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. Luther Justice Says:

    What did/does butter play?

  2. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    He was the bongo player. Seriously.

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    hehehehe I remember the day you guys made that connection on here

    funny shit

  4. Luther Justice Says:

    Bongos? Nice!

  5. vegas wolfmans Says:

    LJ- Saw the extended preview for A-Team over the weekend. Looks pretty weak. And Yes, there is a joke about BA’s fear of flying. Saw that shit coming a mile away. I could be mistaken, but he appeared to be wearing a spandex one-piece in one scene.


  6. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    That was pretty crazy. Small world for sure. Particularly with hard core heads. Met Beep on here, turns out we both went to the same college and the same private school here in Indy. Like I said, small world.

  7. Luther Justice Says:

    My god Mr. T is not happy with the violence in the movie. If you remember, no one got more than a cut lip on the TV show.

  8. vegas wolfmans Says:

    2/17/97. Great show- just figuring out the new funk stylings.

  9. ChefBradford Says:

    first time I heard 2/17/97 was, I hate to say it, during the Archives radio set from F8 that was streamed online. I came upon it during the Carini and was riveted, promptly went and downloaded the lot

    listen to the early part of the Carini jam, it reminds me of Light in some ways

  10. vegas wolfmans Says:

    LJ- Have you noticed that Mr. T does not age? Vampire? Right living? Deal with the devil? Born again? Alien? What up with that?

  11. Luther Justice Says:

    I may wear a weight lifting belt to the shows this weekend for extra back support. My spandex will support all other parts of my bod.

  12. Luther Justice Says:

    He even beat cancer. Mr. T cannot be stopped. That’s why I love him so.

  13. Lycanthropist Says:

    its because he regularly drinks Night Elf Mohawk blood

  14. Luther Justice Says:

    I think his gold gives him power. Like Samson, if you take it away…

  15. Jtran Says:

    I’m really intrigued by Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. Saw the movie yesterday, want to read the book. Any others of his that are must reads?

  16. Lycanthropist Says:


    pretty much any of it will prove interesting.

  17. Luther Justice Says:

    Gold and Night Elf Mohawk blood would give you some power for sure

  18. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Chef- re: 2/17. That Carini is the biz. How about the drop from DWD into Carini? Awesome. This is reminding me why slip stich 3/1 has been my go-to show for newcomers for years. Universal. How can you not dig this sound/era? Might I again pimp Kenny Powers remaster. Sounds fantastico!

  19. vegas wolfmans Says:

    J- TRAIN- All The Pretty Horses and Blood Meridian are two of my alltime favorite books.

  20. Robear Says:

    GP, LJ, the midwest contingent!

    stop by the Waterwheel booth at Blossom, and Hershey.

    this is the group for hershey:

    blossom still in process, toyota is linked to my name.

    how are groups chosen? various ways. stop by.

  21. Jtran Says:

    @vegas wolfmans

    Will look into those. Might have to get one before tour and read during down time.

  22. Luther Justice Says:

    Def Robear! Can’t wait to meet you. Are you hitting BTB Fest?

  23. Robear Says:

    lj, with any luck. depends on the ride timing from cleveland.

  24. ChefBradford Says:

    I’ve got McCarthy’s No Country For Old Men. Enjoyed the movie, haven’t gotten to the book yet

    started re-reading Kerouac last night

  25. ChefBradford Says:

    and yeah, Slip Stitch is a somewhat frequent play at work; less than it used to be

    the kids somewhat enjoy it, they like singing along to Wolfman’s, but they don’t get all the teases, quotes, covers, etc

    like all the other Phish I play, I guess

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