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.


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.


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.


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.


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.




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”

  1. Lumpyhead Says:


    what are your candid thoughts on ACL?

    basically are they going to mail it in or bring the noise? ACL used to be way more heady, as most of y’all prolly know. Now the vibe is completely different, uber trendy and fairly static. This would be such a good opportunity to display some finely tuned improv.

  2. angryjoggerz Says:

    Weird. This weekend I was going through phish youtube videos and i found the bohemian rhapsody one. I never knew they played this and I watched the whole video and it was ill. Now I come on here and, here it is, with a freaky coincidence story taboot. I like Phish.

  3. angryjoggerz Says:

    PS. I honestly know nothing about football at all, but watching the 5 minutes of the Bears game on at my friends house last night, I do know that it is much better if the QB throws the ball rather than just standing around with it for a while. Just saying.

  4. neemor Says:

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

    Well said.

    I would most like to see the first “Stealing Time” dropped late in the tour to open up the Providence second set and blow everyone’s mind while restoring our faith in this song.
    Not only will it top twenty-five minutes, it will encapsulate multiple teases (including ‘Chalkdust’, ‘Tweeprise’ and ‘Lifeboy’ and actually include a 2001 fake-out opening complete with ‘Turn, Turn, Turn. Secret Language signal.

    Secret Language will return Fall 2010.

    Enjoy the day all!

  5. lastwaltzer Says:


    why travel all the way out east to see phish? Its a long way to go for such a cold ugly city as NYC. I can make this easy for you, I’ll give you five bucks for whatever tickets you grab. Deal>?

  6. neemor Says:

    Oh, and Page is packing the Theremin.

  7. Dr. Pronoia Says:

    Ok, just so I can commence with obsessiveness, Garret, you really got a hold already??

    Anyone else? I’d rather not start stalking my credit card companies until I really have to…

  8. angryjoggerz Says:

    no holds here yet, but chase seems to post them late

  9. angryjoggerz Says:

    I would like Fall 2010 to see the triumphant return of Shafty (at SC, please)

  10. Lumpyhead Says:

    I might be alone on this but they should play mexican cousin a couple times this tour.

    And stash needs to move back to second set.

  11. willowed Says:

    Ryder Cup coming down to the wire.

    Last match means everything

  12. Gavinsdad Says:

    Yes to Shafty

  13. halcyon Says:

    Morning folks….

    My weekend has commenced! Full docket of gettin things done again this week.

    No Holds Yet …

    Giants D put a pounding on them bears last night. Good to see the G-Men turn it around.

  14. gratefulcub Says:

    Is ACL going to be streaming on iClips or was that just some rumor that I heard in passing?

  15. Lycanthropist Says:

    I second the second half of lumpys statement

  16. BlackEyedKaty Says:

    @ angryjoggerz

    would love a shafty too!! what would be even cooler would be the return of olivia’s pool!

  17. Leo Weaver Says:

    Morning folks! Nice monday morning here in Charlotte…but a bad sports (real and fantasy) weekend for Leo. At least I got some fall/winter stuff planted in the garden.

    @Lycan…yeah, sorry again about that. I thought for sure I was getting nasty texts from friends giving me shit about the Dawgs, which is too common these days…I don’t even look at my phone during games any more. We even talked earlier in the night about, “Heard from Lycan? He’s probably beat from all the wedding stuff and not feelin’ it.” Should’ve told you to call me or hit up Jeff instead. Oh well, there’s always Charleston! Glad you made it home safe.

  18. SillyWilly Says:

    So, I was thinking we would get some sort of gimmick with the Halloween album once October got here.

    But we haven’t, so like everyone is saying:

    Halloween is O-Phish-ally confidential.

  19. Leo Weaver Says:

    @cub…yeah, I think it’s supposed to stream on iClips

    I don’t really care where Stash is…as long as it’s deep, dark, dank, and nasty once again.

  20. SillyWilly Says:

    New ACL prediction:

    Phish will play 20 different covers in the 2 hour set and the Halloween madness will begin.

  21. ThePigSong Says:

    I usually only watch golf on Sundays – but since I have no cable I’ve actually reverted to watching this.

  22. Guyute711 Says:

    Another gutterball Leo?

  23. ThePigSong Says:


  24. jw Says:

    I couldn’t have been more disappointed in this show.Bohemian Rhapsody!! Blahhh! What were they thinking? Queen!!??I’d seen them do so many crazy covers that worked and surprised me but this one just ruined my night. Only even close to bad new years show i’ve seen them do. This year will be even better than last year.I will miss swimming in the ocean on new years day though.

  25. Leo Weaver Says:

    Ummm yeah @Guyute. It was really bad. I got doubled up on points…and he’s still got tonight’s game to add on top. Chris Johnson didn’t help me out at all…and he’s obv my big points guy. GI’s players ALL (except one or two) blew out the projected #s.

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