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. butter Says:

    @Tzara’s – i’d be happy to hook up the Greeks for your T-ride if you end up working that out

  2. TheSloth Says:


  3. butter Says:

    mitch you want to hook up that 03 show

    ebutter 1 at mac dot com is the ichat

  4. Little Buddy Says:

    “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.”

    Ha! This describes me in the 90’s as well. I spent so much time in the hallways or in stairwells looking for dance space. I like my good seats now, but it’s all good in the end.

  5. BingosBrother Says:

    First thing I do is kiss the ground. Phish shows are sacred places.

    Anybody getting scalped or trading for T-ride tix, if they aren’t coming from PTBM you may want to look at this.

    @Tzara : tell your former co-worker BingosBrother said he can go fly a kite. Something seriously wrong with people.

  6. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:


    email me at bkayda at gmail dot com

    Little Buddy:

    As far as my show status, I definitely got the okay from both parents to hit both Merriweather shows with my dad. The only thing I gotta do now is grab tickets. I did get good news today though. As it turns out, one of my former teachers may be hitting up Merriweather, Hershey, and night 3 of The Greek this summer; he told me that if he somehow can’t make it to Merriweather he would toss me the tickets first

  7. butter Says:

    @GD – way to keep the “getting in” in perspective

    when an epic throw down occurs all’s that matters is that you where in the building

    everything else is all gravy

  8. Mitch Says:


    going to put laundry in dryer then i will. remind me which one.

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

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

    T-Ride tix were a funny-ass scene actually. I got mine mailorder and didn’t have to screw with it. I got all of RR and Telly that way, and traded my AZ ticket for Park City…I was nailing all my mailorders in those days, with fancy envelopes and the whole nine yards.

    But the actual ticket scene was very strange. The ticket hype was crazy, and the rumor was (at RR) that you wouldn’t be allowed in town without a ticket, etc. Checkpoints and all that. I think BGP took out an ad or something? At RR, Telly tix were going for $$$$ and there was a lot of intensity around them.

    But then once you got there all that turned out to be bullshit. They were actually selling tickets in Montrose, on the drive up there! And then pulling into Telluride there was the famous multicolor “WELCOME DEADHEADS” banner hung over the road on the way in, and tickets were basically everywhere.

    I guess it was one of those things where the hype scared enough people away that there were plenty left over.

    They did collect tickets on the way in, but then you could come and go freely throughout the day. And what I remember of the second day, it was even slacker, ticket wise. So a lot of people refer to it in hindsight as a “free show” even though in the run-up it seemed like it was going to be one of the toughest tickets around.

    Great loose festive vibe in town the whole time. Olatunji led a parade through town after the first show and did some kind of ritual the following morning. The “Harmonic Convergence” was starting so the Rainbow hippies were really in fine form.

  10. gavinsdad Says:

    ^”fancy envelopes”.

    Masta Kush the mf’in OG.

  11. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    Noted butter, will see how the ticketmaster trip goes in the a.m. Not super optimistic, but since I’m in WA hope I can at least be first in line and try right at 10.

  12. butter Says:

    Great story C, i wouldn’t be to surprised if history repeats itself

  13. butter Says:

    mitch – burgestown from 03

  14. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    Tom Waits – Nighthawks at the Diner is a great night-time album.

  15. Mr. Completely Says:

    the main thing to understand about summer tour ’87 is that there were shitloads of newbies (“touch heads”) on tour – which meant that there were always more people than tickets, so it always seemed like a tough pull, but then it rarely actually was, because well over half the people trying to get in didn’t know anything about anything – no connections, nothing unique to barter, limited miracle-seeking skills etc.

    It was my first full tour, but I’d already been to around 20 shows, probably a little under that. So I knew people and knew what folks wanted and how to get it. I wasn’t really a tour vet, but I wasn’t a noob either. So I got in everywhere all year without very much work or hassle.

  16. lastwaltzer Says:

    @BK, tom waits anything is a great night record. Do you have any of his other discs?

  17. Mr. Completely Says:

    fancy envelopes totally worked. The GDTS peeps absolutely prioritized them, and absolutely kept records and could see who had been mailordering the kind way for how long. We all knew it, but I confirmed it much later when I got to know those folks directly.

    @Brandon – love that album!

  18. stash Says:

    nighthawks at the diner..emma’s 49er…’s a cold a nicotine clound….

    i love that album….

  19. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    @bingos I agree, and he never had the intention of going, which sucks. But he has them now, and I can get them for less than he would otherwise sell then for on eBay, so maybe I’m limiting further damage. And if I can I will help the BB with them i.e. trade with butter.

  20. Mr. Completely Says:

    I mean, would you turn around if there was just a rumor of a roadblock and stuff? No way. But a lot of people did.


  21. Henry Says:


    How’d the lottery go for you?

  22. Mitch Says:

    butter, im messaging you. you there?

  23. Mitch Says:

    mr c,
    makes me wanna go to telly. maybe they are scaring them away and i can roll in and get one out of the proverbial fence.

  24. ChefBradford Says:

    “Always walk away from a fight. Then, ambush.”

  25. m00nshake Says:

    declined 2 of 2 attempts

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