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. AnotherLocust Says:

    Mmm…GSW! The right band at the wrong time. If they had come on the scene a few years later, I’m convinced they would have been huge. For those of you who haven’t heard them, follow gavinsdad advice and go to and listen to some early-mid 90’s shows.

  2. pagesidehighschool Says:

    Where can I find that bonner springs show I have it on cd and it’s scratched beyond repair

  3. BTB Says:


  4. neemor Says:

    For you audiophiles out there.
    I found the first appearance of Rich.
    That’s right, Rich from Miami…been you to have any Electrolux Rich?

    The aforementioned Bonner Springs show, 7.28.98

    Trey sends out the first set ending Funky Bitch to ‘Rich, who picked up the bar tab last night.’

    So, there you go.

  5. neemor Says:

    Found a song I’d never heard before.
    12.6.91 ‘Wait’ in the Intro to Possum.
    Not sure what I would have done if they did this at my first show…
    I hope you all go check this one out.
    Phish Madness.

  6. BTB Says:

    How can you assume it’s the same Rich brodude? Is there a sucking sound?

  7. ChefBradford Says:

    a friendly reminder, since y’all are discussing 7/8/98— the Free Stash at has ALL of Phish’s Summer 98 tour available for free download, in addition to many other shows.

  8. Mr. Completely Says:

    are you implying there could be more than one guy named Rich?

    what is this some kind of global conspiracy? Actually, hm, I’ve always heard that the Rich are out to screw the rest of us

  9. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    yo what show is that somewhere over the rainbow from (guitar version)???? completely i know you know

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    the terrapin show, 8.9.98 VA Beach


  11. neemor Says:

    No, it’s the same Rich.
    There’s only one.
    This one is that one.

  12. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    ah merci

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    mais oui

  14. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Thanks for the rec. Mr.C- took a trip to “wormtown” earlier. Just the second set. That shit was truly mindblowing. I can’t imagine what it must have been like to be in that room that night.

  15. ChefBradford Says:

    I love the old-school, early 90s signals and screw with the audience hijinks

    for a totally killer example, check out “Possum” from 4/21/92, Redwood

    Simpsons, Oom Pah Pah, All Fall Down, Aw Fuck signals, if I remember correctly

    Plus it’s just a great version of “Possum”, slamming 🙂

  16. neemor Says:

    There are certain moments that stand time still and that Terrapin was one.

    Also, when that lightning bolt struck the clock tower in Back To The Future is another.

  17. Mr. Palmer Says:

    1.21 gigawatts will do that Neemor

  18. ChefBradford Says:

    That “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” is incredibly moving for me, and fits into that particular show perfectly

  19. Mr. Completely Says:

    word palmer

    worth checking out all 4 sets of that run for the full Wormtown experience

  20. ChefBradford Says:

    The BTTF trilogy gets watched at least once a year here, no doubt

  21. Mr. Palmer Says:

    no doubt. i will grab a few more from that run.

  22. Mr. Completely Says:

    u were at VA Beach Neemor?


  23. ChefBradford Says:

    I love the jam out of Cities from 7/1/97, LOVE it. A few quotes/teases/whatever they’re being called these days, lots of goodness. Nifty little jam to open the set, and Timber is always welcome

    Definitely two magnificent shows

  24. joe Says:

    just back to listening to my recording from earlier…4/2/98 set 2. This is the phish I really fell in love with even if we were dating for many years before then. (except for the time they played frankie says in the middle, then I had 2nd thoughts)

  25. Mr. Palmer Says:

    @Joe- Twist that night is money. One of my favorite versions.

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