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. lastwaltzer Says:

    you already did dude

  2. SillyWilly Says:

    I just had the overpowering urge to spend the night reading.

    get swallowed up by a good book.

    haven’t had time for it in awhile.

    It’s a toss up between The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky or The Subterraneans by Kerouac.

    How about both??

  3. lastwaltzer Says:


    my phone doesn’t work very often at my job so if you can’t get a hold of me don’t be surprised. I’ll definitely I call you around 2-2:30 to see where your at.

  4. SillyWilly Says:

    you’re right, LW.

    better turn around and walk the way I came from.

  5. SillyWilly Says:


    i just sent you an email 20 mins ago or so saying about the same thing so it looks like we’re on the same page!

  6. Gavinsdad Says:

    Yeah Silly…take it from a dad, the first thing I thought when you were talking about a stomach ache was “go get her to pee on a stick”. I hope that’s not the case and that she feels better but as a father of 3, those long stomachaches usually meant one thing.

  7. lastwaltzer Says:

    oh and did your friend up taking the extra?

  8. SillyWilly Says:


    thats scary.

    she has a history of stomach issues though. this happened once before and we freaked out. (2 missed periods, no BC…bad decisions) and it ended up being her intestines.

    she said its the same feeling as before and while its not impossible we’ve been pretty careful….she saw the doctor today anyway and im sure he asked her all about that stuff.

    at least, i hope.

  9. SillyWilly Says:



    he told me this afternoon it wasn’t going to work.

    so if you know someone its theirs.

  10. lastwaltzer Says:

    word I’ll let you know if I can find someone hopefully it doesn’t got waste.

  11. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Silly- Sounds like you need something a little lighter than Kerouac or Dostoevsky given the circumstance. Might I suggest something by Christopher Moore? My friend turned me onto his books a couple of years ago and I’ve burned through everything he’s written. Humor/satire and far from serious ‘literature’ I’ve heard Moore referred to as Tom Robbins Lite and I think that is pretty accurate. However, both ‘Lamb’ and ‘Coyote Blue’ do belong in the same conversation as ‘Roadside’ and ‘Skinny Legs’ IMO. Very clever and outlandish, but with real heart too. Then again, my handle is vegas wolfmans, so take that into consideration.

  12. [an unrelated] Wilson Says:

    yeah – 99. On paper it looks great. some of the tunes were great… just thought it was too much Tret, not enough band. somehow, i enjoyed Oak Mountain more.

    ok – work is done. my week vacation starts now. beer me, Ronnie.

  13. Mitch Says:

    this is one of the coolest slogans for a good cause ever:


    “dont let breast cancer steal second base” i think i just might get one cause the slogan is awesome on so many levels.

  14. neemor Says:

    Whatcha kids up to ?

  15. garretc Says:

    Hockey, neemor!

  16. neemor Says:


    Getting ready for a quick weekend jaunt to Florida, here.

    Then, back Monday. Work a few days or whatever. Then Phish tour starts.


    Nice to see you guys.

  17. neemor Says:

    I really miss you guys and the daily banter.

    My boss really does hate Phish, but I tell you what…



    will allow him to fuck up our good time at BTB Fest and the Blossom>Hershey run.

    Holy crap, this is gonna be kick ass.

  18. Lycanthropist Says:

    i wanna go to BTB fest… boo.

  19. lastwaltzer Says:


    you didn’t hear?

    BTB IS your boss!?!?!?!


  20. vegas wolfmans Says:

    I love the fact that they’ve brought back Oh! Sweet Nuthin’, but believe it will be impossible to touch the debut Loaded Halloween version…ever. So beautiful. Absolutely transcendent to witness. The clear highlight of the set IMO. Only eclipsed that evening by Wolfmans. 8)

  21. garretc Says:


  22. neemor Says:


    Haven’t typed that ^ in a while.

    I really am super amped.
    I feel like it’s been lifetimes since seeing the band and I actually miss the cas of characters on here immensely.
    Those I’ve met and those I hopefully will sooner than later.

    Speaking of:
    I’ll be in Tampa/St Pete this weekend, any BBers around there care to meet up?

  23. BrandonKayda Says:

    Neemor – What shows are you seeing?

  24. garretc Says:

    I think that might be stupendous’ turf, neemor, but I could be (and often am), wrong…

    Speaking of meeting BBers, I still have a reserved seat in the neemobile for Camden, yes? Can’t wait!

    Also, you have my permission to use “neemobile” in any and all non-commercial situations…

  25. lastwaltzer Says:

    if anyone missed it back on page 37 I posted a mix of music recorded between 1960-1970

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