TTFF: First Set Fire

6.26.10 (G.Lucas)

This Friday’s installment of Ten Tunes was inspired by Twitter banter between fans and fellow Phish bloggers throughout the week about the band’s most devastating first set jams. Though I didn’t want to repeat songs, I did bookend the playlist with “Bathtub Gin” (and a couple more could have easily made it as well). This list is hardly comprehensive as its comprised of only ten jams, but these are some of my favorite first setters in history. May these tunes assist you in your ticket-finding missions today and tomorrow! (And join the conversations—follow me @mrminer on Twitter!)


Bathtub Gin” 7.29.98

6.27.10 (G.Lucas)

The Riverport “Gin” gets my vote for the best opener in history.



Ghost” 11.17.97

And Denver’s “Ghost” from ’97 gets my vote for best first set jam in history; and can be in any sort of discussion about elite performances.



Tweezer” 6.24.00

10.31.10 II (G.Lucas)

10.31.10 II (G.Lucas)

Lakewood’s “Tweezer” from 2000 isn’t far behind; a top-shelf version through and through.



Gumbo” 8.13.97

My favorite “Gumbo;” gooey summer funk followed by a melodic release in a “Franklin’s Tower”-esque jam.



Tube > Slave” 12.7.97

3.09 (J.Volckhausen)

Dayton’s set-ending combo needs no introduction.



Ya Mar” 8.2.03 IT

Phish often dove deep early in the show in 2003, and this “Ya Mar” from IT is but one example.



Down With Disease” 12.11.97

12.30.2010 (G. Lucas)

A classic jam from Rochester ’97; hard rock into dripping brain candy.



Mike’s Song” 11.22.97

The opener from Hampton’s iconic show on 11.22.97.



Weekapaug” 4.3.98

8.10.10 (G.Lucas)

And The Island Run’s “Crosseyed” and “Mozambique”-laced “Weekapaug;” arguably its most impressive outing of all-time.



Bathtub Gin” 6.28.00

This shredfest from Summer 2000 at PNC is too fierce to leave off this list.



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1,801 Responses to “TTFF: First Set Fire”

  1. Guyute711 Says:

    You got that right lw, things are already kinda in motion. I could take a job in Rochester, NY for the same company but I hate this place. We shall see.

  2. Guyute711 Says:

    Always wanted to do that Silly, it’s a big risk with a huge reward. Think I’m gonna take my bike out… 🙂

  3. Robear Says:


    i’m currently hiring. come on out, bring a tent. or use mine, i have a large one.


  4. Guyute711 Says:

    If you are serious in any way Robear you can e-mail me at jmohr117 at yahoo. I have my own tent but will have to pick up another shit tent.

  5. albert walker Says:

    New TV on the Radio = highly recommended

    Amazing album

    When I saw the osama news Kaya I thought of your short
    Shows I spend too much time around here
    Imagine the osama dead rally wasn’t factored into your original thesis

    laterz comrades

  6. SillyWilly Says:

    just ride it slowly, guyute

    ride it just how you like

  7. Mr. Palmer Says:

    “When I saw the osama news Kaya I thought of your short”

    ^ I did too. Very easy to get shaken out. Timing is everything. Even without this news, from a technical standpoint ( i’m a chart guy), this market is going higher anyway.

    As someone who was in the Trade Center as the first plan hit, watched hundreds of people jump to their deaths, and dodged falling body parts, this announcement hits home in a big way. Life has never been the same. Not easy going to 14 wakes/ funerals in 9 days.
    Personally, i feel like a giant weight has been lifted. Whether that is rational thought or not, who cares? Makes me feel good that our military finally got this animal and put him down. Good riddance!

    25 Days till Bethel, Bitches!

  8. Robear Says:

    New TV on the Radio = highly recommended

    Amazing album

    ^who hijacked @AW’s computer? that you kirsten?

  9. kayatosh Says:

    thanks for weighing in, guys. just got long.

  10. kayatosh Says:

    trying to make up for taking a loss on what was a winning trade less than an hour later. the r2k is far weaker than the rest today.

  11. poop goblin Says:

    Earnings look great. Technicals look great. A lot of peeps still on the side. Free money for everyone.

    Yep. Trend is def up. Hard to fight the tape.

  12. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Sorry about the job Guyute. I’d be Robear’s intern in a second if i didn’t have 4 other people i have to take care of.

  13. lastwaltzer Says:

    “Personally, i feel like a giant weight has been lifted.”palmer

    I’m sure your not alone on that. Today must be somewhat surreal. Glad you made it out of there in one piece.

  14. kayatosh Says:

    “Imagine the osama dead rally wasn’t factored into your original thesis”

    forgot all about the old fucker.

  15. Guyute711 Says:

    I only have car payments and other assorted bills to pay. I’m free to explore any and all whacky opportunities. 🙂

  16. BingosBrother Says:

    Did they really send osuma out to sea? If so, very fishy.

    Viiiiibbbbeeezzz @ Hal, G7, Palmer, the whole BB.

  17. SillyWilly Says:

    @Mr. P


    this must be a very emotional day for you. maybe brings it back a little.

    glad you’ve found some peace, man.

  18. poop goblin Says:

    Buy US cyclical multinationals kids. Cheap dollars and overseas growth will juice margins and profits. Companies cut costs going in and look strong.

    Ride that cheap $$$$$ trade.

    Buy some TBT also. Double short long end treasury ETF. Rates can’t get any lower.

    Laterz comrades.
    Don’t fight the tape.

  19. halcyon Says:

    @ Mr. P

    Thought of you while reading this

  20. Guyute711 Says:

    Thanks for the vibes peeps. Didn’t realize you were in one of the towers Mr. P. That is some crazy shit. Hope that you got at least a small bit of closure.

  21. Mike in Austin Says:

    Guess Sohaib Athar “Tweeted” the helicopters and attack on the compound.–without-knowing-it/2011/05/02/AF4c9xXF_blog.html

  22. lastwaltzer Says:

    Pretty funny comment regarding what the death of bin laden means from another board:

    “Frankly I am disgusted with most of my peers. They act as though this is Star Wars and we just blew up the Death Star – now it’s time to party with the Ewoks. But life doesn’t work that way. Killing bin Laden changes nothing.”

  23. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Uh Oh. Now I’m the guy who liveblogged the Osama raid without knowing it.

  24. Luther T. Justice Says:

    Has anyone heard when the Ewok party’s being held?

  25. Admiral Ackbar Says:

    The time to party with the Ewoks is never. Fact.

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