Between their spring and summer tours in 1997, Phish claimed that they wrote over 15 songs that were ready to rock. The band clearly lived up to their promise, kicking off a European tour by debuting nine songs on the first day, six on the second, and one more on the third.
Among these new songs were some gems that would appear in setlists for the many years to follow. On that first night alone, fans witnessed the debuts of “Ghost,” “Limb By Limb,” “Dogs Stole Things,” “Wading In The Velvet Sea,” “Water In The Sky,” “Vultures,” and “Olivia’s Pool,” as well as the Phish debuts of Sly and the Family Stone’s “Stand!” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Izabella.”
The evolution of these musical gems are notable. A song like “Ghost” has gone through many iterations through its history, while the Page McConnell-led “Wading In The Velvet Sea” sounds much like its debut version.
There’s really only way to experience these debut Phish performances; listen to the full audio from the 6/13/97 show from Dublin, below.
Setlist: Phish | The S.F.X. Centre | Dublin, Ireland | 6/13/97
Set 1: Theme From the Bottom, Dogs Stole Things, Beauty of My Dreams > Billy Breathes, Limb By Limb, Wolfman’s Brother > Wading in the Velvet Sea > Taste
Set 2: Stash, Maze, Water in the Sky, Vultures, Slave to the Traffic Light > Chalk Dust Torture -> Ghost -> Olivia’s Pool > Character Zero
Encore: Stand! -> Izabella
 Phish debut.
· Tequila tease
· Jean Pierre tease in Character Zero
Notes: Phish continued their tradition of breaking out new songs at the beginning of a tour; Trey announced after Dogs Stole Things that the band had written 15-16 new songs in the last eight weeks and that they would be debuting many of them at this show. The show featured the debuts of Dogs Stole Things, Limb By Limb, Wading in the Velvet Sea, Water in the Sky, Vultures, Ghost and Olivia’s Pool as well as the Phish debuts of Stand and Izabella. Stash was preceded by a Tequila tease. Chalk Dust was unfinished. Character Zero included a Jean Pierre tease from Trey.