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:

    ^no shit!

  2. Lycanthropist Says:

    so what up Chef

  3. ChefBradford Says:

    Not much, man, a rare night (mostly) off, you?

  4. Lycanthropist Says:

    not much

    just relistening to 12 31 II

    great set

  5. ChefBradford Says:

    I still need to get that. Haven’t downloaded anything lately because of computer/iPod problems, but I finally realized: my fucking phone is an iPod

    problem solved

  6. voopa Says:

    That was incredible, Bingo’s! Especially when listening to the Albany ’09 Seven Below while reading.

  7. voopa Says:

    Did you watch Brazil, chef?

  8. butter Says:

    kids and their iphones

  9. Pencilneck Says:

    digs bingos poem

  10. ChefBradford Says:

    Eh, made it a good way in. So far, I like Gilliam’s later movies better. My parents took me, for some reason, to see the Fisher King at the theater. I was maybe nine years old? Made a big impression then, and it remains one of my all-time favorite movies. Jeff Bridges is perhaps the most underrated actors of…well, ever

    Robin Williams turns in an impressive performance, Michael Jeter is shockingly good, and Mercedes Rheul (sp?) deserved the Oscar she got

  11. ChefBradford Says:

    Kids and their iPhones? Idiots and their anything. It took two damn months for me to figure that out

    Man, do I feel sheepish

  12. voopa Says:

    Love Fisher King

  13. butter Says:

    Chef, don’t feel bad man

    all this technology is at our fingertips but takes forever to learn how to use

    at least you know now

    read the fuckin book 😉

  14. ChefBradford Says:


  15. ChefBradford Says:

    No shit. My has a t-shirt that reads: Read the Fucking Manual


    Perfect for him, not so much for me

  16. butter Says:

    well its quite interesting how Apple actually has such minimalist instruction manuals

    i guess your supposed to use online help and the call center

  17. ohhphee Says:


    Hail Discordia! I AM the Robot! llfa

    I just finished Illuminatus! and WOW! Even better than I remembered it was. I’m so glad I picked that up again. Thanks again BB.

  18. ChefBradford Says:

    Ha, right on ohhphee

    I’m in Leviathon now, not for the first time. Book is always a trip!

    Hail Eris

  19. ohhphee Says:

    Sorry, had to help my wife for a sec.

    Yeah, talk about Operation Mindfuck. First 100 pages or so – hard to follow, but a hell of a ride. Probably why I haven’t been around the last few days. Just got sucked into that sucker! Great 2nd read.

  20. ChefBradford Says:

    Definitely. I have a debateably bad habit of re-reading books, like, multipleXmultiple times. Reading this one for the third or fourth. Every time there’s something else I take away, something else I like or dislike (this time, I’m disliking Simon Moon’s character; seems almost unnecessary, and incredibly arrogant)

    Fun read though, every time

  21. Robear Says:

    likes Bingo’s poem. 🙂

    thx. ya’ll.

    send the love to the people involved in the mine collapse in Virginia.

    what if the ‘stimulus’ money went to installing solar panels and solar hot water heat panels on every government building and business south of the mason – dixon line? we might need less coal.

    i really am blessed. just dealing with some bumps and bruises, so to speak.

  22. ohhphee Says:

    right on @ robear. It’s true, though, what folks say about your presence here – can’t be underestimated. I’m with you on sending loving vibes out the miners and their families. They really need it.


    Iirc, Simon Moon is a character in another trilogy. Schoedinger’s Cat, maybe? Haven’t read it, but I seem to recall something about…

  23. ChefBradford Says:

    I know one of the authors of Illuminatus wrote a book(s) Schrodinger’s Cat, Moon may well be a character. I want to get that book, haven’t gotten around to it yet

  24. ohhphee Says:

    Yeah, I read up a little about RAW. What I gleaned from his character was that he reminded me of Hagbard – like an alter ego. I think I’ll look into some of his other stuff. Lots more Illuminatus related material.

  25. ChefBradford Says:

    Does he have a lot of other material? It’s not like Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson are household names. I’d love to see anything else they’ve done. I wiki’d them awhile back, seems like one of them passed on awhile back?

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