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. Lycanthropist Says:

    no one knows BBQ till they have eatin in Memphis

    straight up

    no questions asked

  2. Lycanthropist Says:

    i love it when people “try” to fancy up mashed potatoes.

    it usually a pretty big fail

  3. whole tour! Says:

    Nice video big nasty!

    I love reading the comments on that you tube page. People acting surprised that -god forbid- a rock star would be fucked up! -GASP!-


  4. Lycanthropist Says:

    and apparently my English skills have flown out the window

  5. garretc Says:

    If we’re gonna talk BBQ, I am completely out of my league, having lived my whole life in CA and never having visited the south. But my completely amateur opinion the best BBQ I’ve ever had is Memphis Minnie’s in South Haight in SF. Definitely worth a stop if you’re ever rolling through the bay area!

  6. Selector J Says:

    Score, Mr. C!!

    I love-love-love that style of BBQ. (Honestly, I always called it Eastern North Carolina style… glad to know it has an official name.) Last time I was in NC I bought $80 worth, froze it, and flew it home with me. Been down to my last pint for several months. Maybe I’ll thaw out that sucker this week. Only problem is, I can’t find cole slaw to do it justice. I guess I could make some. Can’t be too hard.

    Definitely not finding that slaw or the BBQ here in TX. Couldn’t even find it in SOUTH Carolina. Texas has a very different definition of BBQ than I’m used to.

  7. Lycanthropist Says:

    yeah im not a big fan of the Texas style bbq

  8. jay Says:

    TX BBQ rocks as well.

  9. ChefBradford Says:

    Where I grew up in TN, there was a gas station/bbq place, and if you got at least 10$ in gas (this was, what, 10 or 15 years ago), you got a free BBQ sammich

    And the only way I’ll eat coleslaw is on a BBQ sammich!

  10. Selector J Says:

    I’m getting used to it. I definitely like the brisket. Ribs aren’t my bag, neither is sausage. It’s all growing on me, though.

  11. Selector J Says:

    re: Last Tube
    Why has Phish never done Last Tube? Couldn’t they fudge the horn parts somehow? Maybe not. I kept waiting for that to happen…

    …kinda like, how I kept waiting for Trey to fall over watching that Last Tube video… 2 min mark… yikes! Glad that chapter of his life is over.

  12. BrandonKayda Says:

    Last Tube is a good song

    I’m surprised I have never heard any TAB shows before (or any material for that matter)

    Good shows for a beginner?

  13. jay Says:

    definitely the brisket in TX. Better pulled pork elsewhere.

  14. whole tour! Says:

    @BK – seek out the 07-26-2001 TAB show from lakewood in atlanta. One of the best shows i’ve ever seen. Second set was a straight up psychedelic disco party!

  15. whole tour! Says:

    Any show on Ck-5’s birthday is gonna be a keeper. Happy birthday light solo was awesome!

  16. fromthetub Says:

    @ Harry H. — I’m truly sorry to hear about your job. Like others here I, too, was let go a few years ago without warning. For 6 mos. I collected unemployment and basically pulled it together, while at the same time I started freelancing. One of the best things that I ever did was get out of corporate america — and all the stress that comes with it — to work for myself. I know that not everyone can do this in their line of work, but whichever path you end up taking, try to stay positive (even though right now SUCKS ASS!). I also believe that everything happens for a reason even though it makes zero sense right now.

    By the way, I also was escorted out, but managed to sneak back in with a co-worker after hours to copy my personal items off of the hard drive. The whole situation just sucked.

  17. Summer98 Says:

    Talkin BBQ, there is no place like The Salt Lick in Austin, TX. Hands down the best. Nothing like it in the world. Not the one in the airport, the one about 20 minutes outside the city where you BYOB and can get a meatadelic meal. Oh yeah.

  18. Leo Weaver Says:

    Mmmm…BBQ…had some for lunch on Friday – coarsely pulled shoulder with a very thin vinegary mustard sauce (and lots of good bark and pink smoke ring). Thought @Mr. C might be partial to the vinegar sauce being from that end of the state. Wife’s passing thru Lexington on Friday, she’s required to return with a weekend’s worth of the stuff…otherwise her key to get back in the house won’t work. Ribs are nice, brisket’s good…but there’s nothing that tops the sevearl variations of Carolina Que whether vinegar (east), mustard (south) or red (west) – hard for me to pick one as “the best” but I’m partial to whole pig, chopped (not too fine), mustard sauce, on a white bun with a little cole slaw on top. That, my friends, is heaven on a bun…best served with a cold beer and phish on the side!

  19. Chuck D Says:

    Sounds like we need a blackboard bbq cookout… or BBBBQC for those abbreviation enthusiasts (AEU, i believe)

  20. Robear Says:

    You cats are killing me with the food talk. I live behind the Redwood Curtain, aka, the Culinary Void of California. If you want good food, better learn to cook. Yeah, there are a couple decent restaurants in Arcata / Eureka, but the majority are over-priced, under-inspired staff, less than satisfying meal. I’ve nearly given up on eating out. I usually stick to the middle of the road, ‘you know what you’re getting for the buck’ places. One of the reasons I love to go see the Phish. Hit the restaurants in the area! Denver, NYC, Miami, much better fare than Humboldt.

  21. Leo Weaver Says:

    @dude…thanks for the ball links. going to grab it now…and lemme know next time you’re in town!

    @HH…really sorry to hear about your job, bro. Hang in there, it’ll all work out…things happen for a reason. I know, not very original, but it’s the truth. Keep a positive attitude and put it out there – the new opportunity will hear ya callin’! ::good vibes sent from here::

  22. whole tour! Says:

    when one door is closed
    When one door is closed
    many more will open

    Bob Marley – “coming in from the cold”

  23. Selector J Says:

    Jeez, Leo! Enough with the vivid descriptions! You’re killing the displaced Cackalackian. 😀 My parents grew up in New Bern so I was raised on that good vinegar-based style.

    I concur that Salt Lick is great.
    Related note:
    Old Settler’s Music Fest = Salt Lick’s backyard + live bluegrass/country/americana + camping = genius

  24. Leo Weaver Says:

    Hey Robear! What’s goin’ on? If/when I make it out that way, we’ll have to fire up the grill and do it give it a little hell

  25. Leo Weaver Says:

    Haha…sorry J, I’ll think of you Friday night when the wife gets home with the good stuff 😉 (NOT intended as a dickhead comment BTW)

    OK…I’ll stop now

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