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. albert walker Says:

    Soccer is just like hockey but instead of hitting

    You have flopping and whining

    Working at the hedge fund with rich white guys they dig soccer and we watch all these games at work
    Actually really enjoy it

  2. halden Says:


    I only really watch Dutch and English soccer who should I be watching on the US Side?

  3. c0wfunk Says:

    yeah the flopping and whining struck me right away actually. I have a few buddies who are real into soccer around here and it’s pretty damn rough actually. When they play the local mexican teams there’s generally a fight .. sometimes the other team fights with themselves.

  4. halden Says:

    If you think they are flopping and Whining now wait until Italy and Portugal hit the Pitch.

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    I was just trolling, you guys are way cooler than most soccer fans cause usually that line makes people all huffy and defensive which I find amusing on account of I am kind of a dick.

    soccer is obviously a fairly elegant and evolved game, I just have never take the time to get the hang of it

  6. JP Says:

    anyone called a Mike’s > opener

    love wc and phish synchro

    hope someone thought to bring a soccer ball balloon for tonight

  7. KWL Says:

    do any of the teams take siestas?

  8. Mr. Completely Says:

    “sometimes the other team fights with themselves.”

    damn that’s gangsta

    not Aussie Rules Football level gangsta, but…respeck.

  9. bhizzle Says:

    KWL – your taking Southern Tier brews and no Middle Ages?

  10. c0wfunk Says:

    one game I saw ended w a spectator and a player scrapping!

  11. KWL Says:

    damn bhizzle, you’re gonna make me go to the brewery this afternoon?? shiiiit.

  12. albert walker Says:

    Imagine trying to ref when every bit of contact evokes diving and crying

    I think they need to call more dives and clean up that shit

    Of course I don’t know shit about soccer and just watch the Cup when it comes around

    Great to watch though. Cut some live games when it was in Chicago back in the day.

  13. KWL Says:

    just did all the shopping, i have one big bottle of middle ages X (double IPA, 10%) in the cooler… might have to go scoop a growler of wailing wench to share

  14. marcoesq Says:


    you and your boy (alan?) going tonight?

  15. kayatosh Says:

    what up? Tonight’s the night do do do doooo tonight’s the night.

    have fun all you chicago going folks

    see you at hershey!!!!!!

    peace. be safe. love yourself and you will be Love.

    big thanks again to gavin’s dad. woot woot. a saint among men.

    officially began my phish fast with a spin of willie’s red headed stranger.


  16. albert walker Says:

    I think I just may walk to Toyota

    I live 20 miles away and it took me 2 hours last year at 5 oclock

  17. josephish Says:

    @jp im calling a mikes second set opener

  18. bhizzle Says:

    I haven’t had any Middle Ages in a long time. 10%!?!?!?!?! dang….I would love to bring some local stuff but I doubt anyone would be pleased to put back some Genny’s. I’m going with Saranacs and maybe some Ithaca’s…

  19. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Any phish fans on the Blackhawks? If so, does the Cup enter Toyota Park tonight.

  20. SillyWilly Says:

    AW, I was staying 9 miles away last year and left at 430…walked in ten minutes before Kill Devil Falls.

    disaster, dude.

    of course, I didn’t know the back roads.

  21. kayatosh Says:

    aw: get a disposable bike or a pair of disposable skates. and bum a ride home.

    have fun. glad the hawks won — clears the airfor an unadulterated phish tour opener. can’t wait to see that setlist roll in.

  22. Aquaman Says:

    BTW, this number line rocks!

    Am I the only one who had an awesome time at TOYO last year? (Meaning free of setlist complaints)


  23. josephish Says:

    got my car all packed. dont get off work till three thirty. anyone think traffics going be a funky bitch

  24. willowed Says:

    US Players
    Donovan – Mid.
    Bradley – Mid.
    Altidore – Forward
    Dempsey – Mid
    Onyewu – Defense
    These guys are the keys to victory.

  25. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Is there not public transportation in Chicago, ala subways, T’s, what have you?

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