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. Willowed Says:

    LW did you throw up that Mighty Crown a month ago.
    I can’t stop spinning that

  2. Willowed Says:

    She – is my 7 year old Keegan Paige

  3. Mr.Palmer Says:

    That 3rd Flyer goal was huge at the end of the period. Hawks goalie looks out of position on all the goals.

  4. Willowed Says:

    LE it may have been Gdad. Mighty rown was a reggae mix that is super dope. I thought it was you who posted!

  5. Willowed Says:

    I meant LW not LE
    I am drinking Pinot…sorry….fingers not working.

  6. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Seriously though, the amount of new music i’ve been exposed to since i decided to waste my day away on this site, is amazing. Thanks….

  7. DaNcInG fOoL Says:


  8. lastwaltzer Says:


    probably GD, twas not I.

  9. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Warren just starting to shred …


  10. BingosBrother Says:

    For Black Keys fans, their interview in the Keith Richards Rolling Stone is one of the funniest articles I’ve read in a long time. Those two are just like Brothers messing with each other constantly.

  11. vegas wolfmans Says:

    what a game!

  12. BingosBrother Says:

    @Willowed : I am Darth Vapor

  13. Willowed Says:

    Mr. P.
    If you are a Warren fan please watch….no joke.

    Goose Pimples:


  14. SillyWilly Says:


    Black Keys are baller.

    Thats good to hear that there’s some dads smoking around kids.

    gives me hope for the future.

    was afraid i might have to cut the bane.

  15. SillyWilly Says:

    ^^but im not a dad yet!

    damn, im jinxing the shit out my self right now.

  16. Willowed Says:

    Face Melter!!!!!!

  17. [an unrelated] Wilson Says:

    call me crazy. I think the Pyramid show is overrated. and i was there.

  18. lastwaltzer Says:

    “but im not a dad yet!”

    are you sure your not a dad?

  19. Willowed Says:

    Later boys, need to hang with the wife!

    Make it a great one!

  20. Mr.Palmer Says:

    @Wilson- ’99 ? I just listened to that show recently for thew first time. I thought it was good. Only one listen though, can’t judge.

  21. vegas wolfmans Says:

    an ur Wilson- Ditto. 2001>DWD was solid, phishy Mikes with catapult and unpaired Tweeprise. Good show. Not great IMO. Having been at both, I thought the night before in Oak Mountain was superior overall.

  22. Gavinsdad Says:

    Don Willowed – I put that mighty crown mix up. Glad you likey. They are a crazy Japanese soundsystem. Google their sound clash performances when u are super zooted. They don’t make a lick of sense otherwise.

  23. Robear Says:

    somewhere in NYC, Trey is smiling.

  24. Robear Says:

    DF, they’re not.

    three lucky goals.

  25. SillyWilly Says:


    well my girl has had a stomach ache for the last three weeks…

    Im not even going down that road.

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