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. Lycanthropist Says:

    ha wait it IS the same one.

  2. SOAM Says:

    always soaming my k buttles

  3. Lycanthropist Says:

    we went up there to hang/play with our friends Creating a Newsense. One of the guitar players for that band’s dad is in Shakedown Street. That night out at the ranch was insane… we didn’t start our set til lik 2:30 AM. Definitely lost my mind out there once or twice!

  4. bearito Says:

    @ Lycan

    Lots of Rock n Roll down here – some good ones, some bad ones…
    A common misconception about the local music scene is that it’s all Jazz and Funk. Sure there’s plenty of both but there’s a wide variety of Rock based music to be enjoyed. I don’t know what kind of stuff you guys play but I’m sure there’s a good fitting venue for it.

  5. Lycanthropist Says:

    @ bearito –

    Chance Fisher (rock and roll)-

    This Side Up (funk trio)
    (playing in Bay St Louis on Thursday)

    Sorry everyone else, trying to stop flooding my bands as much, but we got someone who is close enough to see it here… 😉

  6. Lycanthropist Says:

    @ bearito –

    posted some links to my bands.. should be available after Miner approves.

    I didn’t mean to imply that Rock and Roll isnt present there. I guess I meant that we don’t have the right connections for us to break in down there. We don’t know any bands down there to gig swap with, etc. etc…

    Not sure why that has been such a tough nut to crack but it has.

  7. beepaphone Says:

    Anyone know of any rideshare forums for festival 8?

  8. Jay Says:

    Anyone know of any rideshare forums for festival 8?

    Doesn’t Phish.com have a ride share forum set up?

  9. Ledonk Says:

    At work so I haven’t read through all the posts (my apologies) but I too have seen the dates Minor has referred with one omission. Cobo Hall in Detroit, Wednesday November 18th. Anyone else have anything on that by chance?

  10. beepaphone Says:

    oh yeah…thanks

  11. Jay Says:

    Only way I can possibly make it to Indio is if I win the Joy Box Set raffle 🙂
    Then I will beg for time off without pay at work.

  12. Brimley Says:

    What up folks…I have to chime in real quickly and give a shout out to 9/22/00 which is my favorite show of ’00…Fantastic Friday night show in the Windy city which I hope Miner spotlights at some point because my copy sounds shitty….

  13. beepaphone Says:

    Hahaha i just posted a Craigslist ad. I hope I hit the Phatty RV with room for one more lottery. The phish.com rideshare thing seems bunk. No entries for Fest8. They should get on the ball. Bonnaroo had hundreds of posts and entries for their program.

  14. sumodie Says:

    Argh! The wait for dates is getting to me. As for timing, the above winter dates, if true, will have no problem selling out. Part of me is indifferent to the east coast dates as I’m already spending the bucks for Indio and likely NYE. However, these dates are necessary to take some of the pressure off of NYE, assuming that’s a go in Miami. Hard to predict anything in the world of pH3.0 I guess. I’m psyched for 8 no matter if it is a large or small fest…announce those dates and let’s move on….

  15. bearito Says:

    @ Lycan

    will check out for sure.

  16. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    I saw Shakedown Street at the Mercury Cafe for Halloween in ’93.

    D-town and CO in general has a plethora great music rolling through.

    Has had for a while. I enjoyed my half-decade there in the early90s and would move back for the right opportunity.

    I may be one of those Phatty RVs with room for extras. Planning committee meets tomorrow. Is there a ride board?

    Anybody want to be part of a group costume? I have some ideas worth recycling that would be awesome for this event.

  17. sumodie Says:

    Yesterday’s blog was cool, Miner, I’d love to hear all those songs at Indio. Lifeboy has always been a very personal song for me -very poignant, perhaps my favorite phish ballad.

    I’m also jonesing for the band to show more love towards their 2.0 songs, both the unplayed and underplayed.

    And most of all, as some here already highlighted, I’d really love to hear a dark and nasty BBFCFM on Halloween -probably my favorite mind-fuck phish song.

    Getting nervous and excited at how soon Indio is approaching…

  18. sumodie Says:

    And, I got my heady dark PHISH THOUGHTS organic T-shirt today!!!! Thanks to all who made it happen, mostly MrC I think.

    With $10 from every shirt sale going to support our/Miner’s site, how can you go wrong? Here they are:


  19. beepaphone Says:

    @ Jezmund

    Sweet well if you’re heading through the midwest with with extra room let me know

  20. sumodie Says:

    Yet more shout out from me. If you just won the lottery, have gobs of cash, and/or just prefer buying signed posters over going to shows, AND you want to help support the mimi fishman foundation, check out the tons of signed phish posters at the current mimifishman auction:


    Wish I could get one myself (duh! I’d rather go on tour), though I did end buying one back during the hiatus as a housewarming present to myself when I bought my condo.

  21. Little Buddy Says:

    This MMW w/ trey is SICK! What a great example of how creative Trey is. He sounds like a completely different guitar player on this recording. There is no way I would have guessed that it’s Trey if I didn’t know already. Thanks for sharing this (can’t remember who it was).

  22. beepaphone Says:

    not a problem LB

  23. albert walker Says:

    Wow Shakedown St- blast from my Colorado past
    probably one of the last Dead cover bands I’ve had to sit through
    try to avoid them like the plague

    If west coast festies means smaller crowds
    then here’s to more west coast festies

    Not a big east coast Phish guy, funny since 75% shows I’ve seen are from there

    Very excited about that little MSG run though
    Have not been back since the 95 new years throw down
    love New York City

  24. Little Buddy Says:

    Thanks, beepaphone! What a treat.

  25. Kenny Powers Says:

    Mr. C, just catching up now…

    “Our friends who had kids before they hit that point have had a MUCH harder time mentally with the whole tradeoff. You can see it in their eyes and hear it in their voices – there’s nothing worse than having a hidden resentment of your kid(s) – and then feeling guilty about that.

    Having kids is great – when you’re ready. You want to get all that out of your system for sure.”

    Good to hear that reinforced. Sometimes my wife feels guilty not having had kids yet, especially coming from the deep South where most ladies have several kids by age 30…gets the guilt trip from her Mom and relatives. But we keep telling each other better to wait until we’ve gotten the raging thing out of our system before settling down. I know what they say about “every year after 30 it gets harder to get pregnant…” which may be true, but i think that alone is a stupid reason to make such a monumental decision.

    i think i’ll be a much better father being around 35 for my first…

    sorry to get all domestic on y’all.


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