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. V Says:

    Everyone have a super weekend and enjoy the show. Alas, I have to wait until Shoreline.

    I teach 5th grade and today during math, one my students instead of saying negative numbers said…” you know, those numbers ‘backwards down the number line'”. I did a triple take on that one.


  2. Jay Says:

    Time to ride the back of the worm

  3. Uberchef Says:

    Hey y’all, I’ve just learned I’ll have an extra to Fenway…shoot me an email if anyone is interested! Heading up to the New England zone in t-minue 2 minutes! zahmintashen AT gmail DOT com.

  4. Chalkdustin Says:

    Time to sow seed and chaff wheat.

  5. Jay Says:

    Time to get this show on the road

  6. Chalkdustin Says:

    Hey Jay, I already did that one!

  7. Jay Says:

    Time to up the rigging and take in sail

  8. Jay Says:

    Hey chalk, mind is slipping in my old age 🙂

  9. A_Glide Says:

    you can trespass anywhere
    the stars in the sky are very bright
    the stars they really suck tonight

  10. Jay Says:

    Time to get checked by a neurologist

  11. SJC Says:

    Time to think of London

  12. Chalkdustin Says:

    Time for a tale of mental tangle.

  13. hairy pood Says:

    from PT
    “Great ending jam for light going on right now. This song is gonna be huge.”

  14. fromthetub Says:

    OK, I’m out too. Gotta pull my shit together so I can fly out in the morning.

    Chalkdustin, I promise to do your tickets proud on Thursday. And you know if they bust out a Bouncin’, I’ll be the one dancing my ass off for the both of us. 🙂

  15. Jay Says:

    Time for you to enjoy myself

  16. Chalkdustin Says:

    @fromthetub, Safe travels! So glad you can use them and thanks for thinking of me! Dance away my friend!

  17. whole tour! Says:

    i’m goin’ down to the central part of town

  18. Jay Says:

    Time to start shakin’ to that fine fine music

  19. Jay Says:

    Time to take your laser beams away

  20. Mr.Miner Says:


  21. Mr.Miner Says:

    “Great ending jam for light going on right now. This song is gonna be huge.”

    ^^ I said this in September 😉

  22. Chalkdustin Says:

    Miner, you were waiting for that, weren’t you?

  23. Mr. Completely Says:

    they should add Old Folks Boogie to their repertoire

  24. hairy pood Says:

    ^yeah, i remember you’ve said that a few times. that quote is from someone who supposedly snuck into the box office today. but who knows.

  25. old dude Says:

    uh-oh. Miner’s back. everyone act different!

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