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. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Just put on Miles’ Black Beauty after reading back a few pages. This music is so original it really can’t be labeled. Mindblowing.

  2. halcyon Says:

    Does anyone know of any sources of the Miles Quintet that was opening for the Dead in the early 70’s? I remember reading that Bill Graham thought of the billing of the two acts as a way to broaden the appeal of the Fillmore. I wonder what influence Miles Quintet had on the Dead and Vice Versa. I have always wanted the poster from that show. Too bad it costs in the thousands the last I checked.

  3. flarrdogg Says:

    ^if it’s gonna be Jimi…

  4. KWL Says:

    llfa @ halcy’s new avatar

    what up kidz

  5. kayatosh Says:

    rock with you

    need horn players (maybe string section), though. do you really see them going to this extra effort again? I don’t

  6. William H. Bonney Says:

    Count me in the Axis camp or any Hendrix, would like to see Red go for it…

  7. KWL Says:

    oh shit, reading back, and an even bigger llfa @ pb’s avatar. sorry halcy, he’s got you on this one 😮

  8. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    if you wanna hear trey play like hendrix, Jimi is all over fall 97. im not just talking about covers… trey channeled Jimi in a ton of fal 97 expeditions

  9. ThePigSong Says:

    thanks to @ KWL for pointing out Mr C’s mediafire – I downed some of that stuff a long time ago, but I’ve had a new drive to educate myself on all things Dead lately.

  10. lastwaltzer Says:

    Double Nickles On The Dime – the minutemen


  11. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    pham b

    I am so happy that is your avatar. that is the best avatar ever. pham b FTW!

  12. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    on another note, i just started the MSG ’10 tab on the Meetups page. definitely having a BB party or 3 at my place during the msg run

  13. ThePigSong Says:

    if Miners “no double-albums” holds true wouldn’t that out Bitches Brew?

  14. Hojo Says:

    I’d like to see Phish cover something crazy like Black Sabbath “Paranoid” for Halloween. I know that this doesn’t generally fit into the traditional Phish lexicon, but how awesome would it be to hear them get dark and heavy metal – freaky with War Pigs or Iron Man?!? They could even go all out and get some old school pyrotechnics going just to make things all the weirder…
    “Faries wear boots and ya gotta believe me!”

  15. buddysmyles Says:

    I’ve been flipflopping for ever about fall tour. I live in VT, have 4 kids and work 54hrs a week with one Sat off a month. Needless to say its been hard to see all the shows i want. Each one needs to be close and on a weekend. So far i’ve lucked out immensly. 09= Great Woods no prob Satnite, Hartford friday nite i had a “Dentist” appointment & got out early to make the lawn just as show started then had to drive back 3hrs to make work @ 8am went to a wedding that afternoon and sunday went to Spac i left after show to make work @ 7am mon(got stuck in lot and made it home @6!) Next in the fall 09 Albany1,2 and Portland were perfect! all on a weekend and made it home Sunday nite by 3am for 7am work no prob. Summer10= Hartford fri nite and Spac Sat nite so things were perfect. Fall 10= I obviously put in for Amherst1,2 & Manchester with each being only 2hrs. I was completely shut out PTBM. Scored a floor for Manchester via TM though. I thought i was ok with that but each day I look @ Amherst tickets and go man its gonna rock! NOW Mr Miner has stirred the pot again! Does anyone have my extras for Amherst 1,2! Thanks-

  16. Mitch Says:

    Pham b,
    The self test is easier when you don’t have any. Speaking from my own experience.

    I’ve just been skimming. What’s his avatar of and why is it directed at haly? Unless it IS haly.

  17. Mitch Says:

    Buddysmyles, tell your job the amurikun workweek is 40 hours. Not 54.

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:



  19. Mitch Says:

    Llfa. Should have known. Dude looks like mario

  20. garretc Says:

    Damn, 12/29/03 Free jam gets straight nasty

    New Years runs are fun!

  21. Mitch Says:

    Isn’t that piper dope too?

  22. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Garret- i rarely listen to that run. One of the nights has a tremendous Piper i remember though. I have to check the Free out. I gotta find the highlights of that run. I know LA woman is not one of them…

  23. Mr.Palmer Says:

    oh yeah 12.28.03 Jibboo>Suzy> Theme… very good stuff.

  24. Mr.Palmer Says:

    nice Mitch!

  25. KWL Says:

    you know what i’d like to see for halloween?

    every BBer in the building

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