Play Ball!

Fenway Park - Boston, MA

Fenway Park - Boston, MA

With a timely announcement coming on Opening Day of Major League Baseball’s 2009 season, Phish confirmed the rumor that they will start their summer tour at Boston’s Fenway Park on May 31st.  After a stint in the minors in ’04 at Coney Island’s Keyspan Park, Phish is being called up to the bigs to open up the ’09 season!  Another video announcement highlighted the unique features of the historic ballpark at 4 Yawkey Way, as a camera perused the ornate detail of the Boston shrine. The imagery was backed by Fenway’s organ playing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame,” yet when the song ended, the camera flashed to the organ player who cracked his knuckles and readied himself before delving into a baseball-infused rendition of “Tweezer Reprise!”  Merging America’s two favorite pastimes, the interpretive cover played for the rest of the video as images of the ballpark graced the screen.  With an artistic preview of the stadium that they will soon demolish, Phish once again, infused the community with unparalleled adrenaline and excitement.

It seems that a week cannot go by without another significant development in the Phish world.  Whether it is ticket on sales, added shows, or tour planning, Phish 3.0 is officially under way!  With the addition of Fenway, Phish will play the first real stadium show of their career in one of the smallest and most storied yards in the land.  With a capacity of just under 40,000 without the field, this shouldn’t be the hardest ticket of the summer, but these days that’s not saying much.  But the intriguing question of what lucky fan will pull Fenway’s single red seat amidst a sea of green remains to be answered.

Fenway Box Office (C.Harris)

Fenway Box Office (C.Harris)

People have already begun to speculate if this will mark the beginning of the stadium Phish era, and I’ve got to say I seriously doubt it.  If there is one thing that this summer’s slate has proven to us, it is that Phish 3.0 will play where they want and when they want.  They are choosing only their favorite locations, regardless of size, and booking them.  I don’t think that this show has any predictive value in terms of where Phish will play in the future- they simply wanted to play Fenway.  And to be honest, this show just jumped to the top of the must-see shows list of the summer.  Fenway or The Fox?  Oh, the decisions!  Directly connected to their renewed mission of putting music first, the band is taking liberty in playing unique venues that will inspire them.  I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again- no band can match their music to their surroundings like Phish, and with so many diverse surroundings comprising this summer, the band should respond in diverse and dynamic fashions.  From The Fox to Bonnaroo, and from Asheville Civic Center to Fenway, this summer will be sprinkled with some of the most unique Phish shows in a long time.

In addition to the huge summer kick off party at Fenway, Phish also tacked on a third Jones Beach show on Tuesday June 2nd, increasing the summer total to 27!  With these additional dates, it sure seems like the band is as excited for the summer as we are.  With a night off in between the first and second Jones Beach show, Phish will stick to their practice of not playing more than four nights in a row- a pattern that will assist everyone involved.

Fenway Park at Twilight

Fenway Park at Twilight

Armed with a new album and a renewed sense of purpose, May 31st represents the the turning of the next page.  Hampton was where the band got their sea legs back with concise, direct jamming, and Fenway is when the Phish will begin to swim the ocean waters again.  In one of the most exciting locales of their career, you can be sure the band will come out in Boston ready to conquer the world once again.

With only two months to go, Summer ’09 is shaping up to be quite the special season- not only because Phish is playing again, but because they are playing exclusively great venues.  Meaningful for their role in the Phish history, or their own place in cultural history, these venues were chosen with utmost care and creativity, creating the most diverse tour in ages.  Fenway, Red Rocks, The Gorge, The Fox, Asheville Civic, Bonnaroo, Deer Creek, Alpine, Merriweather, SPAC- the list goes on and on.  It all sounds to good to be true.  But truth be told, with the band playing in center field, Fenway will become our very own field of dreams.


Tickets requests for Fenway and Jones Beach can be made here now through this Sunday, April 12th at midnight Eastern.  Fenway tickets will go on sale through eTix, which looks very likely to crash on Saturday, April 18th at 10 am Eastern.  Jones Beach’s new first show goes on sale Friday, April 17th at 10 am Eastern via Live Nation.



7.2.98 The Grey Hall, Christiana, Copenhagen, DK < LINK

7.2.98 The Grey Hall, Christiana, Copenhagen, DK < TORRENT LINK

phish-copenhagen-98“Ghost > Jim > Caspian, YEM”- the four song second set.  With the most cohesive frame of Europe ’98, Phish closed the curtain on their three nights of magic at The Grey Hall.  The improv throughout this set was phenomenal, highlighted by “Ghost” and “YEM.” Throw in a first set versions of “Theme” and “Fluffhead” with the debuts of “Meat” and “Fikus,”all in a Scandinavian barn, and you’ve got quite the show.  Check it out; it’s one to be considered strongly by Live Phish for release!

I: Birds of a Feather, Cars Trucks Buses, Theme From the Bottom, Brian and Robert, Meat*, Fikus*, Shafty, Fluffhead, Ginseng Sullivan, Punch You in the Eye, Character Zero

II: Ghost > Runaway Jim > Prince Caspian, You Enjoy Myself

E: Simple


Source: Schoeps MK4 (FOB; mics in a hat) > VMS IO2b > KCY > DA P1 recorded@ 48

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286 Responses to “Play Ball!”

  1. Jay Says:

    @msbjivein said:
    “Try 4 day run in Miami!!!!!!!!!!!! You skipped some fall shows.”

    Now your talking. God, have not even thought of fall tour, I am running out of vacation days LOL!

  2. msbjivein Says:

    Hey Jay, Maybe you should start working the lot and say “Take this job and shove it”!!!LOL

    “NOTHING ELSE MATTERS”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    @msbjivein – my friends and I all loved Bob back in the day, but we loved him like a silly and slightly ridiculous younger brother. I remember the summer the down front kids brought little parasols into shows to keep the Estimated spittle off of them – classic. Jerry was the uber-cool older brother and Phil was the weird, slightly intimidating but brilliant and accomplished uncle. We loved Bob but we made fun of him a lot.

    Except when he was stealing girlfriends. You think Fish was bad? Jesus. I never lost a girl to Bobby but it was probably just luck.

  4. msbjivein Says:

    “I remember the summer the down front kids brought little parasols into shows to keep the Estimated spittle off of them – classic.”

    That funny shit! He still loves to spray the front row. Gotta love’em!

  5. Jay Says:

    @mr competely said:
    “I remember the summer the down front kids brought little parasols into shows to keep the Estimated spittle off of them – classic.”

    I sold bumper stickers one tour that said “Bobby Spit On Me”

  6. Mr. Completely Says:

    they also started spraying him back, but that was one step over the line. You can’t spray water at a man holding an electric guitar no matter what he does to ya. Plus those were the days a lotta squirtbottles were electric.

    great sticker Jay. I also remember “The thin man spits” (goes with “The fat man rocks”) and “Bobby fans are people too” – lol

  7. Mr. Completely Says:

    too much Dead talk, sorry



  8. msbjivein Says:

    Mr Completely, I’ve seen the “Bobby fans are people too” recently. They must have brought it out of retirement! LOL!

  9. msbjivein Says:

    Talking to you old dead heads is like talking about fishing stories w/ my Grandpa. They never end! LOL! God love ya!

  10. snigglebeach Says:

    Mr. Completely,

    You never lost a girl to Bob weir, cause he don’t like girls.

    Thats what i heard. Not bashing, just informing.

  11. msbjivein Says:

    Bobby’s married w/ two beautiful youngs girls.

    They’re lucky they’re not young boys!!!! Sorry had to say it! Bobby rules!

  12. mr. icclus Says:

    We need to start a new thread. How to get your wife to like or at least understand Phish. These shows are causing alot of problems on the homefront.

  13. msbjivein Says:

    Icclus, Make her read the fucking book thenFeed your wife some hi grade L and blast BFFCFM and trip the fuck out! Or marry a Phish head that’s what I did.

    On a more serious note. Maybe try taking her out to a very nice dinner once for every show you go to. Or buy her a diamond for every show you go to. I’ve actually heard a lot of people talking about this problem. You should try explaining how Phish makes you feel. Let her know just how much the band means to you. If she hasn’t seen Phish or doesn’t get IT it’s very hard to explain what we feel at the show. I’ve never been able to put it into word very well. Mr. Minor is someone who puts the experience to words as good as you can. Maybe take some of his quotes and use them to try and get your point across. I wish you the best.

  14. Bandnana Says:

    @Mr. Icclus My girl of 3 years likes them ok but just doesn’t get any of what I ramble on and on about. My advice, do what I’m gonna, I’m taking her to the Gorge for her 1st 2 shows. If that don’t do it, all is lost, and I may have to rethink this whole thing. At least she is all on board with it, so maybe I’m better off than you. Best of luck there.

    On the note of all you old dead heads, I’m happy to see so many of you excited about this year. I know I’m younger than a lot of you, and never really got INTO the dead, but I think their great just the same. I don’t sit and watch my copy of Winterland cuz I’m not a lunatic for them. I have an older friend who went to dead shows but never got into the phish thing, kind of the opposite of me with the dead, except he never had anyone to really introduce him to phish till I came. So now I get to take him to his 1st show at Shoreline. So aside from having 13 shows including hampton this year, I get to take him and my girl, 2 of my favorite people, to their 1st experience of my favorite thing. GOD THIS YEAR IS GONNA RULE!!!!!!

  15. Bandito Says:

    I find it very difficult to explain my passion for Phish to those who don’t get IT. All they hear is a bunch of guitar noise! My office was making fun of me for taking days off to attempt to get tickets and several people were saying “Phish sucks”. I don’t even try to argue with the un-enlightened anymore…

  16. Mr. Completely Says:

    @sniggle: that bit of information is not correct. Who knows, maybe he played for both teams occasionally – whatever – I have heard that rumor. But there is no question that Bob was covered in young women – some of them a little younger than they should have been maybe – for two solid decades and change. He made the average rock star look like a monk, dude. He went through the backstage scene like a horde of pillaging Mongols. For all that we made fun of his onstage antics, offstage everyone I knew feared and respected his ability to steal girlfriends apparently at will. Only the Hells Angels’ old ladies were safe. It was legendary.

  17. c0wfunk Says:

    exgf (late 90s) had the “bobby fans are people too” sticker .. she had another that said “bobby spit on me!”

  18. Frankie Says:

    This year ALREADY rules!! 😀

  19. c0wfunk Says:

    met my wife at a phish show – that’s the secret 😉 Though I think I am more set on the Gorge shows than she is, she’s feeling The Fear and I keep pitching it.. we’ll see. I’m trying to let go and do what is right, but Man I Want To Go!!

  20. c0wfunk Says:

    small tidbit from working at a small club that Ratdog came through: the band schedule had a note on the bottom that said “age of consent in NC= 17”

  21. c0wfunk Says:

    oh and from what I saw that night Bobby definitely likes girls .. and hot ones.

  22. Mr. Completely Says:

    best of luck to you all struggling with the girlfriends & wives – wish I had advice other than take them to shows and get ’em as high as they enjoy getting. My wife was serious phish fan before I was, she was big reason I got back into them, one of many things I owe her for.

    Hey does anyone here know how to get in touch with D. Gregory, who taped the Christiania show of the day today? He actually introduced me to my wife, and I have not been able to track him down after a few email addy changes…he was also instrumental in getting me into phish – I would love to find him.

  23. Jay Says:

    Sorry to tell you there is nothing you can do to make anybody get ‘IT’. Either they will or they won’t. Usually it’s not a big deal on the home front until the subject of money comes up and she thinks you are wasting your hard earned money on childish things etc…

    Now, I am the sole bread winner in my household so there is not much to discuss on that front. She does ask me how old I am and I tell her I hold up 4 fingers and say 4 years old. I also tell her that my inner child is an honor student in the school of life. 🙂

  24. Mr. Completely Says:

    lol @ c0wfunk age of consent thing

    the idea that bob doesn’t like girls is actually the funniest thing I have heard in a long time, actually – what a dog he is. Is he really still chasin’ em? He looks like the Ancient Mariner now.

  25. Mr.Miner Says:

    Met my wife in Christiania- on this run- 6.30.98

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