Ten Tunes For Summer

6.6.09 - Great Woods (G.Lucas)

We are officially one week from 2010’s opening night in Chicago, so this will be the last installment of “Ten Tunes” until July. Sticking with the theme of tour openers, all of today’s selections come from the first show of summer tour, chronologically ordered from 1993 to 2000. Enjoy the last Friday with old Phish jams, and start preparing for new ones!


Leprechaun > Runaway Jim” 7.15.93 I

Pollock Summer '93

The debut of Trey’s serene instrumental led into a Phish classic to punctuate set one of Summer ’93 in Weedsport, New York. “Leprechaun” would only see the stage twice more in its life, both times during this summer. “Runaway Jim” continued its well-trodden path to become one of the band’s most popular songs, appearing 330 times in its career. (Currently at 14th.)



Mike’s > Hydrogen > Weekapaug” 6.9.94 II

Though Spring blended into Summer in ’94, the band took a week off after Laguna Seca Daze before returning in June in Salt Lake City, Utah.  This “Mike’s Groove” provided a heavy ending to a relatively lite show.



Stash” 6.7.95 I

Red Rocks '94

Opening up Summer ’95 in Boise, Idaho, Phish used this first-set “Stash” as an initiation into the many dark excursions that would characterize the tour.



Antelope” 8.2.96 II

After an extensive tour of Europe, primarily opening for Santana, Phish returned to the states for a two-week trip across the country. This “Antelope” closed the second set of ’96’s tour opener in Park City, Utah.



David Bowie” 7.21.97 II

Shoreline '97

Following a mythological tour de funk in Europe, Phish came home to Virginia Beach in one of the most anticipated tour openers ever. The stories of thick molasses dance parties traveled across the pond, and US fans were starved for a taste. This “David Bowie, however, didn’t follow the rhythmic trend, forming the psychedelic centerpiece of the second set. A tasteful quote of The Weather Report’s “Birdland” emerges in the intro.



Ghost” 6.30.98 I

The reworked version of “Ghost” kicked off Summer ’98 as the opener in Christiana’s first show. While one of the all-time great versions of the song took place in the same building only two nights later, the exploratory process started right here.



Free” 6.30.99 II

Europe '98

Like a freight train running straight through your brain, this “Free” came out of the second set-opening “Squirming Coil” and rightfully baptized Summer ’99 with its militant jam. Phish began this tour in the open-air environs of Bonner Springs, Kansas.



Tweezer” 6.9.00 II

Sparking the second set of Summer 2000, “The Tokyo Tweezer” set the tone for Japan’s excellent adventures.

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1,004 Responses to “Ten Tunes For Summer”

  1. nonoyolker Says:

    Been on my grind lately with work. Hope all you doods have been getting on nicely.

    Summer cannot be stopped. 1 week. Get. Pumped. Up.

    Our resident nice guy Frankie Says laced me with a hotel for SPAC, woot woot! Saves the 30 mi trek back and forth to Albany lodging. Nice work buddy!

    Tour opener – Oh Kee Pah > Party Time

  2. albert walker Says:

    yeah man

    I’ll be around. I just shop for vinyl and go running on Saturdays so I’ll be around the neighborhood all day

  3. jdub Says:

    @T3PO, my wife considers Phish tour to cause an onset of sudden ADD. I consider lack of Phish to be a cause of boredom. Bring on the ADD and my vitamin P.

  4. mrfergie Says:

    morning all – I know willowed big bbq is for Hartford 2, and night 1 meets ups planned?

  5. fat bastard Says:

    if the hockey goes to game 7 it starts at 7 friday night


  6. Adam S Says:

    Ghost was NOT the opener in Christiana, Limb by Limb was.

  7. SillyWilly Says:

    Cool, AW.

    thanks a lot, man.

  8. BTB Says:

    Silly – My ladyfriend (Emily / Amelia / Amoreena) just got sick in Italy. Girl battles serious unkown stomach problems. I feel your pain. Cleveland Clinic has never been able to figure it out. Big time bummer – she can’t even drink anymore.

  9. albert walker Says:

    yeah fb

    I still don’t think this shit goes 7

    if it does I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to miss the show

    I’ve seen Phish around a couple hundred times and this is the first Stanley Cup of my lifetime

    a decision I’d rather not make

    go HAWKS!!

  10. SillyWilly Says:


    my girl had problems exactly like this 2 years ago, and now its back.

    the scary thing for me is that her mother died from colon cancer…And everyone says she is the spitting image of her mother when she was 23.

    its just in the back of my mind.

  11. Sneaking Allie Through the Alley Says:

    @Silly, hang in there, she’s a strong on. Tell her to hang in there too.

  12. SillyWilly Says:


    surprise visit. Thanks, Al. I’ll tell her.

    Long time no see on the BB…too cool for school?


    I await the teachings of Icculus.

  13. BabyPigPerm Says:

    wow–I didn’t even realize that about the hockey thing. How cool would it be if they televised the game during the concert on the JumboTron. Does Toyota park even have one?

    Hockey with live Phish soundtrack? I could see that being a fun Phishy thing for them to do.

  14. BabyPigPerm Says:

    ….course that’s a big IF. Would love to see a Flyers win tonight to build the drahma.

  15. Sneaking Allie Through the Alley Says:

    I was here a couple days ago, on a new computer though so I think I had to be re-okay’d to the BB.

    And yeah, no problem.

    Just getting excited for next week!

  16. cal Says:

    Morning, folks! The pressure builds. The anticipation is totally different this year than in ’09. I had to content myself with no-spoilerses for Hampton and the whole first leg until DC. Diving in head-first this year at Toyota. You’d think there would be less mystery surrounding, but I feel as anxious as ever to see how the playing will be.

    Hey aw–where do you go record shopping? Any time I have a solid leisurely day in Chi-town I end up going to Reckless, and I’ve been to a few other stores I can’t remember offhand, but I’d love some recommendations.

    Can’t wait for BTB Fest!!! Getting a nice little sampler of local brews together.

  17. fat bastard Says:

    big perm is a genious! 20 min its ice!

  18. cal Says:

    SW–looking forward to our first road trip together! Here’s hoping your girl is feeling better soon. Hope to meet her next weekend! And you too, Allie!

  19. BabyPigPerm Says:

    ..yeah and they could learn the background music to NHL ’93 (greatest hockey game eva!)

  20. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    flyers easily could be up 3 zip right now

  21. Sneaking Allie Through the Alley Says:

    Cal, looking forward to it as well.

  22. fat bastard Says:

    easily 3_0? i dont see it

  23. jdub Says:

    @Silly, I’ve read anecdotal evidence of people with major stomach issues, to the point of constant pain and sensitivity over a couple years, finally curing their ailment by doing the Lemon fast for twenty days. A mixture of freshly squeezed lemon juice, pure maple syrup, a dash of cayenne, and water. It completely cleanses the system and allows the body to heal itself. I’ve done it when I quite smoking cigs to help the cravings and get a head start on getting rid of the toxins. After a couple days of feeling like crap I had more energy than I’ve ever had.

  24. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    ^first game flyers should have won. second game shitty eager goal, game should’ve been OT. third game they won. flyers have outplayed hawks so far. goaltending in game 2 is the difference right now

  25. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Jdub- that Lemon fast, is that all you ingest for 20 days? That sounds pretty intense.

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