The Ticket Lottery

The Phish Lottery Continues

Never have I wanted my credit card to be charged as much as I do right now. The magic digits of $564 are the numbers that would bring me bliss, celebration, and relief. $564 (or $282 if you’re rolling solo) represents the cost of two tickets for The Greek and Telluride. (Or any 10 single tickets, but that’s mere trivia in this instance.) Anyone who gets the privilege to purchase these golden tickets via Phish’s lottery this week will be able to deeply exhale and put their feet up, while everyone else sweats it out. Lottery winners will be automatically freed-up to stab for east coast lower pavilions, or to help friends on the harder missions this weekend. But more than anything, one’s hassle will be over before it ever began.

6.16.09 - The Fox (C.Smith)

Phish tickets are fickle bitches these days. At times costing upwards of $300 in the secondary market for the smallest shows, at many other times, one can’t give them away if they tried. The actual market value of a single Phish ticket fluctuates so greatly in relation to locale, as one can clearly observe this summer. Other than The Greek and Telluride, all other tickets will be easy scores, and the only issue will be lawn or pavilion. If one waits out the initial feeding frenzy, many of these tickets will be for sale on lot for far under the $60 face plus fees value. The same scene took place in 2009, where the only hard tickets (besides Hampton) became the tiny Fox Theatre in St. Louis and the band’s uber-climactic return to Red Rocks, holding only 10,000 people. (Asheville gets an honorable mention, but it wasn’t the same.) For most other shows, one could score a stub for $20 -40 easily, and it was a fair deal leaving both parties happy. It used to be that one could walk to the venue with an extra ticket with no doubt of selling it to someone along the way. But at this point, when trying to sell extras, one encounters far more people trying get rid of their own superfluous stubs than anyone looking to buy one. Except for these special shows when tickets are worth more than gold; it’s quite an interesting dichotomy.

The Greek Theatre - Berkeley, CA

Last year’s Fox show, one case study, turned out to be a very funny occasion. So many people flew across the country and paid top dollar to get into The Fox, and Phish responded with one of the tamest shows of the tour, centering “Time Turns Elastic” in the second set. A decent, yet linear, “Halley’s” jam held the only redeeming value on a night that everyone had circled for months as the “can’t-miss” show of summer. But unquestionably, The Fox represented an exception rather than the norm, as Phish rarely disappoints. And something tells me the band won’t be dropping duds in Berkeley and the Rockies come August.

With only a few days separating us from summer tour’s general on-sales, everyone and their mother (pun intended) will be getting their lottery emails before too long. Over these next two days fans will obsessively check their credit cards, praying for that magic $564 or $282 hold, and before long, we will all know one or two people who scored huge. But in the meantime, all we can do is wait and cross our fingers. With the amount of requests versus the amount of available tickets, the word “lottery” has never seemed so appropriate.

Good luck to all, and may the force be with you. We are gonna’ need it.


Jam of the Day:

Wolfman’s Brother” 7.26.99 II

The second set opener from Summer ’99’s US finale at Deer Creek.




6.20.04 SPAC, Saratoga Springs, NY < Megaupload

SPAC 6.19.04

This show concluded Phish’s last gasp of full-blown creativity in 2004. As the band sculpted their unofficial post-hiatus finale over SPAC’s magical nights, they left us with two more shows to remember forever. The band’s first visit back since Summer ’95 proved to be high point of ’04. The second set – “Seven Below > Ghost > Twist, YEM” – contains top-notch jamming throughout.

I: Rift, Julius, Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home?, Waves, Gumbo, Water in the Sky, Horn, Poor Heart, Drowned

II: Seven Below > Ghost > Twist, You Enjoy Myself

E: Good Times Bad Times

Source: Unknown


NOTE: I am out of town for a few days at an undisclosed location with very sketchy Internet connectivity. This will effect the site in a few ways this week. First off, there will be no torrents. I will do my best to get torrents of this week’s shows up when I get home. Also, I may not be able to connect for long enough to upload new shows for Downloads of the Day, therefore, I will likely feature shows that were posted a long time ago or went directly to the archive. Things will be back to normal by the weekend. Thanks for your understanding!

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  1. garretc Says:

    As if I wasn’t already antsy enough about my lack of CC hold…

    Have a good trip Mr. Miner!

  2. The Light Between Says:

    $240 disappeared from my cc balance about an hour ago. I’m guessing it might be two tickets to Telluride, although it seems just as likely that it is two tickets to two Greek shows. Either way, my earlier disappointment is lifting slightly, though I’m still not counting on anything.

  3. Matso Says:

    Still waiting, HA ha HA HA ha Hooooooooo!

  4. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    Hope you get your tickets Miner! Glad to hear that most of the other shows will be easy tickets.

  5. Willowed Says:

    342.40 is the hold I have on my card. Not even close to the amount I was hoping for. I was looking for a numbr in the 800’s.
    Oh well.
    At least I got something. Can’t wait to see which shows they’ve piocked for me!

  6. m00nshake Says:

    (Asheville gets an honorable mention, but it wasn’t the same.)

    — why wasn’t it the same? I didn’t see a single ticket being offered on the lot.

    Also, the Hartford show was very difficult to get extras for. A friend of mine was shut out of that show, and the only reason I got in was that I sweet-talked my way in on a fake ticket.

  7. Leo Weaver Says:

    Morning guys…good to be back home after a few days away. Looks like I’m patially there…$397 hold out of the requested $564. Wonder which ones I’ve got…hoping to see Hartfords and MPP on the email. I feel better about finding tix for Clt, Raleigh, and DC online or onlot. Time to get ready for the grind…catch you fellas a little later this morning.

  8. Leo Weaver Says:

    Err…should be PARTIALLY…damn early morning non-typing skills.

  9. c0wfunk Says:

    people were paying 150 or so outside for asheville. I know folks who paid 200 or more before hand.

    If you have extras, I’ve always found a market online, before the shows, through one online community or another. I actually got rid of 8 extra knoxvilles last summer in this manner, all for face + fees, while at the show tickets were $20 or less. There are enough people who want to be secure heading into the lot, and who are still panicked by the hampton debacle, that you can find them a home if you work at it. Just don’t wait until day of the show with some lawns and expect any kind of return..

    The important point here, though is – I’ve got a pending charge from phish tickets for 453.20 !! Should be my 2 merriweathers and my 2 atlantas. Nothing yet on the order where we went for 1 set of t-ride for some friends.

    Don’t sleep on the atlanta tickets – about 10k less than lakewood, and fourth of july, this’ll be a relatively tough score I imagine. Merriweather can be tricky too, as it’s not huge either, it’s a weekend, and there is a huge number of casual fans in the DC area..

  10. Ghostface Says:

    stiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiil waiting.

  11. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    mornin’ all

    I’m not sure if I’m annoyed that I apparently only got one of the four shows I put in for or not (went for both Hartford and both JB). chances are that I’ll be able to secure better seats through other channels. either way, I’m still planning on hitting those four shows, damn it!

    good luck to all on this All Mailorders Eve!

    Everyone has their own traditions for this semi-annual holiday. Mine include taking part in the Mad Refresh (where we incessantly click refresh on our email as we await the coming of the tickets) and partaking in the Celebratory Baning (this one’s pretty self explanatory…) once the Ticket Fairies have bestowed their bounty upon us. What are yours?

  12. Chonz Says:

    Got a hold for all the shows I requested! Woohoo! Now as long as i get pavs for my birthday on 7/1 I’m all set!

  13. Matso Says:

    Now that the holds are happening, when do we expect the confirmatory emails to be sent out?

  14. zzyzx Says:

    Denied… just have the GW tickets that a friend asked me to add to my order…

  15. madmax76 Says:

    I believe the true lottery winners are the few souls that are alive right now to experience the bliss of live music, freedom, and life…oh and by the way…Where is my hold!!!!!!!!!!! Peace>love.

  16. Alcileni Says:

    Merriweather was an extremely difficult ticket last year. It wasn’t just DC heads but NJ, Deleware, NY, VA, SC, NC….it was a very difficult ticket the day of the show

  17. gavinsdad Says:

    @Matso: someone will paste in the official lingo soon enough but you should have an email by 11:59 tomorrow nite.

  18. halcyon Says:

    Stillllll Waiting………….:-( 🙂

  19. madmax76 Says:

    Ok..where did I put the flux compasitor?

  20. Angryjoggerz Says:

    Nothing yet for me, which just sucks. My wife has nothing either. Punished!

  21. lastwaltzer Says:

    Looks like i’ve got a hold (blushes)……….this is my first time.

  22. Brimley Says:

    What date can you just walk up to a ticket vendor at a mall and buy your tix..? My one show of the year will be Deer Creek 1, which I will fortunatelty be in Indianapolis for business that day…wink, wink

  23. c0wfunk Says:

    did you guys see that phish will be on jimmy fallon during rolling stones week in may?

  24. Little Buddy Says:

    Looks like I got 200+ in holds on my CC. Praying that its t-ride, but guessing that its SPAC. Please be pavs!

  25. whole tour! Says:

    i paid $350 for one asheville ticket. Money well spent. I saw ZERO tickets for sale outside the venue and lots of people with a finge rin the air.


    The coheed and cambria fans have been cheating in the poll using a program called “hide my ID.” This explains a mysterious 8 point surge ahead between 2am and 8am. We have to show these cheating 13 year old MTV viewers who is boss here. No way we can let a shitty band that no one has ever heard of beat the all time best band on the planet…can we?

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