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. flarrdogg Says:

    Mr C- Finally bought the bullet and picked up that Austin ’71 release. I’ve been enjoying it for what it is: twangy, straight ahead, focused GD. Jerry sounds great. So very different from the risky, open ended improv commences in ’72-’74. Good little Dark Star.

  2. lastwaltzer Says:


    New Kids On The Block are playing Chicago tonight and tomorrow, only problem is Davy Jones is also playing Saturday. I know I could do New Kids Friday and Davy Saturday but you never know which night Kids could blow up………………….

  3. flarrdogg Says:

    improv->that commences

    I need a nap.

  4. Angryjoggerz Says:

    Lets go Hawks tonight!

  5. ohhphee Says:

    afternoon/evening, folks

    It turned out to be a pretty nice day here in Chicago, despite an inauspicious beginning.

    Haven’t posted here in a bit, though I’ve tried to catch up on some of the convo when I could. Hope everyone is doing well.


    That is a pretty impressive list, indeed, what I know – which is all but a few. and thanks for including *near.*

    @lycan and Mr. C

    I was about to respond to the post about Castaneda, but C, you put it so succinctly, I will refrain, except to say that I agree with you, and that you’re in for a fun ass read, IMO.

  6. ohhphee Says:


    1/2 hour to go! This is definitely a crucial game for both teams. A win for the Hawks and it’s all but over. A win for the Flyers and it’s a brand new series.

  7. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Win by the flyers and its going 7. The fate of the Toyota Park show hangs in the balance. 🙂

  8. flarrdogg Says:

    What happens if it goes 7? A mysterious illness befalls the lieutenant? Everyone comes down with a bad case of the sniffles from time to time. Right? Mr. Palmer- Are you concerned?

  9. Mr.Palmer Says:

    ’tis not the $1,000 question my friend Flarr. Will not be there, no worries there.


    Simple from Vegas ’96 – nice vid.

    Here’s to a meaty Simple this summer. Feel free to save it for SPAC. (got that posterkid?)

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    yeah @flarr I’m a fan of the 71 stuff as a change of pace from the kind of Dead I usually focus on. I like that release.

  11. flarrdogg Says:

    By the way, here is the link to the new Black Keys record. Has a certain timeless quality to it. Highly recommend:


  12. ohhphee Says:


    If it goes to 7 games, if folks thought last year’s Chicago show was aggro, wait til that scenario plays out. Personally, I’d like to see it end in 5.

  13. lastwaltzer Says:

    It might have been that the “ex girl song” left a really bad taste in my mouth but I think their falling off a bit (black keys)

  14. ohhphee Says:

    shit. game is on in ten. no beer. gotta go. check in later.

  15. Angryjoggerz Says:

    I’m liking Leprechaun, despite the name.
    I’m a submarine, submarine.

  16. Mr. Completely Says:

    submarines still don’t go beneath the ground, Trey.

  17. flarrdogg Says:

    lw- I’m all over the board with that band. Some days I love em. Some days I think they blow and that I must be biased because they’re from Akron (my old hood). What I can tell you is that I dig Brothers- recorded in Muscle Shoals and captures some of that essence. A deviation from the normal minimalist guitar and drums sound. Much fuller/ bigger, but still doesn’t sound overproduced. Attack and Release and Big Come Up are still my favorites- I haven’t heard the hip hop record they cut. Hard to explain. Timeless is the only word that comes to mind when describing their music- like it could have been recorded in another era. Something different.

  18. Mr. Completely Says:

    I’ve liked at least half of the BKs stuff I have heard. I will check that out.

  19. flarrdogg Says:

    Peace in the middle east yo. I’m out.

  20. Robear Says:

    angryjoggerz, you nailed it way back. AW is an amazing mix of tight and loose, all at once. hope he’s glancing, about ready for puck drop.

    i liked John Kadelic with Dark Star Orchestra. Puffed at set break with those cats a couple times out here. Haven’t seen Further with him. Would if they came closer to me.

    Saw DSO with out John K. Not nearly as engaging, but still enjoyable.

  21. Gavinsdad Says:

    @mr c – per yours and AJ’s exchange re: Flying Lotus>gaslamp killer, you should check out the very strange Gonjasufi album that just dropped recently and is produced by Gaslamp. Gaslamp is part of the very broad group of producers and djs affiliated with Turntable Lab. In their tangled web is Diplo, who is now touring as one half of Major Lazer, who AW thought stanked. The other half of ML is a dj/prod named Switch, who is really worth a listen. Search hypem.com for a taste. While you’re at it, be sure to check for Pilooski and Lindstrom.

  22. Angryjoggerz Says:

    just a quick back note to the drum and bass talk, one album I rec to anyone who is into beats and such is Drum and Bass for Papa by Plug (Luke Vibert). It is a classic and is pretty loose and baney. Why not check it out at http://www.mediafire.com/?ogwtdzn4mth ?

  23. Angryjoggerz Says:

    ^ yes yes and yes to the G to the muthafukin D

  24. Willowed Says:

    Hey boys,
    Hope you guys are having a great night. Just popping in. Here’s a video you guys may like. One of my favorites.



  25. Angryjoggerz Says:

    how does one change their avatar again?

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