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. garretc Says:

    Safety first mitch… Working tv is just an incidental side effect. I see nothing wrong with this picture.

  2. Mitch Says:

    thats what i thought too garret. weren’t these channels free once? i dont have a digital box so its like 5 channels. isn’t PBS free anyone if i donate once a year? didn’t they stop rabbit ears from working recently? what’s this world coming to?

  3. Marshall Says:

    Actually, Mitch. You can get a whole lot of free tv in NYC with rabbit ears. About 20 channels, all digital. If you don’t have an HDTV all you need is a cheap digital-to-analog converter box.

  4. neemor Says:

    The 12.9.97 Simple is an absolute monster.
    One of those WTF are they playing again?
    Completely lost me in the ether.
    I suggest it.

  5. BrandonKayda Says:

    I’ve been jamming that 12-9-97 Simple pretty consistantly. Great, hydrogen-esque jamming

  6. possum Says:

    can anyone help me out with a TAB ticket in DC? please email me at wrm921atgmaildotcom

  7. neemor Says:

    Left field:
    Is it Bowie or Maze?
    Bowie…after a five minute high-hat buildup…it must be Bowie.

    Wait a sec…Timber?
    Holy schnikees.

  8. Mitch Says:

    i heard they were going digital and i heard you needed a new device. didnt research past that. right on marshall.

  9. joe Says:

    can probably get one second hand too mitch from people who just bought new tvs. The government was giving out vouchers before the switch over. maybe they still offer the discount.

  10. joe Says:

    on the converter that is, not a new tv.

  11. Mitch Says:

    anyone else think dry goods dropped the ball on the 2010 calendar? releasing it now?

  12. Mitch Says:

    haha gov’t funded tv’s

  13. Mitch Says:

    p.s. i met up with a dude in the city and traded my msg pollock for a camden pollock from 03 that i’ve been hunting down forever. today is a good day.

  14. Marshall Says:

    You can get a small (26″) HDTV for your shoebox for about $300 that will give you all of NYC’s high-def channels for free.

  15. wilson8or Says:

    Hey guys! Just so you know, I was dead serious about the rooftop thing earlier, I just don’t frequent this board all the time! As stated before, I work for Mrs. Beth Murphy, who owns Murphy’s Bleachers for my second job. She also owns the restaurant I work at, Mrs. Murphy and sons irish bistro. She always offers me “roofies” if you will to Cubs games, and If I pounced on it, she’d be willing to put something together for me and Phriends. The Bleachers’ rooftop deck would overlook the stage. I think minus the lights, it’d be prime seats, or a prime party scene prior to the show. I’ll speak to her this weekend, and see if I can get more info and confirmation of the show. How cool would that be to catch the soundcheck up there?!

  16. Mitch Says:

    i’d like to soundcheck up there!

  17. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @wilson8or – that sounds freaking awesome. I am psyched for a show at Wrigley. Party in the city, subways to the hotel, just going to be off the hook. And then head down to my home town and party for a couple days in the cornfields.

  18. wilson8or Says:

    Cool Mitch. I’ll check it out, like I said. As a rooftop owner, they are part of a group that has controlling interest in decisions on post-curfew, non Cubs game events. Therefore, if Phish IS playing there this summer, she’ll know before most of us do. As soon as I know, I’ll lock down the reservation for the rooftop, and let everyone else know that they can root, root root for the PHISH team!

  19. garretc Says:

    Yeah wilson, even though I would probably not be able to attend, that would still be dope, and I hope for the sake of the people who can go that you get it all together!

  20. wilson8or Says:

    Sorry, that was lame

  21. wilson8or Says:

    Absolutely. It’d be a cinch. And you could literally walk in to the venue as soon as you heard the opening’s across the street!

  22. voopa Says:

    Never thought I’d say this, but it sounds like a trip to Chicago is in order.

  23. wilson8or Says:

    From what I’ve heard in comparison to Fenway, Wrigley has Fenway spanked on bar count! There’s at least 25 I can think of off the top of my head within spitting distance on Clark St. alone

  24. wilson8or Says:

    it’s not so bad voopa. Especially in June! Right now, not so much. Plus, the lake is free, and is walking distance from Wrigley. I’m getting excited just typing about it!

  25. joe Says:

    4/2/98 – second set is the jam-on gone phishin tonight. never heard it in crystal clear soundboard goodness before. lovin it.

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