HT Giveaway: Phish – Hampton / Winston-Salem ’97

From the moment Phish left the stage at the Lawrence Joel Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem on November 23, 1997 Phish fans have been angling for an official release of the band’s epic three-night stand that ended that evening. The group’s devoted followers have finally gotten their wish with the release of Phish – Hampton / Winston-Salem ’97 via JEMP Records on December 6.

Phish – Hampton / Winston-Salem ’97 is currently available for pre-order through Dry Goods. This 7-CD set includes every note played at the Hampton ’97 shows on November 21 and 22 as well as the November 23rd scorcher in Winston-Salem. We also get a 17-minute soundcheck jam from the first night of Hampton and a version of Back at the Chicken Shack from the Winston-Salem soundcheck. There are a number of bundles available which adds items such as the 2012 Phish Calendar and a Pollock ’97 tour t-shirt along with the box set. Everyone who pre-orders the box set from Phish Dry Goods will receive a full 45-track MP3 download of Hampton Winston/Salem ’97 on the release date plus two previously unreleased Hampton/Winston-Salem related tracks from the Phish Archives.

As part of our Everybody Wins When We Plug Something And In Return They Offer Us Free Shit To Give Away program, we’ve got three copies of the complete Hampton / Winston-Salem ’97 box set to giveaway PLUS a Black-Eyed Katy bundle which includes a t-shirt and 2012 calendar. To enter, simply leave a comment below detailing your favorite part of that weekend, either in person or from a recording, musical or otherwise. You can enter a second time by following us and then tweeting that Hampton / Winston-Salem ’97 moment. Let us know by including both “@hidden_track” AND “#hws97” in your tweet. We’ll give you a third chance to snag one of the sets by leaving your favorite Hampton / Winston-Salem ’97 moment on our Facebook wall. Once the contest entry period closes we’ll tally all the entries from our comments section, Facebook and Twitter and pick four winners at random.

Here’s the fine print…

  • To enter the contest, leave a comment below telling us your favorite moment / memory from Hampton / Winston-Salem ’97
  • You can enter a second time by leaving a similar comment on the wall of the Hidden Track Facebook Page
  • You can enter a third time by following @hidden_track and tweeting your favorite moment / memory from Hampton / Winston-Salem ’97 and including both “@hidden_track” AND “#hws97” in your tweet
  • Your comment(s) must be left by 11:59 PM EST on November 25
  • Anybody entering more than once a piece on Facebook, Twitter and at the bottom of this post will be disqualified, tarred and feathered
  • Four winners will be selected at random from all entries
  • The first winner chosen will win the Black-Eyed Katy bundle, while the other three will each receive a Hampton / Winston-Salem ’97 box set courtesy of Phish Inc.
  • HT staff members are not eligible to win

So far we’ve been privy to three incredible sequences from Hampton / Winston-Salem ’97…

11/21/97 – AC/DC Bag -> Slave to the Traffic Light

11/22/97 – Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove


11/23/97 – Theme From The Bottom > Black-Eyed Katy

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169 thoughts on “HT Giveaway: Phish – Hampton / Winston-Salem ’97

  1. trippero Reply

    The Mike’s Groove was incredible. I can listen to it all day

  2. Todd Reply

    11/22 Hampton Set II was just plain amazing!

  3. michael howard Reply

    my favorite moment from winston salem 97 was the Fluffhead.

  4. Jordan Reply

    The Halley’s Comet jam from 11/22 is, in my opinion, one of the single defining moment of Phish improv. It never fails to raise the hair on the back of my neck.

  5. Justin Henry Reply

    I loved the Black-Eyed Katy. One the first, best and smoothest ever….

  6. Nick Reply

    Ghost>Bag>Slave. Outrageous. Really tough to find the brightest spot of this run. They were firing on all cylinders.

  7. Don Reply

    Winston-Salem -Bathtub > Disease > Low Rider > Disease!!!!

  8. Chris Reply

    My favorite moment is the Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove from the 22nd.

  9. bob dylan Reply

    Halley’s Comet[2], Tweezer[1] -> Black-Eyed Katy > Piper, Run Like an Antelope[3]

    ^FTmuthafreakinW. top notch phish right therrrr

  10. Dave Reply

    Favorite moment: Emotional Rescue>Melt.

  11. blatbOOm Reply

    the “Destiny Unbound” satanic death chant!!!

  12. andy Reply

    Bathtub Gin

  13. shemrah Reply

    Emotional Rescue !

  14. BillK Reply

    Love the Halley’s.

  15. Russell Kahn Reply

    From my journal after the NC show:

    Phish take their pre-encore wait on the side of the stage, no more than 15 feet from our row. They come back and the opening to Julius takes us all a little off guard. For a moment I thought maybe something like Julius> Sample, but then I realized how amazing the Julius would be if I just listened. So I did. And it blew me away. I would look up and see Trey, playing one of his favorite songs with a huge grin on his face. That helped me pick up the energy a bit, throwing my spinning arms way out in front of me and stomping my feet — maybe throw my long hair around in circles. My eyes were closed most of the time, but every time I looked up, I kept seeing Trey with that huge smile, looking right at our row. I’d make eye contact for a second, then turn down again because it was just too intense. It actually felt like my heart was on fire. The same thing happened about six times throughout the sick climax of the song, Trey still staring me down. It kept on going, too, unlike any Julius I’d ever heard. This was for and away the best Julius my ears have witnessed, and I felt I had some input on that. Everyone in the row agreed that Trey was working off us, but I didn’t believe it until Shawn told us in the parking lot. He said that from across the venue, he could see our row and that Trey was feeding off our us. “You guys made that Julius,” he later told us. Pretty intense.

    It was warm outside on the lot, all of my senses were reeling with adrenalin, and everyone was just psyched on what I called “for the third night in a row, The Best Show of my Life.” Yeah, I know, but it was.

  16. Eric Reply

    BEK!! The Super Phunk!!

  17. eric Reply

    transition from ACDC to Slave….

  18. MightyIcculus Reply

    Mike’s Groove oh baby!

  19. docgaaarwood Reply

    Id like to take my Hampton tapes to Sears to get a 10×13 wall portrait taken. I’d probably spring for a few wallets, too.

  20. Michael W Reply

    I love that segue from Mike’s into Hydrogen!

  21. mk Reply

    Gotta give it up to the all time Halley’s Comet. You can just tell they were going for straight dirty molasses funk right out of the gate.

  22. Jared Reply

    Black Eyed Katie Hampton

  23. Levi Reply

    Definitely the Bag -> Slave

  24. Todd Reply

    Mikes Groove!!!

  25. John Cunningham Reply

    The incredible energy when the first notes of Mike’s song were struck, still gives me goosebumps to this day when thinking about. My buddy Steve-O and I just looked at each other and couldn’t believe they were opening with Mike’s! Still one of my favorite concert moments ever!

  26. JDubbs Reply

    Phish fans taking over Hooters and Holiday inn rolling out a tv by there indoor pool late night to allow phish fans to watch bootlegged shows on VHS w no trouble a brewing.

  27. Dazzio Reply

    The Emotional Rescue opener. At this moment, you know you’re in for it.

  28. raqnrolla Reply

    AC/DC>Slave!! Bag’s been a favorite since ’92 run first heard it! Gotta luv those choppy licks, and if Slave can’t get u going…

  29. Burglekutt Reply

    “Hey Mike! Stay on F!”, right before the journey into the deep begins.

  30. Ryan Reply

    Bathtub Gin > DWD with Low Rider jam was amazing!

  31. Dave Reply

    the 22nd was my birthday…great great shows

  32. AO Reply

    Next to the roadtrip I took to Hampton in a friend’s van (George) with several close college friends, one of my favorite memories is pulling my friend Danielle from the packed floor by the stage to the back behind the soundboard where we had all the room in the world to dance to the unreal Ghost, Bag>Slave…what a weekend!

  33. willie Reply

    This was near the beginning of the phish phunk movement and nothing said phunk for me like the start of mikes… great shows… brings me back to the good ol days…

  34. Hicks Reply

    Best. Slave. Ever.

  35. Nick Reply

    Favorite moment, c’mon it is easy……the 20+ minute Theme From The Bottom > Black-Eyed Katy!

  36. Samuel Reply

    Winston ’97 was my first show. I was 15 and a buddy from high school talked me into going. The venue was just a few miles from home and I had been to numerous sporting events and concerts there over the years. I had no idea what to expect but it apparently made such an impression on me that I’m still seeing Phish some 14 years later. I’ll never forget the opening notes of “My Soul” and the amazing energy in the building. I’m so happy then band has decided to immortalize these shows in a box set.

  37. jeremy McWatty Reply

    the 2 nights of Hampton were my second an third show. I remember being so confused when they started the emotion rescue. My pals and I could not figure out who the hell was singing there for a few minutes! Then walking out after just an unbelievable show and seeing the mothership all lit up. That place has held a special place in my heart ever since, as it does for many others

  38. Phishead1 Reply

    Mikes>Hydrogen>Weekapaug 11-22-97. Fantastic!

  39. adaisy Reply

    Black-Eyed Katy > Piper

  40. Caine Schneider Reply

    My favorite sequence has always been Mike’s > Hydrogren > Weekapaug.

  41. Jay Reply

    Human sacrifice part of the show > Halley’s Comet

  42. Neddy Reply

    Couldn’t pick a musical highlight, but my favorite part of the weekend was raging front row center both nights. Can’t beat it…

  43. Scotty G Reply

    Black-Eyed Katy!

  44. Scott D. Reply

    AC/DC Bag > Slave!

  45. Joe Reply

    The Mike’s Groove is killer.

  46. Topher Kollmar Reply

    My fav memory would be, all of it? Listening to Slip stitch over and over all the way to Hampton. Sleeping in the car behind the Dennys in Hampton after the first night. Driving to Raliegh after the second night, sleeping in the car again because we couldnt get my friends to come to the door and let us in. Then hitting up Winston the next day. My 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Phish shows. Havent been through an experience since. What a great 3 days!

  47. Michael Martelli, Jr Reply

    Give me the funk, I am all about the double dose of Black-Eyed Katy.

  48. Roger Brandon Reply

    This was my second time seeing Phish. the first time was in Winston in 1995 and I just didn’t get it. After two years of listening to more stuff, this Winston show had me smiling from ear to ear from the start! My friends and I (some of which I didn’t even know at the time) still talk about this legendary show.

  49. James R. Reply

    The Mike’s Groove is my favorite moment for sure!

  50. mike kelly Reply

    the mothership!

  51. Jeff Reply



  52. chief Reply

    Gearing up for the tweeprise everyone knew was coming. Also it was raining microdots

  53. Kirk Gardner Reply

    Trey’s clutch bum note save at the very beginning of Weekapaug.

  54. flapdonger Reply

    Katy…..ohhhhh katy!

  55. lovematicgrandpa Reply

    My favorite memories are just the newness of it all, since these were a couple of my early shows.

  56. Matt Reply

    My favorite moment is the build before Slave begins during the epic AC/DC Bag > Slave

  57. Andrew Reply

    the ambient breakdown in Bag–> Slave is unreal…its that sort of transcendent Phish jamming where you feel like you are hovering 2 ft above the floor. I never got to attend these shows (I was only 8 yrs old in 97)- but when I listen to the auds and especially this remastered clip- it takes me to that special place that I cherish so much….just gotta surrender to the flow 🙂

  58. Adam Birken Reply

    Loved the Tweezer with multiple Black-Eyed Katy teases!!!!

  59. BT Reply


  60. Jeremiah Reply

    Set II from the first night is required listening.

  61. Patrick Reply

    train song

  62. Rob Reply

    Black-Eyed Katy

  63. Matt Reply

    Emotional Rescue opener. Great song, but weird in a way that makes it a perfect Phish cover, and jammed out like few if any debuts have ever been

  64. Ritch Reply

    Favorite part? Night 2, set 2

  65. Jay Reply


  66. Bryan beaney Reply

    Easily… The dwd-low rider-dwd!!! Amazing night in Winston.

  67. TTB FAN Reply

    I love the look of the box set packaging.

  68. PL Reply

    The Slave build gets me every time.

  69. Scott G. Reply

    My favorite aspect of that weekend came before the first note was ever played. I was a senior at UVM at the time and decided to make a last minute trek to the Mothership to catch Phish during what would eventually become a tour of legend. After a stop at Lafayette College to join forces with a few high school friends who were students there, we headed from Easton, PA to Williamsburg, VA. As my car wasn’t equipped for a big group, our posse hitched a ride with a couple of fellow Phish trekkers (let’s call them Bill and Ted) who had a nice big truck. One issue: for the 3 hour car ride down, they spoke nothing but Phish every minute of the way, all the time; wall to wall analysis. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Phish, but I also like to maintain a well rounded battery of conversation topics – baseball, current events, whatever…(back to Bill and Ted in a minute).

    So we arrive at our group’s female friend’s (also high school crew) establishment at the College of William & Mary called ‘the Hippie House’ on the night of 11/20 and we were raring to go. Where to we asked? “The Green Leafe Bar!” our NJ homegirl says, and we were off…

    We roll in and the place is hopping, people literally bouncin of the walls. After a look, a headshake, and then a closer assessment, it’s none other than Ernest, Paige, and Mike getting their swerve on…there was no division between band and fans…everyone was just hanging out, just having fun and exitedly awaiting the upcoming run of music…I remember Trey amidst a big table of revellers, just ordering huge trays of Tequila shots, one after the other…Paige was as nice as cld be, we spoke briefly about growing up in the same NJ town (Basking Ridge) It was a good ole time had by all…

    So the night was winding down and given that our hosts at the Hippie House were a group of 8 attractive girls and very persuasive, that’s where the band wound up meandered to for a late night…

    Back to Bill and Ted…so folks and band are sitting around the living room passing VA’s finest or whatever, and the two dire hards who could not stop talking Phish for 4 hours to the point where I was gonna pull my hair out are all of the sudden amidst their heroes and a cloud of smoke…stunned silence ensued, stage fright to the max …I think Ted managed to ask Paige if he recommended Maxell XLII’s or IIS’s for bootlegs before having to gasp for his next breath…I also remeber Mike walking around the house with a Lawn Nome…make of that what you will…

    I recall reading quotes from the band remembering this era of their career (I think in The Phish Book) saying that after the Europe tour of that year they were coming back to their roots and just enjoying the experience again (presumably after a year when they were exposed to their first real dose of main stream music industry pressures etc) and alot of that came with just hanging with fans and simplifying things…

    My lasting memory of that night and a level of appreciation that I have maintained since came in the front yard at around 4am…Trey was playing with a yo-yo just kind of waiting for the rest of the band to gather and take off and a few of us were also out there just hanging out…many shots and drinks and whatever else were had up to this point and I remember a Dude Brah in our extended group that I didn’t know very well going up to Trey and saying ‘Dude, I don’t have tickets to the shows, can you hook me up?” and Trey simply said “What’s your name?” and DudeBrah responds “James”…and with that, Trey and the rest of the Phish lads went back to their shuttle and took off…

    I thought to myself “Dude, give the guy a break, it’s 4am”…

    So the next day we walk up to will call at Hampton and James goes up to the window and walks away with 2 tickets and 2 back stage passes for each night…I’ll forget my feeling at that moment – I was impressed and proud all at the same time…impressed that Trey remembered this guy at all let alone his name and his request…but also proud that I loved and associated myself with a band that cared so much for its fanbase and their experience (truly personifying ‘All our Intent is for Your Delight’)…the personal connection I felt with the band and the music then was solidified ten fold at that moment and it has never wavered since…

    We then had a blast for the rest of the weekend and had our minds blown by two amazing shows…Thank You Phish.

  70. Tager Reply

    Wow, one of the great boxed sets that I own is Hampton comes Alive, from their ’98 run. I would love a chance to listen to these shows too, only saw them in Alpine that year.

  71. Sean Reply

    I remember waiting outside of the LJVM for my brother to arrive from VT after our long drive back from Hampton. I hadn’t been to a show with him since summer ’96 and I was very excited to see him again. Tons of free tickets in the lot and everyone looked exhausted. Second set is one of my top three Phish experiences ever. Did anyone else go to Ziggy’s afterwards. Damn, I loved that place.

  72. Admiral French Pockets Reply

    The Theme>Black Eyed Katy. I remember at the time thinking that BEK was a cool Phishy version of a Meteres song!

  73. Wayne Jelley Reply

    Favorite moment was definitely Theme>BEK from 11/23.

  74. Squalie Reply

    Frankenstein > Isabella to end the first set on 11/22. Wowzer.

  75. Patrick Reply

    My favorite moment was when I pulled in the lot for the first time. Back then the internet was still small and I had no idea what the coliseum looked like.

    Also I almost didn’t make it.

    My best friend and I decided to do Denver to Worcester. We went out to Denver with some friends from Tulsa, OK. A friend of thiers wanted to go and check out Phish. That’s all it took he was hooked. He offered to drive us on the rest of the run. So we decided to skip Chicago and go to Tulsa and pick up his car. We arrived early in the morning and crashed. We got up around noon and went to grab his car. We get to his house and his car is stolen!!! I was crushed. We retreated back to my friends house and tried to figure out how in the hell we were gonna make it from OK to VA. After 3 or 4 hours of arguing the phone rings and it’s the police. They found his car and nothing was wrong with it except the ignition lock was broken. We hopped in and took off. We were going pretty fast to make up for time and we get pulled over and I get written up for no seatbelt cause I took it off so I could sleep on the back seat.

    Anyways when we pulled into the lot and saw the “Mothership” all was forgotten. Not to mention the the weather was like 65 degrees. It was perfect!!!

  76. Ben Reply

    My favorite moment was without a doubt the 2nd set on 11/21. That and the lot post show. Great times as always at hampton.

  77. Ben Jam In Reply

    I heard 11/22 first, and it was that Halley’s Comet that hooked me on ’97 Phish. Later, it was one of the first pieces of music I ever shared with my girlfriend. We’ve since seen 14 shows together, all over the country!

  78. Andrew Weiss Reply

    The ominous mood that is conjured up by the fierce, gargantuan version of Haley’s Comet that perfectly encapsulates the fall 97 sound.

  79. Uncle Eb Reply

    Well, 11/22 is Aunt Ebeneezer’s bday, so that was a must have recording for us. Killer show, without a doubt. The mothership always takes flight and that def. comes through. Can’t wait for the official release!

  80. Dan Perez Reply

    11/22/97 It’s gotta be the Halley’s Comet (my wife’s fav Phish). So amazing is the Tweezer>Black Eyed Katy also.

  81. Imo Reply

    Favorite moment…easy: Last 15 minutes of the face-melting, Winston-Salem Bathtub Gin.

  82. jamesbondo Reply

    I really love the jam on Black-Eyed Katy that emerges early in the Mike’s Song jam.

  83. btwoot Reply

    My favorite moment is the emotional rescue opener from night #1. Let everyone in the building know what they were getting themselves into for the weekend… PHUNK PHEST!

  84. Tom Bellanca Reply

    My favorite moment, while not sure if it was intentional, it’s the extra run thru between the verses in the Mike’s Song. To me, right from the start of the show, tells me something good is gonna happen and ya better be paying attention.

  85. zappafrank Reply


  86. Chris Harris Reply

    Favorite Musical moment: Antelope, followed closely by Mikes…

    Favorite non-musical moment: pulling into the next parking spot in the parking lot next to my twin brother (who was coming from North Carolina, while I was coming from New York)

    Extra: 1st phish road trip w/ ScottyB!!

  87. Jonathan Reply

    That black eyed Katy is the bomb! Psyched to hear the sbd version too…

  88. Adam Reply

    black eyed katy is always awesome

  89. Steve Reply

    My Favorite moment of these shows was when they played “Punch You In The Eye”. At that time it was my 8th show and the first time I ever heard them play it. Of course by then I realized and came to expect to always hear something new or different at a show. This has been something that the band continues to do and therefore will always make me want to continue to attend.

  90. splitopenandmelt Reply

    Wasn’t there, but I’d like to win the box set so I can be there now. Then I’ll tell you what my favorite moment was.

  91. Kevin Collins Reply

    My favorite moment was looking at my friend Dan during “Slave…” We had driven down over night from Amherst (Umass) and were a little tired I guess and had a sort of shaky first set. I even had to convince him a tiny bit to join me on the floor for the 2nd set. By the tenth second of “Ghost” all that was behind us. During “Slave…,” as Trey was playing the really big parts and the yellow and white lights were moving slowly up the floor from front to back, I looked at Dan who was standing at a 45 degree angle–leaning back that much but feet still firmly on the HC floor–with a smile on his face thinking “this, then tomorrow night, then Winston/Salem, Hartford, and Worcester!”

  92. Richard Oller Reply

    Has to be the 11/22 Halley’s…it’s the only thing I remember them playing 🙂

  93. arglebargle IV Reply

    Emotional Rescue – and hearing all the random “ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh,ooh-ooh-ooh-OOH”s after the show in the lot/in the hotel all night/all the next day (they pop up on the AUDs, too).

    Also, Slave & Hood.

  94. Gary Reply

    Wasn’t at these shows but I love fall ’97, can’t wait to hear them.

  95. av Reply

    best wave ever! nearly got rid of my tickets in champaign. so glad i didn’t! never felt so much energy being shared by a band and the crowd. it is so good to hear these recordings surface in this quality

  96. Jon Reply

    Wasnt there in person, but that bathtub gin was sweet.

  97. Reverend Justito Reply

    My first Phish show was 7/31/97. I had done a B+P for a show or two, but the Hampton 97 run was the first trade I ever completed (I sent my copies of 7/31 and 8/2 as part of the trade). I knew the moment I popped in the tape and heard Emotional Rescue that the Smashing Pumpkins were no longer my favorite band.

  98. Andrew Reply

    Bathtub Gin. No question!

  99. Zach Belles Reply

    my favorite moment is the slave to the traffic light. WOW

  100. David Herscowitz Reply

    Mike’s Groove!

  101. Ross Fraser Reply

    Is this some sort of cannibalistic death chant, as the crowd was tring to get mike to agree to a destiny by singing the first verse.

  102. Andy Hoffman Reply

    Love, love that AC/DC>Slave.

  103. Nathan Reply

    The depths of Hendrix-esque glory Trey reaches in the darker recesses of the Gin jam.

  104. Jason Paraskevas Reply

    Legitamitely the best two nights I have ever seen took place in Hampton 97. From the moment I walked in and was in awe of the pandimonium inside to the moment when Mikes song started off the night, it was magic. Funny story, a buddy who I was with sold his and his girls tickets to the second night after being dissapointed by the 2nd set of night 1…….LOL dissapointed….to this day we all occasionally pick up the phone, shout 11/22/97 into it and hang up on his ass!!!

  105. Aaron C Reply

    Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove

  106. @real_J3P0 Reply

    I had never seen a crowd so riled up before the band even took the stage. we were doing the wave, the whole bit. no security at hampton helps. Then they hit us with an incredible mikes groove. my favorite show of all time.

  107. Duanebase Reply

    the Ghost->Bag->Slave segment ranks as one my personal live music highlights. so excited for this box set.

  108. DJ Kucinich Reply

    I’m gonna go with….
    1. naked dude beating off at setbreak during second night Hampton. I know other people saw this, as well.

    2. late night moe. after winston salem…Al got glowstick crap in his eyes and basically couldn’t play after that.

    3. drive back to charleston after ziggy’s…geting pulled over and arrested for a goo ball and glass. somehow they missed all the herb

    memories….epic weekend…life long friendships basically started that weekend. bittersweet writing this due to Randy(my main phish buddy) passing unexpectedly about a month ago. see you at the gorge my friend!

  109. Matt Reply

    Definitely have to go with the Tweezer->BEK from Hampton night 2

  110. john Reply

    One of my favorite Mike’s ever! Epic shows

  111. Ted Auch, Ph.D. Reply

    My favorite four letter word “Kung” always leaves me warm and fuzzy inside!

  112. 3po1nt0 Reply

    my favorite moment from the hampton/winston-salem ’97 run came via a story my friend told me that on the 2nd night of hampton, i believe it was during the 2nd set, he witnessed at least one person in the crowd fall to their knees in jubilant praise of what was occurring that night on stage. Saved by phish, indeed!

  113. Pete Reply

    Favorite part was being blown away and not believing my ears at hearing the weekaprise, closely followed by Trey’s hilarious response to the Destiny Unbound chant.

  114. suckiemcsuck Reply

    The Mike’s Song 2nd night opener. I don’t think anyone in the room saw it coming.

  115. Nelson_M Reply

    just love that entire 97′ fall run period

  116. John Reply

    The moment during the intro to Harry Hood on 11-22 when Page plays the weird “Star Trek”/intergalactic riff on his synth and the crowd goes nuts– sounds like a spaceship getting ready to take off, which of course, it did.

  117. Thomas Smith Reply

    A truly great three day weekend. So glad i got to go to all three nights, can’t wait to hear the new cd’s. Thanks PHISH !!!

  118. Nate Reply

    @hidden_track Winston-Salem Black Eyed Katy is funkin that can’t quit. Or leave my headphones. #hws97

  119. Kyle Reply

    Getting IN! I bought tickets on lot for the 3rd night from the same guy I bought tickets from for the 1st night. Well when I get up so they can tear my ticket all of a sudden the older gentleman looks at me and tells me the ticket is fake. He didnt even look at the ticket! Long story short I asked if he could get a 2nd opinion and when he turned his head I bolted in. Turns out both tickets were fake and I got lucky the 1st night. These shows mean soooooo much to me.

  120. The Dude Reply

    Loved this run. Pure funk at its finest. The Tweezer and Halley’s Comet are AMAZING. 11/22/97 was actually the first Phish tape that I ever owned. Got it through a random trade in the mail, and it really changed my life. I got rid of my tapes a long time ago, but I still kept that one. Remember J-cards, God, tapes. Maxell II all the way!

  121. Andrew Reply

    Billy Breathes

  122. Derek Reply

    My favorite part is the Antelope from Hampton, I had this experience one time of heading over to a friends house in college. I knock on the door for about 5 mins before he opens it. He is absolutely raging the Antelope. He proceeds to sit me down, listen through it two full time, with multiple plays each time of the peak. Just fist pounding and jumping on the couch. The energy is on another level, well the Phish level. We talk about that day all the time, and during peaks of Antelope live I see myself sitting on the couch comparing what is happening before my eyes to this Antelope

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  124. jeff brockway Reply

    the DWD>Low Rider>DWD doesn’t get enough press. the boys were having a ton of fun when they went into this.

  125. superszabe Reply

    My first tapes were DAud1’s of both Hampton shows that I got for free from a generous RMPer by coming up with a clever set of Xmas gifts I’d give to the boys (original thread: I will never forget hearing the first moments of the 11/22 Mike’s when I popped it in – it was the first bootleg I ever heard, and it hooked me for life.

  126. Chad Reply

    Walking out of Lawrence Joel, the four of us looking back and forth at each other speechless, until someone said, “What just happened?” WOW, just plain WOW! Bathtub Gin went to another place that I have yet to experience since.

  127. Chaakles Reply

    Theme from The Bottom. This became my favorite Phish song for many many years after hearing this version.

  128. Julie P Reply

    I gained a greater appreciation of Theme I had not had before hearing this version. One of those shows I wish I had been in attendance for, without a doubt!

  129. Jon Reply

    I remember writing an exclamation point (!) on the j-card of my 11/23 tape after Fluffhead. It really brought everything to a new level for my 13 year old self.

  130. TJ HARLEY Reply

    Some friends and I drove up to WS after the Clemson/SC game. A friend of mine snuck in and somehow 10-15 people shuffled right in behind him. Killer show, remember that second set being epic. Easily the best Gin I’ve ever seen live. The DWD>Low Rider was icing on the cake. Then we decided to drive home to Clemson after the show. Let’s just say I’ve made better decisions in my life.

  131. carameltooth Reply

    Best thing about those 3 shows-
    Going to the show!
    Worst thing about those 3 shows-
    listening to Hampton and wondering why I didn’t go to these shows!

  132. Daniel Reply

    My best memory is listening to the halleys late at night over and over again.

  133. Daniel Reply

    My best memory is listening to the halleys late at night over and over again.

  134. Jay Reply

    Tweezer>Black Eyed Katy!!!

  135. Christopher Lane Reply

    my favorite moment was theme!

  136. fishmarketstew (@fishmarketstew) Reply

    Fave moment is the Twist. Got the tapes and fell in love with this song with the WS show.

  137. flakesofbran Reply

    The builds in Black Eyed Katy (11/22) are just awesome, as are the five solid minutes of mind-blowing in Antelope before they bring it back down. There are tons of versions of this song, mostly doing the same thing, but I’ve yet to hear more awesome from this part of the jam.

  138. Jeremy Reply

    Bathtub Gin for sure! Never heard a better one

  139. Justin Levine Reply

    Can’t wait to hear the Theme again—also Emotional Rescue and Dogs Stole! hope this is a sign of them returning!

  140. Sammyg85 Reply

    The HOOD jam is the hose of all glory hose. Gives me chills every single I hear it

  141. Jordan Reply

    I have to say my favorite moment, on recording, is the Theme From The Bottom. Always been one of my favorite slower Phish songs, but this one was just great.

  142. Josh Reply

    The Mike’s Song is so laid back, even in the beginning. It’s the perfect example of the slow, funk-laden attitude the band took during the fall 97 tour.

  143. Lex Reply

    Walked in a little late and the place was going nuts. I asked the happy fellow I saw first what it was they opened with and he said Mike’s Song. Yes! Celebration ensued.

  144. stealy_fan Reply

    listening to Halley’s now…woah. Would love to win the set!

  145. TTB FAN Reply

    Emotional rescue!

  146. Carrie Reply

    The first thing that I remember is hearing Emotional Rescue from the hall and running with my dear friends to our spot in upper Page side to really start dancing. And that was only the beginning! All of night 2 was absolutely amazing as well. Hampton ’97 has always been on top of the list of my most memorable and meaningful shows.

  147. Kurt Johnson Reply

    The best part of that weekend as in all 97 and earlier shows was the crowd, the people, all surrendering to the flow as one. Which did its part in feeding the band, the fuel for a great ending to a mosteriosly funky run. Go Phish Go!

  148. Laurville Reply

    My favorite part of the run is the Theme–>Black Eyed Katy. I know, I know, obvious choice but honestly, it shows the breadth of Phish. The articulate, slow build of Theme that oozes and murks around the depths of nowhere yet continues to build and build into a triumphant Trey solo. One could say, “You had me at Theme” but with the gentle segue into Black Eyed Katy, you welcome the beat up broad with the funkiest of smiles. Lo and behold the beaten bitch whips and twists, funk groove after funk groove, only to leave you wanting more and more.

  149. luke Reply

    death chants. we need more of those.

  150. Jacob Reply

    East call for favorite moment…Stay on F!
    I hope I win!

  151. Zach Reply

    Stay on F! Best moment ever! Can’t wait for the boxset, should be great listening.

  152. Al Reply

    Favorite moment is the Halley’s. Have always loved the song, and especially love an extended version.

  153. J Dub Reply

    best W/S moment was loosing it during Halley’s thinking they were chanting “Hell is Coming”!

  154. Jeff E. Reply

    It’s funny that the destiny chant never worked, but this time at least it got ackowledged. Relentless phish in the zone, start to finish briliance!!!

  155. Philip M. Reply

    Favorite moment that sticks out has to be the Mike’s Groove opener on Sat night. My excitement is always highest right at that moment when the lights go down, with the anticipation of the opener. I love that feeling! And that night, the opener did not disappoint. Mike’s used to be my favorite song, and man was this a golden age for that tune.

  156. MattyG Reply

    The Mikes opener on 11/22/97. Musically its right up there with the greatest openers ever.

  157. Ben Erickson Reply

    Definitely the extended, funky Halley’s!!

  158. AlexH Reply

    Mike’s Groove opener on 11/22/97. The energy in that weekapaug is supreme.

  159. zuck Reply

    Gotta be the Mikes

  160. Alan Reply

    The mike’s opener, what a way to start the night!!

  161. Dan Epstein Reply

    When the lights went down on the first night of Hampton. Great moment in a weekend full of moments.

  162. Fourpeet Reply

    Gotta be Mikes opener.

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  164. Marc Reply

    I will always love the BEK, or the instrumental version of the Moma. I remember the first time hearing the BEK and my friend turing to me and saying, “That’s the pure sound of Phish”. It still makes me smile.

  165. Keith Richardson Reply

    11/22 remains my all time favorite show from start to finish. the first set happens to be the best first set in phishtory and the second set.. cant wait to hear this run in HQ! these discs will never leave my cd player!

  166. dukes Reply

    when that haileys comet came crashing down on the mothership and melted everybodys faces off. juicy.

  167. AKantelope Reply

    The second set of night one. Ghost>Bag>Slave! What a great segment of music!!

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