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. Prince Nabby Says:

    Sorry, KWL. I missed your previous question about PTBM. My e-mail came in at around 11.30 last night. I scored tickets for 10 of the 11 shows I requested, so I am majorly pumped. All lawns except Hershey. I wasn’t trying for Tride or the Greek. Strictly east of the Mississippi for me. All I’m after now is 4 July and to maybe trade up some of my lawns, especially for MPP, since the lawn there sucks, imho. How about you?

  2. Prince Nabby Says:

    And I’ll be at Blossom but not SPAC or CMAC.

  3. Angryjoggerz Says:

    Anyone see this on Facebook? Funny.

    Phish – Telluride Camping Guidelines
    Complete camping information for Phish’s upcoming Telluride shows. Sites are located at Telluride Town Park, Telluride High School, Lawson Hill Campground, and Candy Cane Forest.

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

    do you see a little vinyl cartoon on bottom right cornrer of
    commenting? its spooking me out…never seen it b4

  5. KWL Says:

    make sure to log into ticketmaster beforehand…

    pretty sure you can specify pavilion before searching, but you can also reject the tickets they give you.

  6. gus Says:

    yeah @nabby if you haven’t gotten the answer already, i’m pretty sure you are able to specify between lawn and pav on ticketmaster/livenation

  7. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    im trying to decide whether or not i should do ticketmaster tomorrow

    what are the odds of grabbing to pavillion pavs for MPP both nights? 0 to 1,000,000

    I think I’ll just wait it out.

  8. Prince Nabby Says:

    Hmmm. I thought that MPP was being sold through TicketFly. That’s the vendor link I get through

  9. halcyon Says:


    It has to do with Oink, one of the predecessors to what and one of the founders were put on trial and was found innocent. Something like that.

  10. Prince Nabby Says:

    BK. If I get pavs, I’ll gladly sell you my lawns ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. KWL Says:

    i hit t-ride and spac lawns, so i have a lot of work to do yet. no complaints obviously, was already mentally preparing to miss t-ride from a handful of counties over.

    tomorrow will be a busy day, that is for sure, from greeks at 8am to telly camping at 1pm and a whole lot in between (mountain time).

    blossom, spac, & cmac are my ‘for sure’ east coast shows, we will see how the new job goes, and what the ticket situations will be, for the likes of camden and possibly a few others.

    job ends july 1 so will probably seriously contemplate the southern run.

  12. Prince Nabby Says:

    OK, I just checked TM, and they seem *not* to be selling MPP tix. Those are available instead through TicketFly.

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

    so nothing to worry about,
    i felt like I was being spy’d on

  14. gus Says:

    i don’t care what the chances are, i’m still gonna be on livenation tomorrow at 11am for jones beach. i will try with all my might to get good seats.

  15. KWL Says:

    BK, I would give it a shot tomorrow, but if you don’t pull pavilions, let them go and wait on it. Chances of getting pavilions in the future for less than face are likely small, so get ’em now if you can.

    if not, lawns will always be there, and the BB will take care of you.

  16. Prince Nabby Says:

    @KWL. Big ups on Tride. That’s just awesome. I did the RR run last year, and I’m of the opinion that Phish and thin air mix together extremely well, but I just want to stretch my money further.

  17. sumodie Says:

    Minerโ€™s 2010 series: View from the lawn

    where r people staying for the Greek?

    I thought we were all invited to crash with Miner and the Mrs!

  18. sumodie Says:

    Doing last minute coordination with my Telluride friends, only one of whom is actually within the county. Will have to hear what he says about the locals’ sale

    I’m also kissing up to the TicketHorse website, my new best online friend for the next couple days 8)

  19. KWL Says:

    thanks Nabby, was definitely a surprise.

    scoring the ‘hometown’ show in august, working a monday through thursday east coast job in june during a weekend-heavy tour. i am a lucky man this summer.

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

    Great we got TicketBastard and TicketHo’s

  21. KWL Says:

    @sumo, you did see that ALL local tickets must be used by locals I trust, not the expected situation where a local can buy 2 and use the 2nd however s/he wants.

  22. KWL Says:

    interesting announcement today on the paperless telly tix.

    If tickethorse doesn’t crash and burn in seconds, that is why.

  23. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Phish at altitude is different, definitely.


    I have your crash pad in Telluride if you have my extra. ๐Ÿ™‚

    No really, completely serious I am, indeed.

    Kudos on the connect.

    Tomorrow should be fun.

  24. sumodie Says:

    @KWL: Greeks onsale is 10am Pacific I think

  25. Prince Nabby Says:

    @PB: I think you mean tomorrow should be “fun”

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