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. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    the times they are a changin’

  2. Chalkdustin Says:

    So the whole Assface thing last night was just a stoopid PT rumor? The boys were practicing but no show?

  3. Billy Breathes Says:

    What did they play last night?

    Or is it happening tonight?


  4. Chalkdustin Says:

    Yeah Billy, didn’t you hear? It’s in my backyard tonight.

  5. Billy Breathes Says:

    Oh sweet…they’re gonna open w/ a Bouncin then!

    Can’t wait.

  6. Pencilneck Says:

    Assface? In your backyard? lol!

  7. Chalkdustin Says:

    Bouncin round my yard. Exactly. I know you don’t want to miss that!

  8. notkuroda Says:

    @Hooks, your coventry story sucks as bad as mine. Thank god we can start creating some new Phish memories to wash that bad taste out of our mouths. See you on the road, I’ll be going from Camden through Deer Creek

  9. ColonelJoy Says:

    @ Hooks/NotKuroda,

    Somehow I just knew as soon as they announced the split that Coventry was going to be a disaster. I remember thinking, “They are do for a bad one”……..I was so glad to experience it at the Mall instead:)

  10. SOAM Says:

    Premier parking is a disgrace-but if you don’t want to hang after-then maybe the 30 bucks is worth it. If I am in a hurry-as soon as the lights go up-I run to car and typically get out before the logjam

  11. VTsnowboarder802 Says:

    don’t get me wrong soam, last thing i want to do is drop another 40. but i’m also an incredibly impatient person, and sitting for 2hrs, would kill me.

  12. SJC Says:

    ^ For what it’s worth, getting out of Great Woods is almost always hell. Worked there one summer, Celine Dion concerts would take a couple hours to unload. Add halucinagens to the mix… you do the math.

  13. VTsnowboarder802 Says:

    i think i’ll be taking soam up on his suggestion, and sprinting to the car after show.

    re: coventry, while not typically this bad, I’m having a hard time recalling any positive stories from that cluster. There of course were moments with friends, but overall, just a bad scene. I’m with Notkuroda though, a new chapter starts in 31hours.

  14. SOAM Says:

    The premier lot will have several tour douches-(ie. people who pay 400 for a ticket)..and it’s pretty isolated as compared to the lots.

    There are usually not that many sprinters-so if you have to jet -bring your wheels

  15. A_Glide Says:

    What’s the rush? Chill grab a mountain dew, then a couple brews. perfect after show combo.

  16. VTsnowboarder802 Says:

    it’s a long ride home, and chilling for a couple hours won’t help the eyes stay open. I’ll get there plenty early to enjoy the pavement pre-show.

  17. Uberchef Says:

    Wonderin’…any local yokel’s have a pick for best (good beer) bar ’round Fenway?

  18. RobAins Says:

    Off topic:
    Does anyone know where Relix Magazine is still sold? I just went to 2 Borders and a Barnes & Noble and none of them carry it anymore. More specifically, anyone know anywhere in the Philly area? Or, does anyone have the mag, can scan the Phish Cover story and email as a PDF? I just subscribed online, but have to wait 6 weeks until I get my first mag.

  19. In Flagrante Delicto Says:

    6/30/95 – my first show ever out of over 75… trembling with excitement now.

  20. Chalkdustin Says:

    Rob, can’t help you on locations but I have the same problem finding it in Milwaukee. Try a music store, both CDs and instruments.

  21. A_Glide Says:

    Do they have Guitar Centers out east?

  22. JMelby Says:

    SOAM. Tour douche?? Someone who pays more than face is a douche? Glad to say that the 9 I’m doing and have done this year were for face, but I’d never say someone is a douche because they had to pay over face to see a band they love because of such a extra demand & rush for tickets. Save that talk for the PT board. If someone has the money, it’s up up them what they do with it. That talk is such a turn off and I really don’t expect it here.

    Safe travels all.

  23. SOAM Says:

    is it true they rehearsed at the Centrum last night and if so-might they do it again tonite?

  24. bhizzle Says:

    Boston Herald:

  25. SOAM Says:

    Melby-I don’t know you-who the fuck gives you the right to tell me how to speak-most people in the premier parking lot are not heads.
    You would fit in well-shut your hole d-bag-the biggest turnoff in life is other people telling folks what to say and think. toolbag galore

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