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. William H. Bonney Says:,246299

    World Cup is shaping up nicely….

  2. bouncin fan Says:

    I hear yeah kaya

    It’s killing me

    Maybe one day ill care

    Till then twist that shit up

  3. kayatosh Says:

    for certain high qual issues like the bubba ksh, it’s a crime to burn it. you get the full flavor spectrum w/ the hot air extraction method. aromatherapy.

  4. Gavinsdad Says:

    Crumble twist light. 🙂

    I’m not that sophisticated. One step at a time…thru you guys I’m now using a grinder so I’m comin along.

  5. kayatosh Says:

    chocolate city where dreams are made of

  6. kayatosh Says:

    hamels just hung a curveball even i could have hit. what happened to the phils? step into the freezer.

  7. Mitch Says:

    hahaha gdad is just now using a grinder. let me guess, your pipe was metal until last year too. (jk i know you got the pipe from the og glass blower)

  8. Robear Says:

    bouncin’, better get to hershey. that way you’re in town for the cup celebration, either way it un-folds.

  9. kayatosh Says:

    robear: you destined for hershey?

  10. bouncin fan Says:

    You’ll never sell me on it kaya

    The nicer the puff the less likely a vape it

    Nuggets with Some clubs is my favorite taste

    I will have headband and sour diesel cookies at Hershey though

  11. bouncin fan Says:

    You like that minus five robear?

  12. lastwaltzer Says:

    @robear do you work with the great lakes alliance or are you just letting people know whats up with the great lakes?

  13. Robear Says:

    thx. for the cookie warning^

    not as much as Byguflien’s pancake hit.

  14. Robear Says:

    lw, thanks for asking. and checking that the link worked!

    that’s the group that the Waterwheel is sponsoring at Toyota Park.

  15. Mitch Says:

    save me some of those cookies! where’s beep? i want those caramels too. i’ll be glued to neemors car seat as we drive back east on monday.

  16. lastwaltzer Says:

    nice, I wish I had herd about them sooner, very interesting time sensitive stuff I would have liked to have been a part of. Glad to have them on my radar.

    How are groups selected for the table?

  17. sumodie Says:

    @mitch: you and neemor hitting both SPACs? he need tix?

    I sent neemor an email today -he’s been quiet round here

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    sorry, left for a bit…
    you really don’t want to get me started on the ND to the Big Televen thing but you asked so here goes!

    I have always been a traditionalist in this regard, as I saw no need for joining a conference to happen for football. For other sports the conference affiliation has become essential for recruiting and everything else. I was there during the time they joined the Big East so I saw the before (as part of the now defunct Midwest Collegiate Conference which sucked royally) and after (which helped out so many of the sports in how they were able to improve everything from the quality of coaching to the quality of players and money was spent on sports that never had much of a budget previously). Joining the Big East gave a lot of the “olympic” sports a lift that they have definitely benefited from as evidenced by the recent trip to the Men’s Lax finals. when I was there you would have never thought the lax team could even make the tourney.

    If you look at the situation with all sports in mind, it makes sense for ND to align themselves with whatever conference gives them the best chance to keep the quality of both the men’s and women’s sports programs up to the level they are now (and hopefully even higher). Being in the Big East has been good but the lack of a strong footbell element is limiting. [aside: just noticed I misspelled football. I’m leaving it. apt.]

    The Big Integer is an interesting option though a lot of ND folk will not like this. I don’t really get that, as we have had claim to the Big Ten title in years past after beating almost half the league as part of our schedule. Overall, this is probably the most realist option if the huge realignments that people are talking about happen. I saw one today where the Pac-10 takes in the entire Big 12, forming a 22 team super league. I think that is absurd but several other theories do make sense in ways that require ND to join a conference for football.

    I still think that they can be successful and stay independent but the big issue is really how all of this proposed and conjectured realignment would impact their eligibility for BCS bowl games (and optimistically championship games). not that they are in a state to be playing in BCS bowls again yet but I am hopeful that Kelly can be the one to do it. For me, it has been a long, long time since I have had a recollection of ND Football that didn’t end in a way I don’t like.

    Unless a lot of the recent rumors are nothing more than idle talk, I think ND joins the Big Integer when the Pac-10 poaches a few schools from the Big 12 and the biggest chip to move around is either Texas or ND, depending on what your preference is. The crazy thing is that this is purely about money, which I haven’t even mentioned yet. I have already gone on waaaay too long here. we’ll save that part of it for another time.

    no matter what the end looks like it is kind of fun to keep track of…

  19. kayatosh Says:

    “Nuggets with Some clubs is my favorite taste”


    those be my fav papes too. see i roll when i have to

  20. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    whoa. that was a longer post than I thought. sorry bout that.

  21. Lycanthropist Says:

    so i am going with my dreams to call fridays opener

    Timber Ho > Axilla II, Gumbo, Harry Hood, Light > JJLC

    mark it

  22. Mitch Says:

    he was in florida this past weekend and his boss took his computer cable since he hates phish.

    hes doing both spac. i’m in the midst of trying to go 2nd night if i can borrow ms mangos friends car. if she says yes, we’re coming. make that 11 shows this summer! THIS SUMMER GOES TO 11!

  23. HarryHood Says:

    A reminder for you guys who haven’t signed up for the SPAC meetup, I added it to the board the other day.

    Robear, Come on man….. Just add your name. You know you want to go….. How can you pass up SPAC. I’m risking missing the birth of my first child to make those shows. What’s your excuse!? 😉

  24. lastwaltzer Says:

    “he was in florida this past weekend and his boss took his computer cable since he hates phish.”

    whaaaaaaaaaa his boss really is insane.

  25. sumodie Says:


    way to turn it UP 8)

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