The First Show of Summer

Keyspan Park - 2004

Keyspan Park - 2004 (MSJ)

The first show of summer- there is nothing quite like it. Staring down the barrel of so many adventures, the tour- and possibilities- seem endless.  Always defined by a palpable energy and anticipation, Phish’s tour kickoff parties are always a blast.  With friends reuniting from across the country and beyond, everyone is always in great spirits and raring to go as soon as they arrive in the chosen city of destination.  This will be the case- plus more- come Sunday in Boston, considering how many people will be seeing their first glimpse of Phish in 2009.  After Hampton’s ticket debacle, many loyal fans were forced to wait it out until this summer to get their first 3.0 fix, and the time has finally come!

7.6.03 - Tech Rehearsal @ Cricket Pavilon (M.Gordon)

Tech Rehearsal @ Cricket Pavilon (M.Gordon)

Fenway will be vibrating with so much collective energy this weekend, awaiting all the new material Phish has to offer, and rocking to updated versions of the classics.  Predicting what they will play, while fun, is ultimately futile. (“Time Turns Elastic,” “Tweezer” to open set II?) But I do predict that almost every single person in the stadium Sunday will have a one-of-a-kind Phish experience that will be as fun as any they’ve ever had.  There is no more time to wait, only time to pack up and travel!  So as you go on your way to Fenway, or whatever your first summer show will be, take the appropriate tunes contained within “Miner’s Picks: Summer Kickoff Party.”  Contained on the compilation are highlights from the first shows of each US summer tour spanning the years of 1995-2004.  The time is now, so enjoy the music and get ready to launch into summertime!




1-3) 6.7.95 – BSU Pavilion, Boise, ID

I. Ha Ha Ha > Tatse

II. Harry Hood

4,5) 8.2.96 – Wolf Mountain, Park City, UT

I. Tweezer

II. Fluffhead

6-10) 7.21.97 – Virginia Beach Amp., VA

I. Ghost

Bathtub Gin

II. Wolfman’s > Magilla


11-13) 7.15.98 – Portland Meadows, Portland, OR

I. Moma Dance

II. Tweezer > Free

14-17) 6.30.99 – Sandstone Pavilion, Bonner Springs, KS

I. Baththub Gin

II Free

My Left Toe > Stash

18-20) 6.22.00 –  AmSouth Amp, Antioch, TN

II. Jibboo > 2001 > Sand

21-22) 7.7.03 – Cricket Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ

II. Wolfman’s > Scents and Subtle Sounds (debut)

23-27) 6.17.04 – Keyspan Park, Coney Island, NY

I. Moma Dance > Free

II. 46 Days > Possum

E. Divided Sky



6.30.95 Great Woods, Mansfield, MA < TORRENT LINK

1995-06-30gnThis is not a first show of tour, but one on the home stretch of the massive musical outing of Summer ’95.  This show sparked the final twi-night stand before Sugarbush’s quasi-festival ended the triumphant summer.  There is great playing througout this one, as Phish was a well-oiled machine at the end of tour.  This one is coming at you as the last pre-tour reader request – enjoy!

I: AC/DC Bag, Scent of a Mule, Horn, Taste, The Wedge, Lizards, Mound, Fee, Run Like an Antelope

II: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Possum > Ha Ha Ha, TMWSIY > Avenu Malkenu > Mike’s Song > Contact > Weekapaug Groove, Amazing Grace, The Squirming Coil

E: HYHU > Cracklin’ Rosie > HYHU, Golgi Apparatus

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463 Responses to “The First Show of Summer”

  1. Jay Says:

    time to wade in the velvet sea.

  2. old dude Says:

    SOAM, they are the prom band at DCU

  3. Jay Says:

    time to talk to a ghost.

  4. old dude Says:

    RobAins, that’s always what i thought was going on listening to Tube – channel surfing.

  5. mr. icculus Says:

    What do you think are the most post Miner has got on a topix were up to 277 and i bet were about to shatter the record,

  6. Chalkdustin Says:

    I think the Hampton posts probably had more.

  7. old dude Says:

    Jay will shatter it single-handedly

  8. msbjivein Says:

    “There’ve been times when I wander
    And times when I don’t
    Concepts I’ll ponder
    And concepts I won’t ever see
    God isn’t one of these
    Former or latter
    Which did you think I meant
    It doesn’t matter to me”

  9. old dude Says:

    i listened to Hampton Fluffhead again this morning, just for goose-bump effect

  10. Frankie Says:

    It was then I knew I’d had enough,
    Burned my credit card for fuel
    Headed out to where the pavement turns to sand
    With a one-way ticket to the land of truth
    And my suitcase in my hand
    How I lost my friends I still don’t understand.

  11. Jay Says:

    12 pages is pushing it at this time of day so I think we might break the record.

  12. Chalkdustin Says:

    March 6 = 399

  13. Jay Says:

    It’s time to break records.

  14. Chalkdustin Says:

    Come on Jay, what else you got?

  15. mr. icculus Says:

    Miners going to be like WTF when he goes back and reads these lol

  16. Frankie Says:

    I’m building you a pyramid
    With limestone blocks so large
    I dragged them from the mountaintop
    You’ll need a two-car garage

  17. old dude Says:

    also, after two days of not listening to it, TTE sounded better than ever today.

  18. Jay Says:

    It’s time to flock together.

  19. msbjivein Says:

    “I guess I’m just an obstacle, a thing to overcome
    If I could sneak around myself, again I’ll know I’ve won
    The moment seems to hang and float, before me with no end
    Till I’m released, awaken beasts, I’m on the road again
    But now I’m soaring far too high, a fleck of dust up in the sky
    Where tiny clouds go sailing by
    Pull me down today”

  20. Chalkdustin Says:

    438 on March 24

  21. Jay Says:

    It’s time to read the book!

  22. Jay Says:

    time to pull your double down.

  23. mr. icculus Says:

    the book i fucking wrote

  24. Pence Says:

    I want to hear wedge.

  25. Jay Says:

    It’s time to struggle with destiny up on a ledge.

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