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. AintNoTele Says:

    Ah Mr C, great minds think alike! I had to check the lyrics to light before I posted and missed yours.

  2. butterflyeffect Says:

    Ghost. Sickness.

  3. butterflyeffect Says:

    WTB SBD.

  4. halcyon Says:

    Cant concentrate at work….keep hitting refresh….I can’t wait to listen to these shows.

  5. BrandonKayda Says:

    Maybe we’ll get a huge Split open and Melt->Free, Split Open and Melt signifing the protagonist’s deterioration of mind and the Free signifying his “freedom” from whatever personal torment was bourdoning him

    Maybe I’m overthinking it…

  6. Gavinsdad Says:

    The vultures would be hot shit if we follow C’s premise. I just don’t see them getting that craze so soon.

  7. BrandonKayda Says:


    Holy shit

  8. Dr. Pronoia Says:

    When is it allowable for great excitement for friends and BB acquaintances to segue into jealousy? Now?

  9. kayatosh Says:

    heavy hittin set II so far.

  10. c0wfunk Says:

    wow light maze ghost that’s quite a trio there

  11. voidboy Says:

    Ghost… fantasicle.

  12. BrandonKayda Says:

    This set is going deeeeep.

    This is first show of tour folks!!!!!!! I am honestly surprised.

  13. halcyon Says:

    Vultures for Vulture Brains!!!

  14. jay Says:

    Wow, I am impressed.

  15. BrandonKayda Says:

    They are doing Toyota Park justice.

    This tour is going to melt faces folks. I am just so happy to be seeing them on this tour. Incredible incredible opening statement

  16. kayatosh Says:

    GD they might very well be “gettin that craze” in the set going down right now.

    set II is looking big w/ that ghost in the third slot.

    the enlightenment devolving into confusion and darkness theme continues.

  17. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Looks like a great list.

  18. Dr. Pronoia Says:

    Great argument for so far in tonight’s setlist for band/host city synergy.

    Chicago has been kinetic from all accounts for the past 48 hours, and coming on the heels of a 2 million strong championship parade (in Chicago…we take long stretches seriously), I can’t believe I had doubts about how Trey and phish would respond

  19. BrandonKayda Says:

    I sense a huge dissonant Split->Slave or something->Slave


    Sorry if I’m getting a little over-excited, i am just extremely happy at the way this show is turning out.

  20. voidboy Says:


  21. BrandonKayda Says:

    “Pickin up serious momentum #Phish
    less than 5 seconds ago via txt .
    It’s a churnin #Phish
    2 minutes ago via txt .c
    chugga chugga #Phish slow down jam
    3 minutes ago via txt ”


    Sounds pretty sweet

  22. voidboy Says:


  23. BrandonKayda Says:

    Light->Maze->Ghost->Joy would make sense here

  24. lycanthropist Says:

    holy crap this is amazing shit goin down night 1! damn

  25. AintNoTele Says:

    slave would def make sense towards the end me thinks. Maybe a makisupa in there. God damn if they go ghost>twist>2001>slave

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