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. ChefBradford Says:

    The Robot. the robot. and THE ROBOT

  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    well like if everything about you can change, what part of you is “you” ?

    I guess, what part doesn’t change, even if everything changes?

    is it just the memories that tie everything together?

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    hehehe Chef is cheating he’s read the book

  4. Lycanthropist Says:

    ahh that make more sense C


    if you havent watched LOST yet C, be prepared.. Its a real mind fuck

  5. KWL Says:

    positive vibes your way robear. on the board and in real life, no blackboarder has spread more love than you. and your work with WW is an inspiration. here’s to me kicking your ass in the first annual disc golf non-vitational

    i am in the thick of noah’s ark. jedi speak.

  6. halcyon Says:

    LOST = WTF = Love this show

  7. ChefBradford Says:

    also (V?): robear. Robear. ROBEAR

    Robear is one of the first people with whom I conversed here, and was the first (of many) to show selfless kindness

    One. Kind. Man.

  8. Mr. Completely Says:

    well its not on for 50 minutes out here, so…

    no way, a Desmond ep is a mindfuck?!? shocking

  9. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    Mr C, seriously, you’ve blown my mind twice tonight now.

    Well done sir, well done 🙂 I really need to incorporate some of that attitude into daily life, change some things, etc. Good stuff to be thinking about over the next few days

  10. Lycanthropist Says:

    the memories definitely continue to define who we are, and our choices do too

  11. halcyon Says:

    Robear … Manifest your reality, live in the positive (I need to listen to myself here too) 😉

    Things will work out and will be good.

  12. KWL Says:

    how fast does lost make it onto hulu after airing?

  13. ChefBradford Says:

    Yeah, I’ve read that particular book, but I didn’t mean to come off as cheating, although I did almost mention the “gateless gate” earlier when you made the excellent comment about windows, doors, and gates

    It’s just that reading and thinking that helps to give me some perspective

    The “robot/Robot/ROBOT” is just part of a larger whole

  14. KWL Says:

    can i tell you folks a secret? i used to like conversing with SillyWilly on here. but now? his avatar just scares the shit out of me. hope he doesn’t come around tonight.

  15. BTB Says:

    Later guys,


  16. KWL Says:

    i have no idea what you are talking about Mr C, but you sound dangerously postmodern!

  17. ChefBradford Says:

    Our memories help to define who we are. The problem is that they’re so damn subjective, and ever-changing

  18. KWL Says:



  19. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    ^ Well spoken Chef

    So I gotta get to sleep. Heading out to a funeral tomorrow/Thursday, so I’ll catch you guys Friday hopefully. Thanks for the conversation these last couple of days


    (and I can’t leave without doing this)


  20. halcyon Says:



  21. halcyon Says:

    Chuck D and JerZ


  22. BingosBrother Says:

    A poem for Robear by BingosBrotha

    Made of Love

    You may think, that what you see
    Is light from up above
    But as for me, well I believe
    The sun is made of love

    You may think, that what you breathe
    Are molecules of air
    But as for me, well I believe
    It’s love that disappeared

    You may think, the plants we eat
    Are all just chlorophylled
    But as for me, well I believe
    They live on love we spilled

    You may think, the tears we weep
    Are made of H2O
    But as for me, well I believe
    It’s love that overflowed

  23. ChefBradford Says:

    Bingos, excellent!

    Made Of Love, Copyright 2010, BingosBrother

  24. Lycanthropist Says:

    nice bingos

  25. Lycanthropist Says:


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