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. Mitch Says:

    there’s a lesbianville?? intriguing to say the least!

  2. EL Duderino Says:

    @ Mitch

    Since it’s Eric Clapton’s B-day

    You should pop in 3/19/09 ABB dvd brah!!!!

  3. Prince Nabby Says:

    WooHoo! I have a hold of $896.40 on my credit card right now. Since I purchased $1007 of tickets for the summer, it seems as if I got a pair to each, less two shows.

    Can anyone confirm that if you have a hold on your card it means that you will get the tix? Or does it just mean that you might? Anyone with banking (or touring) experience know?

  4. lastwaltzer Says:

    @dude actually its changed quite a bit, i mean there are still gay bars in the neighborhood but also a lot of regular bars and restaurants ( i take it you went to the hopleaf before you left). Lot of families moving into the area.

    Funny thing though was that my girlfriend got the studio i ended up moving into without me. When I got there i quickly pointed out that Bannana Video (you do the math) and Man Country were right around the corner. Very odd scene (corner of clark and arglye) not the boystown crowd, were talking rough dudes in leather chaps (think the village people) but who would have no problem kicking your ass.

  5. Pencilneck Says:

    Whaddup all! Tis a magical day, as it seems I scored all I had hoped for via the lotto! Good luck to all still awaiting the credit hold.
    Just as an FYI, although the Phish Tour Date web page says the Deer Creek tix go onsale Saturday, however, says Friday.
    not Saturday.

  6. BabyBigPerm Says:

    you are getting your tickets—as long as your card is valid and has $$$

  7. Robear Says:

    Flarr and guyforget,

    I’ll be driving down to the Greek, then flying to telluride (area) and back from sfo.

    Flarr and others coming from the north, if you drive and have time, you can stop by. I’m out of the way, but maybe worth it.

  8. EL Duderino Says:

    @ LW

    The Hop Leaf is great!

    So is Reza’s for Mediterranean food

  9. lastwaltzer Says:

    @el dude, I mean how can you not do Sultans! the place is bomb, as for beefs im a vegetarian so ill take your word on it. So much good food.

    @silly, sweet I look forward to finally meeting you, where are your seats at?

  10. Prince Nabby Says:

    Thanks for the confirmation @BabyPig! I am seriosuly geeked! No Berkeley or Telluride for me, since I can’t make those dates, but it looks as if I have a big mess of Phish shows to look forward to for the summer 🙂

  11. SillyWilly Says:

    did you see that LW?

    I picked up two tickets.

    Looks like my girl and I will join you at the show

  12. cal Says:

    SW–I did see your post. My girlfriend will be relieved!

    Old Town is a fantastic place to see a show, but damn, I don’t remember that many beers when I was there! It’s been at least two or three years, though.

    BTB–I am not picky about my beer style at all. I love wheats, pales, reds, ambers, pilsners, you name it.

  13. SillyWilly Says:

    shit. my bad.

    floor right. DD 11 and 12.

  14. EL Duderino Says:

    The Old Town sells micro brews in the bottle FYI

  15. Mitch Says:

    Prince Nabby won the lotto!

    i’d expect good seats since that many of your shows were filled.

    the more you have filled the earlier you got drawn = better seats.

    congrats nabby!

  16. SillyWilly Says:

    Cal, like I said I didn’t think that through, so tell her not to worry!

  17. EL Duderino Says:

    The table seating is what you want @ the OTSOFM

    DD maybe balcony

  18. BabyBigPerm Says:

    !!!Ah!!!! BabyPiG???

    I never.

  19. BabyPigPerm Says:

    although it does have a ring to it.

  20. lastwaltzer Says:

    @silly were in the same section. I think we should falafel and bane preshow

  21. Prince Nabby Says:

    Hell Yeah! This just gets better and better! I *never* score big on PTBM, so I feel like I have some good karma due to me. Anyways, I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed for y’all . . . Even know I reeled in a big one, I’m all on tenterhooks to know what I got and all.

  22. SillyWilly Says:


    couldn’t agree more.

  23. SillyWilly Says:

    and thats great about the section. Im really excited for this. It’ll be like appetizers for phish tour.

  24. Angryjoggerz Says:

    LW, have you tried Mana on Division? All veggie, cheaper than Green Zebra (my fav veg spot, hands down, but pricey) and they have veggie sliders. Good stuff, cool place.

  25. Robear Says:


    says ‘can’t get good falafel in nor-cal

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