Phish Shares Highlights Of 1997 Benefit Show At Flynn Theater In Burlington

The Flynn Theater in Burlington, Vermont was the site of Phish concert performed on this date 20 years ago. Instead of the usual Spotify Playlist, this week’s Saturday Stream installment features official audio highlights from the benefit held to support Lake Champlain, which have been shared on the anniversary of the show that took place March 18, 1997.

The hometown Flynn show also marked the launch of the new Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor Phish Food and the band’s charitable arm The WaterWheel Foundation (read an essay on the show by archivist Kevin Shapiro). Ice cream makers Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield opened the event (and fresh set of soundboard selections) by introducing their fellow Vermonters as Phish took the stage.

Also included in the 20th anniversary collection are previously unreleased renditions of “NICU,” “Sample In A Jar” and “Punch You In The Eye.” There’s also a take on “Harry Hood” and saxophonist Dave “The Truth” Grippo and trombonist James Harvey sit-in on “Cars Trucks Buses” and “Character Zero,” the latter of which was not previously released.

Guest vocalist Tammy Fletcher was brought out at the Flynn to sing the band’s lone cover of “I Told You So.” Her sit-in can be streamed below along with the previously unreleased “Slave To The Traffic Light” from 20 years ago:

Tracklist & Timings:

  • 0:00 – 2:22 ~ Ben and Jerry Intro
  • 2:23 – 7:33 ~ NICU*
  • 7:34 – 12:33 ~ Sample in a Jar*
  • 12:34 – 20:54 ~ Punch You in the Eye*
  • 20:55 – 36:33 ~ Harry Hood
  • 36:34 – 46:09 ~ Cars Trucks Buses [1]
  • 46:10 – 52:19 ~ Character Zero* [1]
  • 52:20 – 56:58 ~ I Told You So [2]
  • 56:59 – 67:41 ~ Slave to the Traffic Light*

Notes:

  • * Previously unreleased
  • [1] Dave Grippo on alto sax and James Harvey on trombone
  • [2] Phish debut; Tammy Fletcher on vocals.

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