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. angryjoggerz Says:

    Miner… I got you, just found out my buddy has an extra for Friday. Sending you mail now.

    BB sent me great energy today and for this I shall pay it back.

  2. YborCity Says:

    In MN we have girls, food, TV… almost eveything. It’s pretty good

  3. lastwaltzer Says:

    @Selector J

    There you go again, you say something nice but nooooooooooooo. You had to get the last word in and for what? Just to slap the entire species of gorillas in the face. Have you no shame?

  4. Mr.Miner Says:

    really aj? that would be amazing. you rule!

  5. angryjoggerz Says:

    Miner, mail sent.

  6. lastwaltzer Says:

    “In MN we have girls, food, TV… almost eveything. It’s pretty good”Ybor

    Key words “pretty good”. Tell em about the wind chill.

  7. angryjoggerz Says:

    So, I decided to keep it unmixed so peeps can not only skip things they are not feeling, but also put it forward later on and share individual tracks the way they want to. Hope everyone enjoys, shits and giggles mix, summer vibes, late night shuffle, funky bidness and ting.

    Night Court
    July 2010 – Chicago

    1. Kissing My Love – Cold Blood
    2. Beya Moke – Sakade Band
    3. Psychedelic Afro Shop – Orlando Julius Ekemode
    4. Collie Stuff – Chosen Few
    5. Come Together – Oriental Funk
    6. Shining Star – Earth Wind and Fire
    7. Electric Relaxation – A Tribe Called Quest
    8. Night Court Theme
    9. Cold Beer – The Gauters
    10. Pass the Kushempeng – Frankie Paul
    11. I’m Not Ready for Love – The Promise
    12. Boss Tres Bien – Quartette Tres Bien
    13. Funky Nassau Pt. 2 – The Beginning of the End
    14. Kivánji Te Is Nekem Szép, Jó Éjszakát – Meteor & Demjen Ferenc
    15. I Thank the Lord – Mighty Voices of Wonder
    16. Lagos City – Asiko Rock Group
    17. Next Time You See Me – The Jimmy Cotton Blues Quartet
    18. No Place to Run – Final Solution
    19. Shake Your Body – Sunfire
    20. New Bell – Manu Digango
    21. Take a Look at Your Friends – The Next Exit

  8. Mr.Palmer Says:

    I like gorillas and sharks equally. Both fascinating animals.

    Silly- there is a book about that WWII boat that sank and the ensuing shark debacle i believe. Pretty sure i read it years ago. Crazy stuff.

  9. YborCity Says:

    It was actually a Tracy Morgan 30 Rock quote adaptation…

    But, LW, I am a downhill ski racer back in MN, and I’ve had races up by Lake Superior where the wind is blowing up the hill… air temp: -35, Wind chill: -100… We had to put athletic tape on all open skin so we wouldn’t get wind burn or insta-frost bite…

    That’s MN for ya

  10. lastwaltzer Says:

    “I like gorillas and sharks equally. Both fascinating animals.”mr. p

    easy answer.

  11. YborCity Says:

    I’m out.

    Gonna go buy some Greek tickets.

  12. lastwaltzer Says:

    “I’ve had races up by Lake Superior where the wind is blowing up the hill… air temp: -35, Wind chill: -100… We had to put athletic tape on all open skin so we wouldn’t get wind burn or insta-frost bite…”Ybor

    Your not selling me on the awesomeness :). My gf has wanted to move back there for a while. I love the state but can’t wrap my head around the idea of moving somewhere that freakin’ cold!

  13. halcyon Says:

    Thanks AJ… I loved those earlier mixes you did, and look forward to this one too!

  14. Gavinsdad Says:

    With my daughter in the pub bathroom, who tells me, “I am trying to push a poop out…like a tractor”. Who is this person??

  15. Gavinsdad Says:

    @aj – wow….digging in the corners. Also, really nice Dilla article on, er, pitchfork today. U should check for it.

  16. negev79 Says:

    I’m out! See you all tomorrow. Happy Monday night.

  17. SillyWilly Says:


    thanks, man!

  18. Mr.Miner Says:

    angry joggerz is tha MAN! thanks buddy. Now my peeps are all set…mad rush in the last few days here 🙂 I felt like a broker today…

  19. angryjoggerz Says:

    Seriously, you guys got me lifted this am when I was feeling extra shitty, so thanks to you.

  20. angryjoggerz Says:

    Oh, and the ticket is actually from my good buddy Luke, so technically he is the man!

  21. Mr.Palmer Says:

    one of my facebook friends just asked if anyone wants 7th row for JB2. trying to grab them as we speak. If i get them , i got a few extras.

  22. SillyWilly Says:

    @Mr. P

    I need a ticket to JB2!

    Jtran might too

  23. SillyWilly Says:

    my email is

    falkwilt AT gmail

  24. Mr. Completely Says:

    Tickethunter must be so proud right now.

  25. Mr.Palmer Says:

    looks like he got them from a scalper. not paying up for them. Looks like a false alarm. I’ll keep on the look out Silly.

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