Fall Tour ?

It’s almost October and no fall tour announcement – hmmm.  We know its happening; Trey mentioned that fall was mapped out in a recent interview with Timeout: New York, while Mike vaguely discussed further fall Phish plans with the newspaper, The Poughkeepsie Journal.  The rumored dates that have circulated for well over a month seem all but set-in-stone.  Then why is Phish holding back?

fest8Rumor has it that ticket sales for Indio haven’t gone as well as expected, potentially pushing back the announcement of any other shows.  Well, it didn’t take a rocket scientist to predict that placing the festival as far as possible from the band’s home turf, in an expensive resort town, would adversely effect the draw. With trips from the east coast to Indio totaling in the $1000 range, people aren’t exactly flocking across the country.  This limited audience is one reason that Festival 8 could send the intimate west coast crowd directly to Cloud 9. The organization seems to have stripped away any surrounding shows from Halloween, in an effort to funnel everyone out west to Indio. If the band was playing the Hollywood Bowl in a month, you’d think we’d know already. But it seems just as peculiar that Phish wouldn’t play a couple warm-up gigs before stepping under the vast desert sky of Festival 8.

At this point, it seems that plans have been made – so announce the shows.  The set of dates that have circulated for quite some time, from a number of reliable sources are as follows:

Fall Tour 2009
November 20: US Bank Arena – Cincinnati, Ohio
November 21: US Bank Arena – Cincinnati, Ohio
November 24: Wachovia Center – Philadelphia, PA
November 25: Wachovia Center – Philadelphia, PA
November 27: Times Union Center – Albany, NY
November 28: Times Union Center – Albany, NY
December 2: Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
December 3: Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
December 4: Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
December 5: John Paul Jones Arena – Charlottesville, VA

Indoor Phish Awaits (Unk)

Indoor Phish Awaits (Unk)

All of these high-key east coast shows will sell out in minutes, perhaps another factor reasoning into the delayed announcement.  Assuming this is the Fall Tour, it a mere ten shows.  But of these ten shows, seven are in absolutely classic houses of Phish and will certainly be spectacles.  The Spectrum > MSG chunk of the tour is the true meat, with a midwestern appetizer and a southern dessert.  With an extensive summer under their belt, it’s not surprising that Phish would reel it back a bit for the fall. When an initial month long trek was rumored, it seemed like we were back in the late ’90s rather than in ’09.  But as we approach 2010, the mere existence of fall tour is cause for celebration.

In all likelihood, we will hear something soon- just in time to juice you for “mail-order” money before heading to Indio. But fall tour will be upon us before we know it, transitioning this experiment in latter-day Phish from the breeze-filled nights of summer to the dark, concrete super-structures where dreams come true.  Three multi-night stands and three nights at MSG in the middle of tour?!!  If this is all true, go ahead, Phish, and take your sweet time to announce the dates.  We’ll be here waiting.

Winged music note=====

Jam of the Day:

Free” 11.22.95 II


An aborted second-set opening “Rift”  made way for the most colossal “Free” ever played.



5.3.1985 Last Day Party, UVM-Redstone Burlington, VT SBD < Torrent

5.3.1985 Last Day Party, UVM-Redstone, Burlington, VT SBD < Mega

phishThis is an historic Phish show for many reasons.  First and foremost, this was the first time Page sat in with the band, playing for the entirety of set III.  Strewn with Dead covers, including the only known performance of “The Other One,” Phish was still in the process of finding their musical niche- and their keyboard player.  If that doesn’t give this show enough significance, it also contains the first known performances of “Mike’s Song,” “McGrupp,”  “Alumni Blues,” “Dave’s Energy Guide,” and also the first incarnation of “Antelope.”

I: Slave to the Traffic Light, Mike’s Song* > Dave’s Energy Guide*, Big Leg Emma**

II. Alumni Blues, Wild Child, Can’t You Hear Me Knocking, Jam > Cities, Bring It On Home**

III: Scarlet Begonias > Eyes of the World, Whipping Post, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters* > Makisupa Policeman > Run Like an Antelope Jam*^ > The Other One**

E: Anarchy

*debut, ** only performance, ^ jam only

Notes: The only part of set I that is on this recording is “Mike’s > Dave’s Energy Guide.” All of Set II is missing. This is the only known circulated source of this show.

Source: SBD

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402 Responses to “Fall Tour ?”

  1. halcyon Says:

    Mr C… We were going to play at that park…until I realized that I didn’t bring my discs with me….we ended up driving to Chelan…which was awesome!

  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    @Wax, agreed – it seems like they have actually been fairly consistent, just at different places on the groove-to-free spectrum at different times – it’s been more about my attention/interest/headspace changing over time.

    this whole show is really pretty smokin’ classic MMW

  3. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    The new Radiolariens discs are outstanding. Plus, if you have a chance to see the Wood Bros., do it. They are just fantastic and seeing Chris with his bro is just out of sight. It really forces Chris to take over on bass, something he is more than capable of doing.

  4. beepaphone Says:

    I’m impressed with trey’s adaptivity in that show as well. Meshes well.

  5. halcyon Says:

    @ Davey …it was sad to see State Bridge go…a couple of weeks before it burned down we were planning on going to Yarmony Grass…a historic place with a great mix of folks there…it is missed

  6. Mr. Completely Says:

    Saw Wood Bros. open for KD Lang – both parts of that night vastly exceeded expectations, very nice evening

  7. bearito Says:

    @ Lycanthropist

    Living in mid-city nola, about 10 minutes walk to the Jazz and heritage festy. I don’t get up to Hattiesburg that often but I’ll certainly try and make a trip sometime. Most of my MS trips take me into the Southwest Miss Nat’l forrest which is only 2 hours from New Orleans. Good place to unwind.

    @ Guitarpicker
    I just happen to be listening to the radiolarians III at the moment. Dank. Still waiting for the wood bros. to come to town.

  8. Mr. Completely Says:

    sounds like I should get this Radiolarians thing

  9. SOAM Says:

    Sprinkle’s slinging toot-Joe shot his old lady ane me maann-I’M AS SMOOTH A BUTTER

  10. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    Amber Gris off of Radiolarians II is my favorite of the three albums. Billy made a cool video for it too.

  11. bearito Says:

    I haven’t heard II yet strangely enough.

  12. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    Apparently there is a Radiolarians box coming out in November. 5 CD’s, 1 DVD & 2 LP’s. I already have all 3 of the original disks, but the remixed stuff is probably off the hook.

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    Is Sprinkle related to Annie?

  14. beepaphone Says:

    ^ I’m sorry but that sounds like its stomping the Joy box. I want it.

  15. Mr. Completely Says:

    great video. creative camera work and direction. very cool song.

    weird that illyB now looks like Eddie Vedder though.

  16. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    I am seriously considering it. I just ordered the Winterland ’77 set, although I suspect it won’t be nearly as good as the Winterland ’73 box which was just outstanding. If Phish comes out with Cypress on DVD, thats gotta be at least 100 bucks, you figure this has to be right around 100 bucks. Plus, I drop close to that every month in the record store as it is. Gonna have to look at upping my music budget!

  17. SOAM Says:


  18. Lycanthropist Says:

    re: Radiolarians

    Haven’t heard III yet

    II is incredible… Amber Gris and Dollar Pants are my personal favorites. I got a chance to see them in Jackson, MS this year and it was pretty tight.

    Looking forward to jammin III

    re: bearito

    word, granted there seemingly isnt a whole lot in Hattiesburg to come to, but it is only an hour and half away. The downtown scene is blossoming tremendously, and there is tons of great local music. Not to mention national touring acts that come through as well, such as:
    Man Man, Tim Fite, Echobase Soundsystem, Groupa Fantasma, Dan Deacon, Prefuse 73 (one more shout out to this incredible DJ!), etc etc.

    Just sayin keep your eyes on hattiesburg, because a lot of great stuff comes through here unnoticed and all shows are extremely intimate.

    re: Shakedown Street –

    My band went out to Colorado and played a show with them this year, but I am guessing that this is a different Shakedown Street than the one that is apparently being reunited here today. The one I am referring to was pretty good, bunch of older cats that played the songs with heart.

    got my phishthoughts.com shirt order confirmation today!

  19. Mr. Completely Says:

    June ’77 Winterland is just as good a run as November ’73 depending on your taste – I prefer the more looser and improvisational ’73 stuff, but that June run rages really, really hard.

  20. bearito Says:

    @ Lycanthropist

    Good to hear Hattiesburg is coming up. Even more of reason to come check it out. Do your bands ever come down to the big easy to gig?

  21. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @Mr. C – different strokes. I mean, my favorite era for dead is Fall ’73 through summer ’74. I think by the fall Europe shows in ’74, they just aren’t on it like they were in the summer. That being said, I gladly ponied up the dough for both sets and look forward to having the ’77 set in my greedy little hands. I have been particularly enthused with the Road Trips sets that have been coming out. The first one (fall ’79) was eye-opening for me as that is an era that I had mostly tuned out (though I think Dicks 5 is from then too?) The second also opened up my eyes. Hadn’t really thought about the Dead as a five piece and man, that stuff is smoking too.
    Obviously, I am a deadhead and proud of it!

  22. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @lycan – the Shakedown Street I am talking about is largely a dead cover band, mostly older dudes, except for the keyboard player, who is mid-30’s and used to be in my old college band (15 years ago).

  23. halcyon Says:

    MMW does not like crowd banter at their shows…apparently they finished the second set without saying a word…no encore…and their twitter comments were pretty harsh…I can’t find them too, but they sounded much more appreciative of the atlanta crowd then their birmingham show they left

  24. Mr. Completely Says:

    @GP420 –

    you and I have exactly the same taste in Grateful Dead, then. Totally agree on all points. I’ve been soaking in the February ’74 Winterland run recently, with the Slipknot! jamming…

    I’m just saying that the June run is peak ’77, as good as they got that year, so if you like that ’77 sound at all you’re sure to love these.

  25. butter Says:

    no shit, i haven’t seen Shakedown St for years, they rip, can’t believe Joe is the keyboard player now!

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