo that evolved into a jam, as the rest of the band eventually joined the stage and Fishman moved to his drum kit.
[3] Little Drummer Boy tease from Trey.
[4] "Worm" banter. When the Saints Go Marching In and Santa Claus is Coming to Town teases from Trey.
[5] Frankenstein tease from Mike.


Ghost began the first of two nights of the infamous "Worm" banter, with Fishman saying "I think you know where you are" and Trey responding with "You're on the back of the worm!" The "Worm" was also mentioned in Ya Mar, Saw It Again, and the jam out of Cities, which also included When the Saints Go Marching In and Santa Claus is Coming to Town teases by Trey. Dirt was introduced as "Green Grass High Tides Forever." The second set began with a Fishman piano solo that evolved into a jam, as the rest of the band eventually joined the stage and Fishman moved to his drum kit. Bathtub Gin contained a Little Drummer Boy tease from Trey. Loving Cup contained a Frankenstein tease from Mike.

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Wednesday July 2nd, 1997
Paradiso
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Set 1: Mike's Song > Simple -> Maze, Strange Design, Ginseng Sullivan, Vultures, Water in the Sky > Weekapaug Groove

Set 2: Stash -> Llama -> Wormtown[1] -> Wading in the Velvet Sea

Encore: Free

Encore 2: David Bowie

[1] Narration sung to the tune of Swingtown. Trey warned fans about the "killer worms" that inhabit the canals of Amsterdam.


The Wormtown Jam continued the stage banter of the night before. Portions of the narration were sung to the tune of Steve Miller’s Swingtown, as Trey warned the fans in attendance about the “killer worms” that inhabit the canals of Amsterdam.

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Wednesday August 6th, 1997
Riverport Amphitheater
Maryland Heights, MO USA

Set 1: NICU > Stash, Beauty of My Dreams, Twist -> Also Sprach Zarathustra > AC/DC Bag, Ya Mar, You Enjoy Myself[1]

Set 2: Runaway Jim -> My Soul, Ghost, Prince Caspian > Cars Trucks Buses > Sample in a Jar, Run Like an Antelope[2]

Encore: Julius

[1] Also Sprach Zarathustra tease from Trey.
[2] May The Force Be With You (The Force Theme from Star Wars) teases and a Makisupa jam with Page on the theremin and Mike on a mini-drum.


YEM contained an Also Sprach Zarathustra tease from Trey. Antelope included May The Force Be With You (The Force Theme from Star Wars) teases and a Makisupa jam with Page on the theremin and Mike on a mini-drum.

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Friday August 8th, 1997
New World Music Theatre
Tinley Park, IL USA

Set 1: Cars Trucks Buses, Gumbo > The Lizards, Dirt > It's Ice > Water in the Sky, Character Zero

Set 2: Wolfman's Brother -> Free, Limb By Limb, Loving Cup > Prince Caspian > Chalk Dust Torture

Encore: Hoochie Coochie Man[1], Messin' with The Kid[2]

[1] Sugar Blue on harmonica and vocals.
[2] Phish debut; Sugar Blue on harmonica and vocals.


The encore, which included the Phish debut of Messin’ with the Kid, featured Sugar Blue on harmonica and vocals. Hoochie Coochie Man was played for the first time since April 10, 1993 (382 shows). This was the first Phish show to be webcast live.

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Saturday August 9th, 1997
Alpine Valley Music Theatre
East Troy, WI USA

Set 1: Theme From the Bottom, Punch You In the Eye, Ghost -> Taste, Dogs Stole Things, Reba[1], Lawn Boy > Crossroads

Set 2: Wilson > Foam, Mike's Song -> Ain't Love Funny -> Simple -> Swept Away > Steep > Scent of a Mule[2], Slave to the Traffic Light > Weekapaug Groove[3]

Encore: When the Circus Comes, Rocky Top

[1] No whistling.
[2] Duel between Trey and Mike after Page's solo.
[3] Can't You Hear Me Knocking teases.


Tears of a Clown was teased before Theme. Reba did not have the whistling ending. Scent featured a duel between Trey and Mike after Page’s solo. Mike and Trey started their duel facing each other and wound up on the ground doing bicycle kicks while they played. Weekapaug included Can’t You Hear Me Knocking teases. Crossroads was played for the first time since December 9, 1995 (127 shows).

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Sunday August 10th, 1997
Deer Creek Music Center
Noblesville, IN USA

Set 1: Bathtub Gin -> Sparkle > Down with Disease > Dirt, Cars Trucks Buses, Billy Breathes, Split Open and Melt[1], Bye Bye Foot > Ginseng Sullivan, Harry Hood

Set 2: Cities -> Good Times Bad Times -> Rotation Jam -> Rock A William -> David Bowie

Encore: Cavern

[1] Third Stone from the Sun tease and Larks' Tongues in Aspic Part Two jam.


The long, involved Rotation Jam to set up Rock A William started when Page went to the theremin for a solo. Soon after, Trey took up the keys and Mike went to play guitar. Page eventually picked up Mike’s bass. After they jammed a bit longer, Mike went to join Trey on the keys. Trey then joined Fishman on the drums. The two of them played on the same drum set and Mike took a piano solo. Trey eventually kicked Fishman off the drum stool, and Fishman picked up Trey’s guitar. SOAM contained a Third Stone from the Sun tease as well as a Larks' Tongues in Aspic Part Two jam.

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Monday August 11th, 1997
Deer Creek Music Center
Noblesville, IN USA

Set 1: Makisupa Policeman -> Maze, Water in the Sky, Guyute, Guelah Papyrus, Limb By Limb, Horn, Run Like an Antelope[1]

Set 2: Timber (Jerry) > Piper, Vultures > My Soul, You Enjoy Myself, Character Zero

Encore: The Squirming Coil

[1] "Rye Rye Rocco" section included Page on theremin.


The “Rye Rye Rocco” section of Antelope included Page on theremin.

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Thursday November 13th, 1997
Thomas & Mack Center
Las Vegas, NV USA

Set 1: Chalk Dust Torture, Black-Eyed Katy[1], Theme From the Bottom, Train Song, Split Open and Melt, Beauty of My Dreams, My Soul, You Enjoy Myself, Character Zero

Set 2: Stash, Punch You In the Eye > Prince Caspian > Bouncing Around the Room, Mike's Song[2] > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove[3]

Encore: Loving Cup

[1] Debut.
[2] Born on the Bayou teases.
[3] Brief Can't You Hear Me Knocking tease.


This show marked the debut of Black-Eyed Katy. The jam in Mike’s Song included Born on the Bayou teases and Weekapaug contained a brief Can't You Hear Me Knocking tease.

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Friday November 14th, 1997
The “E” Center
West Valley City, UT USA

Set 1: Runaway Jim, Gumbo > Maze[1] > Fast Enough for You, Also Sprach Zarathustra > Funky Bitch, Guyute, Run Like an Antelope[2]

Set 2: Wolfman's Brother -> Piper > Twist > Slave to the Traffic Light

Encore: Bold As Love

[1] Unfinished.
[2] Whistling in both the opening section and closing "Marco Esquandolas" section.


Maze was unfinished. Trey dedicated Guyute to Paul Languedoc in reference to Paul’s purported comment to the band that any song with whistling is a good song. Consequently, Antelope contained whistling in both the opening section and closing “Marco Esquandolas” section.

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