Bonnaroo x 2 !

As I logged on to 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.

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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.


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 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.”



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.


446 Responses to “Bonnaroo x 2 !”

  1. camman Says:

    haha i’ll start college in August….

  2. Dave Says:

    The 1/29 Rocky Mountain News apparently slipped that Phish is in fact playing Red Rocks.

  3. elbows Says:


    Is that true? Maybe I should book a hotel. You can cancel for free if things don’t work out, right? Tickets are going to be TOUGH, and that’s one show I probably wouldn’t go to without a ticket.

    Ressurect the Iguana!

  4. Dave Says:

    That’s what I heard and I’ve been holding my hotel for a long time. There aren’t really any hotels incredibly close but I saw the last Cheese shows there and taxi’s are rampant to take you back. Also you could just set up a tent somewhere off in the distance. The tickets would be really tough to get but there’s always hope.

  5. Dave Says:

    Oh yeah and the one I booked you can cancel up to two weeks before hand so just write yourself an e-mail reminder or something.

  6. Dave Says:

    People going w/o tickets is what caused the 10 year ban in 96′. It’s a small town and a lot of people want to be in there. You can actually hike up a hill behind it and see the venue but you can’t really hear the music too well.

  7. camman Says:

    hmm i gotta admit dave.. im having trouble believing they’ll play red rocks.. i want them too… but i dont think its going to happen…. maybe not this year….

  8. Dave Says:

    Believe me, I’ve had trouble believing it too but bands LOVE to play there no matter what and some signs are slipping and pointing to yes. I’m just keeping my options open until I get a confirmed no.

  9. brandofunk Says:

    i’m just waiting to hear undermind live!!

  10. camman Says:

    haha theres almost no thing as a confirmed no 😛

  11. Chalkdustin Says:

    Man, I need to quit my job so I can post here all day long and not spend half an hour catching up on all these posts…I feel left out!

    Am I missing something? What’s the rumored Red Rocks date?

  12. Dave Says:

    Then my options stay open until 2 weeks prior to the end of July. If they do announce it and my hotel is in a chronic spot I’ll let you stay with me. 😀

  13. camman Says:

    hahah awesome dave! i’m not trying to be a naysayer.. this is jsut the 1st ive heard of it in several weeks….

  14. Dave Says:

    It was originally July 29 – Aug 2 but the news slip didn’t say any dates. They just said they were going to play there.

  15. camman Says:

    hey its Chalkdustin!
    good to have you back man!

  16. brandofunk Says:

    Does anyone know who did the mash-up spalsh video for the Bonnaroo artists?

  17. brandofunk Says:

    oakenfold?girl talk?dj jazzy jeff?

  18. Dave Says:

    No idea brando

  19. HYHU Says:


    didnt get mine either. i dont think they ship til after feb 9. im not sure how other have theirs but i wont get nervous til after the 9th

  20. Chalkdustin Says:

    hey Cam, it’s nice to be back!

    I’m still catching up on all these posts…

  21. camman Says:

    yea, was that the Beasties rapping over the begining of tweezer? it sounded pretty fucking sweet

    its been a bus day on this site man


  22. camman Says:


    i can expect to see you at the roo right?

  23. camman Says:

    im going to post this more time cause i think its fucking hysterical…. this is what the Beastie Boys had to say about Bonnaroo….

    “We are looking forward to bringing heat and fire inside of your festival grounds. We are like a three-headed dragon with hot molten metal spewing forth from every head. Ready yourselves. Stand fast. Saturn’s second moon is on the rise. We approach you now from the Northeast at the speed of lightning. There will be no respite from our wrath.”

  24. Dave Says:

    Dude, silverchair97 on youtube is a god.

  25. camman Says:

    haha indded he is… could he also be miner?

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