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. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Happy b-day slowhand!

    3/20/09 w/ ABB- Layla

  2. c0wfunk Says:

    I’ve heard one of those april shows .. the one where brent does maybe you know how i feel by himself w/ the drummers adn that weird ‘skibbit skibbit skibbit’ loop going on in the background.

  3. EL Duderino Says:

    I’ve seen Peter Rowan and Tony Rice and Del McCurry at the OTSOFM several times.

    Great neighborhood too! Right LW???

  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    oh damn really @waltzer!

    Jody S. is a straight badass! and the banjo player is found in good company, I bet he’s great.

  5. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    oh, I didn’t say Ruby was a good character in bluegrass, but that girl sure knows how to cause some trouble!

    “I’ve done all I can do
    To get along with you
    Still you’re not satisfied”

  6. Mr. Completely Says:

    as long as you know what you’re getting into, my friend 😮

  7. SillyWilly Says:


    I’ll let you know soon. I might grab a ticket for me and my girl.

    just have to figure out a little budgeting. i might just take out another loan for touring.

  8. EL Duderino Says:

    @ TIII

    Sounds like Cold Rain and Snow too me!

    The Peter Rowan and Tony Rice version of C R and S is the best version ever! Blows the GD version away IMHO!

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    also, “Billy Gray” my Norman Blake (with Tony Rice) is as beautiful a sad song as I have ever heard.

    that is all. out for soccer, later y’all

  10. lastwaltzer Says:

    @El dude, I love the neighborhood, I love old town. IMO its the perfect northside spot youve got easy access to the red/blue/brown lines tons of different buses start in this area.

    What part of town did you used to live in?

  11. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    ok, I think it’s time to finally head home. Dinner, bane, checking on the flooded basement (no getting around it with all of this blasted rain), and Lost awaits*

    *not necessarily in that order

  12. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    That’s it I am checking for holds upon arrival home Amex is hidden at the safehouse in the freezer bundled with a herring.

  13. EL Duderino Says:

    @ LW

    I lived on Byron and Southport for 4 years then Clark/Halsted and Belmont for 3 years and finally Bucktown/Wicker Park for almost 5 years, until Oct of ’09

    I miss my hometown!

  14. hoedown Says:

    What Ùp BB. Got a pending charge for $230 something. I requested 2 for 5 shows so I guess that means I scored 2 shows. Wish I got more but at least I got something. Super pumped for summertime now!

  15. EL Duderino Says:

    There was a brief stay for less than a year in Ukrainian Village in that 5 year Bucktown/Wicker Park time

  16. lastwaltzer Says:

    @el dude, nice spots I’m working down in wicker park the rest of the week. And used to work over on southport and Addison.

    What made you migrate?

  17. EL Duderino Says:

    @ hoedown

    I think you got 2 shows of two tix each.

  18. lastwaltzer Says:

    I lived in wrigglyville (had that place across from the metro) and was living in andersonville for a while. While I am trying to move, this is a great town so much ground to cover.

  19. EL Duderino Says:

    @ LW

    The woman I’ve been with for 3 years.

    She’s from Raleigh, NC and work for me was abysmal after the housing bubble bursting and the financial collapse that happened shortly after.

    Looking forward to Charlotte though!

  20. EL Duderino Says:

    Andersonville= lesbianville

    I kid.

    I miss Chicago very much!

  21. lastwaltzer Says:

    well good luck in charlotte my cowork grew up in ashville and just moved out here, he loved it down there

  22. Mitch Says:

    dang. still no pending. hopes are shot on that one. ms mango put in a request on her moms card so it would be a diff address hoping that would help and only asked for telly. c’mooooooon last hope.

  23. hoedown Says:

    @ el Dude- yeah that’s what I figured. Hopefully its not for camden which is my hometown shows, being that it would be easy for me to get those tixs.

  24. EL Duderino Says:

    @ LW

    Sultan’s Market brah!!!1

    Jay’s on North Ave. for the shiznit Italian Beef!

    I miss the food big time

  25. SillyWilly Says:


    just said f it and bought two tickets. So, I’ll see you there!

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