Opening Day?

Wrigley's Iconic Sign

After kicking off Summer ’09 at Fenway Park, rumors swirl about Phish taking on another national baseball shrine this summer in Chicago’s Wrigley Field. Potentially starting an opening day tradition of their own, Phish may play Wrigley before Deer Creek’s rumored tour-opening stand of summer. With a capacity of 41,118, around the same as Fenway, Wrigley would provide a larger than life start to Phish 2010. Distinctly understated with an intimate, old-school vibe, more likening a minor league park than more modern superstructures, Wrigley would be a fabulous place to throw out summer’s opening pitch.

The only drawback of these stadium spectacles is the urgency of a field ticket. Designed for watching home runs and double-plays, not listening to music, the actual stands don’t necessarily provide the concert experience one might be looking for. At Fenway last May, many fans complained that between the distance and the wind, the music couldn’t truly be enjoyed from many spots in the park. Yet, on the field, the sound boomed far louder and dance space was easy to cop in front of the Green Monster. At Wrigley, the iconic brick and ivy would provide a historic backdrop for an sure-to-be entertaining show.

The Ivy of Wrigley Field

As Phish continues to consider unique stages for their tour docket, fans continue to enjoy the variety of venues. Despite some of the sound issues at Fenway, one would be hard pressed to find anybody who didn’t have a great time in Boston, and the situation would no doubt repeat itself at the little ballpark on Addison. If the band adopts the home field of the Cubs, perhaps Phish could infuse some of greatness into the the 2010 season for the north sides lovable losers. (Though that didn’t work out so well for the Red Sox last year.)

Before too long, pitchers and catchers will report for spring training, kicking off the 2010 season. And with baseball comes summer, and with summer, comes Phish tour; two of Americas indelible institutions. And with the band moving forward again, these two summer pastimes will run parallel for yet another summer this year. And its all only five short months away!

Wrigley Field


Jam of the Day:

AC/DC Bag > Ghost” 11.7.98 II


Perhaps the most outstanding improv of a steallar three-night UIC stand.



9.22.00 Allstate Arena, Chicago, IL < Torrent

9.22.00 Allstate Arena, Chicago, IL < Megaupload

This reader request fits with today’s Chicago theme, and goes out to Brien K! This one is a great two-set affair from the Fall of 2000 – Enjoy!

I: Down with Disease, Meat* > Poor Heart,Wilson, Slave to the Traffic Light, Dogs Stole Things, Bathtub Gin, Heavy Things, You Enjoy Myself

II: Tube, Reba, Ghost > The Wedge, When the Circus Comes, Meatstick, Run Like an Antelope

E: Bold As Love


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688 Responses to “Opening Day?”

  1. neemor Says:

    I can’t wait for this Summer and a trip West…
    Can’t wait.

  2. gratefulcub Says:

    I heard that Phish signed some joker named Hasbro with a bad attitude for $39 million over 3 years to play guitar.

  3. KWL Says:

    @backpackman, thank you for that very precise location info.

    Enjoy the rest of your vacation.

  4. flarrdogg Says:

    well played, cub. well played.

  5. joe Says:

    I want the bus trip, picking up posters as you head west!

    re: Dave. He was pretty amusing on snl a little bit back as Ozzy Osbourne on the mellow show with Jack Johnson. Actually, it’s pretty dumb but I get a kick out of it.

  6. KWL Says:

    wouldn’t go out of my way to make a show at wrigley. A PT rooftop party at wrigley? Far more intriguing…

  7. ChefBradford Says:

    I think the rooftop idea sounds awesome

  8. neemor Says:

    Backpack man is catching on….I love it!

    12.9.97 Stash is brilliant, for Stash lovers.

  9. neemor Says:

    I betcha it’s real nice in Disney World right about now.
    Ha, but seriously, he’s either having a great time or like, the worst time ever!
    Kids don’t allow for any ”gray area’ there!
    I can’t number the times that I said to my daughter (when she was 7) ‘DAMMIT, this is the happiest frikkin place on Earth! Stop crying!’

  10. Luther Justice Says:


    Be sure to check out 12.7.97. That second set changed my life.

  11. Luther Justice Says:

    oops. I meant 12.6.97.

  12. Luther Justice Says:

    But 12.7.97 was very nice too..

  13. neemor Says:

    Twas a helluva month in Phistory.

  14. flarrdogg Says:

    12-9 tends to get no love and may not be at the level of some of the other nights of that tour, but I like it. Stash>Hydrogen>Week in the first. Bizarro Simple>Timber in the second. Hood closer is tip top. I like listening to that show. Well done, Neemor. Thanks for the reminder. Is it in Miner’s archive?

  15. Luther Justice Says:

    I agree. You wuz slapped w/the cowfunk on a nightly basis.

  16. flarrdogg Says:

    Yes it is. How does it sound?

  17. Luther Justice Says:

    You gotta have high hopes for a show that starts off with Mike’s

  18. flarrdogg Says:

    12-6 is a beast of a show. Awesome. Second set is a life-changer indeed.

  19. albert walker Says:

    I have no understanding of how a dude can listen to DMB and look himself in the mirror with any kind of self respect

    I would be for sentencing all male DMB fans to death.

    I felt this way from 94-200? but I’m too old too hate. if you like a little Dude jumpin around, strummin the same riff over and over, song after song, that sings like Eddie Vedder if he was a chick, that is your business

    The reason I lost those above feelings on DMB was because I thought it was a little misguided energy. I think I really believed that DMB fans were worthless beings.
    Plus the list of bands that evoked these emotions were huge. I mean what is DMB, without the Doors and Pearl Jam.

  20. gratefulcub Says:

    backpackman? I missed something, help a brother out.

  21. BrandonKayda Says:

    11-21-95 is currently downloading

    Bowie->Take Me To The River->Bowie

    That sounds nice

  22. gratefulcub Says:

    for the record, no DMB fans here. I just went as far as to say, “i don’t hate on him, and he doesn’t grate on my nerves like he does others.”

  23. albert walker Says:

    when I see the letters DMB
    I don’t read the posts
    have nothing to add

    had no idea you guys were talking about it earlier

    someone just asked me what I thought about those heady cats

  24. Luther Justice Says:

    DMB literally shit on Chicago with their bus.

  25. albert walker Says:

    I’m glad cub

    that’s a cute little baby and if you were a DMB fan we have to send in The DCFS officers to take her away

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