Here We Go…

Toyota Park - 8.11.09 (C.Smith)

And tonight we begin again. Amidst a Chicago dizzy with celebration in the wake of the Blackhawks first Stanley Cup victory in 49 years, Phish comes to town to kick start summer tour. In a return visit to Toyota Park, Phish will begin 2010 in the distinctly un-intimate settings of Chicago’s MLS stadium on the south side of town. In a strange synchronicity, Phish will start tour in a soccer stadium on the opening day of the World Cup, the globe’s largest sports spectacle. The month long event, aired at all hours, will be a great accompaniment to the non-stop traveling circus, popping up on hotel televisions pre and post show all June.

What will be the opener? What will be the highlights? Will we hear any debuts? What will be the jam of the show? The answers are coming in a matter of hours…


8.1.09 (G.Lucas)

NO SPOILERS UPDATE: Phish Thoughts’ “No Spoilers” Download Series is locked and loaded for Summer 2010. With behind-the-scenes maestro, HarrisC, running the show, those of you who want to listen to the shows without knowing what happened will again be in luck. We are going to roll with the same format as Fall tour – shows should be up by mid-day the following day. So if you want to live your own virtual tour from home, all you need is 24-hours of patience.

For those not familiar, Phish Thoughts’ “No Spoilers” downloads, allow me to explain. Each show will be offered in 2 files – “Set I” and “Set II + E.” There are no tracks, simply two unlabeled sets, therefore you can listen to the shows unfold as if you were there. Generally, the first source posted will be the one we use for these downloads. Down the road after tour, Phish Thoughts will offer regular, tracked copies of top-notch audience sources for each show.


Jam of the Day:

Number Line > Carini” 8.11.09 II

A newly-released SBD nugget of last year’s standout segment from Toyota Park.


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  1. Andrew Says:

    Last Summer in Camden Trey stated during the encore this year would be the Flyers year…he was close, so surely his gracefulness will succeed and a nod will be given, maybe a 25 or 6 to 4?

    Regarding those attempting to woo your companions to a show, here’s my latest template:

    Sir _____ of ________,

    King Wilson bestowed a perilous journey of utmost courage upon ye
    merry followers commencing Friday…and your companionship is requested. Your presence is vital to the health and sanity of all involved in this sanctimonious pledge to the Other. You’re in like Flynn if you want in…but, can you still have fun?

    – Rutherford the Brave

  2. Corey Says:

    Second post, second year back. Don’t slip on the It’s Ice opener.
    Will he wear the jersey?
    Will Toyota Park’s crowd be more civil than last year?
    Will they serve better beer?
    See ya’ll on tour.
    If ya’ll haven’t seen PHiSH’s new site, check it. T’is good.

  3. Corey Says:

    Will Will Forte sing the William Tell Overture louder than Will Farrell?
    Well, I bet he will.

  4. MCGGGGGG Says:

    For those about to rock!

    and those that will be on the side line for a while still!

    Go get some today!

  5. butterflyeffect Says:

    I’m leaning towards Runaway Jim for the opener, but Party Time is also a definite possibility.

    Phish in a matter of hours. Superlative.

  6. jcman311 Says:

    Will they serve better beer?

    I’m bringing some Pabst down from mil-town. He he.

    As for openers, I dont care. I saw my first Phish show about a year ago and went down to Miami on a whim. I am so hyped to see them open in Chicago and hang out with some cool peeps. It could be the worst set list as long as they played like they did in Miami…

    15 hours and waiting…

  7. bigjig Says:

    can’t sleep. Better beer? Hope so, especially with the mother of all Beers right around the corner. I’m speaking of Belle’s (Bell’s?). Oberon sure sounds good right now. Might help me catch some Z’s. Got to throw out a PYITE opener.

  8. jcman311 Says:

    Bells. Yes, definately Oberon. Mmm. I went to school in the UP and Bells was my downfall. Already had some fresh this year.

  9. Matso Says:

    Only 184 hours to go before I see Phish…

  10. KWL Says:

    who’s got my hetty Bells at BTB fest?

    i’ll be loaded down with all the southern tier you can drink.

    up early, can’t sleep, day of preparation before taking off early tomorrow am.

    jim opener

  11. Luther Justice Says:

    Looks like hot & sticky w/pop up storms for Blossom. Normally that would suck, but this band steps it up in those conditions. Cannot wait to meet all of you at Blossom & Hershey.

    One more day of work, but who cares. I’ve heard Phish is playing tonight.

  12. Willowed Says:

    Get Feckin’ Pumped!

  13. Willowed Says:

    Birds Opener….Get Feckin’ pupmed!

  14. Corey Says:

    Yeah, Birds makes more sense than It’s Ice, but I like the rarities to start off the tour.

    Willowed, no offense, but you’re just not the same without that old avatar. 🙂

    I’m not seeing ’em til Hartford and I couldn’t sleep much either.

    Love it
    When Tour

  15. josephish Says:

    punch opener. feel like a little boy waiting for christmas. 8 hours of work then im off look for the red head with a homemade fishman tank peace out guys. safe travels to all

  16. Billy Breathes Says:

    The stadium serves Fat Tire on tap…just gotta find it!! Hint: corners. 🙂

    Go Phish!

    Llama opener indeedely.

    Butterflies have arrived.

  17. Willowed Says:

    I am changing my opener prediction. Glide>Birds

  18. bouncin fan Says:

    I know its been said

    But beware of chicago traffic today

    Blackhawks parade, blues fest, cubs vs sox

    It’s 7 AM and the cities already buzzing

  19. Ziggymon Says:

    Vultures first set. BOAF second set.

  20. bouncin fan Says:

    From the back of todays wallstreet journal commenting on the collapse of the banking system in Iceland

    We used to believe in two types of hidden people in Iceland: trolls and elves.

    Now we can add bankers as a third.

  21. Brandofunk Says:

    So pumped! Wilson opener

  22. tela'smuff Says:

    Jim opener.

    I can’t wait kids! On the road in the morn’ to BTB! Road Trip mixes complete. Making a trip to the Party Source tonight to stock up on heady brews.

    KLW, what kind of Bells?

  23. kenny powers Says:

    love the avatar Willowed

  24. Luther Justice Says:

    See ya at BTBs tela! You’ll be there to KP?

  25. Luther Justice Says:


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