The Road Ahead

After a whole lot of waiting, Phish finally dropped their fall tour dates last Friday, confirming many long-standing rumors and providing a couple surprises as well. The band will hit the road for 13 shows a little more than two weeks after Festival 8, starting in the Midwest on November 18, but remaining largely in the Northeast -here’s a preview.

header2The kick-off of Fall ’09 at Cobo Arena in Detroit, MI, though speculated upon, still surprised most fans. The iconic 12,191 seat venue was made famous by KISS in 1975 when they recorded their breakthrough album “Alive!”there. Having recently hosted a homecoming from the glam-rockers less than a month ago, Cobo Arena will host Phish before getting torn down later this year to expand Cobo Convention Center.

Cobo Hall - Detroit, MI

Cobo Arena - Detroit, MI

Following a rare-off day following the tour opener, the band hops south to Cincinnati for a two-night stand in the venue formerly known as “The Crown.” Phish has included The Crown on their tour docket consistently since Fall ’98, making these their sixth and seventh shows in the arena. Highlights from shows past include ’98’s “Bowie” and “YEM,” ’99’s “Sand,” “Limb,” and “Split,” and ’03’s “Bathtub Gin.” A building with a definite Phish-friendly legacy, this marks the band’s third twin-bill at The Crown; a Friday/Saturday combo that will certainly pull fans from all over the country.

War Memorial - Syracuse, NY

War Memorial - Syracuse, NY

From Cincy, Phish will stop in Syracuse, NY for an intimate Sunday night at the 8,000-seat Onondaga War Memorial. A staple of the ABA and AHL circuits, Phish visited the under-sized venue during their hallowed month of November of ’94. Coincidentally, KISS is the only major rock act that routinely stopped at the venue better known for minor league sports and professional wrestling events. This one should be exciting! Following another day off, we bounce down to Philly to begin the highly anticipated east coast blowout. This high-key run starts with Phish’s first visit to the new-school Wachovia Center – across the street from The Spectrum. Philadelphia Phish never disappoints; and after a glorious past at The Spectrum, expect the band to christen their new Philly home in fine style.

Times-Union Center - Albany, NY

Times-Union Center - Albany, NY

Only taking one day off on Thanksgiving Day, Phish will start working off their turkey the very next night, starting a third two-night stand at “Knickerbocker Arena” in Albany. Another historic haunt that has been violated by corporate sponsorship, this building has hosted many classic nights of Phish dating back to the historic 12/9/95 gig that included one of the top “YEMs” ever. The site of two tour-ending stands in the falls of ’97 and ’99, these upcoming shows will be Phish’s tenth and eleventh on Pearl St. Albany has always blended well with Phish, and this post-holiday stop looks to follow in that tradition.

CCCC - Portland, ME

CCCC - Portland, ME

The very next night, instead of making an expected stop in Worcester, MA, Phish surprised everyone by announcing a trip north to Portland, ME ‘s universally-loved Cumberland County Civic Center. Beginning with their first solo gig on 12.30.93, the 9,000 person room hosted five shows through ’99 and some truly epic Phish. A phenomenal room for a show, this Sunday night affair deserves a circle on everyone’s calendar.



With two days to rest-up and relax, Phish finally returns to Madison Square Garden. Arguably the greatest Phish venue in the land, the band hasn’t stepped foot in the 34th St. mecca since their first comeback on 12/31/02. These three nights at The Garden – December 2,3, and 4 – are the “no-brainer,” “Get-Your-Ass-There-At-All-Costs” shows of the tour. In a building where Phish has dropped many career-defining nights of music, the prodigal band shall return for three more monster-sized shows laced with big-city psychedelia.  And to cap off the tour, Phish flies south to Charlottesville, VA – home of their Red Light Management – in a move reminiscent of Winter ’03’s Greensboro finale. This year’s ending installment takes place in John Paul Jones Arena, University of Virginia’s brand-new basketball facility that opened in 2006 and holds over 15,000. This show not only concludes the tour, but also tops Phish’s only four-night run of Fall ’09. Though the tour is a relatively quick jaunt, almost every show will be a high-profile affair with more than a few guaranteed throw-downs. And when Phish steps indoors, the entire game changes; so watch out!


11.18.09 Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI
11.20.09 U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH
11.21.09 U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH
11.22.09 War Memorial at Oncenter , Syracuse, NY
11.24.09 Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA
11.25.09 Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA
11.27.09 Times Union Center, Albany, NY
11.28.09 Times Union Center, Albany, NY
11.29.09 Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, ME
12.02.09 Madison Square Garden , New York, NY
12.03.09 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
12.04.09 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
12.05.09 John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA

The  ticket “lottery” is officially underway. The ticket request period will end this Friday, October 16th at 5:00pm EST.

Tickets go on sale to the public beginning Friday, October 23rd, with additional dates going on sale Saturday, October 24th. For full show and ticketing information, please visit

Winged music note=====

Jam of the Day:

Bathtub Gin > 2001 > YEM” 12.2.99 II


A sparkling section of improv from Phish’s first show of December ’99 at The Palace in Auburn Hills, MI.



12.2.99 The Palace, Auburn Hills, MI < Torrent

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The Palace - Auburn Hills, MI

The Palace - Auburn Hills, MI

Here is another tour-opener from the Motown area. This one got going quickly with highlight versions of “Antelope” and “Free” in the first frame, and heated up in earnest after the break with the smoking segment of “Bathtub > 2001 > YEM.”

I: Runaway Jim, Farmhouse, Heavy Things, Roggae, Run Like an Antelope, Wading in the Velvet Sea, Poor Heart, Sample in a Jar, Free, The Squirming Coil

II: Boogie On Reggae Woman, Gotta Jibboo, Bathtub Gin > Also Sprach Zarathustra >You Enjoy Myself > Little Drummer Boy

E: Bold As Love

Source: B&K 4023’s > V2 > D8 @ 44.1

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227 Responses to “The Road Ahead”

  1. SOAM Says:

    imagine if they did the Wall and Trey had to relapse to be in character.. that would suck

  2. albert walker Says:

    I’m with Miner
    After this summer I declared floor and pavilion seats only for this kid
    If I’m going to deal with all the shit to get to the show, I sure as hell want to hear it from the best location

  3. fat bastard Says:

    I didn’t know that Kanye West produced “Ziggy Stardust.”

  4. gavinsdad Says:

    @ fat b:

    in 5 years you’ll have gone thru that album literally hundreds of times. it’s a creeper like that. took me many years to get over an illogical stones dislike….one that persisted into my mid 20s. once i really got the sexynastysloppyballsy that they owned in the late 60s/early 70s i began to see what everyone else saw. nobody really did it as sleazy good as them.

  5. gavinsdad Says:

    i have to say that for me in an arena the section closest to the stage and 10 rows up fro the floor (100 level) for me is the true sweet spot. you have the advantage of being slightly over the bands head and you get that stage sound and PA mix one-two-punch. total crispness. but more to the point…hell yeah…no lawn for this dude. the walkway at the top of the pavillion to dance? certainly. but definitely not trying to stand on the lawn anymore.

  6. SOAM Says:

    Seroiusly-when is the ticket thing-this weekend right?-I’m looking for one shitty seat to Alb-Port-MSG-Each night

  7. SOAM Says:

    i prefer to be right hand side-20 feet in front of stage-on the stairs when I can intercept all types of substances for a quick taste test-Hampton VA 0mf9

  8. fat bastard Says:

    Really diggin this 14th track, “let it loose.” Page could have some fun on this one

  9. AintNoTele Says:

    dead center 15-20 rows back = perfection. lights, sounds, and a perfect view of band interactions. got a half chub thinking about it

  10. SOAM Says:

    I dig you, ya phat prick.


  11. SOAM Says:

    4 parting words ( predicted Encore at Portland Me 09)

    Stroke Me-Billy Squier

  12. Mr. Completely Says:

    anywhere the sound is clear and loud and I have enough room to dance a little and neighbors that don’t suck too bad is fine with me

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    being able to see the stage when I open my eyes is a nice bonus but not top requirement

  14. fat bastard Says:

    Wow. I always thought that “stop breaking down” was a panic original.

  15. Mr. Completely Says:

    Robert Johnson tune

  16. AintNoTele Says:

    standard blues progression played with style, “make you lose your mind”

  17. fat bastard Says:

    got it dude

  18. AintNoTele Says:

    that wasnt a blow at you fat bastard! i was just commenting on how the song is a standard blues progression much like my soul, just played with style it sounds great and (insert quote form above here)

  19. fat bastard Says:

    oh cool. I don’t know if they’l play exile but if they do it will be a throwdown dance party and a rockin crowd. Best party on the planet.

  20. Daves Energy Says:

    Im calling a gamehendge set. Can I even do that?

  21. Kenny Powers Says:

    for shit’s sure you can Daves Energy…it may be the definition of a long shot but by all means, aim for the sky my friend.

  22. Mr.Miner Says:

    ^who is that in your avatar?

  23. KWL Says:

    @Mr C great analysis of Hunky Dory vs. Ziggy earlier. Just re-spun HD and it really is a collection of songs. Some great ones, to be sure, and some that Phish could really do something with. But the ‘conceptual continuity’, and the content of that concept, makes Ziggy the choice (the crux of the biscuit, like that). And considering the context (of where the band is at, where many of us are at, and where we will all be–the socal desert, on Halloween), Ziggy would be so much more enjoyable imo. Get my Ziggy costume out of the closet from last year’s party.

  24. Kenny Powers Says:

    @ Miner,

    why Kenny Powers, of course. Ever heard of a show on HBO called Eastbound And Down? The actor’s name is Danny McBride. He’s also had parts in comedies like Tropic Thunder, Pinneapple Express…a few others.

    Anyway the basic premise of Eastbound is that he’s a washed up ex baseball player who had a couple great years and then got fat and partied way too hard…got desperate enough that he moved back to his hometown to teach P.E. at the local elementary school.

    Too much to explain, but it’s only been around for one season, the 2nd should be next spring I think. Totally hilarious. Totally wrong, crude, dirty…but hilarious if it’s your cup of tea.

  25. Mr. Completely Says:

    starts in January I think?

    I need to watch season 1 before it starts

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