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:


  2. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Where would you rank Miami ’03 as compared to other NYE runs?

    From ’95 on, its probably dead last. Thoughts?

  3. KWL Says:

    t3, got a question for ya

    keith dot lindner a t gmail

  4. KWL Says:

    nevermind, already got your email addy, message coming

  5. WharblGarbl Says:

    Slightly related weird synchronous event

    I just read Miner’s article about his prophesying the Bohemian Rhapsody before 12/31/96 and all the weird things that followed it. About 5 mins later I go to a meeting with some of my residents (I’m an RA) and what other song would be playing from one of the girls’ laptops but Bohemian Rhapsody (granted it was the Glee version so -10 points) but still pretty weird.

    I also had a dream last night that the halloween album will be Aladdin Sane by Bowie. Personally I’d rather have Ziggy but fwiw

  6. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    has anyone already got tickets confirmed for the new years run?

  7. Nagarjuna Says:

    i agree mr. p

    still dig it

    that’s tough competition

  8. lastwaltzer Says:


    what you didn’t read the first post, garrett’s the only one who got in.

  9. Mr.Palmer Says:

    If you count the 2002 msg, hampton x 3 as a NYE run then miami is probably not the worst.

    Worst is a bad word. There are some nice moments in miami. Little sloppy for my tastes though. Tough competition for sure @nagar

  10. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Message returned

  11. Kevin Says:

    I had a dream last night that Fishman lost one of his arms in an accident.

    Then Phish covered a Def Leppard album on Halloween.

  12. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Pyromania would be epic. “Die Hard the Hunter” would blow the roof off of Boardwalk Hall.

  13. Mr.Miner Says:

    I got a hold for $272.80… 🙂 Worcester floors? 2 each?

  14. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    fucking garrett

  15. garretc Says:

    fucking garrett is right…

    who’s this garrett with two “tt’s” that you all seem to hate so much?

  16. BrandonKayda Says:

    The Boardwalk Hall organ will have some say in this AC run I imagine – maybe some Harpua madness on the 30th

  17. halcyon Says:


    you have mail…..

  18. ThePigSong Says:

    I guess holds are going through…no hold here yet

  19. Mitch Says:

    Just listened to radio city ghost while standing outside radio city. Kinda neat.

    Cash for your hetty time machine rides

  20. willowed Says:

    no holds for this guy

  21. KWL Says:

    none here either…….. but i’ll just assume my card has been charged and the hold won’t show until business begins tomorrow 😮

  22. WharblGarbl Says:

    I was getting excited about the organ too until I heard that it’s not operational due to years of neglect and damage from the reconstruction of the building


    I was really holding out for an epic Chest Fever too 🙁

  23. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I got the same hold amount as miner. Awwww yeah!

  24. Mr.palmer Says:

    Come on willowed!

  25. yematt Says:

    I remember listening to the nye03 run last year for the first time. listened to them consecutively, spacing them out night by night. well i took some boomers on the 3rd? night, the LA Woman freaked me the fuck out, it was so bad! and i thought my ears took a turn for the worst. i had no idea what was going on, didn’t know it was going to be that bad, plus i was doing it no spoilers style. i had to reassure myself i wasn’t going crazy by putting billy breathes on. that was a very strange 20 mins or so

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