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.


1,300 Responses to “Here We Go…”

  1. kenny powers Says:

    hells yeah Luther! Flyin’ in from Boston. First Ohio show! Only other places in Ohio I’ve been are Cleveland and Oberlin. Pumped!

  2. jdub Says:

    The wait is over. Chicago must be bubbling with excitement. Being a former sports junkie I have the same feelings I used to have on opening day of baseball season. All the hot stove speculation is over. So pumped to see/hear what we get this summer.

    For those going, have a blast today and this evening!

  3. kenny powers Says:

    anyone know if there’s a package store in between Akron-Canton and BTB Fest where i can pick up some heady brews?

  4. Mr.Palmer Says:

    I posted this last night. Hysterical video of a miner league manager (Wally Backman) getting tossed from a miner league game. One of the best i’ve seen. He’s miked up as well, which makes it even better.

    Happy your opener day everyone, and World Cup…

    RIP- Nelson Mandela’s great granddaughter killed in a car accident last night. 13 years old.

  5. jdub Says:

    @KP, don’t know of a store but I do know Ohio has drive through liquor stores. How civilized.

  6. Luther Justice Says:

    I’d hit BTB up on that. I only am an expert on the southern half of Ohio. However, we have pretty relaxed alcohol sales laws here, so you can usually find very nice stuff at any grocery chain. We like to get our drink on here! We are also the land of drive-thru alcohol sales!

    When I was living up in New Hampshire in 95, I was amazed you could buy alcohol at rest stops. Why should your passengers have to do without?

  7. Holger Dansk Says:

    If you like Bell’s Oberon, you’d also like Celis White, and when you’re around Asheville, NC, don’t miss Pisgah Solstice. Pisgah brewery is in Black Mountain, 15 min east of Asheville, but you can find it in a number of stores in Asheville. Serve mighty cold.

  8. Luther Justice Says:

    I don’t know if its still the case, but in Kentucky, you used to be able to by liquor at the store and sit down and drink from the bottle.

  9. BTB Says:

    KP – brews are everywhere. The grocery stores have solid beers. A Giant Eagle would be fine (grocery store)

    Miner’s Site is about to get 15,000 hits today!!!!!!!!!

    BTB Fest is 1/2 set up. Just got to mow the lawn and set up some food + chairs.

  10. c0wfunk Says:

    pisgah’s one of the best – their pale ale is a great summer beer.

    Asheville – beer city usa 2010!

  11. BTB Says:

    CK5 quoted in the Phish Companion as saying Blossom is one of his favorite venues in the country.

  12. ma Says:


    happy daze are here again….here we go indeed!!
    summer is here and the time is right for dancin’ in the streets.

    happy tourin’ pholks…it’s gonna be hot, hot, hot, hot ,hot.

    see you all in mpp, atl, and the Greek!!

    **soul shakedown opener

  13. the_rizzle Says:

    holla got my merriweather fedex email this morning, tour & world cup starts tonight, damnnnn!!!!!!!!

  14. Luther Justice Says:

    I’ll be up in the morning. I’ve got some fires to put out at work so I can be off Monday to travel back from Hershey. Looking forward to meeting you!

  15. c0wfunk Says:

    got the merriweather email this morning too .. 2 weeks ! New phish in 12 hours 🙂 My phish fast has been effective, I’m chomping at the bit for some new jams

    did you guys see [a href=”″]girl dresses up as phish[/a] ?

  16. c0wfunk Says:

    hm markup fail oh well

  17. gratefulcub Says:

    Luther, I don’t know what part of Kentucky you were in 😉

    Our liquour laws are dreadful. More than half the counties in the state are dry, and when they aren’t, you usually can’t buy on Sunday. Because it’s the Lord’s day, of course.

  18. c0wfunk Says:

    “beer is proof that god loves us and wants us to be happy” -Ben Franklin

  19. Wilson8or Says:

    Morning everyone! So pumped for today. Blackhawks parade, meeting some of you guys, and PHISH! For some reason, I’m feeling a Jim opener, too. As for Blackhawks references: They played loving cup last year for the encore, so I doubt that’ll surface. I do like something with Birds: BOAf, or, cross fingers: Forbin>Mockingbird with a narration of how crushed Trey is that the Flyers lost! Cheers everyone! See you there

  20. gratefulcub Says:

    FYI: World Cup start times

    7:30 a.m.
    10:00 a.m.
    2:30 p.m.

    Except for today, there is no 7:30.

    Not that I have had my Excel schedule with matchups and start times printed since the day after the draw or anything like that…..well, ok…maybe something exactly like that.

  21. fat bastard Says:

    rained ha4d this morning hopefully its clear skies tonite..stickin w foam opener

  22. Guyute711 Says:

    PYITE is the opener for sure

  23. gratefulcub Says:

    AC/DC Bag

  24. kenny powers Says:

    thanks on the beer tips guy/gals. i’m all about trying local microbrews that i can’t find in Boston, so hopefully i’ll choose a good one!

  25. Wilson8or Says:

    @FB: it’s supposed to rain tonight. It might even rain on the parade…quite literally

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