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:

    get some heads down to the Woosta stat..We need reports!

  2. Jay Says:

    Time for Chanenu v’anenu

  3. Pence Says:


  4. Pence Says:

    tryin to get her outta sight

  5. Jay Says:

    There ain’t no time to stash the gumbo

  6. msbjivein Says:

    I need Jays help……Right now there ain’t no time to.

  7. Pence Says:

    edit..tryin to KEEP her outta site

  8. Jay Says:

    It’s time to write notes out on sandpaper

  9. Pence Says:


  10. Jay Says:

    Its time to sneak sally through the alley

  11. msbjivein Says:

    “hes giving them all to himself
    he sends them a couple days later
    puts them along his top shelf
    if people get tired of shavings
    and carve up a good hunk of wood
    remembering to check on the sausage
    hes got cooking somewhere look good “

  12. Jay Says:

    Time to fall into a deep well

  13. Chalkdustin Says:

    It’s time time time for the last rewind.

  14. notkuroda Says:

    can you all stop with all the fuckin happiness??some of us have to work another week 😉

  15. Chalkdustin Says:

    Time to bag it, tag it, sell it to a butcher in a store.

  16. Chalkdustin Says:

    Boy, man, I’m not seeing a show until DC but I’m out of my skull anyway!

  17. Jay Says:

    Time to softly sing sweet songs

  18. msbjivein Says:

    “I got an Uncle in Puerto Rico
    Spends his days in the sun
    his nights in the casinos
    He left the States many years ago
    Took a fishin’ boat to Puerto Rico
    Now my aunt, she is sad and lonely
    She’ll never know that she drove him away
    As a coward I admire his courageous ways

    Well they say ……………….”

  19. old dude Says:

    Jay, shouldn’t you be on your way to Fenway? it’s a long walk…. 😉

  20. msbjivein Says:

    “If he’s real, he’s a legend from heaven
    If he ain’t he was sent here from hell”

    I need your help here Jay……

  21. old dude Says:

    Chalkdustin, Jay already used that last rewind one – TWO HOURS AGO.

  22. Chalkdustin Says:

    I know, I was rewinding back to it.

  23. Brimley Says:

    Fuck yeah…Only 22 more days til Alpine…

  24. fromthetub Says:

    Everybody now: it’s time, time, time

  25. old dude Says:

    rewind last the for time time time it’s

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