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. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I read garret’s post as 12/29/93
    and I was like “hellz yeah! that show rocked!”
    and then “um, what? Free didn’t exist back then.”
    and then “oh, right. 03. gotcha”

    carry on. don’t mind me… šŸ˜

  2. lastwaltzer Says:

    “you know what iā€™d like to see for halloween?

    every BBer in the building”KWL

    I like this………whose in charge of getting tickets and transport?

  3. garretc Says:

    Yup, Piper was good, pretty much the whole show is good in fact!

  4. KWL Says:

    extras are out there… as long as the BB crew in AC knows who needs what and we have cell phone #s, some of us will be scooping up extras

  5. Frankie Says:

    Hey BB’ers! Good evening!

  6. Mitch Says:

    What i wanna see: me on guest guitar at the nye run since last year was guest vacuum. I could cheese real big next to big red.

  7. Mitch Says:

    Frankie in the house. There you are

  8. Frankie Says:

    Have been on a phish hiatus lately but listened today to 6.25.97 Lille, France… fun show! Huge DWD, debut of Meatstick lyrics…

  9. angryjoggerz Says:

    Finally actually booked my flights to SC, so I guess I am really going, and this is the first time I am going to mix phish and family. Should be fun! Anyone want to pick me up downtown and drive me to the show? Would gladly kick in for gas and stuff.

  10. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Mitch- i think it was back in ’93 or ’94 @ delaware where they brought some dude on stage and gave him an acoustic guitar. Then they let him play and bounce on the tramps. I think it turned out he was a friend of the band or something to that effect. Anyone else remember this?

  11. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    want a sign of how times have changed? over the 1993 NYE Run, they repeated multiple songs:

    Hold Your Head Up – 3 (if you count the Rosie Sandwich as two)
    Peaches en Regalia – 3
    Fee – 2
    Golgi Apparatus – 2
    Harry Hood – 2
    It’s Ice – 2
    Poor Heart – 2
    Possum – 2
    Run Like an Antelope – 2
    Sample in a Jar – 2
    Sparkle – 2
    Split Open and Melt – 2
    Stash – 2
    Suzy Greenberg – 2
    The Lizards – 2
    You Enjoy Myself – 2

    different times…

  12. Frankie Says:

    Yeah man… šŸ™‚ Fall is officially here. Cold weather is chasing me inside…

  13. KWL Says:

    frankie needs some space for halloween

  14. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    there were several “guest” tramps spots during the time when Trey broke his leg and couldn’t do it himself in 1994

  15. Jtran Says:

    I like KWLs sentiment. No BBer left behind.

  16. angryjoggerz Says:

    anyone have the new orb album or a nice linky to it? sounds sexy

  17. Frankie Says:

    Mitch, you should sing some Iron Maiden with them… I heard you sing and you would up for it no doubt… Two! Minutes! To Miiiiiiidnight!!

  18. Frankie Says:

    Hey KWL! Haven’t wore the I Need My Space shirt since JB… keeping it for good luck!

  19. garretc Says:

    Oh man, 12/29/03 also happens to feature a magnificent Divided Sky

  20. Jtran Says:

    I invite any BBers who finds me a 10/31 ticket to shack up FO FREE in my ghetto ass hotel room in West Atlantic City.

    Hey, it’s better then west ____ (insert another ghetto city)

    Serious offer btw if you need lodging.

  21. Frankie Says:

    We got our space that night… and the next night… šŸ™‚

    Can’t wait to do it again…

  22. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Thanks T3- i figured you would remember something. I forgot about Trey breaking his ankle.

  23. halcyon Says:

    Phamily B has a cigar guy avatar too! Sweet 8)

  24. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    cigar guy is awesome, but Ned is probably my all time favorite viral meme like that (and there are a ton of ’em)


  25. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Fall Tour also means that they will shred a Seven below, ala Albany ’09. Like Yamar is a summer song, Seven Below is a fall/winter indoor tune.

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