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. Angryjoggerz Says:

    I think the last link I posted was bunk, so try this one.

    VA – The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda
    David Bowie – It Ain’t Easy
    Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders – I Was Made to Love Her
    Santana – When I Look Into Your Eyes
    Talking Heads – Moon Rocks
    TV on the Radio – Golden Age
    Animal Collective – The Purple Bottle
    The Cure – Plastic Passion
    Hendrix – Little Miss Lover
    Fugazi – Waiting Room
    Pretenders – Precious
    Dump – Rasberry Beret
    Cave – Encino Man
    My Bloody Valentine – You Made Me Realize
    Woods – To Clean
    Dinosaur Jr – Freak Scene
    Velvet Underground – Train Round the Bend
    Devendra Banhart – Goin Back
    Caribou Vibration Ensemble – Barn Owl (live)
    Womb – Evil People
    Phish – Shafty

  2. lastwaltzer Says:

    @aj i haven’t even herd of it or don’t recall it, will def. check it out. I’ve stayed away from the zebra because of the price/

  3. voidboy Says:

    hey Robear,

    damn, this place is buzzing today. tickets are flow’n.

  4. SillyWilly Says:


    but you can get good bane

  5. Mitch Says:

    i dont think the pic from today is from the fox. not like it matters but i’m thinking red rocks instead. look at the light shining through from behind at the top of the photo.

  6. Angryjoggerz Says:

    Zebra is worth it for a nice occasion. Great wine too.

  7. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    What show are you catching Silly? Way to go on the lotto!

  8. jay Says:

    MrC, sent you an email. If you don’t receive it, you can send me an email. Click my name to get my email. Thanks.

  9. Mitch Says:

    did you see what i said earlier about waterwheel? i’m thinking of working camden. should i email you?

  10. Angryjoggerz Says:

    BK, you are going to catch your first shows this summer, right? THAT is better than winning any lotto! Enjoy!

  11. SillyWilly Says:

    Hey, BK

    I didn’t request much from the lotto, just tix for friends, and I haven’t heard anything.

    I picked up tickets for a Peter Rowan show in Chicago in June.

    Really wish I could make it to Merriwether, BK…i might be able to still.

  12. Mitch Says:

    i clicked it just to see what recaptcha is. thats a pain. i’m sure it works. but a pain none the less.

  13. Mitch Says:

    was supposed to be at the end of that, but without a space it got lost in the html land.

  14. Prince Nabby Says:

    @BabyBig, sorry for the typo. I’m excited, and my sweaty hands are caroming off the keyboard here!

  15. Robear Says:

    mango, you’re behind. i responded and sent you an email 🙂

  16. gavinsdad Says:

    seconding what i said before and what Voidboy just said…i’m seeing alot of holds here today…mebbe not for the 2 super tough ones but hell…this is looking kinda ok. we are a tiny fraction of the phish fanbase…so this ratio is already looking good to me for people getting their tix, via phish, the public onsale, the miner exchange board, or the lot. game on.

    the other nite i was posting…Sun nite…i was feeling pretty good…part bane, and the other part a Great Lakes APA…which was really nice nectar!! first time i’d encountered the OH beer in Philly.

    next beer i’m hunting down is the Ballast Point Sculpin IPA….i’ve been hearing some legends about it’s greatness.

    guess tomorrow morning is email time (not for me, i’m on yahoo mail…heh).

  17. gavinsdad Says:

    ps….@PhamilyB…i think you 100% NAILED IT on Miner’s whereabouts.

  18. guyforget Says:

    Wow, what a few days this is turning out to be. Secured some last minute contracts which will allow me t meet my Q1 numbers!

    Oh, and i’m headed to Greek and Tride thanks to PTBM!!!

  19. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    Oh, sorry then Silly. For some reason I assumed the show y’all was talking about was Phish. Nevermind then 🙂

    I hope you can make it down to Merriweather, it sure would be nice to have a BB meetup somewhere. I’m pretty sure Henry said he was going to hit up Merriweather so hopefully I can meet him there. My dad and I still need to find some tickets for those shows, but we can find them easy enough I think.

    If you can make the ride down to Merriweather, there are plenty of sites that sell Phish tickets for face. (Cash for your extra is one I believe. Can’t really vouch for its credibility since I’ve never used it but I assume it is easy enough) There is also the great community we have here at BB to help out with tickets and such.

    Anyways, I’m rambling now. How have you been doing lately Silly? You been’ reading lately at all? I recently read Catcher In The Rye to see what all the fuss was about, turned out to be a pretty good book. Overrated, perhaps, but good still

  20. guyforget Says:

    If miner is up to what Berzerker says, he’s on a whole other level of phishheadedness…

  21. halcyon Says:

    Still Optimistic …… 🙂


  22. Mitch Says:

    well the email just came through so i’m not that far behind 😉

    i hope it works out. you’re rubbing off the good vibes and helping off on me.

  23. halcyon Says:

    angryjoggerz…..the 2 mixes you posted last night are F-U-N-K-Y. Rocked out to a work out listening to them.

  24. Mitch Says:

    i dont wanna pry into miner’s life without him divulging but by that i’m guessing hes searching for the rhombus. haha

  25. guyforget Says:

    nice Mitch! Deep cut!

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