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. Mr. Completely Says:

    @KWL’s post reminded me of “Mr. Natural Does the Dishes,” if anyone is familiar with that…

  2. Willowed Says:

    By the way

  3. Kenny Powers Says:


    one of TJ Kirk’s albums (came out around ’96 or ’97 i think) was my soundtrack during my 4-day cross-country to S.F. on a Greyhound when i was 21 soundtrack. Great stuff. Scott Amendola is my daddy.

  4. Gavinsdad Says:

    @uncle eb: sure thing

    you know, the best part about getting a ticket to a show is that your only job from that point on is to have fun. Don’t get distracted by lifes little curveballs once you make it thru the door. Hopefully most of us have cleared the “trainwrecks” of past tours and shows and lifetimes. Phish is one place where I like to leave the bullshit at the turnstile. Summer approacheth!

  5. Kenny Powers Says:


    what’s that other late ’90s Charlie Hunter project w/ the vibraphone player? super mellow funky jazz.

  6. Mr. Completely Says:

    for me, doors, gates and windows are important mental symbols

    when you pass through you don’t have to be the same person you were on the other side

    all of the stress of your life, and all the craziness of getting to the show, and finding parking, and dealing with your stressed out friends, and meeting up, and all of that – which at a high pressure show like the Greek can be intense, cause everyone is so worried about getting in and where their seat will be and stuff – well –

    when you pass through the gate you’re in the show and it’s a world unto itself

    all obstacles between you and the thing you love have been removed

    if you bring any of that stuff with you, that’s just a decision you’re making

    check your baggage at the door…

  7. Willowed Says:

    Mr. C.
    Write that down. That’s the bible of happiness.
    I agree with my whole heart!

  8. Willowed Says:

    In other words. Turn the switch off, it’s time to let yourself go!
    Embrace the unkwown and smile.

  9. KWL Says:

    i do not know who mr natural is. but seriously, doin the dishes with no running water is no simple task.

    just finding meditative spaces in the grind of everyday life.

    nice thoughts from backpack man & C there.

  10. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    Evening Mr C.

  11. Willowed Says:

    We’re all in this together, let’s help eachother along the way
    bassier tone

  12. KWL Says:

    @locust, san luis valley, close to new mexico.

  13. KWL Says:

    where is cowfunk? he would have a very synth-laden footbell. moogbell?

  14. Gavinsdad Says:

    Word C. The obstacle removal program.

    Wasn’t that rad TAB tune called obstacle of course?

  15. Mr. Completely Says:

    Mr Natural Does the Dishes


    “just finding meditative spaces in the grind of everyday life.”

    ^^^ just so

    I grew up with this above the kitchen sink and now I have my own fully color copy of it…I keep it at work…

    not a huge Crumb fan (misogyny = fail) but I love that piece

  16. Mr. Completely Says:

    The removal of obstacles that stand between our everyday selves and our higher selves is a subject of general interest to me and it’s interesting how much can be done simply with a change of perspective.

    Walking through a gate can be just going from outside to inside a building.

    Or it can be a complete change in your mode of being.

    Pretty much just depends on you.

  17. Mr. Completely Says:

    what up Marshall! just a quick drive-by really, workin late, then running errands, then home just in time for Lost later on…

  18. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    Those are some wise words, Mr C.

    I like your way of thinking. I’ll definitely keep that kind of mentality in mind.

    Thank you.

  19. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    Consumed by 3.6 beers for the evening. Now just waiting until Lost starts.

  20. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    This is going to be My SUMMER of PHISH. I’m 38. I’ve been going to shows since 1994, but this summer will be a record for me (7 shows over three months).


  21. Mitch Says:

    has Halycon been around today? anyone have his email?

  22. jdub Says:

    @Mr. C and @ gdad, great thoughts. I couldn’t agree more with both of you. When the lights go down and I’m in my seat it is as if the world stops for 3 hours. I love the focus on the music and letting go of everyday worries.

    Perception is reality. So why not perceive beauty and positivity in the world even if there is so much turmoil.

  23. Mitch Says:

    never mind i found his email.

  24. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    Why can’t I have one Phish show every month for the rest of my life – like a “…… of the month” club?

  25. Mr. Completely Says:

    the hard part is not turning all the way back into your mundane self when you go back out through the gate

    pretty much impossible if you have worldly attachments (family, etc)

    but that’s just how it is with peak experiences

    I just try to bring one thing back with me each time and integrate it into my everyday life

    just one thing

    after awhile it adds up

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