March Madness

Hampton (J.Kravitz)

Hampton (J.Kravitz)

As the NCAA tournament takes peak form this weekend in the rounds of sixteen and eight, a different type of March Madness has swarmed the Phish community in the form on ticket on-sales.  After the near-impossible Red Rocks mission, fans look to have more success against the weaker seeded shows this weekend.  Big match-ups against both Ticketmaster and Live Nation headline today’s slate. The host venues of these battles will be The Gorge, Merriweather, Darien, and SPAC.  The fans look to give it 110% in their quest for paper glory.  After today the first nine tickets of late summer will have come and gone, and only Shoreline and Hartford will remain.  On a raucous Friday in March, the madness is most definitely in the air.

Hampton (J.Kravitz)

Hampton (J.Kravitz)

“Madness” is a word often used loosely to describe Phish music.  Honing in on this idea of “musical madness,” I compiled eight Phish jams that embody this word.  A friend on mine recently posted on Facebook “The Best Five Albums to Listen to After a Phish Show,”  and yesterday, another buddy retorted, “What are the best albums to listen to while frantically trying to score Phish tickets via public sale?”  Well here is my response.

Hampton (P.Washburn)

Hampton (P.Washburn)

The music should match the mania, and these eight selections fit the theme of the day.  In honor of March Madness- both ticket and basketball- I have collected an “Elite Eight” jams that are the musical definition of madness; allow them to color your weekend in any way you please. The download link is above the track listing.  Good luck today!  I’ll always take any extra pavilions off your hands.  Just drop me a line!




“Bathtub Gin” 11.23.97, Winston Salem, NC

This one is a beast that dominates the second set that could be better than its legendary Hampton predecessors.

“Simple” 11.29.98, Worcester, MA

Hampton (P.Washburn)

Hampton (P.Washburn)

I’ve written about this one before- a masterful, tour-ending  piece of psychedelic sorcery.

“David Bowie” 10.27.95, Kalamazoo, MI

A dark and monstrous “Bowie” from Fall ’95, one high point for the song.

“Split Open and Melt” 12.1.94, Salem, OR

A dark-horse jam in the first set that illustrates ’94 Phish going for the jugular.

3.8.09 (Unknown)

3.8.09 (Unknown)

“Tweezer” 12.2.95, New Haven, CT

A “Tweezer” like none other- fifteen minutes of the most seething music you’ll ever hear.

“Maze” 10.18.96, Pittsburgh, PA

A highlight of this dark-horse ’96 show, this “Maze” gets way out there in a hurry.

“Stash11.12.94, Kent, OH

Dark and terrorizing, like “Stash’s” should be, this version characterizes the depths to which ’94 Phish plunged to in no time at all.

12.7.95 “Mike’s > Weekapaug,” Niagara Falls, NY

One of the best “Grooves” out there, each half boast stand out jamming- though the “Mike’s” takes the cake.

(Note: This is not meant to be a definitive list of “the” eight craziest jams.  ever- just eight pieces of madness.)


8.20.93 Red Rocks SBD < LINK

Phsh @ Red Rocks (Coventry Blog)

Phsh @ Red Rocks (Coventry Blog)

Since we are going through the history of Red Rocks, here is the legendary first show the band ever played there, smack dab in the middle of August ’93.  This is a re-post, but it fits the season.  New readers- enjoy!

I: The Divided Sky, Harpua, Poor Heart, Maze, Bouncing Around the Room, It’s Ice, The Wedge, Ginseng Sullivan, Rift, Run Like an Antelope

II: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Slave to the Traffic Light, Split Open and Melt, The Squirming Coil, My Friend My Friend-> Chalk Dust Torture, You Enjoy Myself > Purple Rain*> HYHU, Cavern

E: The Mango Song, Freebird

*With Mimi Fishman (Fish’s mom) on vacuum.


Hampton Space – Photo: Jeff Kravitz /


400 Responses to “March Madness”

  1. DC Says:

    Yeah Allison at Oracle gave a speech recently where he said I don’t even know what cloud computing is

    I meant that it seems renting server space these days is a big business that every one wants to get into from google to amazon to cisco so imagine it could be done relatively cheaply

  2. ma Says:

    if UFC can pay per view every other week, why can’t phish do a whole tour?

  3. DC Says:

    I don’t think I want to watch these shows on TV

  4. R1 Says:

    what do you want me to do SOAM? i did say UP TO, hoping for 2 for 1, but i’m afraid i can’t go to shoreline. got them through lottery.

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    ============== WARNING – GEEK TALK BELOW ===========

    @ DC it’s just an informed guess but my company does handle transactions very much like this on occasion (we are not in concert ticket biz or anything like that tho).

    But yes I think that’s right. Basically there is one database that has a giant list of available tickets. When you hit a server it sends a query to the DB “hey yo any tickets left?” and the server send back yes or no. Then if you buy them it does another transaction with the DB to reserve the tickets and then if that works forwards you on to the payment system. So there’s a lot of internal network communication going on and my guess is that’s where the problems are. And databases can’t just scale up like servers. Why? Because they’re databases. I dunno. I don’t really understand DBs that well in technical detail.

    They may have more than one database to break up the load, each with part of the total ticket list to start, but regardless, that’s a much harder part of the system to scale up than servers.

    bottom line: they need to do better BUT I don’t think adding to the cluster size would help.

    Gaming’s just different, annoyingly I used to work in MMP online gaming too, jesus is there anything today I can’t be a knowitall about? sorry I’ll just shut up now
    ================ END GEEK TALK ============

  6. vtsnowboarder802 Says:

    DC – re: cloud – Exactly.
    It’s what I do. It’s easy. LiveNation/TM have a sweet gig, they don’t want to make it easier for everyday people. Take the money and run…

  7. R1 Says:

    if it comes down to it, i’ll just sell them for face

  8. ma Says:

    @ DC it’s not my preference, but when limited, do what you have to do..

    i did coventry in the theaters, it was a blast….

  9. DC Says:

    I here you ma, but we should not accept this
    as fans we should get in

    3×5 card old school mail order
    2 tix per person
    1 person’s name printed on both tix has to be one of people using it
    change the system, don’t get pushed into movie theaters instead of summer tour

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    @ vtsnowboarder I have to leave soon to get gorge tix IRL, and I seriously doubt many ppl on this board want to read pro geeks talking shop, but I’d be curious to hear how you’d handle the need for centralized ticket DB. We did assigned-seat ticketing for an event where we sold 100k tickets in under an hour – not TM scale obv but no joke either – and 100% of the issues we had to overcome were with DB load.

  11. ma Says:

    all im saying is that it should be an option…in addition.

  12. In Flagrante Delicto Says:

    I don’t see the Gorge on the list of venues that allow for ticket sales at Blockbusters.

    Alabama Pelham Verizon Wireless Music Center

    Arizona Phoenix Cricket Wireless Pavilion

    Arizona Phoenix Dodge Theatre

    Arizona Phoenix The Rhythm Room

    Arizona Scottsdale Martini Ranch

    California Concord Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord

    California Devore San Manuel Amphitheatre

    California Hollywood Avalon

    California Hollywood Palladium

    California Irvine Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

    California Los Angeles The Wiltern

    California Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre

    California Sacramento Punch Line Comedy Club

    California San Francisco Cobb’s Comedy Club

    California San Francisco The Fillmore

    California San Francisco Nob Hill Masonic Center

    California San Francisco Punch Line Comedy Club San Francisco

    California Saratoga Mountain Winery

    California Wheatland Sleep Train Amphitheatre Marysville

    Colorado Boulder Boulder Theatre

    Colorado Denver The Fillmore

    Colorado Denver Gothic Theatre

    Colorado Fort Collins Aggie Theatre

    Colorado Grand Junction Avalon Theatre – Grand Junction

    Colorado Morrison Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    Colorado Vail Dobson Ice Arena

    Connecticut Hartford New England Dodge

    Connecticut Wallingford Chevrolet Theatre

    District of Columbia Washington Warner Theatre

    Florida Boca Raton Mizner Park Amphitheatre

    Florida Delray Beach City Limits

    Florida Miami Bayfront Park Amphitheatre

    Florida Miami Beach The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater

    Florida Pompano Beach Pompano Beach Amphitheatre

    Florida Tampa Ford Amphitheatre at Florida State Fairgrounds

    Florida Tampa Ritz Ybor

    Florida West Palm Beach Cruzan Amphitheatre

    Georgia Atlanta Tabernacle, The

    Illinois Chicago Charter One Pavilion

    Illinois Tinley Park First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

    Indiana Indianapolis Lawn at White River State Park

    Indiana Indianapolis Murat Theatre, The

    Indiana Noblesville Verizon Wireless Music Center

    Kentucky Louisville Louisville Palace Theatre

    Massachusetts Boston Bank of America Pavilion

    Massachusetts Boston Boston Opera House

    Massachusetts Boston Orpheum Theatre

    Massachusetts Boston Paradise Rock Club, The

    Massachusetts Boston Fenway Park

    Massachusetts Mansfield Comcast Center

    Michigan Detroit The Fillmore Detroit

    Michigan Detroit Shelter

    Michigan Detroit St. Andrew’s Hall

    Minnesota Minneapolis Varsity Theater

    Missouri Maryland Heights Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

    North Carolina Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

    North Carolina Charlotte N.C. Music Factory

    North Carolina Raleigh Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek

    New Jersey Asbury Park Convention Hall

    New Jersey Asbury Park Paramount Theatre

    New Jersey Asbury Park Stone Pony

    New Jersey Asbury Park Wonder Bar

    New Jersey Camden Susquehanna Bank Center

    New Jersey Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center

    New Mexico Albuquerque Journal Pavilion

    New Mexico Albuquerque Kiva Auditorium

    New York Darien Center Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

    New York New York Blender Theatre at Gramercy

    New York New York The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza

    New York New York Hilton Theatre

    New York New York Roseland Ballroom

    New York Wantagh Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

    New York Westbury Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury

    Ohio Canton Canton Palace Theatre

    Ohio Cincinnati Bogart’s Showcase Club

    Ohio Cincinnati Taft Theatre

    Ohio Cleveland Nautica Pavilion

    Ohio Cleveland Time Warner Cable Amphitheater at Tower City

    Ohio Dayton Montgomery County Fairgrounds

    Ohio Lakewood Lakewood Civic Auditorium

    Ohio Lorain Lorain Palace Theatre

    Ohio Toledo Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre

    Pennsylvania Burgettstown Post-Gazette Pavilion

    Pennsylvania Philadelphia Theatre of the Living Arts

    Pennsylvania Philadelphia Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing

    Pennsylvania Scranton Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain

    Pennsylvania Upper Darby Tower Theatre, The

    Texas Houston Verizon Theatre

    Virginia Bristow Nissan Pavilion

    Virginia Virginia Beach Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

    Washington Auburn White River Amphitheatre

    Wisconsin East Troy Alpine Valley Music Theatre

  13. In Flagrante Delicto Says:

    Shoot, that was really long, should’ve just posted a link. Sorry, Minor.

  14. pd Says:

    just got randomly kicked into a purchase page for 1 spac lawn with 2 mins to buy.. i’m convinced livenation is a case where ineptitude come across as conspiracy

  15. Mitch Says:

    I have SPAC for your GORGE


    Miner / Andy, Can I get access to update the ticketboard for new stuff? I’ll hit you later tonight.

  16. vtsnowboarder802 Says:

    @Mr. C
    I’m not a DBA, but work with some very talented ones who do things like this. I know enough about DB’s to be dangerous. I agree DB would in nearly all situations be the bottleneck, which my peers would need to address. However, there are mechanisms to prevent the cluster of holding tix for people, then giving them the boot as those tickets were ripped out from under them. It should be trivial to put a lock on tickets for a user until the transaction is completed. Honestly, I could care less if it takes me a 1/2hr to complete the transaction, as long as the system gives me what it says it’s giving…

  17. Mr.Miner Says:

    I have one SPAC pavilion to trade for 1 merriweather pavilion….who wants it…lets hook it up

    ( I also have a Merriweather Lawn and a Darien lawn if this helps)

  18. SOAM Says:

    Miner I;M IN

  19. Mr.Miner Says:

    ^^ sick. mine is sec 27. what section is yours

  20. SOAM Says:

    shit-mines a lawn

  21. Mr.Miner Says:

    ah…i need a pavilion…who’s got a merriwether PAVILION for a SPAC PAVILION???

  22. Mr. Completely Says:

    @vtsnowboarder – good point – a hard lock on the resource at first query would remove a lot of the frustration. Nothing worse than thinking you have them and then you don’t.

    I’m out, wish me luck for the Gorge

  23. Los Says:

    Got camden, star lake, and darien lawns…

    …need spac, mansfield lawns

    Holla at ur boy!!!!

  24. SOAM Says:

    2 darien lawns for 2 of any Jones/mansfield/Spac

    2 merriweather lawns for 2 jones beach

  25. MannyPhresh2009 Says:

    Looking to trade a Merriweather lawn for a SPAC or Hartford ticket.

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