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. JerZ Says:

    Big fan of the encore

  2. c0wfunk Says:

    digging deep into the catalog? It is the first show? You have to set the standard before you can vary on it..

  3. c0wfunk Says:

    Looks like a great rockin setlist, I look forward to hearing just how it went down.

  4. jay Says:

    was it julius or cavern encore?

  5. halcyon Says:


  6. BrandonKayda Says:


  7. c0wfunk Says:

    definitely a go-go-go kind of night. i’m sure the chicago stadium energy was furious.

  8. JerZ Says:

    Any word on the Maze- that can either be a great song or terrible depending on how its played. Few songs can swing so far from show to show

  9. kayatosh Says:

    cowfunk: just noting that all tunes played tonight with the exception of light and show of life, were debuted in 97 or earlier tunes and could all be considered phish standards/classics.

  10. BrandonKayda Says:

    All in all, a great night from the boys from the looks of it. I can’t wait to hear everybody’s perspective of the show tomorrow, especially Miner’s 🙂

    Goodnight folks, I’ll catch you guys tomorrow night for Hershey!!!


  11. jay Says:

    you mean Cayahoga BK right?

  12. kayatosh Says:

    for my selfish hershey reasons, I am pleased w/ tonight’s setlist.

    they cleared a lot of songs that i’m not jonesin to hear, with the exception of boogie on, JJLC, light , and ghost. any of those 4 would have cool nice to hear at hersh.

  13. kayatosh Says:

    shit it’s 12:30 PM. got a rest up. can’t be sluggish for hersh.

    also pleased to report that i’m caught up on chores.

  14. kayatosh Says:

    good night.

  15. BrandonKayda Says:

    Yeah that’s what I meant, my bad. I got the two shows mixed up

  16. ChefBradford Says:


    I) Walls of the Cave>Birds of a Feather, Roggae, Pebbles and Marbles>Cities>Gotta Jibboo, Ocelot

    II) Waves>Scents>Sparkle, Stash>46 Dapys

    E) Round Room>Golden Age

    y’know, all songs post 97 other than Cities, Sparkle, Stash

    inverse, like

  17. BrandonKayda Says:

    Now I’m really out.

    Goodnight everyone, thanks for the banter tonight

  18. butterflyeffect Says:

    Thanks for a fun night y’all. Phish. Tour. Is. Here.

  19. kayatosh Says:

    chef: nice sets. i’d like to see some of those gems saved for hershey. waves — yes please!

    now i’m really out. must sleeeeeep

  20. Jtran Says:

    So glad I added both MPPs and CMAC to my tour

  21. ChefBradford Says:

    Just think, with that second set I came up with, everyone could get that face-melting Sparkle they want so badly!

  22. bouncin fan Says:

    Band sounds great

  23. sumodie Says:

    It was pretty meh-ish on the stream…

    This is why I don’t do stream -really cannot tell HOW the show is going

    Fun reading back thru all your comments to get the setlist

    And the word is down from Bouncin’!

  24. sumodie Says:

    Kinda cool….PH tour page lists pre-, setbreak, and post- tunes

  25. bouncin fan Says:

    Best bowie yet

    Best 1st set 3.0

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