Blueballed! At least for now. After much hype and anticipatory rumors about a tour announcement today, it has come and gone and we have nothing except two leaked dates. Live Nation screwed up and posted the information about the upcoming Star Lake show on June 18 early before pulling it down. Ticketmaster’s scalping subsidiary, TicketsNow, has had $200 seats on sale for Great Woods June 9th and the Star Lake show throughout the day. Imagine that! Ticketmaster scalping their own tickets to a show that hasn’t yet been announced. Isn’t that what brokers do?
These Great Woods and Star Lake dates are the only ones we know for sure, and for that marathon schedule posted earlier…pssshaw. I wish. Unfortunately, neither of the leaked dates are included in that run, and therefore the schedule is proven incorrect. 41 shows over the summer would be quite fun, but quite the hearty undertaking for a comeback tour. The dates were not given to me randomly however, so don’t dismiss them all together. Though, if we get half of that schedule, we should be psyched. What also makes me question the validity of the dates is the lack of Jones Beach, which has come in from multiple sources as legit. Yet, Phish hasn’t gone on a tour like that since Summer of ’97 beginning June 13th and ending on August 17th, and that was only 38 shows spanning two continents.
This much more I am assuming to be true. Alpine Valley on July 26th and 27th. People are freaking on these dates, and the entire hotel is booked with Phishies. It will happen. When Alpine exists, you gotta think Deer Creek will come directly before or after. Red Rocks 7.29-8.2. I am sticking with the original dates that have been tossed around for months. The only thing about the faux dates that are cool is that they are the same dates they played Red Rocks in 1996, perhaps another indication of fabrication. The Gorge and Shoreline will also be on.
Here is what I will throw out there as guesses. Phish will play MSG, whether it is part of summer tour or beforehand. No doubt. Phish will visit Camden for two nights. Trey loves Camden and the E Center is a Phish staple. Great Woods will turn into two shows. I bet they go back to Lakewood for a couple, and the Los Angeles area will get a stop. I would imagine they will start June in the northeast, working their way down to Bonnaroo and then out to the Midwest, hitting Rothbury on the way and ending at Alpine or Deer Creek. Then they’ll start back up at Red Rocks, head out west, and go either up or down the coast. Perhaps they’ll throw a random show or two before Red Rocks to warm up- potentially Sandstone or Phoenix. I would estimate we will see a summer slate of between 20 and 30 shows. Anyhow, this is 100% pure conjecture.
Don’t believe anything until you see it up on Phish.com/tourdates! Hopefully today will be the day. It’s coming soon….
ROSS GROWS ON A ROLLING STONE: The story of Trey’s new Ross Compressor made Rolling Stone.com! Also, the mainstream mag is now reporting Phish rumors!? Crazy, what’s next? Phish reviews in Rolling Stone? I should get in touch.
DOWNLOAD OF THE DAY:
6.28.95 Jones Beach, NY < LINK
I thought we’d be celebrating Phish’s return to Long Island today, so i uploaded one of their last appearances in the summer of 1995. This show is packed full of your favorite songs, all played ferociously in vinatge ’95 style. Enjoy this one, and hopefully you can listen to it in celebration of today’s tour announcement.
I: Axilla [Part II] > Foam, Fast Enough for You, Reba, Punch You in the Eye, Stash, Fluffhead, Chalk Dust Torture
II: Sample in a Jar, Poor Heart, Tweezer*> Gumbo, Sparkle, Suzy Greenberg, Harry Hood, Tweezer Reprise
E: Sweet Adeline, While My Guitar Gently Weeps
*With “Cannonball” (The Breeders) jam.Tags: Summer '09