A Leg Two Preview

The Greek Theatre - Berkeley, CA

After exactly one month off, Phish will return for their late-summer run at the improbable Berkeley, California locale, The Greek Theatre. One of the most beautifully set amphitheatres in the land will host Phish for a three-night party on August 5-7, kicking off the most anticipated week of the Summer 2010. On a hilltop at the University of California, the famous Bay Area icon holds only 8,500 people per night, making it the first truly tough ticket of the summer. With only these three shows on the west coast until the fall, fans will be coming from far and wide to see Phish’s return to The Greek. With a GA policy and limited floor space, you can bet on a Red-Rocks-esque scene of early arrivals rolling out tarps and staking claim on their crew’s space for the night.If two things are for sure, Berkeley will be a scene, and these shows will be something special.

Downtown Telluride, CO

After only one day off, Phish will fulfill the rumor of the winter by playing Town Park in Telluride, CO. On August 9 and 10, the Phish community will descend upon this mountain hamlet for the most anticipated shows of the summer. Returning to Telluride for the first time since 1991, these two days will have a throwback vibe, as the band plays at the base of the Rockies. Expect a festive atmosphere in town all weekend, as Phish unveils their mountain music inspired by the gorgeous environs. With tickets exclusively sold in two-day passes, only 9,000 people, total, will get in to what looks to be the most enchanted Phish experience of the summer. In the span of six days, Phish will play five shows of under 10,000 people, something that hasn’t happened since Japan 2000. Pretty…pretty…pretty…pretty cool.

6.19.09 Deer Creek (T.Caine)

Following the opening week of August, the scene will shift to the Midwest for one of the most classic combos of summer venues, Deer Creek and Alpine Valley. 2010 will make it nine consecutive summer tours, dating back to 1996, that the band will combine these two Midwestern jewels. With shows that, historically, almost never disappoint, this run is a no-brainer for standout Phish. With two shows in the cornfields and two in cheese country, the overnight route between the two venues is perhaps the most classic summer Phish drive that exists in the land. Maybe this year someone can figure out why the highways in Wisconsin are named with letters instead of numbers.

Jones Beach '09 (W.Rogell)

And to close the tour – for now – the band will return to the east coast for two shows at Jones Beach in Wantagh, New York. This summer, Long Island will host the end of tour as opposed to 2009’s three-night stand at the onset of June.  On the original set of dates that circulated before the announcement, everything matched up exactly, but there were also two Radio City shows tacked onto the end. The absence of these dates on the official announcement either means that they fell through at the last minute, or they are still hammering out the details. I wouldn’t be surprised to see something else added the end of tour, as bringing the circus to the east coast for only two shows seems a bit odd. Time will tell.

Alpine Valley - East Troy, WI

Looking over the entirety of Phish’s 29-show summer, the clear concentration of shows lies in the northeastern corridor, garnering grumblings from the peanut gallery out west. Lest we forget, Phish, at their roots, is an east coast band, and after a five-year break, that is more true than ever. With their fans, friends, and families concentrated in the east, and a diminished desire to grow their fanbase nationally, Phish has no true incentive to come out west except to visit sublime venues. And that is exactly what they have been doing. Between Red Rocks, The Gorge, Indio, The Greek Theatre, and Telluride, you have the five most engaging runs of Phish 3.0, all, by modern standards, “out west.” Maybe we’ll see a west coast swing come fall, but somehow I wonder.

Regardless, Phish is locked and loaded for what hopes to be a ground-breaking summer. In all likelihood, the band will begin to carve a new direction for their music, and within these venues of August, the cream of the crop will rise to the top, as the Phish’s playing traditionally peaks on the back half of tours. With everything back in place, this will be the first tour we can truly take at face value, as an indication of what is to come. With the building blocks of 2009 out of the way, things couldn’t be more exciting.


Jam of the Day:

Bathtub Gin” 7.21.97 I

A standout piece of Summer ’97’s US opener.




6.29.94 Walnut Creek Amp, Raleigh, NC < Torrent

6.29.94 Walnut Creek Amp, Raleigh, NC < Megaupload

Walnut Creek - Raleigh, NC

Phish’s first of many visits to this Raleigh tour stop came amidst a smoking run of June ’94.

I: The Curtain, Sample in a Jar, Reba, Mound, Julius, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Catapult > David Bowie, I Didn’t Know, Golgi Apparatus

II:  The Landlady, Poor Heart, Tweezer, It’s Ice, Lifeboy, The Divided Sky, Suzy Greenberg, Cavern

E: Ya Mar, Tweezer Reprise

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828 Responses to “A Leg Two Preview”

  1. Foul_Domain Says:

    Neemor – Thats kind of what I was thinking. But Hartford was just such a good time last year, I just hate to miss Act II. But youre right…never been to SPAC, so I should try something new.

    SPAC it is!! See y’all there I hope!

  2. KWL Says:

    @backpack man, still up in the air, waiting on some details before i decide if i’m taking a job in june, and that will impact what shows i see… SPAC and Canandaigua seem likely if I take the job, outside chance for Camden.

    in august t-ride is only a few hours away so obviously i’m going to try like hell to be there. greek, creek, alpine also possible.

    and thanks all for the kind words, i should say that we’re not actually engaged yet, just starting to look seriously for a ring. planning on popping the question on our 10 year anniv in june.

  3. flarrdogg Says:

    Luther- Killing it.

    Dr P.- The last time I ingested LSD in Vegas was for Phish in 2000- right before hiatus. I will not ingest LSD in Vegas again. To each his own, but it was sensory overload for me. Too much going on on the periphery for me to focus on much of anything- including the shows. They’re still a blur. Something about singing “happy birthday” to Trey, Walfredo, Kid Rock, and Emotional Rescue encore. If you like to trip with the ’embrace the chaos’ mentality, then by all means….I’m done with it.

  4. neemor Says:

    “Emotional Rescue encore.”
    That must have been something to behold on L…..

  5. neemor Says:

    Foul, also…
    There’s going to be a large amount of BB’ers at SPAC.

    We need to figure out a way to identify ourselves as boarders so lurkers can identify us, no?

  6. ChefBradford Says:

    I figured our avatars would mysteriously and magically just drift around in front of our faces



  7. KWL Says:

    ^when do we begin the discussion on phishthoughts 2.0 shirts

  8. flarrdogg Says:

    Neem- Must have been. Wish I could tell you one single thing about it, but I’ve got nothing. I much prefer to be “present” at shows these days.

    Sorry I’m gonna miss the east coast swing this summer. Deer Creek and Alpine Valley- meet in the middle?

  9. gavinsdad Says:

    you might see me in a black tee with orange type on it that says “Black Shacker”

    Blaq Shaq?

  10. Luther Justice Says:

    I hung out w/Lucy in Vegas for the 94 Dead shows and had the same experience as flarr. Too much to take in. But I only been to Vegas once before, so I didn’t have a comfort level of knowing my way around. That’s def a factor on my experience.

    I did have some nice moments though. I sat in some casino for a few hours marveling at all the tye dyed gamblers. It was a total Deadhead take over at its finest.

  11. Dr. Pronoia Says:

    Thanks, that’s exactly the type of input I was after. I’m antsy too because I miss that damn chemical, but Vegas has always struck me as the OPPOSITE of the right environment for it.

    But then I figure, shit this trip is costing me untold money (which means phish shows, which sucks), so I might as well go all out. Get looooooose … at least I know the key words to get transfered from drunk tank to the in-patient unit

  12. gavinsdad Says:

    Le Shack Noir
    Le Board Noir

  13. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    @flarr. What are your show plans? Put in req for Greek, but not hopeful. Will hopefully get there somehow. You trying for Telluride? Still hope for a Gorge announcement?

  14. Luther Justice Says:

    Black Shacker sounds kind of dirty.

  15. neemor Says:

    “meet in the middle?”

    BTB Fest ’10, Ohio

    Series Two tees need to be forthcoming.

  16. Luther Justice Says:

    Le Shack Noir cleans it up nicely.

  17. Luther Justice Says:

    Neemor @ BTB Fest 10. Nice.

  18. neemor Says:

    ‘Caution: May be habit forming.’


    Mr. Miner’s Phish Thoughts
    ‘Habitual Ritual’

    Grafics to follow.

  19. gavinsdad Says:

    Miner’s Kids

  20. KWL Says:

    BTB Fest ‘10, Ohio

    shit, can’t forget this one. will be hard to skip!

  21. flarrdogg Says:

    You know what I remember most about those Vegas shows? I apologize in advance that I’ve told this story before on the blaq shaq.

    Jimmy Buffet was playing the MGM Grand the same weekend as Phish, so in addition to our people, there was a rather large contingency of people (men and women) dressed up in grass hula skirts, coconut bras, balloon animal hats, etc… That may have been what weirded me out most of all. Well that and my buddy’s insistence that we find somewhere on the strip where we could watch some midget wrestling. He would not let that shit rest.

  22. gavinsdad Says:

    that blossom/BTB fest will be damn fine.

  23. Luther Justice Says:

    They have midget wrestling in Vegas?

  24. butter Says:

    @Luther Justice, there is nothing like watching dead or phish heads
    step up to the table in tye dyes or with their chain wallets and pull out a few grand to gamble


    i’ve seen looks change from the pitbosses, from: “what the fuck does this homeless person think they are doing?”

    to: mr. so and so, can we get you a drink, how about any of your friends, what are they having?

  25. flarrdogg Says:

    Tzara- I think the fact that they’re heading back east all the way to Jones Beach rules out the Gorge completely. So weird. I have my request in for Greek>Tride>DC>AV. Plan on hitting Hershey leg 1. You?

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