Still Waiting…

Pre-show 3.6.09 (C.Taylor Crothers)

Pre-show 3.6.09 (C.Taylor Crothers)

Waiting.  Almost the entirety of our Phish lives are spent waiting.  Waiting and anticipating the time of our lives.  Unlike any other anticipation, that for a Phish show can be both paralyzing and inspiring.  Prone to spontaneous bursts of excitement, we navigate the days, weeks, and months before a show with a different sort of smile.  Despite what our days and weeks look like, we possess knowledge that trumps it all- Phish is right around the corner.  So we fill the time.  Listening to old shows, surfing Phish internet space, posting on message boards, guessing what might happen when the time comes- we continuously inflate our collective balloon of excitement to capacity and beyond.  The ordinary no longer feels so mundane knowing that we have a date with the extraordinary.

Miami '03 (Unknown)

Miami '03 (Unknown)

From the moment shows are announced, we begin waiting for the ticket process- “mail order,” on-sales, then trades.  Once we get our virtual hands on our tickets, then the anticipation truly kicks in and things become involuntary.  This is when your mind begins migrating to Phish when you should be focusing on tasks at hand.  Surges of energy begin to shoot through your body out of nowhere, making those ultimate moments seem almost tangible.  It is all within reach- and seems a lifetime away.  But the emotions begin to bubble up months beforehand, intensifying as the calendar pages turn.  You know what you’re in for, and the best part about it is that you have no idea what will happen!

Hampon (J.Kravitz)

3.6.09 Hampton (J.Kravitz)

Anticipation without expectation; getting excited for the unknown- it almost seems like a paradox.  How can you get excited for something when you don’t know what will happen?  Well, we have a hunch.  But when expectations are dropped and we connect to that excitement without knowing or caring what is in store, we are prepared to receive the Phish.  Following your bliss, knowing you will arrive, and giving yourself to that unknown journey; this is the fabric of the experience.  Taking part in what will unfold- living it, not thinking about it- is one of the purest feelings we have left.  Turning ourselves over, dropping our egos, and allowing Phish to lead the way- if only for three hours a night- is the most magical feeling in the world; a feeling for which we would wait forever.  Considering the enormity, how can we not get periodic butterflies and shots of adrenaline, even if the shows are still a month away?  Once the dates are circled, it’s on, and it’s only a matter of time.

Hampton (J.Kravitz)

3.7.09 Hampton (J.Kravitz)

But as blast off approaches, time begins to crawl.  The week, even the day, before a show can seem like a stint in The Twilight Zone as we await entry through the pearly gates.  Anticipation transforms into pre-show anxiety, knowing that whatever happens, you won’t be totally the same afterward- but that is the beauty of it all.  Phish is life-changing, and when forced to await such an event, the rivers of possibilities overflow.  Even once we are inside the venue, the hour before show time might as well be a day- time turns molasses as we await our destiny.  Our mind begins to race, knowing that all of those months and all of these dreams, have led up to this moment.  The time is now, and that reality can be as overwhelming and as powerful as the anticipation; the adventure is finally upon us.

In a mere twenty-five days, our wait will be over.  While we might feel like bursting right now and May 31st seems like it will never arrive, it most certainly will.  And as the first notes of the rest of our lives wash over us, that feeling of endless anticipation will dissolve into a sweet surrender to the majesty of the moment.  And so it will begin again.



3.14.92 Roseland Ballroom, NYC SBD < LINK

3.14.92 Roseland Ballroom, NYC SBD < TORRENT LINK

Phish '92 (J.Pollock)

Phish '92 (J.Pollock)

This is the first of Phish’s four performances at New York’s famed venue, and this show paints a picture of a dynamic band about to hit the first real peak of their career in the spring of ’92.  Every band is psyched the first time they play the Roseland, and Phish was no exception, putting together a smoking setlist for the show.  The night’s highlight comes with the gorgeous “Harry Hood” late in the second set, as the band expounded on the intro- something seldom seen- teased “Off To See the Wizard,” and drove the jam to the top with emotion and intent.

I: Runaway Jim, Cavern, Reba, Sparkle, Foam, Rift, Stash, Fee, Chalk Dust Torture, Take the A-Train, Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove

II: Golgi Apparatus, Llama, The Squirming Coil, Split Open and Melt, Bouncing Around the Room, Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg, Harry Hood, Cold as Ice > Cracklin’ Rosie > Cold as Ice, Possum

E: Sleeping Monkey*, Good Times Bad Times*

*With John Popper (Blues Traveler) on harmonica.


118 Responses to “Still Waiting…”

  1. whole tour! Says:

    any dc area phans:

    Phish frontman and Drug Court graduate Trey Anastasiohosts an event marking the 20th anniversary of the Drug Court program tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Dirksen Senate Office Building room 106. The event is sponsored by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP). The group will present 25 lawmakers with awards for their support of the program in the FY’09 budget.

    …don’t expect a super heady lot scene…lol

  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    bring your goat, yo

    that pic really made a lot of ppls day yesterday…I would buy that t-shirt, yo

  3. Mr. Completely Says:


  4. whole tour! Says:


  5. old dude Says:

    i like that SOAM has taken the first step – admission.

    and what’s up with that sugar guy trading lawn seats for feces? i know pav is better, but c’mon.

  6. old dude Says:

    but ya phuck ONE goat….!

  7. msbjivein Says:

    And your a Goat Phucker

  8. voopa Says:


    I may end up with an extra or 2, depending on if I get seats, and who else crawls out of the woodwork when they hear I have tix. Try ebay.

  9. Manny Phresh Says:

    Where can I see this pic of a goat??]

  10. R1 Says:

    Miner’s quiz has officially driven me insane.

  11. lanser Says:

    love it.

  12. voopa Says:

    @Manny 5th pic down:

  13. Manny Phresh Says:

    The second pic is the best 🙂

  14. msbjivein Says:


  15. Selector J Says:

    Anticipation, indeed. I got super-incredibly lucky and scored all four Red Rocks for my wife and I through my one(!) lottery entry. The only thing that’s getting me through ‘dissertation hell’ is knowing I will be in glorious Morrison… row 35… at mf’n RR Amphitheater in a few months.

    @ R1: Ha! Me, too. I think we’ve been living parallel lives the last few days. However, moments ago I found the segue I missed about a dozen times previously, so at least I’ve got the proper amount of tracks now. (I finally heard the drums double up.)

    @ Frankie (from yesterday): Be glad to hook you up with some reggae mixes sometime. Send me an email jhstephens[at]mail[dot]utexas[dot]edu

    In fact, if anyone wants to go old school and do a BnP for some reggae mixes, email me. I’ll take the first 4.

    The Fall 97 Mix up is pure crack.

  16. wanderin Says:

    “The Fall 97 Mix up is pure crack”….

    I start listening to it to see if I can figure them ot using any and all available resources….and end up just groovin out and getting lost in the tunes….


  17. Mr.Miner Says:

    ^ that’s as good of a use as any 🙂

  18. guyforget Says:

    Selector, isn’t RR all GA??

  19. Selector J Says:

    Guy: Officially, no but I hear it essentially becomes a free for all by the end of the show. I’ve never been so couldn’t tell you exactly how it is in reality. I have seats for 3 of 4 nights (GA for Saturday) and have never been too shy to reclaim my seat so… I will be in row 35 first night of RR.

  20. A_Glide Says:

    I sent you an e-mail, I still need 2 Sat Alpine’s. Let me know if you can hook it up.


  21. R1 Says:

    Miner – how many entries do you have now? Care to tell us if anyone’s nailed it yet?

  22. Billy Breathes Says:

    so I was at the show last night…11th row center.

    in a few words…

    Warren Haynes is an absolute SICKO. He sounded like a 1977 JG on absolute fire.

    Bobby and Phil don’t appear to be getting along. Bobby can’t remember 30% of the lyrics to any given song, even when there’s a tele-prompter right in front of his face.

    Phil backed off the bass and actually took a few steps back a couple times, completely stopped playing due to Bobby’s poor performance.

    That said, here’s the highlights:
    2. The Dancin’ started off hot, but finished quickly
    3. The rest of the 1st set was really nice with some intense jamming by all, Warren leading the way without a doubt.
    4. I think Warren had a few lines and a couple cheezeburgers before the show, he was smokin’ hot.
    5. The Weather Report Suite – Let it Grow was absolutely insane. Warren again took us to places unimaginable. He was using an effect on his guitar all night long that sounded like prime time Jerry. My eyes were closed a lot of the time and I swear I heard Jerry on steroids through Warren’s gee-tar.
    6. 2nd Set – Truckin – Throwin – Unbroken were all fun and had some intense jams. Hate to dwell on it, but Warren played so many gosh-darn high notes and peak ensembles it will drive you insane. He’s an ANIMAL.
    7. The jam into the drumz was disco-techque jamband scene with Chimenti leading the way, totally funked out and in your face FUNK, with Mickey and Billy on drumz of course.
    8. The drumz were insane, Mickey pounding on the big hanging basses had the entire place vibrating from head to toe.

    Other than that, a lot of drug-induced wookies, both young and old. The scene was actually kinda sad. Lots of negative energy, at least from what we witnessed both in the lot and even around us inside the venue. Such a shame, the Dead making millions (by not playing well) while others throw their lives away in the garbage, literally.

    I mean what’s the deal? Enjoy the music. End of story.

  23. guyforget Says:

    Selector, if you go the RR website, and go the FAQs, you’ll see what I mean. All tix have rows and seats, but they are just place holders. It clearly says that all tix are GA for GA shows, and the Phish shows are GA…My TM seats have rows and seats (row 6, btw), and i was psyched until i read the FAQs.

  24. wanderin Says:

    re: Red Rocks….
    some shows have reserved seats…most are general admission…
    phish is supposed to be general admission…on days there are reserved seats the section reserved is usually taped off
    I think they tape off an area for tapers … but it will be GA

    I saw Franti and Spearhead with JBT a couple of years ago…General Admission Sold Out and a couple in front of us were adamant about sitting in the seats printed on the tickets…..ludicrous

  25. guyforget Says:

    well, if it’s justified and the ushers concur, i will be sitting in my row 6 seats. Not expecting it though..

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