Trick or Treat or Double Down?

Atlantic City, NJ

With the fan community sitting on the precipice of Summer Tour – Part Deux, the rumor mill exploded over the weekend with multiple sources all but confirming Phish in Atlantic City, New Jersey for Halloween 2010. In a reversal of coasts from 2009’s Festival 8, Phish will wind up back east for this year’s three-set extravaganza. The band will supposedly play Boardwalk Hall, with a capacity of 13,800 (and rumored to be a GA show) making this a fairly intimate Halloween affair. While last year, anyone could have walked up and bought a ticket for Phish’s Halloween festival in Indio, this year things will be far more competitive to gain entry into the under-sized arena. Atlantic City will be the smallest Halloween show since 1994, when Phish donned their inaugural “musical costume”  in Glens Falls, New York, among 5,800 fans. Unless things have been sorely mis-represented, we’ll be meeting up on the Jersey Shore come October 31st.

Phishbill 2009

Many fans have gone ahead and booked rooms at the nearby casinos for the holiday weekend, while others have complained about the shows’ locale. While Atlantic City may not be Las Vegas, it will certainly provide ’round-the-clock entertainment unlike Albany or Providence, the other cities thrown through the  rumor mill. Whether one gambles or not, the beach, boardwalk and the many casinos in which to carouse will certainly provide an entertaining backdrop for a couple of celebratory shows.

With the “confirmation” of a Halloween show, the conversation immediately turns to the album Phish will cover during the second set.  By playing The Rolling Stones’ Exile On Main Street so masterfully last year, the band set a high bar for Halloween covers this era. The early and obvious call from many has been a Bruce Springsteen album, but even though in  New Jersey, and Born To Run was in the infamous gallery of 99 last year, this just seems too transparent for Phish. Let the guessing games begin as there are officially three months until the band unveils its sixth musical costume of their career.

10.31.09 (G.Lucas)

If nothing else, this rumor confirms a Halloween show, giving us a possible ending point for a tour that likely starts on the 8th at Austin City Limits. The only other strongly-rumored dates right now are three nights in Broomfield, Colorado after Austin. Does Atlantic City cancel out Las Vegas, or will Phish visit the casinos of both coasts in one tour? Many questions linger about Fall Tour 2010, including the eternal wondering of a west coasters if a run will come their way, something that may be less likely with an eastward-flowing tour. But with a possible three weeks to play with in between the two solid dates we have, any sort of routing is possible. It seems that we won’t be finding out any answers about Fall before the end of this coming tour, as any announcement this week is highly unlikely.

Inside Boardwalk Hall

So the mill will continue to spin, spitting out rumors throughout the upcoming weeks, but if one thing seems certain, Phish will keep their families close to home this October holiday, playing only hours from New York and Vermont. Keeping things in the Northeast for Halloween and New Years (at MSG), the high holy days of the Phish calendar will return to haunts of old after tropical vacations in California and Miami in 2009. While they may not provide the warm climate of last year, something tells me the shows could be a lot hotter, equalizing the meteorology of sure-to-be a stellar weekends of Phish.

Oh yeah. Three days ’til the Greek…


Jam of the Day: Leg II Venue History Week

Drowned > Chalk Dust Reprise > Chalk Dust” 7.22.00 I

This portion of Deer Creek’s first set laid the groundwork for a zany Phish show. The entire evening is featured below.




7.11.2000 Deer Creek, Noblesville, IN < Torrent

7.11.2000 Deer Creek, Noblesville, IN < Megaupload

"Astron" (Pollock '00)

Some call it epic, some call it corny, but here is “The Moby Dick Show” from Deer Creek 2000.

I: Ya Mar, The Moma Dance, Uncle Pen, Drowned > Chalk Dust Torture Reprise > Chalk Dust Torture, Theme From the Bottom,  Cavern

II: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Down with Disease > Moby Dick > Down with Disease,  Runaway Jim > Moby Dick, Back on the Train > Moby Dick > Back on the Train, Harry Hood > Moby Dick, Hold Your Head Up > Terrapin > Hold Your Head Up > Moby Dick* > Hold Your Head Up, Character Zero

E: First Tube > Moby Dick > Chalk Dust Torture Reprise

*Trey on drums, Fish on vacuum

Source: AKG ck61/480(DIN/OTS) > Audio Magic X-Streams > Graham Patten DMIC-20@48k > Sony D-8

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941 Responses to “Trick or Treat or Double Down?”

  1. lastwalzter Says:


    Agree on Born To Run. Would defiantly be whack, although I think Greetings From Asbury Park could be a good one.

    I highly doubt Phish will be that obvious though.

    I would bet Zepplin, which while bad, wouldn’t be as bad as say: Boston/Van Halen/etc.

  2. willowed Says:

    No curfews = 2 day concert. No one is let out of the venue for 2 days. Come in on 10/30, leave on 11/1. I recall that intewrview where Trey said something along the lines of:
    One day we will let people into a show, black out the windows and play for like two days. No one can leave. Serve brekfast for dinner and dinner for breakfast so noone know what the hell time it is.
    I can see it, AC for Halloween will be smokin’

  3. jdub Says:

    Leg 2 mania about to get to rolling again! So excited. I find myself wondering if we are going to get an August 93 type leg.

    I’d be down with a Led Zep cover show. I’d love some obscure album that would surprise the hell out of everyone.

  4. lastwalzter Says:


    Number 2 sounds the way to go.

  5. willowed Says:

    @ LW
    Zeppelin = bad

    Does not compute

  6. Mr.Palmer Says:

    No love for Zep @ LW?

    Lets not forget other Jersey legends: Skid Row. Trey singing 18 and Life might bring a tear to my eye.

  7. JerZ Says:

    If we are bringing up JerZ albums- how bout Fugees the Score. I am from Bruce’s hometown and I think that “The Boss” is a tool

  8. lastwalzter Says:

    @MR.P and Willowed,

    Yeah, I never got into Zepplin. Thats not to say I don’t think they have a few good songs, just think they are way overrated.

  9. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Bruce for Halloween = too obvious.

    @JerZ – say what you want, the E street band smokes.

    Would love Zep, don’t think they could carry the vocals for a whole album though.

  10. Kenny Powers Says:

    @ LW

    i tend to agree. although in the past few years – even earlier this year – i was the type to say “fuck it, i’m charging it all and raging in style”.

    but i’m on a newfound quest to rein in the credit card debt….so option #2 sounds smart.

  11. lastwalzter Says:

    So anyone else think that no matter what the record is, it wasn’t on the list last year?

  12. willowed Says:

    If they played Zep this is what would happen:
    Fishman – He would absolutely crush the album, you know he’s a huge Zep fan. Lot’s of cat calls from the big man
    Trey – Gives him the opportunity to play a straight ahead rock show. Evoking the spirit of Page would only make him smile form ear to ear
    Gordon – The opportunity to play Jones licks. My two favorite bass guitars players ever. Laser bass bombs on Zep tunes. The thought just makes me all giddy
    Page- I would assume page would have to sing most of the songs since Trey wouldn’t be able to hit those notes. Pages voice has been transformed in 3.0. Beautiful sound. MVP voice of 3.0

  13. Lifeboyo Says:

    AC. That’s awesome, I’m just a few hours away. My vote is for George Harrison’s all things must pass. If you’ve never heard it, check out wah wah on the concert for George. Then imagine them doing it with GCH. Something tells me Springsteen is too obvious. My vote would also go for Meddle by Pink Floyd.

  14. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    mmmmmmmmornin’ all!

    nothing like fresh rumors the weekend before tour. gotta keep the peeps interested, right??

  15. Jtran Says:

    Thinking of booking the Red Carpet Inn and Suites. A mile away down the boardwalk, about a hundred bucks a night.

  16. st8 of mind Says:

    Overrated? First time I’ve ever heard that. To each their own.

  17. lastwalzter Says:


    ““fuck it, i’m charging it all and raging in style”.”

    Thats basically the american way llfa

  18. hoedown Says:

    AC! Good morning everyone!

  19. Kenny Powers Says:

    Any Zepp fans that don’t already own it NEED to get the DVD just called “Led Zeppelin”. It’s got live footage from 4 or 5 diff shows, spread over a 9 year time frame i think. brilliant quality.

  20. lastwalzter Says:

    @st8 of mind,

    you must not get out much

  21. Kenny Powers Says:

    @ LW

    totally – but check this out: i’ve come up with a pretty logical way to rationalize credit card use for shit like this:

    they say that while accruing interest on your purchases is always bas, the WORST thing you can do is accrue interest on something that depreciates, i.e. a car. But accruing interest on hotels and concerts, etc, makes the most sense because your memories and stories will actually APPRECIATE over time like a fine wine….so that cancels out the interest charges! Haha.

    but i think i still like option #2 for now.

  22. lastwalzter Says:



  23. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    $400 round trip for a 1 1/2 hour flight?! looks like i’m missing some school and driving to AC

  24. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    i’m hoping they cover some new electro/ambient/psychedlic/dancey album

  25. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    and fuck that pitchrfork arcade fire review

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