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. Robear Says:

    hh, funny you ask, re: SPAC.

    6/19 = my daughter’s birthday

    Phish likes that date

  2. vegas wolfmans Says:

    KP- If you’re out there, many thanks for all the remaster work. I’ve pulled several and they sound better (sometimes MUCH better) than what I had previously. In particular, the Paradiso shows from 2/17, 7/1, 7/2. Such hot shows- made that much more enjoyable with the fine tuning. Thanks for the ‘louder’ adjustment. FLACs and album artwork taboot. You the man!

    Can I wear the Scream mask? The mask from Scream… when I do you from behind? -Kenny Powers

    Boise Bag is type 4.

  3. HarryHood Says:


    Let’s just hope that it doesn’t end up being my daughter’s birthday as well!

    And your excuse is very honorable. I feel like a chump now for even asking…..

  4. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    Robear, has Butter been on here lately? Saw he has an extra for Cleveland and it turns out that I need one more.

  5. Jtran Says:

    How’s it going this evening BB?

  6. Lycanthropist Says:

    what up @jtran!

  7. Jtran Says:

    Hoping to sleep early tonight due to working 7-3 tomorrow followed by 4-9. Not so fun. How you doing Lycan?

  8. Gavinsdad Says:

    Take the J-train

    @gp420: butter will prob check in again being left coast and all

  9. Lycanthropist Says:

    pretty good

    getting stoked about this weekend!

    Phish tour starts of course, but I am also playing Thurs, Fri, and Sat with This Side Up, adding a player each night.

    So Saturday will culminate for a big blow out here in town.

  10. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @gavin – that’s what I figured. I zapped him an email, but it didn’t show up in my sent box and wanted to make sure I touched base with him. Always prefer to deal with people I know and I’ve known that kid for 15 years.

  11. Gavinsdad Says:

    Understood. Family first.

  12. Jtran Says:

    Sweet! You guys are based in Hattiesburg, right?

  13. ChefBradford Says:

    Lycan shoot me a couple of CF/TSU listening recs. Going to try to squeeze some in the next few days

    I like your Timber call for Friday; be a warm-up for the big dirty one they’re gonna drop on me at the end of tour

  14. ChefBradford Says:

    um…completely unlike a turd though

  15. BingosBrother Says:

    Pheesh gonna bust a grumpy on the Chef. Hidey Ho!

  16. Lycanthropist Says:


    i can’t remember which post it was on, but there was that huge post of recs broken down a few articles back

    hold on i will try to find it for you

  17. ChefBradford Says:

    I’ll check it out, I remember that post

  18. Lycanthropist Says:

    My Recs

    BK’s additions

  19. Jtran Says:

    Anyone watch FlashForward? I think it might be the worst show I’ve ever seen, but I’ve tried to keep up for some reason. So bad it’s good territory..

  20. Lycanthropist Says:


    i tried to get into that show, but its uneven pacing and its eventual cancellations has kept me from keeping up

    I am fairly certain that they aren’t making anymore episodes

  21. ChefBradford Says:

    that show had promise, but the acting was waaay flat

  22. ChefBradford Says:

    I read that several of the lead actors have already shot pilots for other potential shows

  23. Jtran Says:

    Yea, I”ve been DVRing it, so I’m watching the 5/13 episode now. Has it finally been canceled?

    The plot is just so goofy now I can’t believe it. Pilot was great though.

  24. Jtran Says:


    It makes me mad that the main charcter’s wife is Penny from Lost. It really was hard to try and watch her on two shows this year.

  25. Lycanthropist Says:

    Flashforward tried too hard to cash in on LOST

    as stated, it had promise and a great premise. However, the actors each had about one expression each.

    and there was no good villian at all..

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