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. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    I think that school is a pretty important thing. I mean sure its not the funnest thing most of the time but I think that it has an important place in society and culture. Without learning and knowledge people would never evolve and advance to new technologies or anything of that sort. Mathematics/Science/Literature/History etc all of these things correspond directly to most of us in our daily lives, and while we don’t notice it a lot of the time it is still there. I’m not saying that to learn you have to go to school but it plays a pretty big factor. Not that there aren’t exceptions of course.

    I’m probably taking this waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay out of context, so maybe I should just go now. :/

  2. Lycanthropist Says:

    @Silly –

    I thought it went great… was actually hopin this would be the show that some newcomers would hope on board with..

    but got a surprisingly low response to it thus far…

    wondering if the horns are turning people off?

    Anyway, we all had a great time and I thought it was a particularly smoking show

  3. Angryjoggerz Says:

    Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

    LOVE this book!!!!

  4. Lycanthropist Says:

    yeh during the haunted mansion portion of book 3, I was truly terrified.

    I could feel the spiders crawling down my back.

    but nonetheless it didnt induce me into a bad trip.. it was like a carnival fun scare I suppose…

    but I was breathless either way.

  5. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    Don’t forget new LOST tonight!

  6. Lycanthropist Says:

    never read any Salman Rushdie

  7. Lycanthropist Says:

    bout to head to the designated LOST viewing pad now.

  8. garretc Says:

    Yeah BK, school and learning are both important (of course… although for some reason some people seem to disagree…), it’s just that, IMO, the school system is just a terribly inefficient way to go about it… That’s an idea that just about everybody can agree with to some degree, I just happen to hold it in less regard than most, likely due to personal learning preferences and such…

    But stay in school! At the very least it’s an important step in playing by society’s rules…

  9. SillyWilly Says:


    She is America’s foremost magical realism representative. She does what Isabel Allende wishes she could. I also think she adds an African American voice to American post-modernism.

    this idea of being haunted by our past appeals to me.

    The movie with Oprah ruined it all.

    I think its a story America needs to hear.

    I understand that magical realism is looked down upon, and I dont like many others, maybe Marquez…

    feel free to refute this. no one ever wants to talk Beloved.

  10. Angryjoggerz Says:

    Silly, did you ever get into any Haruki Murakami books? He is my favorite fiction author, for sure.

  11. SillyWilly Says:


    Im digging the horns. Im sorry I didn’t get to the show until this morning, but I thought it was great.

  12. Little Buddy Says:

    tickets tickets tickets tickets tickets tickets tickets tickets tickets tickets tickets

  13. SillyWilly Says:


    no i have not.

    my favorite author is Samuel Beckett. unpopular choice to be sure.

  14. Mitch Says:

    so for someone hip to this past mike tour. can you give me the top one or two shows that i should check out. i still havent gone back and am going to update my phone tonight with music.

  15. Lycanthropist Says:

    public education failed me

    well i had a hand in it…

    but I was not prepared for college.

    I was able to ease by in high school, by which i mean very little studying and homework.

    When I got to college, I was smart and well read and new my math and science, but I wasn’t prepared for the out of class workload that was presented to me.

    I made it through 3 majors and 3 years, but finally dropped it when I realized how low going to class and such was on my priority list.

    I may go back sometime, but I think it will be to trade school (computer science, sound engineering, culinary)

  16. Angryjoggerz Says:

    Nothing wrong with Beckett. If you are inclined, check out “Kafka on the Shore” or “Wind Up Bird Chronicles”. amazing Japanese magic realism.

    Geez, this board gets cooler every day.

  17. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:


    Yes I agree that the school system itself does need to be changed a bit, I thought that you were referring to “school” as in the learning part of the school, not the school system itself. My mistake


    I will have to check out some of those books sometime. After I finish Slaughterhouse Five I think I might start the Dark Tower series then after that…I’ll look into those books 🙂

  18. Mitch Says:

    we were breaking balls about school. you took it to a diff plane. i’m graduated so i can say stuff like that. unless i go back…

  19. Angryjoggerz Says:

    Do as this man says:

  20. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    Okay, I am now off to get ready for LOST. Sun/Jin episode tonight.

    Later folks! Thanks for the conversation Garretc/Lycan/Silly.


  21. Mitch Says:

    “and new my math ” *sic

    yes public school did fail you… and a bunch of the rest of us. college was a bitch when i got there.

  22. lastwaltzer Says:


    I read “the bluest eye” not to long ago (by toni morrison), really enjoyed that.

    The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien; had to read this for a peace studies class excellent book.

    Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie been meaning to read this

  23. Robear Says:

    Little Buddy, you going to Finger Lakes, yes?

    How far r u from Rochester Airport?

  24. Mitch Says:

    and BK, vonnegut is my fav author. enjoy slaughterhouse five.

  25. SillyWilly Says:


    we’ve had some deep lit. discussions before…and even deeper philosophy convos.

    i’ll have to check out Murakami.


    its good just to keep reading, man. it’ll pay off i promise.

    and if nothing else its good to bombard your brain with art.

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