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:

    I know…and I was…

  2. YborCity Says:

    Wow. Just wow.

  3. SplitOpenAndSparkle Says:


  4. Dr. Pronoia Says:

    Nothing 3.0 in the first set?

    Could be a deep Light, and maybe a new tune, in the 2nd?

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    Andrew to the rescue it sounds like! good man

    Jay’s in TX @pbs

  6. BrandonKayda Says:

    Something tells me that Bowie was big…

    Words cannot express how happy I am for those in Chitown right now…

  7. forbinn Says:

    looks like the goods

  8. Mr. Completely Says:

    in return @pbs I can tell you where to get the best Mexican food Portland has ever had, for less than $10 a plate – and you won’t believe it but it’s not a cart!

  9. butterflyeffect Says:

    A no 3.0 show would please me, although 3.0 is welcome.

  10. butterflyeffect Says:

    We could see a Tweezer > Light to open.

  11. Mr. Completely Says:

    yeah I noticed the lack of 3.0 and breakouts too

    JLC was the only thing semi rare

    whole > sum of parts

  12. PBS Says:

    llfa @ Mr. C. Fair trade! And I have to say, I’m shocked that you’ll so easily cheat on the beloved food carts!

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    of course setlists mean nothing, could be total slop for all we know

    (I don’t think that’s likely, just saying)

  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    Santeria is not a place to be missed, my friend. You can’t get even bad cochinita or tinga most places and this places crushes both of them and much else besides. and if you like hot, they bring a habanero salsa that’s a legit world class badass.

  15. jay Says:

    @PBS, I am in Austin.

  16. PBS Says:

    Compared to the setlist from Fenway, this sure bodes well for how quickly they got off the blocks. FWIW, they opened II of that show with Tweezer>Light, so my money is on Birds.

  17. Dr. Pronoia Says:

    Friend says no improv, but top shelf Type I, with amazing band-crowd energy

  18. PBS Says:

    ahhh, Austin. Was just down there in late April. Always a good time. Almost as awesome a city as Portland!

  19. c0wfunk Says:

    phish always unpredictable. I can’t imagine anyone put a list like that together for tonight. I look forward to hearing it!

  20. voidboy Says:

    hey BB’ers… would love to stay and chat but can’t risk “dispelling” my hopes for a “non-spoiler” (tomorrow night)…. Any good “live” feeds out there? I guess I could handle that. My mind’s a fragile thing… don’t want to screw things up with too many expectations.

    far f’ing out… I love this stuff… it’s going to be a sweet summer.

  21. BrandonKayda Says:

    I’m pretty impressed at how they went straight for the jugular this set, no real cool-down songs.

  22. PBS Says:

    Mr. C – I’ve def heard good things about Santeria…but never been. I’ll change that soon enough!

  23. pagesidehighschool Says:

    First set looks like a whopper on paper, can’t wait for miners review tomorrow

  24. Mr. Completely Says:

    Santeria deserves the rep it’s gotten so quickly. Plus it shares a bathroom with Mary’s so you get a little bit of the awesome craziness that is Mary’s without actually catching any of the many infections you might pick up from spending real time there

  25. c0wfunk Says:

    that set could have easily been played in 1997. The most recent song is what – dw/d? Boogie on and jlc weren’t in rotation in the mid 90s. So yeah – 1997 list. I bet it was quite a bit less funky than it would have been in 97

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