Mid-Week Momentum

In a very candid article written for Relix, Tom Marshall gave a glimpse into his song writing process, the early days of his musical collaboration with Trey, and their most recent song, “Backwards Down the Number Line.”  It is a piece that oozes sincerity and its ending brought a huge ray of hope.  Tom wrote, “And we are now at the beginning of another era in Phish music. Congratulations Phish and welcome back, and may humor guide you as it always has—and keep you firmly on the number line.” After writing a nostalgic memoir about their past, Tom seems hopeful for Phish’s future.  “Welcome back!” he wrote.  Coming from Trey’s best friend, and someone in the Phish family, that is a resounding statement.  It sounds like they are here to stay.

Tom as Bruce - 7.16.99 Holmdel, NJ

Tom as Bruce - 7.16.99 Holmdel, NJ

This article will only further fan the fire of excitement and energy that continues to build around Phish’s return to our lives.  One can’t help but feel that this time it is for real.  If the “post-hiatus” period was a bit forced, this go-round seems so right.  Hearts are in the right place, and with every fan having grown in one direction or another over the last five years, this comeback is something more than musical.  It is a comeback of a vibrant and creative community, one who grew up with Phish; people who are in a different stage of their lives and are diving back to their bliss with a fresh and renewed fervor.  How many thirty-somethings get this pumped for any other rock concert?  Not to mention the elder statesmen of the scene.

Phish was not a passing phase in our lives, it is a constant.  Whether or not they are touring, together or disbanded, Phish is that force that lives inside us, filling us with courage, motivation, and inspiration.  Those crunchy grooves and infectious melodies do not go in 1141277648_0ee89fa54fone ear and out the other.  Nope.  Somewhere inside they adhere to our beings, consciously or subconsciously, helping comprise and define who we are.  As abstract as that may sound, it is one of my personal truths.

As we embark on our return to Phish, we are also on embarking on a return to ourselves.  After all is said and done, when the last joint is extinguished and the last beer finished, Phish is a personal journey.  Yet, one of the greatest aspects of this quest of self-discovery is that we share it with so many friends traveling similar paths.  Never has their been an experience so rooted in the self and experienced so communally.  Expressed through the Phish community, this dynamic is what keeps us coming back, and its starting all over again.  Welcome backwards down the number line.


rumor2SUMMER ’09 RUMOR MILL: Today is supposed to be a day of big Phish announcements! If they aren’t on phish.com/tourdates already, expect to see at least shows at MSG and Jones Beach in June announced today.  (They are rumored to be going up around 4 am EST.)  How many?  I don’t know, but I can’t imagine Phish giving The Garden any less love than Hampton.  If I had to call it, I would say three at MSG and two at Jones Beach, but hey– what do I know?  Also, the rumored Alpine Valley dates of June 26-27th have caused such a feeding frenzy that the Alpine Valley Hotel had 95 of 120 rooms booked as of yesterday afternoon for these dates.  In related news, yesterday a sky writer in Santa Monica, CA scribed “Phish Summer Tour 2009” in the sky!  Check it out here, and thanks to HaniHood for the pictures!  It is all coming together.



Trey got the pedal from Tom and had a hilarious handwritten response for “People For A Compressed Trey,” a group of fans from Phantasy Tour who got Trey the Ross because he “no longer knew where his was.”  Here’s what Tom posted to PT:

“It couldn’t have gone better! Trey loves it, and he will use it. He was extremely appreciative as you can see by his note!
He said: “people would be hard-pressed to find an equivalent story in music history” He is excited and happy that people actually noticed the missing Ross, and is putting it back in his rig!

See the pictures below and Thank You note below!





11.29.98 The Centrum, Worcester, MA < LINK

1998-11-29gnAfter honoring a massive tour opener yesterday, let’s tip our hat to one of the best tour closers.  Punctuating the final night of a three night run, this Sunday show put an exclamation point at the end of Fall ’98.  In a 90 minute second set, Phish gave every selection the “full treatment,” highlighted by a “Simple” best fit for an insane asylum and huge farewell versions of “Bathtub Gin” and YEM.  A long first set featured the bizarre “Limb > Catapult > Kung > Maze” segment and a guest sit in by Burlington blues guitarist Seth Yacavone.

I: Paul and Silas*, Axilla (I), Theme from the Bottom, Sparkle, Horn, Limb by Limb > Catapult > Kung > Maze, All The Pain Through The Years# > Layla##

II: Roses are Free > Simple, Makisupa Policeman, Possum > Wipe Out > Possum, Bathtub Gin, You Enjoy Myself

E: Roggae, Hello My Baby

*With alternate lyrics dealing with an incident between Paul Languedoc and the Worcester police  #First time played (Seth Yacovone Blues Band cover) with Seth Yacovone on vocals ##First time played (Derek and the Dominoes/Eric Clapton cover) w/ Seth Yacovone on guitar; Page on vocals.

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61 Responses to “Mid-Week Momentum”

  1. Matso Says:

    Just checked that link again and it doesn’t work. Details of the show have been pulled down. Clearly someone jumped the gun!

  2. camman Says:

    I graduate May 30th, and while i can’t afford a whole tour, i’m going to try for 5 shows this summer, hopefully consecutive shows. The first song i ever heard by Phish was the Clifford Ball “Harry Hood”, and it took me to a place within a soul i didnt know i had, and not only changed the course of my life, but also saved. I heard that hood on June 17th, 2004, the same day as the brooklyn show and the last tour opener Phish was supposed to ever play. Ever since that day i’ve waiting, planning and biding me time. I was never sure if i would ever get to see them, and that was the possiably the most agonzing feeling i’ve ever had. Even though i’ve never been a part of the “community” i feel i am a member of it. I never got there newslete, never got to see assface, never got to mail order tickets. I wont be able to amke the pilgramage to Hampton, but as the new song goes i am waiting for it to begin. Here to an amazing year, full of the best shows they boys will maybe ever play, and a celebration quite like none other. If i could describe Phish in one word, it would be Hope.


  3. Joe England Says:

    Im still calling for a Buried Alive opener. Not likely but i think it would be perfect. What’s the point of playing a song that has lyrics your not gonna be able to hear them

  4. len Says:

    6/18 Post Gazett Burgettstown PA. Livenation accidently posted it.

  5. gills Says:

    Spectrum please…………
    lets do it one more time
    3 night run

  6. Camman Says:

    Livenation did remove the Pittsburgh show, but Ticketsnow has posted a show for the Comcast Center in Mansfield, Ma on june 6th. Check this Link.

    by the way, how legit would it be to buy a ticket for Hampton from Ticketsnow?


  7. guyforget Says:

    ticketsnow is ticketmasters bastard brother. wait for summer 09!

  8. contact420 Says:

    Fuckin’ awesome, lost his vintage Mazerati, hilarious. amazing gift guys I think that was one of the cool stories in rock and roll. Here Here to all involved!

  9. Camman Says:

    ticketsnow and ticketmaster are Bastard brothers….. but i gotta jones in my bones for Hampton and i just can’t get no relief!!!!!!

    Heres the link for the Mansfield show


  10. Camman Says:

    i guess i’m going to have to wait for summer ’09, but i gotta jones in my Bones for Hampton, and i just can’t get no relief!

  11. eric Says:

    So ticketsnow has seats on sale for a show that hasn’t even been announced yet, let alone been put on sale for the general public. HILARIOUS!!

  12. Camman Says:

    Heres the link for the Mansfield show. Click my name for transportation to instant hope!

  13. snigglebeach Says:

    Was about to write about how this Live Nation flub seemed to indicate a that our plea’s may have been heard and Phish was ditching ticketmaster. But then i saw the ticketsnow thing and i am as confused as ever.

    As i was looking at Live Nation website they say they have exclusive rights to a bunch of venues starting this year. and surprise surprise, that Pittsburgh venue was one of them.

    I just hope that means at last some or most of these upcoming shows can help us avoid giving 1 penny to ticketmaster. I truly hate those f***s

    http://promo.livenation.com/09Tickets/ shows venues. hope u have some near u.

    Keep your fingers crossed everyone.

  14. guyforget Says:

    Camman, we all hear you about Hampton, but there comes a time when we all need to keep it real…

  15. Mitch Says:

    the fact that ticketsnow already has them for sale just shows how messed up the ticketing system is. i scored hampton tix so i know coming from me the complaining isnt as warranted but its principle. they havent even gone on sale yet. c’mon.

  16. Camman Says:

    i agree guyforget, thats why i was consulting all you Mr.Miner avids about whether or not it was $372 for a ticket to the first Hampton show. I mean its worth it, but not practical. I’ll save my $$$ for the summer.

    Snigglebeach, i hear ya man.. i thought we were supposed to get a major announcement today.. not a trickling in of possblie quasi-confirmed shows…

  17. guyforget Says:

    Camman, trust me man, you won’t give a shit if you’re in fucking Nebraska (no offense anyone!!), when you’re in the midst of your virgin set.

    By the way, Happy New Year to all!

  18. Camman Says:

    haha “virigin set”, thats pretty great. What was your virign set guyforget? nebraska ia a lot closer then Hampton however. Graduation can’t fucking come soon enough.

  19. snigglebeach Says:

    The balls at TicketMaster, AKA Ticketsnow.

    for a mere 7,708 bucks i can order 5 4th row seats for a phish that has not even been announced. What a slap in the face to the entire industry.

    And yet, Comcast center is also one of the venues supposedly exclusive for Live Nation.

    Internet Age?? apparently now things happen before they even happen. It’s like a Lost episode.

  20. makisupapete Says:

    hey i just called alpine valley and the verizon wireless music center aka deer creek. alpine valley said an announcement is supposed to be coming tomorrow at noon if not sooner, and the lady told me five dates, but they were the over the course of the same week in late june that’s been flying around. I also called deer creek and the lady working there wouldn’t give me any info.

  21. guyforget Says:

    Hampton,11/22/97, and that show prompted me from virtual Phish obscurity to promptly score tix for 12/2, 12/3/97, Philly & 12/29/97 MSG. That was the beginning of the end.

    But every show since has been just as great in it’s own special way. that’s the great thing about this whole “thing” we love, that each night brings something special, and it’s not just the music.

    by the way, Camman, if you’re a senior in HS, how the hell are you not in school and on this site all day????

  22. bhizzle Says:

    TicketsNow.com – wtf?!?!?!?!

  23. Camman Says:

    haha guy, well my classes are an hour and half a piece, and today i have three class that dealt with computer work, Physics, C++ COmputer programming and journalistic Porduction. I go to a pretty sweet well funded high school with 2100 students…

    I can’t believe you were at the “death chant” show. If only i had been 10 years earlier. Every time i listen to the band, read this site or do anything phish related i long for the mid 90’s. Miner has mentioned kids my age being able to jump on the bandwagon this go around and i really apperciate how he’s able to look from a young fans perspective. We were all young fans at somepoint. and even though were younger, dont doubt our devotion to the band. it was Phish and Keller Williams that saved me from the likes of disturbed, fall out boy and lil wayne… Thank God

    In all likelyhood, Bonnaroo will be my first show, and i’m really reall hoping that they do end up playing Busch Stadium like DMB did last year

  24. Camman Says:

    by the wya, osrry for my typos… i’m trying to hammer my responses out pretty fast while my teachers are facing away from me 😛

  25. BingosBrother Says:

    Of all the Phish members, it’s Tom I’d like to hang with the most. What a cool MF. As for TicketsNow, they’re just the bastard spawn of what’s been going on for years. When the Chicago Cubs got busted for selling their own tix, they just went to court and had some asshole judge declare the practice legal. So not much we can do except suck it up and let those scum eat it till they choke to death. Phish is gonna be around for quite some time and all those who want to see them will be able to. Viva la Phish! On a side note, Mr. Miner: I was listening to ESPN this morning and Dick Vitale came on and all I could think was that you are the Dickie V. of the Phish Community. I love it Baby!

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