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. sumodie Says:

    Tomorrow is official “Release the Kraken!” day

    If I can’t vanquish the ticket gods tomorrow, then I’ll have to go watch Perseus camping it up on the big screen

  2. Gratefulcub Says:

    Googled it.


    People on the plane wonder why I’m laughing.

  3. Gratefulcub Says:

    Re: titans

    they can cg the hell out of the rest, but I hope they left the little owl as she is

  4. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    Hey BB

    How are you guys doing?

    Did the April Fools Day “Asshole Day” go down? I hope I didn’t miss anything good.

    Got done with finals today, hung out with friends and tomorrow I start my first day of Spring Break!

  5. BingosBrother Says:

    Phuck you Brandon!

  6. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    what do you guys think the odds are of getting a july 4th ticket closer to the show?

    i dont have the money to buy on tm for onsale, since i already owe my parents 230 for JB and Hartford, but when i have my summer job i may consider heading down there if i can snag a ticket…

    hopefully its not a really high-demand show… but it is freakin july 4th

  7. butter Says:

    @Mr. C – great info on the Greek when GD where there

    your description matches my my bro’s exactly

    was actually trying to ask about the time GD did Telluride, what was the ticket scene?

  8. Gratefulcub Says:

    Bk, not until you showed up, asshat!

  9. Gratefulcub Says:

    Asshole day makes me sad ;(

  10. Little Buddy Says:

    Bk –

    What’s the status on you hitting a show this summer?

  11. butter Says:

    “Any crew that has a tarp-runner anywhere in the big first wave will really be fine as long as they’re not just like crazy picky about location.”

    i believe it’a a possibility that they will issue bracelets for lower Greek space on a first come first serve basis,

    that would eliminate the tarp runners

  12. Little Buddy Says:

    The term “tarp runner” makes me chuckle. My crew has never used tarpage, but I’d imagine that tarp runner must have drawn the shortest straw.

  13. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    anyone know of a good source for 12/6/97?

    i have a shitty aud source and only of the tweezer, but the second set looks delish (tweezer>izabella>jam>twist>piper) and we all know the tweezer is fuckin incredible

  14. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    Well struck out on the lottery, but a former co-worker texted me that he won tellurides. After working through my angry feelings I asked how much he wanted, thinking I may trade them for Greeks, or depending on how ticketmaster goes, maybe do both. He gave me a price that is definitely not face, but is a pretty good deal considering the market. Dilemma.

  15. Mitch Says:

    the market being 1500 on ebay for a single?

  16. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    Purple Humpback –

    I can hook you up with a copy of 12/6/97. Decent AUD.

  17. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    Way better than that. Should I just say? 500 for two passes. Still deciding. Figured out 52 hrs of driving for Greeks and t-ride.

  18. gavinsdad Says:

    still a good buzz around this place…i was wondering if the ship was gonna go down over some petty stuff (lawns vs pav, ptbm vs ourselves, red light vs the world). i’ve perpetuated the pav thing a little too much and tho i’ve said that i like to dance in the trench i’d also just like to reiterate what Butter said about “having a smile on his face” walking into the venue….doesn’t matter where i am, shut out the fools, open up the ears, get the fuck down.

    so stoked people.

  19. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    @mitch I surely hope people who really want to go won’t end up paying 1500, that is nuts. I was agonizing over just getting what I may pay for it, and the morality of that. Tough being a hippy in a shark world sometimes.

  20. Mitch Says:

    aight peeps, seems camden isnt gonna happen for me.

    i have a single lawn for both nights for face. will meet in nyc or ship to your door.

    who wants em? gorgemango at facemelt dot net. going to the ticket exchange board next so hop on it while the iron is hot.

    pretty mail order tix taboot, taboot.

  21. gavinsdad Says:

    i’d also like to mention that i can’t count the number of times i’ve traded a set in the pav for a set of me “roaming the dance” with my friends. on the regular. there were literally years of me having good seats and not even knowing it cause i was dancing in a hall or behind the stage in an upper portal.

    let’s have fun.

  22. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    @Brandon yea sure where at?

  23. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    I may be part hippy but I’m no wook, just sayin’. Also who’s got my hetty r-ride couch, brah. I’ll hook you up with some rolling rock.

  24. Little Buddy Says:


    I’m with you. I’ve been a little bent about “winning” lawn seats in the lotto and definitely contributed to the negativity this morning, but in the end all that matters is that we are there. I know I’ll end up with the pavs if I really want them. The process is a bit annoying though. That being said you’ve clearly stated the ultimate goal:

    “shut out the fools, open up the ears, get the fuck down.”

    Right on.

  25. Mitch Says:

    purple, there is a good remaster of that show that i have. think someone on here did it. i can get it to you. or you can pick it up this week. just a warning, my bane stinks.

    tzara, 125 a ticket. call face 65. thats less than double. do it.

    phish in the rockies. regardless of what they play, that will be worth it. its vacation after all. and seems you live out west. also, you only live once. cant you live while youre young?

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