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. KWL Says:

    there it is.

    it is nice BK, love that drop back into bowie

  2. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Curious as to the hatred of Pearl Jam, AW. i’ve yet to hear this rant.

  3. joe Says:

    having to endure an hour of Kenny G radio the last two days has softened my stance on dave matthews.

  4. flarrdogg Says:

    Mr C and I were wishing you were part of an earlier DMB discussion. Felt pretty sure you would have something to contribute on the topic of those ‘heady cats’.

  5. ChefBradford Says:

    I like the DMB studio stuff up until about 2001. Some of the live stuff from the mid 90s is pretty good, but it never really changed. “Crash” is a fine album

    I may be a pariah now, but I don’t particularly care

  6. joe Says:

    although it was really funny listening to Kenny talk about his new tracks like they were innovative and unique and how they all sounded the same when they played them. tried to be polite to the lady listening and didn’t just crack up.

  7. flarrdogg Says:

    FWIW Kenny G radio will soften anything and everything.

  8. albert walker Says:

    Pearl Jam rant

    1. Eddie Vedder is the worst (hard to dig band after this fact)
    2. All the other earlier bands from that era are more interesting to me
    b. don’t trust modern bands with first album on major label
    3. Official soundtrack of my senior year of dudes that liked to drink shitty beer and kick ass.
    4. Freshman year official soundtrack of frat dudes.
    5. Eddie Vedder is the worst

    plus when I was a young hippy we all ragged on Pearl Jam for fun all the time. Just are go to shitty band joke.

  9. Luther Justice Says:

    “Kenny G kisses like my dad.” – Mr. Garrison o’ South Park

  10. gratefulcub Says:

    Kenny G radio could soften your stance on just about anything. “Well, it’s not Kenny G” could be your stock answer to just about anything for the rest of your life.

    I just get pissed when they call it jazz. If there is a word that describes, Miles Davis, Coltrane, and Kenny G, that word is useless.

  11. albert walker Says:

    2. I meant earlier bands from Seattle

    made no sense

  12. gratefulcub Says:

    You mean Mother Love Bone don’t you?

  13. neemor Says:

    I get my mp3’s from phishows, no memory or need to figure out how to reconfigure rar’s.
    The copy of 12.9 I’ve got is just fine.

    BackPack Man is the name I came up with because I didn’t know how to shorten gavin’sdad.
    Not like BackPack Man is any better, but it’s stuck for me.
    Now KWL is using it!

  14. albert walker Says:

    I always liked Mudhoney also
    I loved the Melvins
    early Soundgarden was good
    early Nirvana was cool

    I just not dig there heavy but poppy sound

    some members were in hip earlier bands

    I liked my Seattle version a little more dirty

  15. gratefulcub Says:

    I just wanted to say Mother Love Bone.

    Again, what names were rejected before they chose Mother Love Bone?

    “What are we going to call ourselves?”
    “What’s that one we thought of last night after 12 tequila shots? Something about my dick and my mom.”

  16. flarrdogg Says:

    Still not as bad as Goo Goo Dolls. Jeez- even if your band was straight fierce, kicked ass, and everything you touched turned to gold- how do you expect to be taken seriously as the Goo Goo Dolls? Terrible.

  17. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I believe Pearl Jam was originally gonna be called “Mookie Blaylock” after the Atlanta Hawks guard. I always found that funny. I’ve seen Pearl Jam a few times. Always left pretty satified. I guess if you have a hatred for Vedder, well then, there you go. For my money, there are certainly a lot more acts i’d rather not see than PJ.

    That being said, getting ready rage 7.2.97 set II- 30min Stash to melt brain.

  18. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Soundgarden just announced they were doing a reunion tour. I liked their early stuff as well. BadMotorFinger was a good record.

  19. Marshall Says:

    Funny – at my college, AW, it sort of worked the other way. It was mainly the dudes not in fraternities that were heavy into Pearl Jam. If it hadn’t been for the group of friends I made through the fraternity I was in, I wouldn’t have discovered Widespread, DMB, the Allmans, Stevie Ray, the Radiators, Little Feat or Phish. Prior to that, I was in to Jane’s Addiction, RHCP, Soundgarden, Beastie Boys, and NIN and none of the friends I had even knew how to spell Phish. I’m just saying. It can work both ways.

  20. garretc Says:

    Just finished watching that Jerry doc posted earlier, “Can’t Take It With You”, and good lord, that was a downer…

  21. Marshall Says:

    I include DMB in the above paragraph because there’s been so much discussion about it, and because I went to college from 1990 to 1994 (which we’ve sort of agreed was the only time DMB was anything other than cheese).

  22. Marshall Says:

    Shit – I’d heard of the GD before, but it was the same group of friends I just mentioned that turned me on to the degree I ever got turned on to them. That and the fact that all the bands we had play at our house covered the Dead primarily.

  23. Mitch Says:

    inet is back! and i can finally enjoy that tasty 94 nugget added over the weekend.

    im feeling reba, antelope, tweezer > mango, funky bitch > tweeprize dont have time for the full thing right now.

  24. Mitch Says:

    and boy is this inet fast! the cable guy cut my cable cord since i decided to stop paying for tv since i hate commercials and only use netflix. well i figured id patch it so the wire wouldnt look so untidy. thats the least i can do so the cord doesnt poke someone, right? alls i’m sayin is my tv works now. all in the name of safety.

  25. Mitch Says:

    seriously tho, this speed may help on ticket on-sale days. it’s not fios but hey, its cheaper and they dont control my ports with a locked router box.

    aaaanyway, how bout that 11.13.94? reba was kinda awesome in ’94.

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