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. garretc Says:


    Well, it’s been a while since I read it, and I didn’t retain much due to my less than stellar opinion, but I found it pretty boring in general really, just as a read. It also felt, to me, like it was pretty heavy handed in its moralizing and the symbolism and meanings of various things (I wish I could back this up with specifics…).

    Oh and, I really didn’t like the chapter written almost completely incoherently to the point that my English teacher could only provide analysis based on an online source. Obfuscation does not equal sophistication!

    Again, sorry about the lack o’ specifics, my reading was a couple years ago.

    FWIW, I liked Song of Solomon a lot better, so I don’t have a problem with her as an author in general

  2. Dr. Pronoia Says:

    @ Silly: A favorite Beckett quote: “No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

  3. SillyWilly Says:


    Mindnight’s Children is a masterpiece. you’ll love the whole thing.

    The Things They Carried made me openly weep. Im not kidding. When he writes that at 22 years old he was the oldest in his platoon I just couldn’t handle it. thinking about boys killing other boys.

  4. SillyWilly Says:

    Dr. Pro

    exactly. Beckett is beautiful. bleak, yes, and beautiful.

  5. SillyWilly Says:


    these are all valid and usual complaints made against the book.

    do you like stream of consciousness in general? do you like Joyce or Faulkner?

  6. Angryjoggerz Says:

    I agree on Midnights children as a masterpiece. I thought The Satanic Verses was much less impressive and not as well pulled together, though it certainly got a lot of attention.

  7. SillyWilly Says:


    I just watched a program about the whole Rushdie fatwa thing. That is scary.

  8. Gavinsdad Says:

    @silly: seconding “things they carried”. Very heavy. I’d recommend “the pugilist at rest” by thom jones.

    I’ll also ante up William Trevor…one of my absolute faves, and a master of the short form. Writes some pretty dark stuff tho. Ps he’s Irish born but lives in england.

  9. halcyon Says:

    Just read Tim O’Brien The Things They Carried Earlier this winter, and very powerful writing. Raw and to the point.

  10. garretc Says:

    I haven’t read any Joyce yet, although I’ve always meant to. I loved As I Lay Dying, which is the extent of my Faulkner experience (well, that and a short story I can’t quite remember the title of). And I really dig on Kesey, which has a lot of that stream of consciousness going, especially Sometimes A Strange Notion. Something about Beloved though, just didn’t enjoy it…

  11. Mr.Miner Says:

    how many peeps here into Telluride? I haven’t been in contact with my orders so I have no idea about me. I know that 2 haven’t come thru

  12. halcyon Says:


    The only show I will be able to hit this summer and so far nada.

    Still optimistically waiting 🙂

  13. fee4zy Says:

    School is all about the teachers. I taught high school for 5 years. Those were also my heavy Phish years and always took time to see the boys. I worked my students and most of them hated me. But the few that went to college realized that I was really preparing them for what was about to come. I also think that my students, even though they didn’t get into Phish, saw that I found a good balance in my life. Funny now that I have a family, finding that balance is a challenge.

  14. Little Buddy Says:

    @ Miner

    I have a $231.60 hold on my cc. I’d like to think its telluride, but its probably 4 SPAC tickets. Told myself I wouldn’t even order SPAC through PBTM b/c I don’t even want lawns, but I couldn’t resist. I’m betting the hold is for SPAC, and lawns at that. Damn PBTM.

  15. SillyWilly Says:

    I got nothing Miner

  16. Mitch Says:

    am i out of the loop? people already got emails?

    i’ve got no holds and no emails.

  17. Mitch Says:

    little buddy,
    keep your head up. it might be spac lower pav’s.

  18. lastwaltzer Says:

    calm down mitch, no emails 🙂

  19. Little Buddy Says:

    I hear ya Mitch. I’m hoping for the best. Either way I know I’ll get me some pav seats for SPAC somehow. Definitely only going to t-ride if me or one of my buddies scores through PBTM or the public on-sale (yeah right) though. Tons of shows within a short drive of where I live this summer, so its all good for me. I’ll see the boys plenty.

  20. Mitch Says:

    CALM DOWN!!!???? no. there i said it.

    i’m bored. trying to get new tunes for the iphone.

    so far:
    mr c’s songs that the morning brings
    haiku d’tat
    cannonballs finest hour
    gonna add some phish 98-99 since thats an era i havent dug in enough to. prob need to hit more 96 while i’m at it.

    any suggestions?

  21. Mitch Says:

    i should say “any non phish suggestions?” or phish if its top shelf and must have.

  22. lastwaltzer Says:

    dude, just kidding

  23. Mitch Says:

    dude, i know.

    maybe its time for miners laid back funk 98 mix. what was the funk mix someone took to a wedding in maine. didn’t mr c make a funk mix too?

    what else? i’m in the rut of east coasters that stop posting and west coasters eating dinner.

    dog needs to be walked anyway. be back later

  24. Mitch Says:

    that was supposed to be:

    dude, i know. me too.

  25. Weekapaug Says:

    No holds on my card yet. YMSB is playing tonight and tomorrow so I got that to look forward to 🙂

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