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. PBS Says:

    Fair enough…though the RR Stash seemed to go beyond containment as well as a couple others. Cincy SOAM also comes to mind, but fairly contained as compared to that Sally.

  2. Guyute711 Says:

    setlist is good but I hope when I see them there is a little more variety ie new tunes possibly new covers. I want to definitely see some stuff that was on the shelf last year too.

  3. BrandonKayda Says:

    Mr C – The 12/28 Miami Stash got pretty deep for a bit, with dark Mike bombs leading the jam for a little while. I would consider that one “open”; sure maybe it isn’t 12/31/03, but it went pretty far IMO

  4. PBS Says:

    You too C! Been lurking lightly…the work/kids/life thing’s kept me away. But you know i’m down for the couch tour!

  5. jay Says:

    were on the songs this set contained? Disease, Wolfman’s? Did they open up at all?

  6. Mr. Completely Says:

    without getting into our tedious discussions of open vs closed I think we can safely say that open jamming is at best extremely rare in first sets and even “closed” improv doesn’t really happen in every first set anymore except in the most limited sense of solos

  7. butterflyeffect Says:


  8. Dr. Pronoia Says:


  9. halcyon Says:

    Any chance there might be some Blues collaboration with the blues fest being right around the corner

    random thought

  10. PBS Says:

    They prolly hit that 9-10 min mark on Wolfman’s…but the rest is probably pretty tight. Hope Reba was clean…love it when they kill that tune.

  11. butterflyeffect Says:

    Bowie or Lope to close fo sho.

  12. BrandonKayda Says:

    I’ll agree with you there, Mr C.

    Aside from like 97-99′, 03′ there was never that much truely “open” improvisation in first sets anyhow

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    I think that one’s safely contained too Brandon

    Stash has a lot of room in it, I think unless it actually develops a unique theme it’s still stash…

    but that’s the discussion that’s getting a little beaten down these days

  14. butterflyeffect Says:

    Although they might get two more tunes in

  15. Mr. Completely Says:

    absolutely true BK

  16. Mr.Palmer Says:


  17. PBS Says:

    yea, def didn’t mean to get that shit rollin’ again…open, closed, outerspace, whatevs. I love the phish from Vermont…

  18. fee4zy Says:

    Who called the Bowie?

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  20. SplitOpenAndSparkle Says:

    hot first set!

  21. Dr. Pronoia Says:

    Into Bowie!

  22. PBS Says:

    BK, as usual…

  23. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Bowie. Can we talk about this?

  24. BrandonKayda Says:


    That oughta cap off this banger of a first set in style! Let’s hope Trey destroys this Antelope with some RR3 psychedelica

  25. butterflyeffect Says:

    I sort of third-called it, Fee. BK too as well I think.

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