Archive for Summer ’09

Full Tour- Finally!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on March 18, 2009 by Mr.Miner
Hampton (W.Rogell)

Hampton (W.Rogell)

Thirteen plus twelve equals twenty-five- now we’re talking!  Dispersing the number of shows constituting a “normal” tour over the course of this entire summer, Phish will soon embark, in earnest, into chapter three.  After a delayed announcement, a plethora of rumors, and even some naysayers, the band delivered a St. Patrick’s  Day gift in the form of the long awaited “west coast” dates– of which half are in the east.

This time around, a video of the earth zoomed in quickly to an undisclosed location in Texas where an “09” was painted on the ground.  Graphic overlays soon turned that into “Phish Summer Tour 09” and the dates started flowing.  Red Rocks, Shoreline, The Gorge, Chicago, Darien, Hartford, Merriweather, SPAC.  Huh?  That didn’t sound so western.  But Phish shows are Phish shows, and who can scoff at that east coast run peaking in upstate New York?  That’s a familiar starting point for a drive to Limestone; just food for thought.  As “Birds of a Feather” provided the late- summer soundtrack, we now had a tour!  Let’s take a look at where this second leg of tour will take us.

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Red Rocks - Morrison, CO

After 1996’s debacle outside Red Rocks, Phish would never play the stunning venue again.  After seven amazing shows over four years, their legacy at Red Rocks was locked away and sealed- until now.  Thirteen years after Phish played one of the greatest stands of their career, they will return to the stunning natural amphitheatre in Morrison, CO for another four-night stand!  Though rumored since last year, seeing the dates posted officially is sweet eye-candy, as any doubt has been forever cast away.  If they hadn’t been made already, plans quickly materialized for fans all over the country for the last weekend in July.

Shoreline - Mountain View, CA

Shoreline - Mountain View, CA

After two days off, Phish will stop in the extended Bay Area for one show at the Grateful Dead’s former home of Shoreline Amphitheatre.  The site of many an epic night of Phish, it was a little surprising to only see one show announced.  Reason being, the past three times Phish came through Shoreline, it was for a twin bill.  gorgeAfter Shoreline, there is another day off so people can comfortably get up to rural Washington; out to the the other best venue in America, The Gorge.  With two nights of convergence between music and nature, Phish will cap their west coast tour.  Albeit short, six of the seven shows will take place in the two most amazing venues in the country.  Get ready for some inspired, mind-expanding Phish.

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Toyota Park - Chicago

With only two days off, the next show will take place in Chicago’s Toyota Park, a 28,000 person MLS soccer stadium!  In what will be  one of the biggest Phish-only shows of the summer, the band will assume the Bears’ moniker of “Monsters of the Midway” for the night of August 11th.  This one should be an open-air free for all.  Another two days off will give people ample time to get up to Darien Center, NY for a four-night run of historic venues.

Darien Lake PAC, NY

Darien Lake PAC, NY

Starting under the white tents of Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, the band will make an unexpected late-summer, northeastern swing- potentially leading up to something bigger. (Though that is pure speculation.)  Having played three monster shows at Darien in their history (8.7.93, 8.14.97, 9.14.00), expect the fourth to be quite the affair.  In some bizarre routing, potentially to shake extra people off tour, the band will dive down to Hartford,CT, and even further to Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland, before popping back to upstate New York to finish tour at SPAC.

Merriweather- Columbia, MD

Merriweather- Columbia, MD

While Hartford doesn’t boast the history of the final two venues, Phish has played a solid two night stand there in the summer of 2000.  The band’s relationship with Merriweather Post dates back to July of ’92 when they played a one set opener for Santana.  Playing three standout shows amidst the forests of Merriweather between the years of ’98-’00,  the venue became cemented in Phish lore.  Finally, making a U-Turn and driving back up the exact same highways, we will head to SPAC- a place where magic happens.

SPAC 6.19.04 (M.Terry)

SPAC 6.19.04 (M.Terry)

Another venue tucked into the forest, SPAC is actually within the grounds of a New York State Park.  Enchanting surroundings encompass the intimate ampthitheatre, to which Phish has responded astoundingly over the years.  Having debuted there in ’92, again opening for Santana, the band returned for big shows during the summers of ’94 and ‘95.  Discord between management and the scene kept Phish away from the venue for nine years, until the legendary shows of 2004.  Having logged four epic shows at the venue, and with it being the last scheduled stop, you can mark this on your calendar as an absolute no-brainer.

Not to be redundant, but with the band is returning to the east after a brief stint out west, I’ve gotta wonder if they have anything lined up for afterward in Limestone (or Texas?!).  One can dream. In addition, I’ve heard the Fenway opener on May 31st is 50/50 at this point, so we’ll see on that one.  That being said, we’ve got ourselves a full-blown summer tour!  Pack up the car, it’s time to “cruise the land of the brave and free.”

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latesummerTickets requests are open now through this Sunday!

Public On-sale info can be found here!

PHISH 2009 SUMMER TOUR

06/04 – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY
06/05 – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY
06/06 – Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA
06/07 – Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
06/09 – Asheville Civic Center – Asheville, NC
06/10 – Thompson-Boling Arena – Knoxville, TN
06/12 – Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Manchester, TN
06/14 – Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Manchester, TN
06/16 – Fox Theatre – St. Louis, MO
06/18 – Post Gazette Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA
06/19 – Verizon Wireless Music Center – Noblesville, IN
06/20 – Alpine Valley – East Troy, WI
06/21 – Alpine Valley – East Troy, WI
07/30 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO
07/31 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO
08/01 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO
08/02 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO
08/05 – Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, CA
08/07 – The Gorge – George, WA
08/08 – The Gorge – George, WA
08/11 – Toyota Park – Chicago, IL
08/13 – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center – Darien Center, NY
08/14 – Meadows Music Theater – Hartford, CT
08/15 – Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
08/16 – Saratoga Performing Arts Center – Saratoga Springs, NY

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DOWNLOAD OF THE DAY:

7.22.93 Stowe PAC, Stowe, VT < LINK

7.22.93 Stowe PAC, Stowe, VT < TORRENT LINK

(Jim Pollock)

(Jim Pollock)

Sticking with the old-school theme, this is a classic performance from the summer of ’93.  Though not a SBD, the music in this show makes it a keeper.

I: Llama, Foam, Horn, My Mind’s Got a Mind of Its Own, Sample in a Jar, The Divided Sky, Mound, Ya Mar, Poor Heart, Stash, Golgi Apparatus

II: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Tweezer > Walk Away, Sparkle, It’s Ice, Contact, Possum, Paul and Silas*, TMWSIY-> Avenu Malkenu*, Rocky Top*

E: Freebird

*With Gordon Stone on banjo.

Source: AKG460’s w/ CK-61 cardioid capsules> 45v custom built phantom power supply> Sony D-10 Pro II

Taper: Tom McMinn

Bonnaroo x 2 !

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on February 3, 2009 by Mr.Miner

As I logged on to Bonnaroo.com at 9pm to confirm what we all expected, the splash page video presented a funky logo with the “Tweezer” melody as the first notes I heard!  Yes, folks, after much speculation and arguments both for and against, Phish will, in fact, be playing Bonnaroo.  The band will headline the US’s largest summer festival in Manchester, TN, playing three sets over two nights.  Sharing a stage with such acts as Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, The Beastie Boys, Snoop Dogg, David Byrne, and Nine Inch Nails, Phish will bring their own unique flavor to the colossal festival of over 100,000 people.  Weird?  Most definitely.  Exciting?  Hell, yes!

bonnaroologoPhish is the only band playing two shows over the four nights, clearly taking the largest spotlight at the festival, even if The Boss is listed before them on the artists page.  The festival gave them this nod by opening their 2009 announcement with the freakin’ “Tweezer” melody.  The way I see it, with the magnitude of this festival, these shows are going to blow up huge!  Phish are the masters of playing to their surroundings.  Whether it was The Gorge, a small European club, MSG, or Big Cypress, the band always knew how to match their music to the mood.  Now, for a moment, imagine the mood at the massive site of Bonnaroo, overflowing with people of all ages and the biggest names in the music business.  With a stage the size of a small island under the dark night sky, Phish will step to the mic and rip the place apart.  With nothing to lose and everything to gain, I have a gut feeling that these will be super-sized Phish affairs with massive open-air jams and setlists that you fantasize about. But hey, that’s just one guy’s opinion.

IT 8.2.03

IT 8.2.03

There are divergent schools of thought on these shows.  Some propose that Phish will attempt to be more accessible to the mainstream audience by focusing on succinct jamming and playing more “songs” that are palatable to the masses.  Phish won’t go too deep in front of an audience that may never have heard them before, this theory goes.  Dig into a twenty-minute psychedelic “Stash,” and many teenagers could be heading for the refreshment stand.  Play a variety of different songs, mix in a few huge dance jams and everyone will rage.  While this is a valid point of view, over the course of a two-set performance and a late night set on different nights, Phish will have plenty of time to cater to everyone.  There will be more than a few Phish psychonauts there after all, and the band knows that.

Regardless of what happens on stage, the experience of moving from the intimacy of the mountains in Asheville to the largest clusterfuck east of the Mississippi, then directly into the ornate theatre of The Fabulous Fox will be a surreal week.  The overwhelming, yet obvious, thing about Bonnaroo is that it will not be a Phish fest.  When the Phish show ends, there will be other bands and DJs playing throughout the night and day.  With an incredibly diverse crowd, not limited to the generally like-minded folk that congregate at Phish shows, this will be one of the most bizarre trips yet.  Some may be turned off by the less-than-pure Phish environment, however, going into the festival knowing this, I think it will be a fascinating social study in the state of the scene today.

image-407d4750449b11d7Regardless of whether you think this is the worst decision that Phish has ever made, or the best one, it’s happening.  With Knoxville on the 10th and The Fox on the 16th, there are five “off” days for those not wanting to attend Bonnaro0- enough time to check out the Smoky Mountains if you’re on tour; enough time to fly home and back to Deer Creek or Star Lake if you’re not.  My point? Don’t complain about Bonnaroo; either go or don’t go, it’s that simple.  Suffice it to say, they will be two of the more interesting Phish sets of the summer for so many reasons.  And somehow I don’t think the music will disappoint.

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PHISH THOUGHTS TICKET EXCHANGE: Big news in the world of Phish Thoughts!  With the help of a couple Phish Thoughts community members, “AlexanderK” and “Mitch,” we are about to launch an official web-based ticket trading board!  Let me explain.

0af84b4652dadb9e49d12904a54de7e14gFirst, you will be brought to a “Dashboard” where you will click on any show’s tab along the bottom of the page, for example “6/16 Fox.”  It will then bring you to a show-specific page that looks like a spread sheet split into two sides: “I Need Tickets” and “I Have Tickets.”   You will indicate your “Name,” “Phish Thoughts Screen Name,” “Tickets I Have to Trade/Sell” and preference; “Lawn,” “Pavilion,” or “Any.”  This way you can locate the people who have the tickets you need easily without reading down hundreds of posts!  You will even have a place to indicate if you need a ride to any show.  Today we are in Beta testing, and can accomodate about 50 users.  If you want to be one of these first 50 people to have easy access to the tickets you may need, send please email ticketexchange@phishthoughts.com with “Beta Request” in the subject line and your Phish Thoughts Screen Name as the text.

There are a few rules that will be re-posted when this goes live.  What you do on the site is tracked, and any violation of the following will have you removed and banned- no questions asked:

1) No altering the “Dashboard” except for “Suggestions.”

2) No altering entries from other users.  (That includes changing cells and moving entries up and down in the list.)

3) No harassing other users of the site via email.

This should be great community resource, and a much more effcient way of scoring tickets from each other now and into the future.  Note: Please only post tickets you are 100% sure that you have, and that you are 100% willing to part with!  Also, make sure you enter your information on the correct side of the board corresponding to “Need” or “Have.”

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DOWNLOAD OF THE DAY:

7.31.97 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA < LINK

phish-shoreline-97With West Coast dates coming at some point not too far off, let’s look at some Bay Area Phish history from the Summer of ’97.  Phish played a blistering show at The Grateful Dead’s old home, featuring adventurous jams out of “Runaway Jim” and “Mike’s.”  Other highlights include a show-opening “Ghost,” the “YEM” and a “Weekapaug” laced with “Happy Birthday” for Jerry Garcia, himself.  Get ready Shoreline, we’re coming back!

I: Ghost > Ya Mar, Dogs Stole Things, Limb By Limb, Dirt, Maze, Glide, I Saw It Again, You Enjoy Myself

II: Runaway Jim > When the Circus Comes, Vultures, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters > Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove^

E: Cinnamon Girl

^Trey thanks Bill Graham Productions and the Phish crew, talks about keeping the spirit of Jerry Garcia alive through music, and wishes a Happy Birthday to Jerry Garcia.  Jerry’s birthday was the next day.

Post-Football Food For Thought

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on February 2, 2009 by Mr.Miner

What a weekend! Capped with an incredibly exciting Super Bowl, these last few days have been a roller coaster ride of Phish ticket mania.  With all tickets now sold, we may be seeing West Coast dates before too long.  Imagine what will happen to Live Nation’s site when Red Rocks goes on sale?  I don’t even want to.  Many of the frustrations we faced with their ticketing system are documented for their CEO here.  Nonetheless, as we all try to position ourselves for these summer shows, it is all finally sinking in- Phish is happening…

13699471image9b586be0479711d7…For those paying attention (I wasn’t), there was a Hampton re-release right after the Super Bowl ended.  A ticketless friend of mine pulled two for each night in six separate transactions, completely reversing his plans for the first week of March!  Maybe some of you scored too, but by the time I heard, there was nothing left.  This may continue to happen.  Be alert…

…Phish seems to be way under-priced, causing scalpers to drool at the profit margin they can make on our band and flock like vultures to the tickets.  While other bands of their stature use tiered ticket structures, charging well over $100 for the best seats, Phish should be respected for giving the people who actually get to buy tickets a real bargain.  But the increasing number of fans who have been forced to scalp from brokers have had to cough up an amount of money that much closer represents Phish’s “market value.”  It is becoming increasingly apparent that Phish’s “market value” today is between $100 and $400 dollars depending on the size of the venue and the quality of seat.  As someone on this comment board brought up over the weekend, would it help if Phish tickets cost $100, therefore decreasing the profit margin to be made by scalpers?  Maybe this is one step, albeit counter-intuitive, to reducing broker interference with the Phish scene.  If there isn’t enough money to be made, maybe they will go elsewhere?  Maybe not…

phish2People in Ashvelle got screwed on Friday. After being told that 400 tickets would be sold at the Civic Center, over 150 people waited for over a day to score these tickets.  The fans even organized their own list of names so people didn’t need to remain lined up, creating a mini-Phish lot party.  Yet when 10 am Friday came, an “error” in the Ticketmaster computer system released the 400 tickets that were to be held for Asheville’s box office, resulting in only twenty locals scoring stubs for the summer’s second smallest show.  Sorry Asheville people, that sucks…

…Let’s hear it for www.knoxvilletickets.com!  Out of the four ticket systems used for tickets this weekend, Knoxville’s seemed  by far the most efficient.  Granted they probably weren’t hit with nearly the traffic of Live Nation or St. Louis’ Metrotix, but the system worked smoothly.  I looked for Knoxville on Live Nation before realizing they were being sold elsewhere.  Quickly logging onto knoxvilletickets.com, I was automatically queued and the screen refreshed every 60 seconds, like Metrotix did for The Fox.  However, unlike Metrotix where I never saw another screen, I was quickly brought into the site, pulled up a 100 level after searching for a floor ticket twice, and checked out without hassle.  Compared to all my other attempts this weekend, this was a breeze…

image-ba5300d6449611d7…Hampton is now officially one month away! What once seemed like an eternity has been condensed to only four weeks of waiting.  What seemed like fantasy is now an impending reality!  Using the future tense to predict what might happen will soon be out the window, as we will be talking about what Phish is doing on a nightly basis.  There couldn’t be a more fitting venue than Hampton to launch round three; with a purely GA free for all, things will be insane and explosive to say the least.  People have referenced the last comeback, saying these Hampton shows will merely be sloppy warm-ups.  And while I agree that Summer will be a different story when all is said and done, I have a feeling these first three shows are gonna’ be a hell of a lot different from the last return.  I’m not going on anything but intuition, but it just feels different- way different…

…I guess Phish 3.0 is all about trading tickets online.  In a flurry like nothing I’ve ever seen, fans have been wheeling and dealing all over the web, trading, selling, and scoring any and all tickets they need.  I like it; it’s very democratic.  While I do believe you can get tickets at shows, it is always nicer to have yours beforehand, and it seems like more fans are trying to do that.  This can only be a good thing.  I am trying to devise a tool to facilitate this exchange. Stay tuned…

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DOWNLOAD OF THE DAY:

7.24.98 Woodlands Pavilion, Houston, TX SBD < LINK

1998-07-24moToday we have a leaked SBD of a dark-horse Summer ’98 show.  The second set starts off with the funkalicious combo of “Wolfman’s > 2001,”  before taking an abrupt left turn into the rare “Scent of a Mule.”  A set-ending “Slave,” “Chalk Dust” one-two punch, punctuated a fine night in Texas.  The first set contained the summer’s omnipresent “Moma Dance” and psychedelic segments of improv in “Stash” and “Taste.” Enjoy the SBD!

I: The Moma Dance, Runaway Jim, Bouncing Around The Room, Stash, My Soul, Taste, Golgi Apparatus, Loving Cup

II: Wolfman’s Brother > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Scent of a Mule > Ha Ha Ha > Scent of a Mule, Slave to the Traffic Light, Chalkdust Torture.

E: Character Zero

Ticket Paranoia!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on January 30, 2009 by Mr.Miner

Staring at the glowing screen with sweaty palms as your heart palpitates; refreshing the screen every second waiting to see that magical “Buy Tickets” button; constantly glancing at the time, moving as slow as Elmer’s glue; it’s all back.  This ritualistic stress has returned as we sit on the brink of Phish’s first ticket on-sale weekend in five years.  This time, it’s not just three shows, but an eleven show run over two days.

201The nerves always become a bit tense in the 24 hours leading up to the moment, as you try to devise the perfect strategy to succeed. Maybe you should open three windows at once?  Maybe you should drive a few states away to a random outlet and score in person?  Maybe you should try to keep the agent on the phone for the right amount of time?  Maybe you should go into work early on a Saturday morning to use their fast Internet connection on multiple computers?  Maybe you should split up the shows with your friends and all try for a separate one?  The options are endless, and the irony is that there is no clear cut “best way” to score tickets in this age.  This fact makes the game all the more fun to play!

1999-10-03gnTicket paranoia- it can be paralyzing! As you lie in bed the night before or sit at work waiting for the few hours to pass, your mind can become numb.  All of a sudden, you find yourself unable to perform any tasks other than refreshing the browser and your mind becomes obsessively one-tracked.  Thinking about, let alone accomplishing, anything else can sometimes be straight up impossible.  Maybe that’s where you’re at right now.

As the time approaches, the butterflies flutter a bit faster while your heart rate begins to steadily increase as if you were exercising.  Refresh.  The clock says 9:57.  Thoughts of Phish, the joys of summer, the warm air in the amphitheatre, the first set under the fading sun, the long carefree drives.  The clock still says 9:57.  Damn! Refresh.  This type of pattern continues for the next three minutes- however it seems like three hours- before that :59 finally turns to :00.

1998-04-04gn210:00.  Now the adrenaline kicks in, as you try your best to control your mouse-clicking finger, making sure you do things briskly, yet carefully.  At this point, your nerves and adrenaline can actually work against your fine motor skills; your body becomes momentarily discombobulated.  But you push through, overcoming as you must.  Damn!  You can’t read that security word- “Why the hell do they make them so hard to read?” you wonder.  You ask for another code word, thinking that this step could be your demise, or mean the difference between a great seat or a lawn seat.  Quickly you type in “design” and “snowbank” as quickly as possible while wondering how the hell they choose these random words. You finally click “Enter.”  Your waiting time is less than 2 minutes. Two minutes!!  You begin cursing in your mind, letting one or two leak out of your mouth. That wheel is spinning forever!  Around and around and around and around, then all of a sudden your wait time jumps down to “less than a minute.”  “Let’s go, let’s go, let’s GO!”, you think to yourself, waiting for that ticket page to appear.  YES!! Like a shaft of light shining on you from above, time stands still as the next screen appears -“Section 103, Row G, Seats 23, 24.”  Booyakasha!  A hundred pound weight lifted off of your head, and your anxiety turns to momentary glory.

2003-02-18gnThere is no time to rest, you have one minute and thirty seconds to complete a couple more steps.  Payment.  Since we haven’t ordered tickets in years, maybe you no longer have your credit card number memorized, so you lay it beside your keyboard.  Looking back and forth between every four numbers, you carefully type in the digits.  Then the expiration. Then the code.  Finally, the shipping.  You know this info by heart and you breeze through, recheck it all and submit your order.  Finally, you can relax.

livenation_logoBut this time there is no time to rest with seven shows going on sale!  Then four Saturday morning.  You’ve got to get your nose directly back to the cyber-grindstone and go for the gold.  Today, all of this will take place on foreign territory- Live Nation.  For years, fans have cursed Ticketmaster for any and every reason, but we all got very used to their website. We no longer needed to look for anything on the screen.  This time through, with a poor user interface, your guess is as good as mine as to how this will turn out.  Live Nation may crash and error out orders with the high demand for all we know- even Ticketmaster did that sometimes.

1997-11-28gnBut with all the different shows going on sale at the same time, the demand will hopefully be dispersed enough to ensure that many people can hook up some stubs.  With the likely ability to only score a couple of shows, I foresee a lot more online ticket trading before the beginning of June.  In the end, if you passionately want to go to any of the shows this summer, besides Asheville and The Fox, your will will get you in.  Just don’t give up, and for God’s sake, don’t stay home because you don’t have a ticket!  This may be against Phish’s “advised polices,” but if you haven’t found a ticket yet, and you really want one bad enough, you will find one on the lot.  Just get there early enough and scour like a madman! Don’t stand like a statue with your finger in the air.  It simply comes down to desire.

Best of luck to all in the newest version of the ticket game; this is only the beginning!

Share today’s ticket stories in Comments!

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DOWNLOAD OF THE DAY:

9.14.99 BSU Pavilion, Boise, ID < LINK

9.14.99 Boise, ID

9.14.99 Boise, ID

Due to all of yesterday’s talk around this epic show, it has jumped to the top of the pile for today’s download.  Celebrate whatever tickets you get with one of the most exciting Phish sets of ’99.  Only two words needed here– “Bag,” and “Gumbo.”  Enjoy the weekend!

I: Chalk Dust Torture, The Sloth, The Curtain > Waste, Loving Cup, What’s the Use > Wading in the Velvet Sea, Farmhouse, Nellie Cane, Taste, Rocky Top

II: Peaches en Regalia, AC/DC Bag > Gumbo > Down with Disease, Frankenstein

E: Simple, Hello My Baby

Phish Adds Knoxville on June 10th!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on January 21, 2009 by Mr.Miner

header-new1Just announced, Phish adds Thompson-Boiling Arena in Knoxville, TN to their Summer Tour! Tickets requests can be made here between now and Sunday.  This is a 20,000 person GA venue, making up for some of the smaller shows during the same week. This also is an obvious sign that Bonnaroo is going to be part of their tour as well. Keem ’em coming!

Asheville > Bonnaroo > Fox

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on January 12, 2009 by Mr.Miner

The most intriguing and enticing slice of this upcoming tour has to be the week-long stretch of Asheville > Bonnaroo > Fox Theatre.  With all other shows contained within four-night amphitheatre runs, this will be the week of unique Phish experiences.  Carved out seemingly so that many can skip the chunk if they want to (or have to), some of the most magical moments will no doubt come from these unique shows.

3182714970_58492826c3After seeing pictures of the Asheville Civic Center, I can’t believe Phish will be playing there.  The place is not meant for such a monstrous act, boasting nothing more than an ovular field house.  Yet Phish will play there, and it will inevitably be an intimate indoor treat for the 7000+ with a ticket stub in their hands.  Coming directly before the largest show of the summer, and the largest show in stature of the band’s career, Asheville will be the kick down before the storm rages.

bonnaroo_copyWhen Phish steps to the stage late-night at Bonnaroo on June 12 and 13th in front of 80,000 people, what do you think will be the result?  Monster-sized Phish of the likes we may never have seen before.  With a musical message to send to a generation that largely missed them, and a diverse audience that will not automatically love what they hear, Phish will crush these shows like none other.  With two nights of gargantuan grooves, I can guarantee you it’ll be worth it musically.  I keep trying to convince myself that I should skip it and side-step the unbelievable hassle and nonsense I will have to deal with to attend the ‘Roo, but the thought of what will happen there is drawing me in.  With the industry and the audience in the palm of their hands, you know Phish will step to bat and rip the cover off the ball– we are talking massive festival sized crushing.  I have read everyone’s posts about the misery of the festival– the crowds, the heat, the cops, and the corporate rape– but will any of that matter once swimming in the bombast of the summer’s murkiest Mike’s jam?  The magnitude of the Phish could be too much too miss.  Any way I cut it, it’ll be pretty hard for me to sit by and wait for St. Louis!

Fox Theatre

Fox Theatre

Following up the colossal headlining explosion at Bonnaroo, Phish will travel to the 5,000 person, ornately designed Fox Theatre.  In what will almost certainly be one of the most vibrant summer memories, Phish is set to blast off in the stunning room untouched by the band since 11.23.1994, when they dropped one of the most magnificent Tweezers of all time.  As small a Phish show as we will ever get in America, this night is sure to be something to remember for the band and audience alike.

It’s always fun when they mix it up with indoor and outdoor shows, and this this week will be the ultimate indoor/outdoor Phish experience.  Tickets for these indoor shows will be tough, but I don’t think we’re talking Hampton here.  There is a spread out demand at this point, the shows are both on Tuesday nights, and the limit is  four so people can hook up friends.   It will be interesting how it all shakes down.

ph030104_148-4838_imgWith all of the other shows in 20,000 person amphitheatres, the ticket scene should be pretty mellow, even if you don’t score em right away.  Things should fall back into place a bit this summer.  Jones Beach will be the most difficult just because of the population of the New York metro area and the fact that they are the tour openers.  But Great Woods, Camden, Deer Creek, and Alpine are looking good from this perspective.  But honestly, it’s hard to believe this is really happening.

While pondering a topic for the day, it was very hard to sit down and write something about the past when all I can think about is the future.  I will most certainly get back to some more conventional and historical posts, but for tonight the adrenaline inside is keeping my fingers typing about the upcoming road.

All that, and Hampton is less than two months away!  Yes, kid.

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42950406PHISH AUDS: I definitely plan on posting the Phish shows in mp3 format like I did for the Trey shows.  I know a lot of people have been asking about that, and the answer is most definitely yes.  I have to either find a taper to work with or I may do it myself.  If anyone can help, please email me! Not sure if the turn around will be the next day due to driving et al., but I will do my best to get a great copy of the shows up for download ASAP.  This is not against any policy of the band.

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DOWNLOAD OF THE DAY:

7.12.96 Melkweg, Amsterdam < LINK

phish-europe-96Throwing down a request for a loyal reader, this is a classic nugget of Phish history.  Marking the band’s first trip to Amsterdam, the band played a three set show that included as much comedy as anything else.  With the band enjoying the city’s delicacies as much as the fans, this night made for a hilarious memoir, but didn’t amount to a whole lot musically.  With some good tidbits thrown strewn about a sloppy, smoky show, this one is certainly a must have for its place in Phish’s legacy.

I: Wilson, The Divided Sky, Horn, Split Open & Melt#, Ya Mar, Funky Bitch*, Taste**, Theme From the Bottom, Tweezer > Llama

II: It’s Ice > Prince Caspian, Mike’s Song, Run Like an Antelope, Purple Rain > HYHU, G D E A- Minor Ska Groove***, NICU, Slave to the Traffic Light, Suzy Greenberg****

III: David Bowie > Free, Hello Ma Baby

E: Bathtub Gin, Johnny B. Goode

#With “The Landlady” tease. *After the end, Trey made a comment about the lack of curfew. **Trey announced that this will no longer be “Fog That Surrounds” and will be “Taste” from now on. ***Trey asked the audience to help make up a song. He asked the audience to shout out keys and the band played them. Trey then asked a guy in the front row for a groove, and he shout out “ska.” They start the GDEA-Minor (keys) Ska Groove but Trey said that this was too weird and that they were going to play one of their own. ****Trey unplugs and then plugs in his guitar, resulting in weird noises. Fish calls it, “It was cool when he plugged in his guitar song.”

Musings On June

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on January 9, 2009 by Mr.Miner

After much anticipation, Phish has finally satiated us with a slate of ten shows comprising the June leg of their first summer tour in five years.  As yesterday passed, things finally began to come to fruition.  Hampton is now less than two months away, and Summer ’09 is only five months out.  Once again, we have Phish to look forward to– and everything feels different again, different as in way better!  I, for one, had a very hard time focusing and accomplishing anything non-Phish related today.  From the moment the dates were posted, and in fact long before that, there was little else occupying my mind other than the question of summer tour.  Now that we know where the scenes will be in June, let’s take a closer look.

photo - Adam Foley

photo - Adam Foley

One of the first things I noticed when looking at the dates and on-sales is that Ticketmaster has been shut out.  The band is now using Live Nation to sell their tickets, hence the selection of venues. Without using Ticketmaster, Phish had to select venues that don’t have exclusive contracts with Ticketmaster, most likely why we will be heading to Jones Beach instead of Darien, SPAC, or some of their other classic haunts.  I am not fully aware of what venues have contracts with each company, but I do know that while using Live Nation, they can’t play “Ticketmaster venues.”  It remains to be seen if the change in corporate sellers will result in an increased availability of tickets to real fans.  Interestingly enough, Ticketmaster’s scalping little brother, TicketsNow, has taken all summer tickets off of their site, leaving only the Hampton shows.  Maybe we are making some progress here!

6.28.95 Jones Beach (Joe Madonna)

6.28.95 Jones Beach (Joe Madonna)

Now to the dates themselves.  The tour kicks off with one of only two two-night stands, at Jones Beach in Wantaugh, NY.  Having not played the Long Island Amphitheatre since Summer ’95, this seems like an odd beginning.  Fans have already complained about the poor sound at the venue, though when the sun is setting with water behind the stage, the setting is quite serene.  These should should be a fun way to rev up again.  After the opening couplet, Phish will travel north to play only one night at Great Woods in Mansfield, MA.  It’s pretty surprising that the classic Phish venue, first visited in 1992, opening for Santana, isn’t getting two to the dome.  Having played two night stands in ’94, ’95, ’99, ’00, and ’04, I thought two shows would be a given. Yet, it seems that Phish is trying to keep it simple on the first go round, which is probably best for the long haul.  There will be a classic Phishy “Cannonball Run” down I-95 after the Mansfield show, as the circus heads for Camden, the site of so many great memories.  70% of the cars on the road all night will be packed with lit up Phishies, and filled to the gills with summertime accoutrements.  The one night in southern Jersey, hosted by the Philly nitrous mafia, will cap Phish’s first four-night run since coming back.

Asheville Civic Center

Asheville Civic Center

Everyone will have a day off to make the drive down to Asheville, NC for what is sure to be one of the hardest tickets of the tour.  With the Civic Center holding only 7,654 people, this stop is virtually inexplicable.  As fun as the intimate show will inevitably be, why would someone make the decision to create another ticket fiasco?  It is a Tuesday, so that should soothe some of the potential crowd, but you can bet Asheville doesn’t know what it’s in for with thousands of ticket-less fans sure to flood the small mountain town.  The show should be phenomenal once inside, but that is gonna’ be a challenge. Following this show are five open days, two presumably to be filled by Bonnaroo when the lineup in announced on February 3rd.  The tour can be split into the pre and post-Bonnaroo sections, with five days carved out for the clusterfuck festival.

Fox Theatre, St. Louis

Fox Theatre, St. Louis

After Phish and their fans emerge from Manchester, TN, they will move out to another special indoor show. Returning to the Fox Theatre in St.Louis for another Tuesday night special, this time only 5,060 fans will get to witness what is sure to be one of the standout shows of the tour.  Although this night will be amazing, there will be a lot of fans scratching their heads at this decision as well.  To put the size in perspective, Radio City fits 6,000; but the context doesn’t necessarily compare.  New York City on a weekend for the first shows after Big Cypress created one of the highest ticket demands in recent memory, with people flying in from all over the country.  But The Fox on their comeback tour, albeit in St. Louis on a Tuesday, is gonna’ be a scarce stub.  Lots of fingers in the air here, as the band could fill the arena with their guest list if they wanted to.

Deer Creek

Deer Creek

Yet, instead of complaining, fans have the option of taking the week off, skipping the two smallest and the two biggest shows, and hopping back on at Star Lake in good ol’ Burgettstown, PA.  It’s great to see Phish returning to a place of so many spectacular musical moments, ready to create new ones on the first night of the leg’s closing four-night run.  The second show will bring us back to the cornfields and campgrounds of Noblesville, IN in a highly-anticipated one show return to Deer Creek.  A venue with so much Phish history, mostly in the form of multiple night stands, will only be getting one night of action.  You can bet the house, however, that it will be one of the most exciting nights of the summer!  There will be no time to camp, however, as the the tour will head directly north to Alpine Valley.  The classic pairing of Deer Creek and Alpine lives on!  Tour will wind up at Alpine Valley for two nights of fun in the northern sun.  With so many great shows having gone down at Alpine, and with multiple tours having ended at the great wooden amphitheatre, it certainly feels like a nostalgic home for the scene.  With its sprawling parking lots and endless people, this will be a fun way to wrap up Summer ’09: Leg One.

So there you have it–  what we have all been waiting for– Phish Tour!  Ten shows confirmed; ten nights of summertime bliss, and that is only half of it.  Phish is back in action and the universe is looking up.  Here’s to a phenomenal 2009 with endless potential! Cheers, all.

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SUMMER ’09 RUMOR MILL: If everything with Rothbury works out, don’t rule out a headlining slot for one or two nights between July 3-5th, a little more than a week after Alpine.  This announcement would obviously come later as the folks up there are still sorting things out.

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DOWNLOAD OF THE DAY:

6.29.95 Jones Beach, NY < LINK

1995-06-29gnThis is the sequel to the show up for download yesterday, and Phish’s last performance at the amphitheatre that will inaugurate Summer ’09.  A monster “Free > Bowie” highlights this night, along with a juicy mid-set YEM. The first set is solid all the way through, closing with a tasty ’95 Melt.

I: Runaway Jim, Taste, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, The Divided Sky, Cavern, Rift, Simple, Split Open and Melt, Carolina

II: Free > David Bowie, Strange Design, You Enjoy Myself, Acoustic Army, A Day in the Life

E: Theme From the Bottom