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. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Mr. C- see this? Apparently your mayor is a hipster… llfa


  2. lastwaltzer Says:

    Don’t know if anyone was trying to watch toots later but its on now


    Doing Country Roads at the moment.

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    our mayor is a huge fucking douchebag, a liar and disappointment of the highest order

  4. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Thanks LW- i see they were scheduled for 8pm? i wonder if someone bailed. Oh well. Thanks for the heads up. Will try and catch some Mule later as well.

  5. lastwaltzer Says:

    repost from the bottom of the last page: Don’t know if anyone was trying to watch toots later but its on now


    Doing Country Roads at the moment.

  6. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    I hear what you are saying C, but how do you really feel?

  7. lastwaltzer Says:

    Definition of:

    Politician- a huge fucking douchebag, a liar and disappointment of the highest order

  8. lastwaltzer Says:

    @PB llfa!

  9. voopa Says:

    Sounds like my mayor. Don’t think that’s a coincidence.

  10. Mr.Palmer Says:

    I don’t know much about PDX politics but i’ll yake your word for it. Anyone who has that hanging in the office is a tool in my book.

  11. joe Says:

    Runaway Jim from this past new year’s run on sirius right now getting me excited to see what’s in store next week. Sound quality is pretty tight on this version, fishman hitting drums with some good intentions. Can they pick up where they left off?

  12. Mr. Completely Says:

    just another spineless hack that can’t keep his pants on and leave the fuckin teenagers alone is all

    garden variety politican I guess

  13. BingosBrother Says:

    Isaac Brock sickness right here.


  14. BingosBrother Says:

    I don’t think your mayor has listened to this one’s^lyrics.

    Who the hell made you the boss?
    We placed our chips in all the right spots
    But still lost
    Any shithead who had ever walked
    Could take the ship and do a much finer job
    This fit like clothes made out of wasps
    Aw, fuck it I guess I lost

  15. BingosBrother Says:

    That Trip Tent is pretty sweet, good for Telluride. Hopefully Red Light doesn’t bring the DEA like they did at Hampton.

  16. lastwaltzer Says:

    so i guess one of the dudes from dr. dog was hospitalized leading the band to back out mountain jam. Guess thats why the schedule is off.

  17. BingosBrother Says:

    Probably rabies.

  18. lastwaltzer Says:

    :cymbal crash:

  19. Mr.Palmer Says:

    lw- who are these guys playing now? any clue? They are pretty bad. At least this tune is.

  20. Lycanthropist Says:

    So I started “The Teachings of Don Juan” by Carlos Castaneda today.

    Im 4 chapters in and very intrigued.

    Some very interesting viewpoints about psychedelics in this text

  21. lastwaltzer Says:

    Alabama Prisoners Hired for Spill Cleanup

    In other spill news, more than 200 Alabama prisoners have been hired to assist in the cleanup effort. The Alabama Department of Corrections says nearly 150 prisoners will have been trained in Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response by the end of this week.


    How nice of them……………

  22. lastwaltzer Says:

    @palmer, I believe its the avett brothers, I turned it off. I was only really trying to catch Dr. Dog and Toots today. Would watch claypool but I’ll be in a deep sleep then.

  23. flarrdogg Says:

    studio albums that are achieve *near* perfection to my ears (off the top of my head- not comprehensive):

    The Band (“Brown Album”)
    Pet Sounds
    Abbey Road
    Hot Rats
    Electric Ladyland
    A Love Supreme
    Kind Of Blue
    Ah Um
    Tonight’s The Night
    American Beauty

    albums that blow my skirt up (not classics, but maybe):
    Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
    Fear Of A Black Planet
    3 Feet High and Rising
    Kid A

    maybe not universal, but I love:
    Cracker- Kerosene Hat
    Black Keys- The Big Come Up
    My Morning Jacket- It Still Moves
    Ben Harper- Fight For Your Mind
    Morphine- Cure For Pain
    Scofield/MMW- A Go Go

  24. Mr. Completely Says:

    have never quite understood the adoration of the Avett Brothers. They can be pretty good though.


    Castaneda is one of the most interesting characters in the history of psychedelics. On one hand, he presented a story as “true” that isn’t. One the other hand, there’s still a lot of incredible wisdom in those books. Most people tend to either think he’s just the greatest thing ever, or discount him as a charlatan. As usual the truth lies somewhere in between.

    Bottom line, those books are absolutely essential reading for any spiritually serious lifelong user of psychedelics (i.e. if you actually try to use them to help yourself evolve)

  25. Mr.Palmer Says:

    “have never quite understood the adoration of the Avett Brothers.’

    ^^ ditto. not my thing.

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