Anyone familiar with Phish’s 1997 Fall Tour will confirm that the band did in fact ‘Destroy America’ on a nightly basis during what’s considered by many as their greatest tour of all time. Performing some of the most mind-blowing and improvisational material of their career, the ’97 Fall Tour has so many highlights and notables, that it’s difficult to point them all out.
Among the many standouts on Phish’s 1997 Fall Tour is a marathon-like, 59+ minute version of “Runaway Jim” from the Worcester Centrum Centre performed on this date 21 years ago. It’s the longest jam Phish has ever played from a song, excluding performances like the late night disco set at The Great Went, the Tower Jam at IT, Ball Square Jam at Super Ball IX, or the Drive-In set at Magnaball.
Make sure you set aside a little time before you get into this one. Enjoy!
Phish – “Runaway Jim” – 11/29/97
Setlist: Phish | Worcester Centrum Centre | Worcester, MA | 11/29/97
SET 1: The Wedge, Foam, Simple -> The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu > The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday, The Sloth, Ginseng Sullivan, Saw It Again, Horn, Water in the Sky, David Bowie
SET 2: Runaway Jim > Strange Design > Harry Hood > Prince Caspian, Suzy Greenberg
ENCORE: Buffalo Bill, Moby Dick > Fire
 Almost an hour long.
 Trey imitated Robert Plant’s intro to Moby Dick from the album The Song Remains the Same.
This Runaway Jim is one of the longest versions of any song ever played by Phish. It ran slightly under an hour and included Beauty of My Dreams, Harry Hood, and Super Bad teases and a strong Weekapaug jam where the entire melody of Weekapaug was played. Buffalo Bill was announced as Fish’s favorite song. Moby Dick was performed for the first time since February 19, 1993 (435 shows) and featured Trey imitating Robert Plant’s intro to Moby Dick from the album The Song Remains the Same.