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:

    So, no Murakami fans, then? I’m sort of surprised. I got into a phase where I read all of his books and they are kind of a mindfuk.

  2. Halden Says:

    Brothers K is fabulous.

  3. Mitch Says:

    *shotgun next to butters seat at jones beach.*

  4. garretc Says:


    Yeah, I liked No Country better than the Road as well. Probably a function of it having more stuff happening. That being said, I can’t think of a better introduction to Cormac McCarthy than the Road. With only two characters most of the time it’s soooo much easier to follow his writing, sans quotation marks and all that.

    As far as the Dark Tower goes, you’re at right about the part where the story is at it’s most swollen I’d say. I won’t go into specifics to avoid spoilers, but the story slowly pares itself down as you near the end, becoming much more streamlined along the way.

    Congrats on your hold!

  5. garretc Says:


    Never read Murakami myself, but my brother has read em all, think he might even be going through them in Japanese too…? (Maybe even read one in Spanish too, but that’s neither here nor there…)

    Another thing I’ll get to eventually…

  6. Robear Says:

    looking at the last 5 of leg 1 through the periscope. would need transport from rochester to finger lakes and back @ buddy 🙂

  7. voopa Says:

    Shoreline was underrated for sure. Of course it was my only show outside of F8 last year, so YMMV…

    “The Name of This Band is Talking Heads” is just as good as I remember when I first heard it 25 years ago…that may have been the last time I heard it too…so glad I found it again.

  8. Robear Says:

    we’ll be strutting backwards through the finest places @ butter

  9. Little Buddy Says:

    @ Robear

    Stay in touch regarding your transportation needs. I might be able to help out. Not sure what our plans are yet, of course. The crew may rent a party bus for CMAC, or we’ll be driving. Gotta see what the wifey has planned. Seriously though. Stay in touch so we can try to work something out.

  10. butter Says:

    @jdub – y0u still bringin’ your kiddo to Mansfield?

  11. DocGanz Says:

    Good to know about Dark Tower. I intend to finish up, but needed a break after three in a row. Have the rest of the books though. Agreed about the Road- also think because it was sparse it lent itself to being adapted well to the screen.

  12. Pencilneck Says:

    Haroun and the Sea of Stories

  13. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    @robear. Was thinking about driving down from Seattle. Unless I can talk neemor into swinging by to pick up us NWers in his Neemsmobile.

  14. Dr. Pronoia Says:

    Love Dostev, blood meridian is one of my all time favorites, read all of murakami and like his stories more than the novels.

    Anyone read any Victor Pelevin? Crazy metaphysical, psychedelic shit. Try Buddha’s Little Finger. Also huge Bellow, DeLillo, and Calvino fan. Also Celine. And DFW of course

    Goddamn I miss having time to really tear into novels…

  15. butter Says:

    @DocGanz – do you know which PA show exactly?

  16. DocGanz Says:

    7/29/03- Burgettstown, Lots of bustouts- Cool It Down, Daniel Saw the Stone, bunch of stuff that hadn’t been played in awhile- at least at the time, just a unique setlist and Harpua taboot. As I recall, that show in Western PA was considered a skip show between two other shows that were far apart.

  17. Little Buddy Says:

    ^ and perhaps one of the best C & P’s ever played.

  18. Gavinsdad Says:

    I know I’m prone to hyperbole but I couldn’t recommend “the border trilogy” by cormac McCarthy more highly. I never would have even considered anything related to a “western”, but these three books are anything but. Such amazing prose, such ballsy adventures…really pure and stark…tinGed with a wild menacing violence. So so good.

    @voopa: thanks for the reminder. Gonna spin “the name of this band is” tomorrow.

    @butter: I may be up for some mischief too

    @robear: just keep in touch re east coast and let me know if I can help with a ride etc. Specially if those two NC shows come into play for ya.

  19. DocGanz Says:

    I: Daniel Saw The Stone, Camelwalk, Gotta Jibboo, Cool it Down, Scent Of A Mule, Fee > Timber
    When The Circus Comes, McGrupp, Golgi Apparatus

    II: Crosseyed And Painless > Thunderhead, Brother, Harpua >
    Bittersweet Motel > Harpua,
    Fooled Around And Fell In Love, Hold Your Head Up > Harpua
    David Bowie

    E: Farmhouse

  20. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    Yes dr pronoia on Celine. Just reread that a couple months ago. Sort of the anti-Henry Miller.

  21. DocGanz Says:

    Thanks for the recommendation. Will definitely read it in the near future

  22. Sheep Says:

    Only my 2nd or 3rd time posting, but excited to say i have a $372 charge on my card. I put in for Greek and Telluride – so unless they gave me Telluride plus only 1 Greek, looks like I’m headed to the Greek at least for all 3. Good enough for me.

  23. butter Says:

    that show looks really interesting

    wasn’t doing tour in ’03

    nor am i well read in 2.0

    really would love to hear that one

  24. Robear Says:


    i’m a nice out of the way pit-stop. we could car pool to the greek.

  25. halcyon Says:

    Still Waiting ……………

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