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:

    I’ll be hitting BTBs on Friday night or Sat. morning. I’m coming up from around Cinci. Straight shot up 71.

  2. vegas wolfmans Says:

    LJ- Feel ya. The whole “no shows until August” thing isn’t sitting real well with me right about now. School> work> keepin’ my bitches in stitches responsibility thing sucks my wolfish ball sack.

  3. vegas wolfmans Says:

    *foul* calling it on myself for inappropriate last comment “wolfish ball sack” should read “wolf like ball sack.” My bad.

  4. Luther Justice Says:

    Well, I gotta hit the sack. LOOOOOOONG day tomorrow.

    See ya!

  5. Luther Justice Says:

    I used to say the bed bugs thing until I got them during one visit to Cleveland.

    G’night all!

  6. vegas wolfmans Says:

    LJ- I have a good buddy in Milford.

    Buenas noches.

  7. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    If you ever come down to Seattle let’s get a beer. Of course my favorite beer comes from your town Boundary Bay IPA.

    Failing that, I’ll be at the Greek too.

    Also, second and third the Blood Meridian rec, though it’s true it’s a pretty intense intro to McCarthy.

  8. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    PS here’s our avatars, getting their groove on.


  9. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Tzara- For sure. I’m feeling a little guilty that we have a contingent around here (snowbank, uncle eb, zzxyx, etc..) and I’ve met nobody thus far. I’m no longer a drinker, but cats swear by that Boundary Bay IPA. Great food at that joint. Be in touch closer to Greek. You gonna catch Furthur at Marymoor?

  10. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    I didn’t know about that… If possible, yes. When is it?

    The only person I’ve met is Uncle Eb. Status: non-Wook.

  11. vegas wolfmans Says:

    That might be the most bizarre and possibly the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. I was wondering what was up with your avatar. Now I know

    “the creme, creme, creme, de la creme”


  12. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    Haha, he’s pretty much my hero. Check out his diary.

  13. vegas wolfmans Says:

    I had uncle eb pinned as an 8.5 strength wook. 8) I stand corrected. Furthur is Saturday Sept. 18th. Presale already sold out- public on sale this Friday @10. Marymoor is small. Saw Wilco there a couple years ago when I first moved out here. Cool place. Planning on hitting it, but it won’t break my heart if I don’t. Seems like the right thin to do since it is in Seattle. Also, I snatched tix to Black Keys @ Paramount on Oct. 3rd. You got any local shows lined up?

  14. Light Between Says:

    Where are you from wolfman?

  15. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Cleveland> New Orleans> currently Bellingham, WA

  16. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Where you at Light?

  17. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    Just saw that Black Keys date, I am there. Just got turned onto their new one. Was that you? Maybe Kenny P? Anyway, love it. Probably try for the Further show if it works out. Marymoor is cool, saw Iron and Wine there, and the Flaming Lips (better at the Paramount). Great venue.

    Other than that, seeing Steve Earle at the Zoo on the 30th. Looking forward to that, just saw him at the Moore a few months ago. That guy is a stud. Played a lot of Townes van Zandt.

  18. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    Uncle Eb may have a little Wook on the inside, but he’s all Laker on the outside. Not sure which is worse. (just kidding, Eb, if you’re lurking). We met for a quick drink and saw the Phish movie is all, we didn’t talk too much.

  19. vegas wolfmans Says:

    I’m out, fellas. Later Days.

  20. Light Between Says:

    Eugene, OR. @ Wolfman. Sorry for the delayed response.

  21. Light Between Says:

    I hadn’t seen the new Further dates yet. Thanks for mentioning them. Two shows on my hometurf at the Cuthbert. Woohoo!

  22. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    Grew up in Creswell, @Light. Great town.

    Eugene that is, not Creswell.

  23. Light Between Says:

    Seems like there’s quite a few Northwesterners on here. I pretty much grew up in Portland, Eugene for the last ten years.

  24. Light Between Says:

    Where do you live now Tzara?

  25. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    I’m in Seattle.

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