A Summer Finale?

The Gorge '09 (A. Headington)

One lingering question regarding summer tour remains, even after all the tickets have gone on sale: Where will the tour actually end? If we are to believe things as they stand, Phish will play their west coast and Midwestern shows, and then invite everyone back the east coast for two random midweek shows at Jones Beach. This plan seems just a tad strange, leaving everybody hanging in the New York area after a Wednesday night finale. Since when has summer tour ended on a Wednesday? This routing, however, does leave the door wide open for a day off on Thursday followed by a weekend multi-night farewell. And there have been some rumors floating around.

One of the scenarios that has been circulating in cyberspace has Phish making another trek up to Limestone, Maine to put an exclamation point on summer 2010 in old-school fashion. While the timing seems to work, with the possibility of one or two days between Jones Beach and a potential festival, the question remains if this mature incarnation of Phish will bring their traveling caravan and their families up to the edge of America for a weekend party. A relic of times gone by, arguments both for and against a return to the hallowed Air Force Base in Loring, Maine make sense. On one had, Limestone is piece of Phish history, defining many summer weekends, and the band’s return to prominence wouldn’t be fully complete without a 3.0 festival at Limestone. We had The Great Went and Lemonwheel in the first go-round, and IT in the second. It is only natural to head back to the vast magical playground of legend, allowing east coast fans to drive, not fly cross country, to a Phish festival.

10.30.09 - Indio

That being said, that was then and this is now. Limestone is a sacred slice of Phish history, a place in time and space where pieces of our hearts and souls reside forever. Those days of traffic, camping, rainstorms, Northern sunsets, and endless blue skies can never be recreated, so why even try? Phish is older and so is their fanbase, we’ve been there and done that – thrice. And who wants to deal with the logistics of getting up all the way up there again? Plus, without a party-based scene for the band, what would be the perks of being in the middle of nowhere for a couple of nights, when they can stay in posh hotels playing elsewhere. With stronger rumors of Indio on the horizon for October, it’s hard to believe that Phish will throw two festivals in three months, and with the ease, bliss, and resorts surrounding Southern California’s Empire Polo Fields, why would they try anything else?

Jones Beach "Stadium"

An original set of dates that leaked just before the official tour announcement included two Radio City shows following Jones Beach. However, any chatter of a two-night stand at New York City’s iconic theatre has fizzled out. Unless things are being kept incredibly under wraps, the likelihood of these materializing seems very slim. So the question remains, are we bidding adieu in the stadium surroundings of Jones Beach, or will something be added to end an extensive summer in style? A leg that features Phish’s marquee shows of summer – The Greek and Telluride – and their two most classic summer venues in Deer Creek and Alpine, deserves a better ending than the overcrowded and over-patrolled environs of Jones Beach. But whether or not anything will actually be added to the tour is completely up in the air. But for now, the rumor mill spins on.


Jam of the Day:

Reba” 7.3.94 I

Another standout ’94 “Reba.” This one contains an extended and sublime quote of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”




9.27.95 Cal Expo Amphitheater, Sacramento, CA < Torrent

9.27.95 Cal Expo Amphitheater, Sacramento, CA < Megaupload

Fall '95

Fall '95

The first show of the long road of Fall ’95 featured five debuts and a new arrangement for “Taste.”

I: Wolfman’s Brother, Rift, Free, It’s Ice, I Didn’t Know, The Fog That Surrounds^, Strange Design, Chalk Dust Torture, The Squirming Coil

II: Cars Trucks Buses*, AC/DC Bag, David Bowie, Billy Breathes*, Keyboard Cavalry*, Harry Hood**, Hello My Baby*, A Day in the Life

E: Possum

*Debut, ^ new arrangement of “Taste,” **Unfinished

Source: (F.O.B.) Schoeps MK4

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733 Responses to “A Summer Finale?”

  1. sumodie Says:

    Sumodie, what hotel did you find for the greek? I am looking.

    Not a fancy place but booked thru hotels.com at:

    Inn at University
    1761 University Avenue
    Berkeley 94703
    (yes, the name and weblink are the same place)

    This place looked promising but didn’t follow up:

    The missus isn’t into blow up mattresses unless we are on a backpacking trip

    Those queen and single air mattresses are GREAT (the kind that use battery powered inflater). Used them all last year for shows, even in the hotel for MIA.

  2. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    You guys are blowing shit up today! Best day for laughs on the BB in awhile

  3. KWL Says:

    having no water has actually not been all that bad. when i do get a shower, through the kindness of a neighbor, it is almost meditative. things you normally take for granted, like doing the dishes, become much more drawn out and deliberate and ritualistic.

    had no heat for a couple short spells during the winter too. and winter is cold at 9k feet in the rockies. the process of adapting to your surroundings, rather than forcing them to adapt to you, can be quite thought provoking and humbling.

    this has been ‘afternoon reflections’ with kwl. you may now proceed with the rest of your day.

  4. albertwalker Says:

    Don’t do me
    No done favor

    Don’t know karate
    But I know karazy

    Best shit ever
    James brown for president

    Cuz I need those hits!

  5. voopa Says:

    Ever heard TJ Kirk?

    Charlie Hunter, Will Bernard, John Schott on guitars
    Scott Amendola on drums

    Doing James Brown, Roland Kirk and Monk covers. Hip shit!

  6. flarrdogg Says:

    AW- I’ve been meaning to thank you for turning me onto Ghost. That ‘Hypnotic Underworld’ album has stayed in pretty heavy rotation since the day I pulled it and continues to grow on me. I have no clue what the fuck those dudes are talking about, but the music is mind-numbingly good. Real good.

  7. Lycanthropist Says:

    +1 on the Ghost rec

  8. flarrdogg Says:

    Lycan- Good to see you, man. I’m on my way out the door, but hope all is well in your world. Just finished the third season of Lost. What a mindfuck that show is. I’m completely sucked in and would have already finished if not for watching with my girl and the two of us being REAL busy. Usually 1-2 episodes per night. Thanks for helping open my mind to new things.


  9. Lycanthropist Says:

    glad you are enjoying it flarr!

  10. albertwalker Says:

    I love that album also

    some of their other shit is more folky

    Love the traditional Asian instruments

    Cool drums and guitar tones
    Very roots og psyche rock

  11. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Ever heard TJ Kirk?

    Charlie Hunter, Will Bernard, John Schott on guitars
    Scott Amendola on drums

    Indeed I would dig this in a heartbeat, most certainly.

  12. Uncle Ebeneezer Says:

    BB ROCKS!!! Thanks so much to Tzara’s Ghost and Gavin’s Dad for hooking up Thursday and Saturday Greeks. Pretty sure I’m only looking for a single Friday stub at this point….

    And Gavin’s Dad told me I could confirm his non-wook status by way of Mr. Palmer or Neemor, since they’ve gotten tickets from him before lmao.

  13. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    @ KWL

    the higher you get, the more extreme things are.

    At some point in our lives, if not already, we will all be reminded how powerful the earth is.

  14. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Not an ounce of w00kdom in GavinsDad.

  15. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Tshirt status update?

    the list?
    is it finalized?

    there is more to be added and much to be chopped/sliced, no?

  16. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Camp at DC


    look up often

  17. Uncle Ebeneezer Says:

    Thank you Mr. Palmer, for your astute assessment….

  18. Mr. Completely Says:

    @Pham – shirt in the “working on it” stage

    I will submit a edited version to Miner for his thoughts before too long

    @voopa – TJ Kirk = fun shows…a little dry, maybe…but very cool

    I have been listening to Ghost a lot recently as well. When I added that album to the iTunes share here at work it caused a bit of a sensation and a couple cow orkers went out and bought other albums of theirs so now we are having a little Japanese trip-rock revival on the network…fun stuff

    only the hardcore snobs got the Pretty Things

    and none of these cracker indie rocker guys get the Godfather… *sigh*

  19. Mr. Completely Says:

    still trying to facilitate a trade for a friend: Friday Greek for Saturday Greek

  20. Mr.Palmer Says:

    The Payback is badass. Nothing else to say.

  21. Mr. Completely Says:

    added to the ticket board re: Fri/Sat Greek trade

    heartfelt thanks again to the kind board member who is hooking me up with Greeks, and the other regular who offered to as a backup

  22. albertwalker Says:

    Been on a roxy music binge lately.

    A lot of cool shit. Was spinning the early shit to hear eno but ended up digging a lot of the later post eno stuff

    Can get dramatic and cheesy at times but the arrangements are always hip and all the musicians shred.

    Tons of phishy elements.

  23. Mr. Completely Says:

    “Those queen and single air mattresses are GREAT (the kind that use battery powered inflater). ”

    ^^^ word

  24. locust the lurker Says:

    enjoyed your post, KWL. Where in the Rockies are you, anyway?

  25. Willowed Says:

    Hey guys
    bassier tone

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