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. mr. icculus Says:

    WEre Sick sick sick people today.. Are work productivity has suffered severly…..

  2. Jay Says:

    Time to bob on the surface.

  3. Frankie Says:

    I can’t work… aaaaaaaaaahhhhh…


  4. Chalkdustin Says:

    Yes indeed. I am in and out of focus today.

  5. msbjivein Says:

    “A hidden relic from his past
    That wasn’t there when he looked last
    He feels it ticking like a bomb
    Feeding fear, assaulting calm
    Takes the object, starts the game
    Moves closer to the flame”

  6. mr. icculus Says:

    i wanna feel young again

  7. DavDav Says:

    Thank you Mr. Miner. I check this site all the time but never post, just wanted to say thanks for all the hard work again.

  8. Jay Says:

    It’s time to bask in morning stillness.

  9. mr. icculus Says:

    Phenway canceled: Bomb threat
    read at

  10. Pence Says:

    DAVDAV–Whata ya say, post away!

  11. mr. icculus Says:

    That was dirty
    sorry guys!!!
    couldn’t resist

  12. Pence Says:

    made me look

  13. mr. icculus Says:

    did i make any hearts stop?

  14. msbjivein Says:

    Whooa Dude, My heart just stopped for a sec.

  15. Chalkdustin Says:

    Icculus, my heart skipped a beat for a second. You almost had me. Almost.

  16. msbjivein Says:

    I hope none of these old timers fell over dead.

  17. Chalkdustin Says:

    ^^SOAM, you ok? (I kid). 😉

  18. A_Glide Says:

    I’m so F’n jealous of anyone who is starting their summer tour/run. I have to wait to the Fab Fox. I can’t wait to start getting texts Sun night.

  19. Pence Says:

    Phenway is back on..They caught the culprit, SOAM

  20. msbjivein Says:

    “I’m runnin, i’m runnin from you
    I’m runnin, i’m runnin!

    And what causes me to run?

    Cause you’re a…”

  21. Jay Says:

    Us old timers are battle tested with iron constitutions else we would have dropped years ago.

  22. Pence Says:

    no work done today….sea green mossy boulder

  23. msbjivein Says:

    I think Jay passed out for a second………….

  24. Jay Says:

    Time to yell fire in a crowded chat room.

  25. VTsnowboarder802 Says:

    not cool icculus.
    at least i got to see them jammin out again.

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