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:

    also – i really hope these possible T-storms don’t delay my flight too much…if all goes on schedule i should be rolling into BTB Fest around 1:30-2:00.

  2. sumodie Says:

    10 years ago today…

    Hibiya Outdoor Theatre, Tokyo, Japan

    We need a Japanese Meatstick tonight! (English version need not apply)

  3. fat bastard Says:

    hawks fans are EVERYWHERE already. def. BOAF tonite

  4. tela'smuff Says:

    @Luther – where do you live in KY? I’m hitting the Party Source in Covington after work today. i live on the west side of the Nati.

  5. mrfergie Says:

    So pumped for new Phish, wedding finances have me only seeing Hartford 1, but I’m still giddy as hell.

    My sister lives in Chicago, and is making her way to the parade – the city is hoppin right now according to her

  6. Sneaking Allie Through the Alley Says:

    Morning BB!
    Working, doing some flying in the Wild Blue Yonder and getting ready for BTB fest, I’ll be in sometime tomorrow afternoon. Excited to meet you all that are coming!

  7. sumodie Says:


    I’ve contracted a digital download disease since hanging on the BB. In just over a year my computer has been infected with 350+ PH shows and counting

    And now there’s fresh PH waiting to explode across the country!!


  8. Mitch Says:

    Alright fools. Were only a couple hours from btb fest.

    No! Sleep! Til BTB!

  9. U know what 2 Drew! Says:

    Did we ever find out the answers to Minerese I and II? If so, where are they? If not, when will we?

  10. Mdawg Says:

    here we go…

    just started really going through the new Phish website. I click on the “music” button and what do I see?

    Party Time

    2010 summer tour will be “Party Time!”

  11. Mdawg Says:

    Chicago is indeed poppin’ off right now!

  12. Guyute711 Says:

    I haven’t listened to Party Time in a while. I love Splinters of Hail.

  13. William H. Bonney Says:–fbintl_ap-wcup-mandela-relativekilled.html

    Tough break for the Mandela family.

  14. llamalee Says:

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT”S FUCKING GO TIME. sadly i will be on a plane to NYC when the show starts and probably won’t be able to look at setlists all weekend. maybe i might do no spoilers for once. putting 50 on new song opener

  15. BrandonKayda Says:

    Tour starts tonight!!!! I’m pondering whether I should keep up with my Phish fast after tonight or not.

    Decisions, decisions……

  16. Luther Justice Says:

    I’m in southern Ohio, north of Cinci. I know the Party Source store you speak of. They used to have kegs of Jack Daniels.

    Keg of Jack = TROUBLE

  17. fat bastard Says:

    “The cup is here, TP is near,
    its later then you think.
    Before you passout tonight,
    you’ll have too much to drink.
    Steal away before the dawn
    and bring BT good news.
    And if you get pulled over in Ohio,
    make sure to stash your dubes.”

  18. zzyzx Says:

    I make an exception for the show stream because it’s live.

  19. bouncin fan Says:

    Breaking my 2 month phish fast with the Toyota party time opener

    Getting stoked

  20. marcoesq Says:

    morning all, getting excited watching the opening to Mex-SA right now!

    It may have taken me a day to gain my composure but I just wanted to congratulate the Hawks fans out there

    Their intensity simply out-scored and took advantage of opportunities that we couldn’t

    Great game the other night, I think my Kane-bash from last week came back to haunt me!

  21. Luther Justice Says:

    Our highway patrol is no joke in Ohio. Be very careful. They all have crew cuts and no sense of humor. I’ve tried the humor route and it never works on ’em.

  22. El Duderino Says:

    Where the fuck is LW???

  23. tela'smuff Says:

    @luther – cool. I grew up in Oxford.

    BTB, it’s on.

  24. fat bastard Says:

    thats why bouncin chose the rent a car route. dress like a dork for the car ride.

  25. marcoesq Says:


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