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:

    How many days have you been alive?

  2. msbjivein Says:

    “Well they say time loves a hero
    but only time will tell”

    Missed ya on that one Jay….

  3. msbjivein Says:

    See you fuckers @ Phenway!!!!!!!! I’m out!!!!!!
    Thankyou, Mr Miner!!!!!!!!!

  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    God I love Time Loves a Hero


  5. Chalkdustin Says:

    Jungle Boogie.

  6. SOAM Says:

    Just had the first beer of what should prove to be a 3 digit festival of alcohol consumption-plus a little sampling from all 4 food (substance)groups-I’t’s mother fuckin on


  7. whole tour! Says:

    summer breeze makes me feel phine
    blowing through the jazmine in my miiiind

  8. Jay Says:

    fucking job keeps interfering with my Time

  9. Jay Says:

    Time to bide my time and take it slow

  10. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    do you guys think they’re gonna be able to clean the cow funk off the green monster

  11. Jay Says:

    Time to leave it on press, depress, depress.

  12. hairy pood Says:

    they’re supposedly playing alaska right now

  13. Jay Says:

    Time to check my status

  14. Danny B Says:

    Everybody going to Phenway this weekend HAVE FUN!!!!!! I’ll be at Jones Beach 3 and Great Woods, can’t wait to see what they play and hear all about it. 16 pages……I though shit was going down………nothing but reved up Phish-heads who can’t wait any longer…exactly what I like to see.

  15. Jay Says:

    Time to see you with a ticket stub in your hand

  16. Uberchef Says:

    Pushin’ 20 pages and it ain’t even quittin’ time! A new Mr. Miner record?!?!?

  17. old dude Says:

    will they be able to repair the infield sod after trey shreds it?

  18. old dude Says:

    will the luxury boxes survive mike’s bombs?

  19. Jay Says:

    Time to Haul down the highway in my old sedan

  20. old dude Says:

    Play ball, LEEEEOOO!!!!!

  21. Jay Says:

    Time to burn this whole place down

  22. old dude Says:

    Fishman’s entrance: naked sliding down the foul pole?

  23. A_Glide Says:

    I hope I can hear Fenway from my house

  24. old dude Says:

    I call guest spot by Pudge: on stage to wave My Left Toe fair.

  25. Jay Says:

    Time to come unglued while in midair

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