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:

    that’s a great fricken idea Marshall.

    Although I’d want the two-fer. One weekend a month.

  2. jdub Says:

    Just sent it to you anyway Mitch

  3. jdub Says:

    Peak experiences often are followed by a bit of a letdown. I like your idea C of carrying one thing with you into the mundane life. One weekend a month would probably help that let down cause you know it’s coming around the bend very soon.

  4. Mitch Says:

    so whats the latest with these shirts? did anyone grow a funny-bone while i’ve been away?

  5. Willowed Says:

    Here’s a funny idea for a shirt
    Talking commences at setbreak…now shut the fuck up!

  6. Mr. Completely Says:

    the whole question of how to turn a peak experience into lasting change in your life is a pressing one for many of us…especially if you use psychedelics which make peak experiences easy to come by without much effort

  7. gratefulcub Says:

    I wish I could leave it all behind at the gate, but some of life comes with me.

    But, as Mr. C so wisely said, the key is to keep a little of what happened inside when you go back to the real world. Just a little here and there. *ting*

  8. gavinsdad Says:

    was hard to keep the gorge with me once i got on the plane back to PHL from SEA. boy how i tried. i was triple knocked out there. scenery plus band plus community. pretty great.

    let’s see what we can drum up this summer.

    @marshall – pumped for you. i somehow lined up a few shows too. will be nice to run into you (and many others from on here) in NC.

    Lost in 10.

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    cub, I finally figured out that was why a couple of my tour friends had full-on show personas that they basically turned into…not just a tour name, but like a whole alternate, more easygoing personality they’d kind of flip into, so as to avoid bringing things with them….

    not saying it’s a healthy idea, sounds like a confusing mindfuck to me

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    out y’all


  11. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    I have different personas. Part of living.

  12. SplitOpenAndSparkle Says:

    anyone hear any info on trey possibly playing waka?……
    seems strange, and i dont know if its true, but, have heard (seen, really) things.

    He’s playing hangout in may, but Waka is something like June 3rd…hmmm? really close to phishsummertour…?

    hangout on the beach is gonna be sweet!

  13. ChefBradford Says:

    Anyone else noticed that the Ticketmaster link for the 7/3 show on the Phish.com page links to 7/4? I’ve been totally unable to find anything for 7/3 there. Recommendations?

    Also, I’ve got a lawn pass for 7/4, but I’d really like to get pit or pav, if anyone’s got an extra, or something happens, I’d like you to think of me.

    Also(II): I’m re-recommending the book “I Wouldn’t Start From Here”, by Andrew Mueller. It’s a collection of writings from his trips to some of the most dangerous places in the world since the mid- or late-90s (he is a journalist). It’s hilarious, thought provoking, and emotionally stirring. I’m re-reading it now. If anyone is interested in it, but for some reason can’t find it, or isn’t willing to shell out the cash for it, let me know, I’ll gladly mail it to you on condition that it’s returned on completion. Should be easy to find though

    Also(III): Probably watching “Brazil” for the first time tonight, it’s been in my queue for awhile, finally came up. Question: to ‘bane or not to ‘bane?

  14. ChefBradford Says:

    If Trey does Wakarusa, I’m there. Already had an invite from a hot friend of the female persuasion, so…

  15. gratefulcub Says:

    I just can’t leave my family outside the gate, they go with me everywhere. And if they are with me, my responsibility for them goes with me. Not complaining, I would have it no other way. I like having them around, even if they are physically hundreds of miles away.

    That was a change in 3.0 for me. 2.0 I cut loose. 1.0 I had no responsibility other than getting to the next show, or the hotel. But, I didn’t bring as much home from 1.0 as I do 3.0.

    I’ve even lost myself at this point in this ramble.

  16. SplitOpenAndSparkle Says:

    bane or not to bane….

    “haha!…..cough cough, cough….eyes watering….hahaha!”

    what movie?

  17. ChefBradford Says:

    Split- “Brazil”, a Terry Gilliam film. I don’t smoke much at all anymore, but I tend to keep enough around for a bowl or two

  18. jdub Says:

    Yeah we have different personas but they all carry a common thread, when we let go and take on a laid back persona at a show or in other situations we carry our core with us. That is what we can take from peak moments, a strengthened core.

  19. SplitOpenAndSparkle Says:

    chef, twas just kidding…..i say, couldent hurt…
    baned for fear and loathing……and was entertained to the max…
    am not familiar with Bazil….

  20. Mitch Says:

    chef, sounds like you’re going to wakarusa. hot lady in a sticky tent. things could get interesting.

  21. voopa Says:


    bane up, by all means!


    Pound for Pound, right? Good stuff…I’ll gather some various Charlie Hunter stuff and up it soon.

  22. gratefulcub Says:

    I’m too old for a sticky lady in a hot tent. I need a shower, candles, and to be romanced damnit!

  23. SplitOpenAndSparkle Says:

    “sticky tent”…?

    one of those premature things eh?
    It happens..
    Think baseball thoughts.

  24. ChefBradford Says:

    Mitch, yeah, that’s kind of what I was thinking. I can’t remember much of the line-up, but there are a couple of bands I’d like to see, but normally wouldn’t go out of my way to check out (STS9, Bisco)

  25. voopa Says:

    sticky tent…reminds me of pre-show sex @ Gorge ’98…

    sorry, TMI?

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