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 song did he lend his vocal stylings on?

  2. ChefBradford Says:


  3. Light Between Says:

    Two other million dollar wedding band longshots:

    Beastie Boys

  4. butter Says:

    when Galactic pairs up with their New Orleans roots watch out

    they have played many many shows together and need pushed and stimulated from their root sources such as the show you describe @LJ

    on the Jamcruise in 09 paired with Trombone Shorty and Big Sam both shows where ruthless, as the kids say

  5. Luther Justice Says:

    I never was a Houseman fan. He was a show stopper for me – in a bad way.

  6. butter Says:

    crack kills….sorry house man

  7. voopa Says:


    That’s the show with the Whole Lotta Love encore, right? Had a SBD of that track that I got to play on my short lived radio show a couple times. Great shit.

  8. Luther Justice Says:

    You’re doing Blossom aren’t you @butter?

  9. Luther Justice Says:

    That’s the one @voopa. That show just puts me in a good mood (except for Bo Bice).

  10. vegas wolfmans Says:

    I have little or no memory- other than everyone was like:

    “Bo Fucking Bice.”
    And I was like: “Hell Yes. Bo Fucking Bice.”
    And they were like: “Why flarr?”
    And I was like: “Trey obviously has a drug problem.”

  11. butter Says:

    yep LJ

  12. Luther Justice Says:

    He can sing him some Skeenerd

  13. Luther Justice Says:

    Lookin’ forward to meeting you sir. We will party.

  14. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Houseman- Surprisingly he’s not a crackhead, but smokes ganj than any man I’ve ever seen.

  15. butter Says:

    sounds good , lookin forward to it

  16. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Kills me that I’m gonna miss Blossom. LJ- we will cross paths some day. Butter- *holding it down on bongos*

    peace in the corner.

  17. vegas wolfmans Says:

    ^more ganj

  18. Luther Justice Says:

    You going to DC?

  19. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Planning on DC>AV, but still haven’t booked a flight. Bing tells me the rates are going down, so I’m waiting. The only shows I’ve got tix and flight for are Greeks. You doing DC>AV? This weekend TOYO>Blossom>Hersh?

  20. Robear Says:

    nice, mike is wolfman’s

    flarr is mike

  21. Robear Says:

    nice, wolf brother. we can chill at the greek. gotta’ a phat place near the venue.

  22. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Robear- Most definitely. Looking forward to it. This place kicks ass.

    Thanks Miner! Community built!

  23. Luther Justice Says:

    I wish I could do more but its only Blossom>Hershey & DC>DC for me this summer. We had an emergency at work so I had to curtail my plans a bit. When I was younger, I would have just said “see ya” but damn life responsibilities! And all my bastard kids & baby mommas…

  24. Robear Says:

    LJ, u going to btb b4 blossom? via where?

  25. Luther Justice Says:

    I take care of my kids!

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