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June 1992

All but one of Phish’s initial Europe dates were forty-five minute support slots opening for The Violent Femmes. On June 19th, they performed at Stadtpark/Freilichtbuhn in Hamburg, Germany. Trey politely greeted the crowd saying, "Good evening ladies and gentlemen. We are special guests from the United States" as they began to play The Landlady. The set also included Stash, The Squirming Coil and Sparkle. They closed their first European set appropriately with You Enjoy Myself after Trey introduced the band and joked that they were not formerly of Marillion, referring to Fish from Scotland.

Phish played the next night at Waldbuhn in Nordheim, Germany as part of a quadruple bill with Lou Reed, The Violent Femmes and Cocoon. There they opened with Buried Alive followed by Bouncing Around the Room. After It’s Ice, Fish made his first overseas appearance as Henrietta, donning his vacuum for Syd Barrett’s Love You, saying matter-of-factly "This is an Electrolux vacuum cleaner" before treating the crowd to what, for most of them, was undoubtedly their first rock and roll vacuum solo. They closed the set on the 20th with Llama. After a couple days off, Phish played on June 23rd at Philipshalle in Dusseldorf, opening the show with a high-powered Chalk Dust Torture, Reba and Maze. Later in the set came Big Black Furry Creature From Mars with a vacuum solo and If I Only Had a Brain before the band wrapped it up to make way for The Violent Femmes.

The next night, Phish opened again for The Violent Femmes in Nuremberg, Germany at Resi. They kicked off the set with Runaway Jim. Guelah Papyrus and I Didn’t Know followed before the band closed the set with Cavern and Rocky Top. The band and crew enjoyed nights off on June 25th and 26th as they traveled to Roskilde Festival, which is a large festival (70,000 plus in 1992) that takes place about twenty miles outside Copenhagen, Denmark. Phish was one of nearly a hundred bands at the four-day festival. Some of the more notable American acts were David Byrne, Faith No More and Nirvana. The Roskilde set on June 28th (the show is often incorrectly listed as having occured on June 27th) was the only Phish set in Europe 1992 that was not an opening slot for the Violent Femmes. Consequently, the twelve-song set that night was longer than they had been getting to play as a support act. The Roskilde set included Reba, Maze, All Things Reconsidered, closing with the first European performance of David Bowie. Phish finished their set with I Didn’t Know and Good Times Bad Times, Phish’s only encore of the tour.