Summer Tour?

Red Rocks (W.Rogell)

While we are still braving the cold of January, rumors of summer Phish have begun to fall from the winter air. After Trey announced a half-year break on New Year’s Eve, nobody thought we’d be hearing any rumblings of rumors and announcements in the first half of January. Without any shows scheduled for the first part of the year, one would expect a full-slate come summertime. While we still have almost five months ahead of us before amphitheatre season officially opens, there is no time like the present to speculate.

Thus far, these are the dates being reported:

  • 6/3-4 Deer Creek
  • 6/5-6 Alpine
  • 6/11-12 SPAC

6.18.09 (M.Stein)

If these dates prove true, we are looking at a cornfield kickoff to summer tour at Deer Creek, a place that has traditionally hosted tour-ending parties. Such an early-season start might suggest another two-leg affair as in 2009, as one would expect Phish to hit most major markets during the summer concert season. With the initial eastward path plotted by these few unconfirmed dates, Phish will likely hit up the Northeastern venues before taking a dip south through the mid-Atlantic. West coast shows might comprise leg two once again, as it seems unlikely the band will criss-cross the country like back in the day. Sure, this is a lot of guess-work based on a couple of rumors, but, hey, it’s January, and things are pretty quiet in the Phish world.

With 2009 behind them, 2010 could represent a musical rebirth of Phish. After logging a solid comeback year, one would imagine that the band will begin to push their music in a new direction. Throughout last year, Phish moved from tighter, rock and roll jams in June to wide-open improv in Miami, reacquainting themselves with their skills along the way. Now it’s time to really open things up, and we’ve only got four and a half months to go…hopefully.


Jam of the Day:

2001 > Antelope” 5.12.94 II


The opening of set II of today’s Download of the Day.



5.12.94 Buena Vista Theatre, Tucson, AZ < Torrent

5.12.94 Buena Vista Theatre, Tucson, AZ < Megaupload

Buena Vista Theatre, Tucson, AZ

Starting off the week with a reader request, this spring ’94 nugget goes out to A. Nelson. Enjoy Monday.

I: Catapult > Rift, Down with Disease, Fee, Maze, Axilla (Part II), Foam, Bathtub Gin > The Lizards, Sample in a Jar

II: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Run Like an Antelope, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Uncle Pen, Fluffhead, Lifeboy, Possum, Hold Your Head UpLove You > Hold Your Head Up, Contact, Big Black Furry Creature from Mars

E: Amazing Grace, Rocky Top

Source: Unknown


678 Responses to “Summer Tour?”

  1. bhizzle Says:

    when did “Also Sprach Zarathustra” become “2001”?

  2. Neemor Says:

    One in the same, hizzle.
    Also Sprach Zarathustra is the original title, translates to “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”, a classic German (?) composition that was used for the theme to the 2001:Space Odyssey Soundtrack, became the aka.
    Apparently, the theme that Phish borrows from (or has expanded upon) is not the original form, but one that was reworked more recently by a more modern composer…whose name escapes me.

  3. Lycanthropist Says:

    as long as phish has played it it has been 2001.

    Obviously its because it was the theme to 2001 the movie. But before that it was the orchestral piece known as Also Sprach.

    I seem to remember that there is a subtle name difference that differentiates the classical version to the more funky interpretation that Phish is covering. I can’t remember right now who originally funkified it.

  4. Lycanthropist Says:

    beat me to the punch Neemor!

  5. Neemor Says:

    Zarathustra, btw, or Zarathustrianism is generally regarded as the first organized religion, if I’m not mistaken.
    I always picture the buildup to 2001 to be the embodiment of the voice of this historical, almost mythical figure…

  6. Lycanthropist Says:

    I thought that Zarathustra had something to do with Nietchze (sp?). I am not sure though.

  7. Neemor Says:

    I had my coffee…
    And I thought you werewolf guys were supposed to have your heads on swivels.
    Hey, see the trailer for the new Benicio Del Toro Werewolf movie??
    Looks ridic.

  8. Neemor Says:

    Zarathuster (Americanized) was an actual religious deity of sorts….
    Interesting Wikipedia page on him.

  9. Lycanthropist Says:

    dude… i can’t even begin to think about how awesome thats gonna be.

    and you got to give us werewolves a break.. We aren’t really morning people

  10. Brimley Says:

    Mr. C- Thank you so much for posting those 79-90 mixes….Those are sure to be good additions to my later years Dead, which I don’t have too much of…Anyone looking for some great sounding, classic Dead shows should check out…They have many shows which have been commercially released as Road Trips or DP’s and I just discovered my new favorite Dark Star from 9/19/70 Fillmore East…

  11. cal Says:

    G’morning, everybody. I’ll try not to get my hopes up, but just to have a reminder that more Phish ain’t too far off…is mighty nice. Ladle–I’ve lived in the Alpine vicinity almost my whole life, and I have never heard of a show there that’s not on a Fri/Sat/Sun. So I highly doubt 6/7. That DC>Alpine run looks positively peachy to me! But I hope that’s a leg-ENDER rather than a tour-beginner, to be honest.

  12. jay Says:

    That is great news gratefulcub! Concratulations. Lots of lullabyes from Phish. Lengthwise, Waste, Dirt, Joy. Enjoy your new “bundle of joy”!

  13. lycanthropist Says:

    please come south phish.

  14. Marshall Says:

    Phish covers Deodato’s 2001 from 1972.

    From Wikipedia:
    “His first album in the U.S., “Prelude,” released in 1973, was of a big band Latin jazz style that immediately attracted a wide audience. His funky version of Richard Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra won the 1974 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and went to No. 2 in the pop charts in the US, No. 3 in Canada, and No. 7 in the UK. It was subsequently used to great effect in the 1979 film Being There, starring Peter Sellers and Shirley Maclaine. It has also been covered extensively by the rock band Phish in their live performances and included in several of their live releases.”

  15. Stupendous Says:

    2001: reworked funky/disco arrangement was by Deodato, I think…

  16. Stupendous Says:

    Marshall beat me to it 🙂

  17. Neemor Says:

    Well done, gentlemen.
    But the true props go to Strauss, I think.

  18. Marshall Says:

    I purchased Deodato’s version of 2001 off iTunes a few years ago after hearing it for a car commercial (VW I think) and remembering that I’d always been meaning to search for the original (well, not quite) that Phish covers.

    Deodato’s version is 9 minutes long.

    2001 is a song that used to really, really get me pumped up. As a second set opener, it was MAGIC. Since I missed out on the 99-00 dance parties and all of 2.0, I never fully came to appreciate its appearance anywhere else. But I do like it. A lot.

  19. Marshall Says:

    Neemor. Yes, it’s Strauss’ original comp. But the version that Phish plays is virtually identical (in structure at least) to Deodato’s. It’s safe to say they are covering Deodato covering Strauss.

  20. Uncle Ebeneezer Says:

    I was just saying yesterday that the only way I’ll be going back to Noblesville for my ten year reunion this year is if Phish is in town at the same time….then to wake up to this post, eerie.

    On a side note, I’m in Chicago for the next couple days…north suburb of Glenview to be exact. My gf is at work during the day and I can already see myself getting cabin fever if anyone is down for luncheon.


  21. bhizzle Says:

    Just found out Herbie Hancock will be coming to town for our lil JazzFest. Missed out on the Jeff Beck tix, but not these ones.

  22. Lycanthropist Says:


    you in NOLA?

  23. Bapslap Says:

    If unfamiliar, Deodato is worth checking out. You can find these two albums pretty easily.

    He fits nicely in that 70’s’ jazz-funk genre, a la Herbie Hancock, Weather Report, etc.

  24. David Bowie Says:

    Pixies Bossanova is an unbelievable album, discuss

  25. Neemor Says:

    I already like where today is headed on the blackboard.
    I’m surrounded by weirdos!
    Love it.
    Feels like tour.

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