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. Pence Says:

    I love when phishthoughts just randomly pop into my head…like when mike is screaming Axila into that mic in the studio for the hoist album. Its on youtube, someone should post it. Cant right now, but its classic

  2. VTsnowboarder802 Says:

    and might as well watch fenway tweezer again while here…

  3. Pence Says:

    woops Axilla, not Axila. I like phish i swear

  4. msbjivein Says:

    “If all was screaming when they saw the lump
    Everyone was screaming when they saw the lump
    Aghilla scared the shit out of the ram”

  5. old dude Says:

    no work all tour … appletoast bedheated furblanket rat

  6. Chalkdustin Says:

    We gotta get on the road, destiny unbound
    She’s the one for me, we gotta get outta town.

  7. msbjivein Says:

    “We gotta get on the road, destiny unbound, she’s the one for me we gotta get outta town, we gotta get on the road, destiny unbound, she’s the one for me we gotta get outta town, highway jill was a daffodil with a cactus sense of pride, at the wheel of a tractor, she was quite an impactor when the road rocks started to slide she saw bill drop his shovel on a pile of gravel as he climbed up out of his ditch she was wonderstruck when he climbed in her truck he said “i’ve been havin’ this everlasting itch”

  8. msbjivein Says:

    That was weird Chalkdustin……..Maybe your my twin…………….

  9. msbjivein Says:

    Let’s try that again…………….

  10. Chalkdustin Says:

    Maybe msb. We’ve got the same vibes going.

  11. msbjivein Says:

    “Om-pa-pa oom-pa-pa oom-pa-pa oom-pa-paaaaa
    Fat sweaty bulldog
    Stood in the sun
    Stone village swamp man
    Slow motion run
    Tender poke police walker
    Precious birthday fudge
    Swamp night bull nail
    Walker done done”

  12. c0wfunk Says:

    sorry if this was posted earlier .. asheville’s gonna close the streets for us 🙂

    “With a ticketed attendance of 7,200 and as many as 2,500 additional fans expected to converge downtown June 9 for a Phish concert, city officials are expecting some traffic delays and limited parking.”

    2500 eh? I’m glad I’m walking 😉

  13. Chalkdustin Says:

    Mask a pretty hoppers foot with squeeze cheese
    Dangle some grape apple pies
    Tranquil and serene until he runs out of supplies

    Your hands and feet are mangos
    Youre gonna be a genius anyway

  14. Chalkdustin Says:

    That’s pretty awesome, cOwfunk. What a party that will be!

  15. Jay Says:

    Time to scare the shit out of the ram.

  16. Jay Says:

    Time for a slow motion run

  17. c0wfunk Says:

    phish in woosta confirmed ->

  18. Pence Says:

    you got it dude! I can bend in 68 ways..Ive been alive for 10,076 daaaaaaaaaaaaaysss

  19. Jay Says:

    It’s time for some high pitched cavitation.

  20. cottle Says:

    Block party at the Square!!!

    2,500 ticketless fans showing up….that’s a conservative estimate!

  21. VTsnowboarder802 Says:

    weather forecasts are sliding south

  22. Jay Says:

    It’s time for some meaningless excitement.

  23. hairy pood Says:

    i’m digging the part of tte around 8 min, where it tends towards a minor harmony for a bit

  24. Chalkdustin Says:

    More like meaningFUL excitement.

  25. msbjivein Says:

    Jay, Is it TIME to stash the gumbo???

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