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. Gavinsdad Says:

    Word DocG. And that b-town setlist looks crazy. I gotta go dig that up…after miners aug 93 mix of course.

  2. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    Robear. Will definitely keep it in mind. Was thinking my bro and I could drive down, and the wife could fly down and meet us. Of course it all depends on getting tux for less than rhe $250 they are going for now.

  3. Mitch Says:

    butter, you on ichat? email me, i’ll direct file that stuff.

  4. Little Buddy Says:

    I’m out.

    @ Robear

    See my post on page 46 re: ride from the ROC to CMAC. We’ll have to see if we can make something happen.



  5. voopa Says:

    Tux are expensive

    mrs v and & i will most likely be renting a house in the Berkeley area for those shows…if anyone wants to join, let me know.

  6. halcyon Says:

    Recent reads include The Shadow of the Wind, and The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Period pieces full of mystery, noir, romance, and thrill. Books about books in a way

  7. halcyon Says:

    Good Night Everyone, and Congratulations to those with “holds”.

  8. Corey Says:

    @Little Buddy

    Thanks…figured the hold was still good.
    BTW, I spent the first 18 years of my life in Penfield.
    Small world, eh?

  9. daniel j Says:

    wow, i gotta say, i’d always heard miner and others promoting spac ’04, finally listened, and the doubters have been silenced

  10. garretc Says:

    You being the doubter @daniel j?

    Cause yeah, those shows bring the heat, especially night 1!

  11. daniel j Says:

    haha yeah, im the doubter, unreal these shows

  12. Skyballs Saxscraper Says:

    Daniel J: Imagine that being your first show. Where do you go from there?

  13. garretc Says:

    Always makes me want to check out more ’04 before I remember “oh yeah, everyone says the rest of that year sucks…”

  14. daniel j Says:

    i honestly can’t even imagine if that were my first show, thats setting the bar sky high haha, and yeah, i’d never really checked out ’04 cuz of all the hate it gets, although these shows have always been highly acclaimed amongst the rest

  15. garretc Says:

    That SPAC pic reminds me of a question I’ve always had:

    Was there ever a specific reason stated for why they moved Fish to the back during 2.0?

    Seems like such a strange change to make after so long…

  16. gus Says:

    @garretc – i’ve always wondered that, i really disliked when they were set up that way, makes them seem like every other rock band

    and i think, if i’m not mistaken, that they started that formation in ’99 or ’00, am i right with this?

  17. Roxy Says:

    Well, my husband entered the lottery for tickets to Blossom and the 2 day show at Deer Creek, we have a hold but no e-mail. I’m starting to freak out already! Has anyone received an e-mail yet!?

  18. garretc Says:

    You may be right on that, I had a nagging thought that it didn’t start with 2.0, but I’m not sure… Investigation is in order, me thinks!

  19. garretc Says:

    Yup, pictures of BC have Fish in the back…

    So another question being: when did Fish move to the back, in addition to why?

  20. gus Says:

    oh, and then there was also the formation where mike was front and center, and trey was where mike usually is…that was weird. and i’m not sure when that was either.

    i need to brush up on my phishtory

  21. ThePigSong Says:

    Still no hold…

    I believe fishman was moved back so they could all hear him properly. esp. Page

  22. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Just Checked,

    Still hold Free

    @ Voopa

    House rental for Greek. Interested indeed. your email?

  23. The Light Between Says:

    First time I remember hearing that Fish was in the back was Vancouver Fall 99. I think my east coast buddies told me, so presumably he had been that way all summer out east…
    I hated that set-up too. Just accentuated the “Trey-over-the-top” attitude I felt was starting to take place in the tunes.

  24. daniel j Says:

    wow, just wow. completely blissed out a song i heard the ocean sing, spac 04 night 1

  25. garretc Says:


    That would make sense as a reason, but why change it up after what, 16 years or so? I’m not saying you’re wrong, I don’t know, but it seems strange…

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