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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1,187 Responses to “The Ticket Lottery”

  1. flarrdogg Says:

    El Dude- If you’re out there, thanks for that Phil Wiltern show you posted earlier. I downloaded it and have been grooving to it while out running errands all afternoon. I’ve always been pessimistic of most post GD side projects (despite having seen it in many different shapes and sizes), but this is solid. Sounds great, too. Jimmy Herring is an evil wizard.

  2. EL Duderino Says:

    Sam’s onstage jokes/schtick hasn’t changed in 20 years though!

  3. voopa Says:


    I saw Peter Rowan’s Reeggaebilly at High Sierra a few years back….based on that set, I’d say go.

  4. c0wfunk Says:

    any emails in??

    el dude thanks for turning me on to those 2/86 shows, listened to 2/11 and 2/14 so far .. great stuff

  5. SillyWilly Says:

    Both of those are solid brews.

    Some people don’t like it, but I love the Holy Moses White Ale…maybe that’ll be the summer brew?

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Sam’s onstage jokes/schtick hasn’t changed in 20 years though!

    “who here’s been at the festival all three days?”

    I’ve heard him say this at non-festival shows. totally hilarious. the guy is stuck at Telluride in the 80s sometimes.

  7. SillyWilly Says:

    You all should turn on ESPN to watch Dayton in the NIT semifinals.

    go flyers!

  8. flarrdogg Says:

    No emails, but I got holds on two cards. Greek and Tride is what I requested. Fuck yes. Anyone got the magic email yet?

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    my favorite Rowan is Old and in the Way 😮

    but yeah, since Tony Rice is hands down my favorite bluegrass artist of all time, I’m with you, Dude

    @waltzer – Jody S, sure, he rocks that Indian stuff. Very influential guy. Keith Little I know from playing with Grisman some…bay area guy right? Paul Knight, no.

  10. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    if I didn’t think my inevitably ginger haired kid would get teased incessantly for it, I’d totally name a daughter Ruby. There are a number of notable, worthy “Ruby” songs in the bluegrass canon.

  11. EL Duderino Says:

    @ flarrdog

    There are several and I mean several from that Oct ’00 tour in DSBD format!

    If you want more just let me know tomorrow and I’ll point you in the right direction.


  12. Mr. Completely Says:

    Ruby Claire is the temptress in Reuben and Cherise…couldn’t go there

    not her fault Reuben was a dick, though, I guess

  13. EL Duderino Says:

    @ c0wfunk

    The April ’86 is even better!

    4/18 – 4/22/86

    All Miller’s of course!

  14. guyforget Says:

    flarrdog, holds for the $564 on both cards?? that’s the holy grail. go buy a powerball ticket immediatley.

  15. Robear Says:

    Flarr, and any other Oregon, Washington staters:

    driving down to the Greek?

  16. flarrdogg Says:

    El dude- Not greedy. Just wanted his rug back. You the man.

  17. Mr. Completely Says:

    OK El Dude

    I have avoided 1986 completely

    I think 12-31-86 and the RFK shows are the only ones I own

    you talked me into it…next time I’m in a Brent era mood I’ll pull some stuff from early in the year

  18. voopa Says:

    Go my alum Pacific Tigers in the championship game vs Missouri State in the tournament!

    No, really! Game starts in an hour.

  19. punkmug Says:

    According to Great Lakes Website:
    Holy Moses White Ale
    2010: April – July
    I’m more of a hop head when it come to beer, but HMWA is a solid beer. And mighty tasty on a hot summer night.

    I’ll be rolling into BTB fest from Chicago via MN. Go Packers! BTB, let me know if you need me to bring anything.

  20. Selector J Says:

    I heard you can get $1500 piece on ebay for T-rides

  21. EL Duderino Says:

    @ Mr. C

    2/08 – 2/14/86

    And my favorite…

    4/18 – 4/22/86

  22. guyforget Says:

    Robear – I hit lottery on greek, and my boy on Tride, so i was planning on flying to SF, then to Phx, and driving to Tride, as i have to meet up with my boy (you met at shoreline) to drive to Tride.

  23. lastwaltzer Says:

    @mr.c thats the band he has, hopefully its good

    @silly, I must have been confused, I guess there is only a 7 oclock show, acts usually do two shows a night at old town. If you decide your gonna go let me know. i’ve got a ticket in the first row of seats on the right, there a few spots still left on the floor, but seriously anywhere in that place is a great seat

  24. EL Duderino Says:

    You won’t be sorry Mr. C

    they’re really good, surprisingly good!

  25. flarrdogg Says:

    Robear- I’m coming for sure. Not sure if I’m flying, or driving. There is a cheapy flight from Bellingham I think, but I haven’t gotten that far yet. I have holds indicating that I’m in the mix…or I have extras for T-ride. What are your plans? Has anyone received the email yet?

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