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. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    It’s all northwest for me it seems.

  2. Light Between Says:

    I was born in Seattle. Only spent the first year of my life there though. But my grandparents lived there and still have tons of family up there. You doing the Greek shows by chance?

  3. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    Yes, just the Greek for me so far. Indio was great last year, hoping they go back there, or make it further north. Otherwise, Greek is all I get.

  4. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    Alright, I’m out too. Good to meet you, Light Between. Northwest represent.

    Let me know if you’re ever in Seattle.

  5. Light Between Says:

    Me too. That’ll be good for me though. I only did Shoreline and Chicago last year and found the song selection to be a little lacking sandwiched between Red Rocks and the Gorge. Stoked to see three shows in a row in a cool looking venue. Pretty much guaranteed a Tweezer and a YEM. Too bad the Harpua will be in Telluride.

  6. Merrill Masso Says:

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