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. SillyWilly Says:

    No worries, BK…this is a phish site after all.

    Ive been good BK. Im at my parents’ home in Iowa kicking it for spring break.

    I haven’t had a ton of time to read anything but my school work. Ive been working through that Foucault book Discipline and Punish.

    If you liked Catcher in the Rye, I think Salinger’s short stories are better. A Perfect Day for Bananafish is one my favorites.

  2. Mitch Says:

    you’re perceptions are still skewed. the tix situation is still tough, however, phish took it upon themselves to find the real fans and put the tix in their hands first. so when they asked me i said “look no further than the bb” and so they filled a lot of orders for fans on here first then went to the rest.

    just sayin’

  3. Mitch Says:

    didnt mean to cut you guyforget.

    so all the talk of 04 phish earlier got me spinning 6.24.04 set II like you guys were talking about earlier.


  4. ferd Says:

    been lurking since fall tour…haven’t posted much because of school…but getting pumped.

    first, i second bananafish, although it’s not the happiest story.

    second, it looks like i have two of the following (4 tix each): merriweather saturday, spac saturday, jones beach wednesday…hope to see you all there!

  5. garretc Says:

    Congrats ferd, and welcome to the board!

  6. ferd Says:

    i’ve been around before (met up with lycan in cinncy by getting his buddies some tickets) 🙂 just haven’t posted in a while. but thanks!

  7. Mitch Says:

    see you there ferd. or is it fred? either way, you’re ferd from now on.

    black board > school.

  8. garretc Says:

    Well, welcome back then!

  9. garretc Says:

    Mitch is right, most things > school…

  10. lastwaltzer Says:

    @silly, I totally forgot I read Bannafish, while hanging with lucy at a field in Kansas. Crazy story.

  11. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    Thank you for the suggestion Silly. I’ll have to check that out

    I have really been getting into the “Classic” books lately. It’s just interesting that all of this good literature is out there and that’s not even scratching the surface.

  12. SillyWilly Says:

    that sounds like a crazy story. you’ll have to share it when we falafabane.

  13. ferd Says:

    ferd it is hah.

    and yes…i know. but i figure under two years to focus on grad school and then i’m done.

    either way, looking to hit all three, so i’ll try to find the missing show either here or via the ticketbastard sale.

    going to be a great summer 🙂

  14. garretc Says:

    @lw, you read while hanging out with lucy? The most frustrating thing for me about her is that she puts me in the perfect mood for appreciating fine literature, but I can never keep the words in one place on the page…

  15. posternutbag Says:

    as lame as it is to be the last one at work, it is pretty sweet to get to blast harry hood through my speakers. come on (good) lottery email!

  16. Lycanthropist Says:

    I read the first half of the third book of the Dark Tower series trippin the first time i read it… talk about freeeaaaked out….

  17. SillyWilly Says:

    Yeah, BK

    as much as I love music, I’ll always be a bigger lit. head.

    It’s good to read all the classics, but don’t forget to pepper in some new stuff and lesser known stuff.

    Some of my favorites:

    Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
    The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
    Molloy by Samuel Beckett
    Beloved by Toni Morrison

  18. SplitOpenAndSparkle Says:

    i know thats true

  19. VTsnowboarder802 Says:

    did mr. c post a bluegrass/newgrass comp that I missed? can I get a repost? There’s no way I’m going back through 40pages of posts…

  20. SillyWilly Says:

    Lycan: TSU show was great.

    thanks a lot.

    How’d you feel it went?

  21. Angryjoggerz Says:

    Halycon, glad you liked them! More where they come from.

  22. SillyWilly Says:


  23. garretc Says:


    You liked Beloved? I don’t mean to denigrate your tastes in any way, but I absolutely despised Beloved… Probably my least favorite book I had to read for high school, which is saying a lot…

    What about it appealed to you?

  24. VTsnowboarder802 Says:

    I read two of the dark tower series while in the hospital for a week. They weren’t servin up lucy, but I still have no idea what happened in those books…

  25. VTsnowboarder802 Says:

    thank you silly

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