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. ChefBradford Says:

    for shits and giggles I like to play the soundchecked so-called James Brown Version Of Hanson’s “MmmBop”, played during the audience-participation soundcheck 7/6/97

    Even my friends who really don’t like Phish crack up when I play that.

    “114 times– that’s too far– WHAAAA!!!!!!”

  2. Mitch Says:

    where is that 7.28 download

    and BK which simple bowie tmttr bowie is that from

  3. BrandonKayda Says:


  4. neemor Says:

    Funky as hell, whole show.
    Except Tela. And Ice. Well, you get the idea.

  5. KWL Says:

    currently spinning: 6-10-2000

    excellent start out of the gate

    why does everyone around here say ‘spinning’? I know you’re not playing records, and I bet most of you aren’t even using cds!!

    revised: currently *slamming* 6-10-2000

  6. ChefBradford Says:

    ooh, slamming, nice

  7. BTB Says:

    WTF, why have I never seen that Bonner Springs, KS show before!!

    Quick Batman, to the download cave!!

  8. ChefBradford Says:

    Love the IT “Waves”, ever since I saw it. Powerful, both during the ‘composed’ jam, and in the full-on improve from about 9:15 on


  9. BTB Says:

    KWL – you pointed it out, now you get to rename it

    Spinning is officially going to be called _______?

  10. ChefBradford Says:


  11. neemor Says:

    I’m enjoying 7.28.98
    Feeding off
    Fornicating with
    Jamming out to

  12. KWL Says:

    i don’t know, most of the time i press a mouse button and my computer does a bunch of stuff with 0s and 1s. I guess technically it could still be spinning unless you have a solid state hard drive. Hmmm…

  13. BTB Says:

    Oh, didn’t read the end of your post…you going with SLAMMING, huh.

    What’d yo SLAMMING on yo Ipod KWizzle?

  14. ChefBradford Says:

    fornicating with works, but doesn’t have the same flow

    Mike-bobbing to

  15. ChefBradford Says:

    If you’re gonna break it down into 0s and 1s, you could also break it down into silicon, carbon, etc

  16. pagesidehighschool Says:

    Spinning=”crushing tracks”

  17. pagesidehighschool Says:

    Like I have a “crush” on boogielope

  18. sumodie Says:

    the cable guy cut my cable cord since i decided to stop paying for tv since i hate commercials and only use netflix

    @mitch: way to break free!!! I have a sweet TV set-up but its ONLY wired for DVDs/CDs -no freakin’ cable or rabbit ears in this household.

  19. Mr. Completely Says:

    “If there is a word that describes, Miles Davis, Coltrane, and Kenny G, that word is useless.”

    superb observation

    if pluto is now a “dwarf planet,” maybe Kenny G can be “dwarf jazz” ?

    kind of unfair to dwarves tho

  20. BTB Says:

    Speaking of head bobs…

    Gordo is making a new album. It’s on his hooooootline. Just called – as I do every 10 days or so.

    Which oddly enough, didn’t he mention the hotline during a Bonner Springs show? They played ‘Dust in the Wind’ and you had to call the hotline to leave the name of the band who played it. ala, Kansas.

  21. ChefBradford Says:

    As a dwarf, Randy Waterhouse might well resent a comparison to Kenny G

  22. BTB Says:

    Lol at all of that!

  23. ChefBradford Says:

    I’ve never called that hotline. What’s the #?

  24. BTB Says:


  25. pagesidehighschool Says:

    I have a huge crush for bonner springs! I heart funk!

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