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. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    @silly, or anyone else interested.
    I was a reader first, too. Moby-dick, leaves of grass, Dostoevsky made early, big impressions. More lately:
    Roberto Bolano–the Savage Detectives.
    Lawrence Durrell– the Alexandria quartet. Helped get me a wife. First twenty pages of Justine is some of the best prose I’ve read.

  2. KWL Says:

    welp, guess i was wrong about emails being sent tuesday afternoon. oh well! I’ll try to put it out of my mind and look forward to a breakfast t-ride score. or just spac lawns (what @little buddy said).

  3. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    I got hit by a car, so I’d say rhe good Lord owes me some Greeks, pronto. Or wait, does he do paybacks?

  4. Little Buddy Says:

    “I got hit by a car”

    Um. Are you okay?

    God doesn’t listen to what I say.

  5. butter Says:

    haven’t ever really given Shoreline Disease it’s proper listen yet

    in real time Robear and I were getting our daughters acquainted and families into position for the second set

    Trey channels Jer for sure around the 13 min mark, and what a shed to do it in

  6. garretc Says:


    He’s the man. Crime and Punishment is the book.

    (I always think of it when people use C&P to reference Crosseyed and Painless…)

    Been really into Hemingway lately actually. Read Old Man and the Sea over the summer, just picked up For Whom The Bell Tolls, both recommended!

  7. Halden Says:

    All this lit talk is very intriguing.

    I was a giant Beat fan in HS and the last few years have been consumed with non-Fic. The last great books I have read:

    Nikolski by Nicolas Dickner
    Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever by Walter Kirn
    The Road by Cormac McCarthy

  8. Corey Says:

    Anyone have the hold on their cc magically disappear today?
    It seems my avail. balance reflects the hold, but the hold isn’t listed…
    Oh, PHiSH…

    Perhaps, they found some extra Telluride tickets and wanted to add them to my order. 🙂

  9. butter Says:

    Shoreline 09 is very underrated

    i would like to see the results of a study that could pin point the results of performance when the crowd/ (tour heads) take a night off,

    such as between RR and Gorge ala Shoreline

    i’m buzzed, sorry if this doesn’t make sense

    cold rain in nor cal, about to bbq up some rib eye’s

  10. Little Buddy Says:

    @ Corey

    What you describe is the way it usually works with a credit card. There isn’t a specific charge but your avail bal is reduced due to the hold. Sounds like you are looking good.

  11. garretc Says:


    Have you read anything else by McCarthy? No Country For Old Men is also superb, and I’ve heard very good things about his Border Crossing Trilogy (I think that’s what they call it…)

  12. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    @buddy. Yeah fine I think, just a giant psychedelic-looking bruise on my hip. So maybe just two Greeks worth. And maybe a bag of neemsbane.

  13. Robear Says:

    butter, nice to read your posts. I’ve been saying that shoreline was underrated all year.

    smoking show, with the second set being one long standout.

    little bud;

    rochester? finger lakes?

  14. Mitch Says:

    butter, i see your point. i bet it plays a big role.

  15. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    Seattle drivers do pretty much suck though, as a rule.

  16. butter Says:

    can’t wait to be scaling some walls with you this summer Robear

  17. DocGanz Says:

    Evening pholks,
    Just got home from work in less-than-sunny-San Diego.
    Caught up on the last few pages and was taken aback… I’m a quarter of the way through Beloved, just read For Whom the Bell Tolls, and late 2009 read the first three of the Dark Tower series. Strange that you discussed all of them. Dark Tower started promising but imho is getting a bit scattered by book four, I really enjoyed FWtBT (second fav Hemingway to Sun Also Rises). Beloved- jury’s still out.
    Oh and Ive got a six show hold, which means I either got my West Coast run (plus 1 for a friend one night SF), or East Coast minus one show, or some mix of both, which would mean Id probably have something to trade. We’ll see

  18. DocGanz Says:

    @ Garret,
    I think All the Pretty Horses starts the Border trilogy. Also read the Road recently- was alright- one of the few cases where I preferred the movie, but thought No Country was a better read

  19. Little Buddy Says:

    @ Robear

    Yep. Rochester. Grew up here and never really left. Well, except to go on Phish tour 🙂

    @ T Ghost

    Sounds like you’ll be stiff in the morning. Don’t hurt yourself jumping for joy upon receipt of your Greek tix confirmation email.

  20. butter Says:

    no hold for butter yet

    looks like i’m going old school and sneaking / breaking in shows
    in a town near you

    oh….. and did i mention i’m bringing cases of beer in Jones Beach

  21. Little Buddy Says:

    @ Robear

    You coming east for any summer shows?

  22. DocGanz Says:

    The Burgettstown? PA show during 2.0 springs to mind- crazy bustouts galore!

  23. Angryjoggerz Says:

    Keep hope alive, butter

  24. BTB Says:

    Big Crime and Punishment fan here. Raskolnikov and superfluousness, good read.

    KWL – you going to SPAC? I’ll be there for saturday at the least. Probably the whole weekend.

    I’m trying for the life of me to remember what that cab driver said to us at Albany. Hopefully, no shotguns this time around in upstate NY…

  25. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    For Dostoevsky, I liked brothers K, and notebooks from the underground. But it’s all good.
    For McCarthy it’s blood meridian for me, in a landslide. Dark dark shit.
    Faulkner sound and thefury was great, once I figured out what was going in. Which wasn’t the first time.

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