The Final Countdown

12.31.09 (W.Rogell)

Only four days remain until the curtain lifts on Summer 2010, opening up a season of great musical anticipation. Kicking off this Friday night, Phish will put last year in their rear view mirror and begin to forge the road ahead. With eighteen shows in June and eleven more in August, it is about to be open season for Phish jams. Winding their way from Chicago to the northeast and then taking a straight shot south, Phish will begin to blaze the trail of summer with a lengthy opening leg.

11.18.09 (M.Stein)

While the band’s best playing inevitably comes later in the tour, there is always something magical about the opening show.  Regardless of what the band plays, the first night of tour is always a special affair. A multi-layered personal reunion, reacquainting oneself with both friends and Phish, months of anticipation explode in cascades of adrenaline and excitement. That first note Trey hits sounds as sweet as candy in the warm summer air, and before turning one’s head, Phish has whisked everyone away into the first set of tour.

Always known for debuting new material at the beginning of tour, the band will likely add another layer of excitement over the first few nights with some brand new material. And if the improvisational progress shown in Miami is any indication, this summer should continue the fascinating re-evolutionary process of Phish. New adventures are now within arms reach.

Time is ticking like a bomb…


Jam of the Day:

Ghost > Fast Enough For You” 6.9.09 II

As we careen towards 2010, let’s continue reviewing some highlights of ’09.




7.15.93 Cayuga County Fairgrounds, Weedsport, NY < Torrent

7.15.93 Cayuga County Fairgrounds, Weedsport, NY < Megaupload

Pollock - Summer '93

The opening show of Summer ’93, including the soundcheck.

I: Rift, Sample in a Jar, The Divided Sky, Mound, Stash, Foam, I Didn’t Know, My Mind’s Got a Mind of its Own, Leprechaun* > Runaway Jim

II: David Bowie, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Sparkle, It’s Ice, Lifeboy, Possum, Faht, The Lizards, Walk Away, Daniel Saw the Stone*

E: Chalk Dust Torture, Free Bird**

*debut, **a cappella debut

Source: akg 460/ck61


1,056 Responses to “The Final Countdown”

  1. Mr. Completely Says:

    Your Mileage May Vary

    your sources for acronyms: and

    ^^ just edit last letter

  2. bouncin fan Says:

    I’m bustin balls snow
    I work at a trading firm

    Betting on cats demises is an occupational hazard

    In apples case you’d lose your ass betting against jobs

    Being positive is way overrated

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    if you go to vegas one of the fun things to do is make side bets at the blackjack table

    the prime rule is never bet against a hot player – get on board and ride him as far as he goes, then jump off

    Jobs has been hot for a long time and until he flops, it’s a sucker bet to wager against him IMO

  4. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Did somebody say glowsticks? 🙂

  5. bouncin fan Says:

    I am fairly certain however I do not personally know anyone that owns or has purchased glowsticks

    Or capes and hula hoops for that matter

  6. Bad Nirvana Cover Band Says:

    Bouncin’ Fan sells laser pointers.

  7. Mr.Palmer Says:

    The day you bet against Jobs is the day he dies. As morbid as that may sound. I’m sure they have a great succession plan but Jobs is Apple.

  8. Mr.Palmer Says:

    I had a Batman cape when i was 5. Shit was dope. Had that Batmobile as well. Maybe i’ll cruise the lots old school style. Batman style.

  9. SillyWilly Says:

    ^^Vintage Mr. P in the bat cape.

    You have to wear Batman whitie-tighties over your sweat pants, Mr. P.

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    @bouncin’ fan – Proving Silly Internet Images Wrong Since 2010

    I tried to find one with a cape and hooping but I guess that would be kinda hard huh?

  11. Mitch Says:

    im looking forward to the crispy version of the from the archives. downloading now.

  12. bouncin fan Says:

    Sorry if I’m a little on edge

    Dealing with a possible conflicting game 7 tour opener

    Plus I’m on a vaporizor only fast till Friday

    Shits fucked up
    You vape only cats are crazy

  13. Mitch Says:

    maybe we should all put paint around our eyes and look like that dude.

    p.s. i like turtles

  14. bouncin fan Says:

    Thats fucked up c

    Really fucked up

    We don’t get slipknot fans like that in the big city

    That was some Iowa Kansas Nebraska style fucked up shit

  15. snowbank Says:

    @Bouncin- Well, that explains it. I was going to say that at least if we went bowling we have something to talk about…

    I can say that I do not know anyone personally that would be conflicted between a phish show and watching sports on TV…

    so take that all you people who say there is no culture clash in the Phish world!

  16. Mr.Palmer Says:

    I only like Slipknot when it goes into Franklin’s

  17. Mitch Says:

    ba-doom-pssh. well played palmer.

  18. sumodie Says:

    12-30-2009 is quite good, but gets tripped up by the HYHU and love you and never fully recovers

    The Rich episode helped cement the show as my fav of the year. And it still holds up on on replay. Best audience participation I’ve ever seen at a show, and he was flying high that night. Plus it all set the stage for the NYE gag.

    Perfect night, for me.

    And my Yemblog FLACs just finished dling -sweet!

  19. Mr.Palmer Says:

    If one of my teams were in a game 7 i would be conflicted. That might be a once in a lifetime opportunity. There will be more Phish shows. If you hate sports, well, thats a different story. I was at game 6 of the ’86 WS when the ball went between Buckner’s legs. I remember that night, 24 years ago, more than i remember any one Phish show.

  20. jdub Says:

    Man Mr. C, you have a way with finding crazy ass shit on the internet. Long live Goth.

    @Mitch, I posted this earlier but you have a freebie lawn ticket for SPAC2 if needed. Glad to hear you are making the trip my friend.

    @Sumo, I realized today after looking at my SPAC 2 ticket that I am balcony section 18 row H seat 12, same row as you I believe.

  21. Robear Says:

    what Sumo said.^

  22. jdub Says:

    MR. P that is about as epic an event as it gets. Curse you, but the Mets have been cursed since then so it evens out.

  23. sumodie Says:

    Only 346,500 seconds till tour starts….sigh…..

  24. bouncin fan Says:

    No tv snow

    I’ll be there

    Seen a couple hundred phish shows

    First cup since 61

    My family has had tix through the dark days

    Maybe if it was December 95

  25. Mr. Completely Says:

    “You vape only cats are crazy”

    ^^^ word

    @bouncin – man, I knew you’d love that

    I totally understand the Game 7 conflict FWIW

    there are a few dozen Phish shows this year but only one Stanley Cup Finals Game 7 (if that happens)

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