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. Davey Says:

    Even gaming is going to cloud computing. On Live will stream games to a first edition imac and prerender all the graphics so you don’t have to buy expensive graphics cards. It’s crazy. I’m off to the doc and to FYE. Keep your positive vibes coming and I’ll get some tix. I’ll let you all know how it goes when I’m back.

  2. ma Says:

    it has to be brought up again…. SIMULCAST.

  3. dyda Says:

    “time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so” – f. prefect

    brittany spears is playing the civic (mellon) arena tonight!
    i’m sure we’re not even considering her and jonas/backstreet/etc as legitamate ‘music’

    how do we feel about dave?

  4. spideyguy0 Says:

    did it again, there are clearly still tix available

  5. andrewrose Says:

    Got through online for SPAC a bunch of times, and never got anything but an error mesage. That’s now Hampton, Jones Beach, Mansfield and SPAC that a 15 year + Phish fan has been shut out of. Doesn’t look like I’m ever going to see them play again! I miss the days when you needed to get money orders and have them postmarked.

  6. Mr. Completely Says:

    @ DC while I agree that these ppl clearly do NOT have their shit together as much as they should, it’s not as easy as just adding more blade servers or some colo unfortunately. I work in high volume secure online form processing, sadly when you’re working from a centralized resource pool adding more servers isn’t as easy and doesn’t add as much as you’d hope. The bottleneck is in the internal pipeline between the server clusters the users interact with and the database that has the ticket records. Any DB can only handle so many transactions per second.

    Not saying they shouldn’t do better. This shit is clearly broken. But if it was as easy as just adding racks they’d have done it, servers are cheap.

  7. Kung420 Says:

    I got a Saratoga, looking for a Merriweather-email

  8. Mr. Completely Says:

    what a fucking knowitall I am coming across as today, sorry

  9. primusd Says:

    so much for the easy darien try this morning… spac was a washout! kept putting me in the waiting room and then error….

    anyone got 2 spare spac lawns to trade for 2 darien lawns?

  10. Davey Says:

    Positive Vibes….. keep them….. keep them…..

  11. Davey Says:

    Ok bye bye 😀

  12. DC Says:

    sorry glide but watching the S&P down 15 as I type not really working on my writing i’ll leave that to the pros like Miner

    believe it or not I have an english degree from a few years back

    I did not expect the negative reactions I got to the PJ comments earlier, just thought it was a casul discussion

    come on mocking my grammar on a blog site I did not know we were getting graded

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    @In Flagrante Delicto – 2 day pass for Gorge was mentioned on TM site not LN – and who knows TM might be making shit up again

  14. DC Says:

    completely I know very little from trading these names that are involved in networking and such

    if I ever have any questions with any of the companies I’ll send you a post we are just traders and this shit is over us sometimes

    you are saying you could rent all the cloud space you need and this would not make a difference.

  15. Mr. Completely Says:

    @ Ma – simulcast indeed – you are correct sir

  16. ma Says:

    better yet….PAY PER VIEW…

  17. ma Says:

    i’ve agreed with many of your responses mr.completely…this one never more

    it’s a simple solution that would be so easy to do

  18. R1 Says:

    i have up to 4 shoreline lawn to trade for a SPAC pav

  19. snigglebeach Says:

    Widespread Panic did a online pay-per-view simulcast on new years right??

    Seems like a no-brainer, easy money,

  20. easo91 Says:

    Random awesome ticket acquirement!!

    I knew tickets were going on sale at 1, but my school schedule worked out that I had my strictest teacher at the time, anti-cellphones, kills anyone who skips, doesn’t let people go to the bathroom much, so I gave up trying to get SPAC tickets a few days ago. Today when we walk in, he tells us, we are going to the computer lab to work on something. At 12:59 I remember tickets were going on, got to the LiveNation site, got in the queue, 90 seconds later I was paying for two lawn seats, the ticket gods were clearly looking over me.

  21. SOAM Says:

    7 minutes -gone

  22. SOAM Says:

    2 dariens for 2 spacs/jones/mansfields

  23. vtsnowboarder802 Says:

    cloud computing is a fancy buzzword for any number of technologies… basically it’s trivial these days to (almost) on demand add capacity to whatever seems to be your system’s bottleneck. IT can be a commodity if you want it to be… Livenation obviously doesn’t want that.

    I just got through on the phone. The very nice lady informed me that she wasn’t able to get any, even at the moment they went onsale. You know they’re having problems when even their sales reps are unable to pull tickets.

  24. primusd Says:

    tried the ticket board, but not updated for the new dates yet.

    hoping to trade 2 darien lawns for 2 spac lawns

    email me at dp.junk1 [] gmail [] com

    congrats to everyone who got tickets today! hopefully this craziness will help weigh on the band to get some pay-per-view or simulcast action happening!!

  25. SOAM Says:

    how to mindfuck the market R1 4 FOR 1 WTF….

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