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. albert walker Says:

    finally first puff.
    a little etta james 12/31/82 should do

    that Miami 89 I can picture my OG tape cover
    one of the nices boards back in the day

  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    @albert – no doubt, man. It’s a whole different thing. Don’t fuck around with the mp3s of this album, folks, buy it and play it loud – it’s a really, really good sounding disk

    @wt! – word – it destroyed me

    never saw the band play anything else nearly that dark and threatening – truly evil facemelting and skullfuckery

  3. Mr.Miner Says:

    so 91 Dead..gottta check it out 🙂

  4. voopa Says:

    Mr. C, BK, WT, et al…

    If you like those Dark Stars, check the Playin’ from 5/26/93…unruly frazzled wild space ride.

  5. Mr.Miner Says:

    Mr. C- where are those 91 mixes?

  6. albert walker Says:

    still waiting for that 180G vinyl
    weird they did not come out at once
    wish Party Time was vinyl
    Trey started issuing records once he got cool!

    nothing like dropping the needle on some fresh vinyl

    my Ghost and Farmhouse are all whipped from when I used to have turntables and people would try spinning with them
    First Tube barely plays it is so scratched up

  7. Mr.Miner Says:

    anyone have a download suggestion for tomorrow? first non posted request gets it

  8. fat bastard Says:

    what article are you guys referring to about 8?

  9. fat bastard Says:

    Miner- how about an afternoon set from Big Cypress

  10. albert walker Says:

    how about Hershey Park summer 96
    I’ve never heard it since I saw it
    fun show

  11. albert walker Says:

    Cedar Rapids fall 95 would be fun
    every copy I’ve heard of it was pretty bad though

  12. fat bastard Says:

    oh Hersey sounds good. I was knew to the scene in 96 and at Deer Creek I remember people holding up Hershey wrappers and saying Deer Creek for your hershey and I thought Hershey was some kind of drug

  13. gus Says:

    Off topic but anyone, help me. listen to the ya mar from the island tour – 04.03. around the 8 minute mark, trey starts playing this melody that sounds familiar but i cant name it. is it a tease of something?

  14. albert walker Says:

    I did that whole summer
    Wolf Mountain, Utah and Hershey are the 2 I’ve never heard though

    after going back recently and I think August 96 gets too much shit
    very underrated year

  15. fat bastard Says:

    cedar rapids Iowa 95 = my first show

  16. albert walker Says:

    Had to blow the dust off the old Deadbase VIII

    does not get enough use these days
    took a stroll through 91
    what a year. so packed with great shows
    you can sense the energy just from looking at these setlists

  17. fat bastard Says:

    was there some article about 8 that I missed?

  18. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    6-6-91 was my first show. Deer Creek, Bruce, China>Rider, just a great way to get introduced to the band.

  19. fat bastard Says:

    ive been listening to the Europe shows that Miner put up on the weekend, just an awesome feel to these shows. I don’t care for the audience whistling all the time but that Stash and Ghost from Vienna are ripping. And “water in the sky” sounds like a bluegrass tune at first. I couldn’t figure out what it was, had to be one of the first versions of that tune.

  20. Mr. Completely Says:

    @Miner – ’91 Dead w/Hornsby mix: http://tinyurl.com/ksj2l5

    the first set stuff (first 8 songs) are all hot versions and interesting b/c of Bruce (solos, fills, and interplay – all great) but no one could blame you for starting with the Scarlet…you’d be missing the best of just a handful of GD performances of Reuben & Cherise though 😮

    Spring ’91 was my last multi-city run, Greensboro thru Orlando. Summer I picked my spots, still lots of great shows though…skipped Deer Creek, wish I’d gone…whole thing had a tinge of sadness ’cause I had heard Bruce would not be sticking around and I knew without him things wouldn’t stay at the same level.

  21. Robear Says:

    Mr. C, your downloads of the ‘S&SS’ sdchk. and the 6/24/00 ‘Tweezer’ just made my normally enjoyable tractor work an absolute BLAST!

  22. Mr. Completely Says:

    all that phish came from links found here, it’s great stuff but I still haven’t listened closely to half of it

  23. halcyon Says:

    Thanks Mr C!

    Show for tomorrow…how about something from fall of 92? Or Fall of 98?

  24. Pence Says:

    @robear, glad to hear you liked the sndchk SASS.

  25. Mitch Says:

    AW and sumodie,
    I’m not saying talk through their set or even be BFF but the whole Twitter thing annoys me. And for weeks I’ve read people on here talk about (mr c put this nicely) how diva-ish they are. I think Twitter is stupid anyway but blogging about your poor troubled life getting paid to play music doesn’t get my sympathy after dealing with my annoying job all day.

    Anyway, how about that 85 show? Haven’t listened yet but was enjoying some 89 Phish earlier. I wish they had that full show because the stuff we don’t have would have been fun to hear.

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