Fall Tour Forecast

11.21.09 - The Crown (Wendy Rogell)

With less than a week to go until both Austin and Broomfield, we have entered the final countdown for Phish’s highly-anticipated fall tour of mid-size venues and secondary markets. In the name of prognostication, here are five likely and unlikely scenarios for fall tour, as well as five scenarios that I’d like to see. Feel free to add your own in Comments below.

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It is likely that…

The Gorge (A. Headington)

1. Trey will only become more dexterous and dynamic with The Ocedoc, returning to a level of skill and creativity many thought he would never reach again.

2. Phish will play several of their best shows since returning in ’09 during this tour. Since they’re comeback, they have been on a consistent upswing and this fall looks to be the first tour in which all band members are up to speed from day one. With the return of Fishman and Trey during August, October holds endless possibilities.

3. This tour will be the most fun since the return – not only for the predicted best music of the modern era, but for the intimate, GA environs each night. Every show has a GA floor – every show will be a communal throwdown without worrying about being in aisles or seats.

4. “Light” will remain the band’s most exploratory vehicle and continue pushing the boundaries of Phish music. At the same time, “Disease” will always be a classic lens into the band’s future direction.

5. The Mullins Center stand will become one of the central talking points of fall tour. The site of several mid-’90s Phish shows of lore, and located smack dab in the middle of New England, these shows have the recipe for explosion. Circle them on your calendar and get there.

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It’s pretty unlikely that…

12.29.09 (W.Rogell)

1. Phish’s jamming will stagnate – much like Fall ’09 – and they will fall back on “energy shows” again.

2. Phish will play “Summer of ’89” during the Fall. Just not gonna work.

3. “Mike’s” will get the old-school, two-jam treatment again. Though with the retro-venues, the band just might dive bomb back in time, and drop into the real segment of creativity formerly known as “Mike’s Song.”

4. The Atlantic City run will suck. Set up as a three-night, end-of-tour Halloween blow-out, these shows will punctuate the tour with force. Look for the 29th or 30th to be one of the more intense evenings of the fall. And with everyone staying within a mile or two of each other, this will be the perfect end of tour party.

5. Phish will play Gamehendge for Halloween. While anything is fair game this time around, I don’t see it happening. But if they really did up the stage and made it a Halloween production with Trey narrating, I think the saga could be great. There are six other sets on the shore to get loose, so no one would need to worry about a thing. It could actually be the perfect context for a last visit to the mystical land. But, again, this is filed under “unlikely,” and its probability is slim to none.

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I would like to see...

12.30.09 (W.Rogell)

1. Phish to let loose on a more-than-groove “Tweezer” in the ballpark of thirty minutes.

2. “Free,” “Tube,” “Gumbo,”…we’ve been over this.

3. Everyone relish the joy of every show. It sure seems like Phish is here to stay, but only moment is now.

4. The band to cover something other than Led Zeppelin for Halloween. Though I love and respect the British rockers, I’d like to see something more psychedelic and less guitar-centric. Then again, last year I lobbied against “Exile” and loved it. But two classic rock albums from England in two years? Let’s try something else.

5. “Number Line” remain a jam vehicle that reaches diverse musical places. Whether exploring the dark side (Blossom) or upbeat jamming (Jones Beach), this song has been the springboard to a couple of the year’s most outstanding jams. But after seeing where the song can go, standard, guitar-solo versions, in my opinion, fall flat every time.

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Jam of the Day:

Reba > Carini” 7.13.99 I

There’s nothing like kicking off the week with a blissful “Reba.” And just when you get deep into your daydream, “Carini” will, undoubtedly, wake you up.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/ph1999-07-13d1t07.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/ph1999-07-13d1t08.mp3]

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DOWNLOAD OF THE DAY:

12.31.1996 Fleet Center, Boston, MA < Megaupload

NYE '96 Pass

I’m not sure how this New Year’s extravaganza has slipped the archives, but somehow it’s not in there. So here is the finale of 1996 in which the band referenced their former style of arena rock as opposed to their emerging style of groove. This three-set show delivered from start to finish on a frigid night in Boston that few will ever forget. The first set carried a great flow, the second set brought a sublime sequence of “Simple > Swept > Steep >Hood,” and the third set featured a stellar “2001 > Auld Lang Syne,” a crushing “Antelope,” and a surprise cover that just about blew my mind.

As a side note, my wife, at age 19, snuck into this tough ticketed-affair after first getting booted for flagrantly trying to slide in under someone’s dress. Then, she convinced a cop that someone had ran by and ripped her ticket while posturing with an already-used stub. The policeman had her escorted to “her” VIP seat by the head of security in plenty of time for note one.

I: Axilla, Peaches en Regalia, Punch You In the Eye, Cars Trucks Buses, Stash, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, The Divided Sky, Sample in a Jar, Tweezer Reprise

II: Chalk Dust Torture, Wilson, Sparkle, Simple > Swept Away > Steep > Harry Hood > Prince Caspian, Character Zero

III: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Auld Lang Syne > Down with Disease, Suzy Greenberg, Run Like an Antelope, Bohemian Rhapsody*, Julius**

E: Amazing Grace**

*Phish debut; w/ Boston Community Choir.
** w/ Boston Community Choir.

Source: FM SBD

(Torrent site has been acting up the last few days…)

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756 Responses to “Fall Tour Forecast”

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  1. garretc Says:

    Woah! A CC hold!

    Ok, let’s be honest, how many of you went to check before reading down this far? I know I probably would have…

  2. Jtran Says:

    Yea Garret!!!

    Checking now, but see you in NYC

  3. Jtran Says:

    Or not, no hold here

  4. Jtran Says:

    Great article Miner. 30 minute Tweezer sounds fine by me.

  5. Lycanthropist Says:

    repost from last night:
    phew

    made it home from Charlotte today after a ten hour drive.

    Thankfully no where near as hung over as I was last time I drove back from NC.

    Had a great time with the Charlotte BB crew.. (although Leo doesn’t like it when the Dawgs are losing… 😉 )

    Came home to the wife and she had used her weekend well as well, creating a sculpture that pushed her up to the next phase of her development. Enjoyed a Two-Hearted with her at the studio.

    Got baned at a friends house.

    Came home to both my Charleston tickets.

    All in all a great weekend.

    Hope all is well on the board. 🙂

  6. Mitch Says:

    Way to go Mrs Miner with the Jedi tricks.

    Miner, it was funny clicking the link to be taken to a post from 08. I was like “what’s this? Where are all the pics? Oh yeah bohemian rhapsody post, old school.”

  7. phoammhead Says:

    Hey folks, Miner posted something late last night about helping to defray costs. So, if you can do so at this time, please make a donation to Miner.

    Have a great day! 🙂

  8. jdub Says:

    Good for you Garrett!

    My predictions to add

    Broomfield will follow in the footsteps of leg 1 and 2 opening shows and feature a jam of the tour and one of the top shows of tour.

    ACL will surprise people with some extended jamming designed to freak out the hipster crowd.

    A BBer will get lucky at the tables in AC and win big

    The same BBer will lose all said winnings after having mind blown on Halloween and feeling invincible.

    Ghost will make a triumphant return to the top of the jam charts.

  9. Lumpyhead Says:

    @Jdub

    I really hope you’re right about Austin….

    and I’m almost positive you’re right about ghost.

  10. lastwaltzer Says:

    no holds 🙁

  11. BeantownBoy Says:

    Mornin, BB!

    What a great fall weekend in New England complimented by a ‘skins win, yesterday. Though that has to be one of the most boring games that I’ve seen in a while up until the final play when the Eagles almost won the game on a hail mary pass.

  12. BeantownBoy Says:

    and no holds yet on the CC, which probably means no Woosta for me given that all the fall tour holds showed up pretty quickly.

  13. SillyWilly Says:

    Mrs. Miner’s story from 12-31-96 is awesome.

    I love to hear those stories.

    One of my favorite parts of Phish is just being a kid.

    Also, the Mitch dubbed “Bohemian Rhapsody post” is another one of my favorite Phish stories from anyone.

    tour is almost here!

  14. Guyute711 Says:

    Glad to hear you made it home Lycan. It was good to see you again, next stop Charleston!!

  15. phoammhead Says:

    That is a great story from Mrs. Miner – it reminds me of sneaking in the back door to the Thursday, 07/25/1991 Cat’s Cradle, Chapel Hill, NC show! 8)

  16. phoammhead Says:

    ^i would not be denied Phish and the Giant Country Horns!

  17. Lumpyhead Says:

    Can’t believe ACL is 5 days away…

    I’m predicting (hoping really) that we’ll get a Cities in Charleston…hopefully a split…I’d love a hood.

    chalkdust opener at acl? maybe a disease opener..

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    mornin’ all

    I was expecting a different thing entirely from this article on ‘weed dating’ – especially since it is in vermont.

  19. Gavinsdad Says:

    Miners wife story = mint. Oh to be 19.

    Confirming that Joe is not a wook. Met up last nite for what might have been the most drinks I’ve had on top of the least food in a good while. Add a visit to the burbs, a couple more pops, the Nassau 03 tweez and some of joes guitar stylings and I’d say I had a great freaking time in Beantown

    ::forbids anyone on the BB from mentioning that awful eagles outing::

    This Fall: return of the lost songs – ashitos, waves, scents

  20. BlackEyedKaty Says:

    yeah, really great story about bohemian rhapsody! nice video too! looking forward to some new years antics for sure!!!

  21. BlackEyedKaty Says:

    @ gavinsdad

    the return of scents would be resiculous!!!

  22. Mitch Says:

    T3, that weed dating could be a lot cooler.

    Whoever it was that posted lyrics to “standing in the doorway” the other day when we were talking about Dylan, it just came on in my listening to my non regular Dylan. Great freaking song. Made me emo, but it’s awesome.

  23. Mitch Says:

    I 2nd black eyed Katy. Resiculous!

  24. tela'smuff Says:

    Miner! Thanks for this excellent forcast! I am even more excited after your ruminations.

    My stomach is turning with anxiety. I feel like I’m doing the whole tour, even though I’m only able to see SC. Even though I can’t check in here as much as I used to, I still feel like this place is the tour away from tour. Love it.

    Have a great day ya’ll!

    (da bears……) wtf!?

  25. ThePigSong Says:

    I would like to see…. a hold on my CC.

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