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. yematt Says:

    still kinda freaks me out to speak of that moment llfa.

  2. willowed Says:

    That was huge…Go Pats

  3. Nagarjuna Says:

    haha @yematt glad you made it through

    i was in the arena that night and had similar feelings!

  4. lastwaltzer Says:


    i have nothing funny to say in response to me spelling your name wrong throughout today :kicks can:

  5. Kevin Says:

    Congrats to everyone with holds. I’ll be trying my MSG luck on Saturday for those of you who get shut out.

  6. willowed Says:

    Hey TIII
    If you have an extra woosta I will be more than happy to take

  7. Mitch Says:

    I think timber is an outside song.

    I also think KWL should bring his garage sale on lot. I also think it’s funny that my iPhone capitalizes KWL for me.

    Palmer, first bus out will be like 6 am and I’ll be on it. I’m only doing Halloween on that run tho.

  8. ThePigSong Says:

    so these holds are usually staggered, yes?

    I probably shouldn’t call the other six family/friends that put in requests to ask about holds should I?

  9. jcman311 Says:

    Got a $272.80 charge as well… must be going show by show (i hope)

  10. KWL Says:

    aww that’s sweet mitch, your phone knows my name 😳

    i’ll scope out the scene on sunday. planning to walk from hotel to venue but might have to bring the car one night and open up shop.

  11. garretc Says:

    It’s cool @lw, everyone does it!

  12. Nagarjuna Says:

    though i will say i have this somewhat sacrilegious preference for phish that is a little sloppy

    for me the super tight stuff (esp 95 and before, and even when they go that way these days) just feels like all head and no hips. i want to see the band losing their minds on stage and if they’re too tight then i suspect they are not fully absorbed by the hose. i might be wrong.

    a little slop, not too much or anything, for me means that the bands is on The Edge, which is where I like the band to be

    of course i know they can theoretically be totally precise and also deep in the moment. but super tight is not what i’m after

    i like to see the band taking lots of risks and more risks mean more flops

    of course i know sometimes they have just been sloppy and not with it. that’s not what i’m talking about

    just a matter of taste though

  13. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    did you hear that Z? they’re playing harpua in AC. you better go!

  14. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    parents, check you damn CC statements!

  15. Mitch Says:

    Nagar, I feel ya. I’ll have what he’s havin

  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    parents, check you damn CC statements!

    that right there just made me feel kinds old. it’s been almost 20 years since I rocked the parental credit. to great effect, mind you.

  17. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:


  18. KWL Says:

    so no info on ACL on iclips.net unless i’m missing something?

    my guess is that if we dont get an official announcement from phish in the next couple days that their set, or part of their set, will be streamed on iclips, then no dice

  19. Mr.palmer Says:

    Zzyx is going to AC I believe.

    Hold schmold

  20. Nagarjuna Says:

    though i know it’s several hours old – ancient history on the BB – great convo earlier today on a halloween cover-in-spirit-if-not-notes of bitches “not jazz” brew

    count me as a huge supporter of that dream

    but whatever they play, AC is going to be a golden run. miner was right on that point…

    congrats to you folks who will ride that wave

  21. sumodie Says:

    12/29/03 is a smoker, Garret C. Good on ya for repping that Free. One of the sickest ever IMO. Even on the sbd, you can still hear the crowd blow up when it strips down to the Trey/Mike duel.

    Agreed on that Free -can still remember exactly where I was in the arena getting completely facemelted. My fav moment of that run, though it’s not the type that holds up on replay. Freakin’ enormous energy rush throughout the building.

  22. Mr.Miner Says:

    12.28.03 is my fav of the run….and stash on the 31st is my favorite jam of the run.

  23. yematt Says:

    anyone ever have a problem with their ipod where the main menu doesn’t appear and you get a message that says, “please connect ipod to computer and open itunes” or something in that nature? it won’t appear in itunes either. i’ve tried resetting but no dice. i’m guessing it’s f’d but wondering if anyone else has had a similar problem with a solution.

  24. sumodie Says:

    parents, check you damn CC statements!

    that right there just made me feel kinds old. it’s been almost 20 years since I rocked the parental credit. to great effect, mind you.

    Asking ma & pa to enter phish lotto is an ageless activity distinct from parental credit games of yore

    Unless of course you don’t pay them back if they score 8)

  25. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    your three part write up on that Run was very well thought out. Definitely filled in a lot of holes for me as one who did not attend that run. thanks for that!

    starts here for those who want to revisit

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