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. butterflyeffect Says:

    Here’s a crazy thought: Light -> Melt

  2. AintNoTele Says:

    tweezer will wait till Hershey I hope. I was really hoping divided sky would have waited untill then. I’m taking my father to his first show and he used to always listen to me playing that on guitar. It would have been pretty special but you cant win em all i guess.

    Brandon, is you dad going with you? I’m really excited about taking mine and think sharing that experience would be something really special. When he sees my ear to ear smile I think he will finally understand how much time and money I have spent on this band. Granted I’m a little older, but i think its all the same

  3. kayatosh Says:

    pardon the purple avatar. it’s really me.

  4. BrandonKayda Says:

    Things have been going good @Void

    Finished up with school, looking forward to Phish at MPP in 15 days. Trying to figure out my plans for the summer. Probably going to involve a lot of reading/piano/listening to music that’s for sure haha

  5. jay Says:

    light -> rock and roll would be cool

  6. BrandonKayda Says:

    @Tele – Yeah, my dad is going with me to both nights MPP. I’m very excited for both of us. We have really nice pavs for night 2 as well. Stoked.

  7. kayatosh Says:

    hey, void. they drop the light into twist.

  8. BrandonKayda Says:

    Light->2001 or Light->Ghost would be huge

  9. voidboy Says:


    Yeah, miss the talks. I’ve been totally busy at work. Will probably miss most shows this summer because of the baby but Fall could make things work if lucky (for the West Coast)

  10. butterflyeffect Says:

    Shit. Maze. Split was close.

  11. butterflyeffect Says:

    I mean, awesome, Maze!

  12. BrandonKayda Says:

    Light->Maze sounds awesome. This second set is off to a great start from the looks of it.

    What a stellar show so far

  13. locust_the_lurker Says:

    what’s up, boardies? Anybody have a link to a live stream?

  14. locust the lurker Says:

    Good to see the usual suspects hanging tight. Is there a live stream? Link?

  15. AintNoTele Says:

    BK: I’ll let you know how Hershey goes. I might even be the big man and be the sober drive…maybe. I cant wait to buy him his first lot beer!!! its gonna be epic

  16. butterflyeffect Says:

    Fluffhead next (sorry I love trying to guess shit, just let me know if it’s annoying lol)

  17. voidboy Says:

    oh you guys are killing me. I feel like the only one who can’t hear a thing… what’s wrong with my ears? Crap.

  18. voidboy Says:


    Trying “Hoodstream” but nothing I can be satisfied with.

  19. Mr. Completely Says:

    interesting thematic concept to Light > Maze considering Maze is about being lost in ones own mind and Light is about transcending your mind…putting them in that order suggests a descent, could go dark in the middle of this set if they’re thinking about it on that level

  20. kayatosh Says:

    light>maze –>> i’ll be lookin for a listen.

    Here’s how the rest of set ii plays out tonight

    Light>maze, It’s Ice>twist, vultures, walls of the cave, mound, beauty of broken heart, makisupa>antelope

    E: shine a light

  21. PBS Says:

    During Light, I went and fixed a light fixture in the house that has been out for days.

    The light is growing brighter now!

  22. BrandonKayda Says:

    Interesting Mr C

    Either way, Light->Maze to open set II is a pretty dark/ambient theme. I wonder what will come next?

    It’s Ice fits the bill, as does Split

  23. voidboy Says:

    @Mr. C… yes, it could get dark. Interesting reflection. I’m hoping for an “Undermind”

  24. AintNoTele Says:

    Light>maze sounds interesting in that maze is a part of a dream, maybe part of that light between me and my mind (obstacles are stepping stones, like a maze…)

  25. Dr. Pronoia Says:

    Ghost. Holy shit!

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