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. RobAins Says:

    Someone mentioned the infield. From the looks of the pic posted the other day, I think it looks like there will be no seating at all, only in the outfield

  2. hairy pood Says:

    6/4 is on a rerelease right now.

  3. Chalkdustin Says:

    I’m out now. Later gators.

  4. BTB Says:

    Time to follow the lines going south…

    or for most people, east and some version of north or south.

    Or west for those who live West Africa…

  5. Jay Says:

    Time to get in an out of focus

  6. Jay Says:

    I think Miner posted the 420th comment at 4:20CST

  7. Mr.Miner Says:

    ah..the time stamp says 2:21…missed it by a minute! Didn’t even realize the time, I was just claiming the 420th post 🙂

  8. BTB Says:

    how much are tix going for Phenway??? There’s got to be extras out there?

    I might just make the drive from Cleveland for 1 show. Wow, it feels good to say stuff like that again!!!

  9. snigglebeach Says:

    been waiting to call it…..

    With current state of baseball…

    Opener—- Sample in a Jar

  10. Jay Says:

    I think your computer clock is a little fast 🙂

  11. slave2traffic Says:

    safe travels to phenway everyone… i’ve got another week until camden (thanks in flag…), asheville and knox (thanks for late night tips and local info, @wt and @c0wfunk). have a great time ragin!! can’t wait to hear reports on monday

  12. Frankie Says:

    IT IS ON!

    Won’t you step into the ballpark?

  13. cottle Says:

    @BTB: scroll back a few pages. I think someone on this board was trying to get rid of an extra earlier this afternoon.

  14. Mr. Icculus Says:

    I guess we need diposable collers for Fenway if your riding the T in to the park. No place to put anything when showtime starts.

  15. sandstone Says:

    where’s a good link to a good torrent driver for my laptop?

  16. Mr. Completely Says: for windows for mac

  17. Mr. Completely Says: <–mac <– win

    sry if dbl post, weirdness is afoot

  18. Pence Says:

    testes testes 1…2…3?

  19. Pence Says:

    I use

  20. Pence Says:

    its not posting links, for me, but Utorrent is what i use. Just google it

  21. Pence Says:

    also I see/hope TTE getting a lot darker than it actually is on the album. Im talking Timber ho dark. Speaking of Jerry, I want to go to a deep dark dank place in the netheregions of space to that song. Where I meet aliens and scary looking slimey goblins, in a dungenous hole of intensity.

  22. Chalkdustin Says:

    I want to go there.

  23. Mr. Completely Says:

    weird, links not posting. utorrent for win, transmission for mac are both fine

  24. old dude Says:

    i have been to there. i want to go to there again.

    agreed. i use u-torrent and transmission on my respective work and home confusers.

  25. old dude Says:


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