The Aftermath

“dear phish lotto, I hope you die in a fire”

“Never been so stoked to see a $324 charge on his credit card!!!”

“The MO ticket goddesses rejected her…booohoooo”


“Who’s got my extras…??? i need Phish tix”

“The Phish lottery did me right!!!”

“Phish tickets sucks…No if’s and’s or butt’s about it. It’s a scam like spam.”


“tickets are for noobs”

“Best birthday surprise ever (revealed at dinner): we won the ticket lottery. See you at the Greek and Telluride!”

“Scored 471 Greeks and 202 Tellurides! YAY!!”


"There Are Two Sides to Everything"

There are two sides of every coin. Regardless of what names one affixes to them – the good and the bad, the happy and the sad, the lightness and the darkness – all experiences are split in two, allowing for life’s peaks and valleys. Yesterday, this dichotomy became evident as as emails rolled back from Phish, pronouncing our pre-season ticket fates. Above were excerpts from my friends’ Facebook status updates, a news feed that was dominated by the swirling emotions left in the wake of the ticket lottery. In a cloud of black smoke, peoples’ dreams of stress-less Fridays were crushed, while many others sung a distinctly jovial tune. As is the aftermath of each tour’s mail order maelstrom, the community is left divided – celebratory and bitter – waiting for this weekend’s public on-sales.

And now everyone braces for a ticket barrage like none in recent memory, as the entire summer tour will drop within two days. Ticketmaster is hosting many of the shows, and everyone knows what to expect from their servers. But the biggest farce of the summer is Telluride’s chosen agent, Tickethorse, who will sell 2-day passes through one phone number and a janky website that will go down like Oceanic 815. The bottom line – get your credit cards and mouse clicking fingers ready. Or plan a stealth getaway to that outlet that you discovered last summer, because after Saturday, all the ticket will be spoken for – temporarily.

Ticket Mania - (P.Tschudy)

Through grassroots efforts, fans always seem to get tickets to other fans, and now with the Internet’s help, it’s never been easier. Between Phantasy Tour, Cash For Your Extra, Phish Thought’s very own Ticket Exchange,and other various message boards, the web is helping the community subvert scalper efforts. While stressing face-for-face exchanges, these fan-run sites do allow people to set their own bargaining chips, providing an friendly, online marketplace for fans to barter with other fans, instead of high-priced, geeked-out guidos with mullets. Since the modern era of Phish has dawned, and largely following Hampton’s (expected) debacle, fans have stepped up to facilitate a fair-trade ticket market, doing their best to intercept scalping middle-men, TicketsNow and StubHub.

But alas, let’s not get ahead of ourselves here people. Tickets haven’t even gone on sale; chill out for just a minute. Nobody is shut out of anywhere. And aside for the Greek and Telluride, any other ticket should be easily attainable for face value or under between now and then. Point being, don’t write off summer plans based on what the lottery spun your way, because aside for these western shows, tickets will be out there!

Jones Beach '09 (W.Rogell)

Regardless of anything else, the conclusion of this weekend’s “official” festivities will bring us into April, as the community shift gears with Chicago’s summer opener only two-plus months away. And that is what is important to keep in perspective. Most of these preseason ticket shenanigans are fueled by emotion in the moment, but in 2009, tickets were the last concern on anyone’s list, so in 2010, the situation should only get easier. The only stubs that should cause a stir in the scalping landscape will be The Greek and Telluride. Otherwise, they’d best be served my sticking to U2 and Hannah Montana, where the demand actually far outweighs the supply. But if not, you know they’ll always be there if you need em!

As we all embark on individual quests this weekend, just remember, everyone will be inside in the end. But, as always, the wait is a bitch.

Best of luck. And remember, all is fair in love, war and tickets. Game on.


Jam of the Day:

Ghost > Taste” 8.9.97 I

A standout chunk from Alpine’s opening frame in ’97; another audio retrospective of an upcoming summer visit.



Download of the Day:

8.10.96 Alpine Valley, East Troy, WI < Megaupload

Continuing today’s mini-musical glimpse on Alpine history, here is a re-post of Phish initial visit to their now-staple tour stop in the Midwest. Check out the stellar versions of “Reba” in the first set and the “Hood” in the second.

I: My Friend, My Friend, Poor Heart, AC/DC Bag, Fee, Reba, I Didn’t Know, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Rift, Bathtub Gin, Cavern

II: Wilson, Down with Disease, Scent of a Mule, Free, Fluffhead, Hold Your Head Up > Whipping Post > Hold Your Head Up, Harry Hood, A Day in the Life

E: Contact, Fire

Source: B&K 4021 > PSP-2 > DA-P1

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1,118 Responses to “The Aftermath”

  1. beepaphone Says:

    This is a pavilion I can’t wait to meet- Blossom

  2. Gratefulcub Says:

    Lawns were.

    Drunken grammar.

  3. Mitch Says:

    yeah i like talking with strangers pre show too, i was just out of the context and didnt know what you meant. thought you were talking about who you bought from. its pretty easy to spot the scalpers a mile a way is what i was getting at moreso.

  4. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Mi reina is all about seat position

    At Hampton she lined up a good 2 hours early on day one.

    Day two and three we connected with our mos pregnant tour mom and sent her in during the assisted entry window.

    I am an inside anywhere is the best place for me at that point, I move otherwise.

  5. garretc Says:

    @Mr. P

    Right on right on! (Resisting the urge to add a sentence ending in “lawn” for the rhyming nature of it…)


    Woah! That pavilion would be a trip and a half, holy smokes!

  6. KWL Says:

    anyone got extra floor/couch/cot space in tride?

  7. Mitch Says:

    whats awesome about camden is the view from the back of the lawn. the bridge that changes colors even without psychedelics and the big ass ship. and philly, and the ghetto taboot, taboot.

    beep, you and me both. first trip to that beautiful looking venue.

  8. Gratefulcub Says:

    There is a camp, and I too am in it.

    I’ve been nervous about Hartford, because I am planning on going with Leo, and he has solo pavs. I want pavs, and pairs. Truth is, I like being with someone.

    I just had the realization, bb meetup, I will not be alone at the show regardless. Good feeling.

  9. Mitch Says:

    HOLY MOLY, JUST CLICKED ON THAT FLIKR LINK. WOWZA!! i bet that place has awesome acoustics.

  10. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Indeed, mitch

    I am constantly out of context along with in and out of focus taboot taboot

  11. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    im not too worried about my hartford lawns… had lawn last year for hart and had a great position. front of lawn, center stage. sounded great, plenty of personal space.

    i am a little worried that i will likely have no ride or place to stay, however.

  12. Luther Justice Says:

    I’ve felt like my ears were going to bleed at a few Blossom shows. I mean the good kind of bleeding, of course.

  13. Gratefulcub Says:

    Purple, I might have a hotel floor for ya 😉

  14. beepaphone Says:

    I know, right? Looks all woody and so many types of badass. Gonna have a super unique sound and feel in there.

  15. snowbank Says:

    Well, I am definitely not a seat snob since I have only once had “good” seats but considering that I am literally travelling across the country, it would be nice to have decent sound and a non-sloping surface to dance on… which is apparently a problem for the SPAC lawn.

  16. Stupendous a.k.a The Beasel Says:

    scalpers for tride will have to make fake IDs on the spot in some van and take a quick polaroid of the scalped and crazy glue it real quick, or maybe even giving you the ccard used to purchase tix “which was obtained with that only purpose” and cancel it later that night…. there cockroaches theyll find a way

  17. Mitch Says:

    in and out of focus, phamily berzerker. in and out of focus, in and out of focus, phamily berzerker

  18. Mitch Says:

    like the band was pissing in your ears so hard that it was gonna bleed, good kind of bleed?

    or like you got pistol whipped kind of good ear bleed?

  19. sumodie Says:

    TM now lists Great Woods onsale as Friday 10am, as originally posted at PTBM

    (perhaps old news around here…)

  20. Luther Justice Says:

    All of the above.

    But seriously, the acoustics inside the pav @Blossom are some kind of wonderful. Mostly wood and not the “shed” design you’ve come to know. Never been on the lawn there, but the pav is amazing and a work of art.

  21. Mitch Says:

    i cant stop looking at the blossom pic. geez, i’m psyched.

    sumodie, you coming to btb fest? no is not allowed.

  22. Mitch Says:

    i wiki’d blossom music center and found its the summer home of the cleveland symphony orchestra. wow. this will be kinda like phish at an outdoor carnegie hall.

  23. sumodie Says:

    sumodie, you coming to btb fest? no is not allowed.

    I actually googled it yesterday, before it sunk in that it’s a BTB sponsored party -d’oh!

  24. Mitch Says:

    haha, we need to get more official. i had a bunch of emails from the ticketboard people who dont post on here and i kept asking if they were going to BTB fest and they were like huh? made me realize how the regular posters on here are the minority. i always feel like a family on here and can disclose a lot. makes me reconsider.

  25. Gratefulcub Says:

    I love it when Jim goes silent, then ramps up again. Every freakin’ time.

    Just a random whooooaaaa whooooaaa whooooooaaa thought.

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