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. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    i like FLACs 🙂

  2. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I’ll stop now. I swear.

  3. whole tour! Says:

    i’ll gladly pay $10 extra so i don’t have to download the pirate mp3 torrent off of de-mon-oid. 😉 Saves me a virus too!

    It is ingenious – and it cuts down on “illegal” downloading i’d assume.

  4. BingosBrother Says:

    I like beer. But if you’re adding $10 to my CONCERT ticket assuming that I want one, well thats just bullshit.

  5. whole tour! Says:

    you gotta pay to play – what can we do?

  6. whole tour! Says:

    $70 to see phish is still better than what people are paying to see lady gaga.

  7. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    who goes to phish shows and doesn’t want a copy of the show?

  8. plord Says:

    “Manchester on a Tuesday” crew so far:

    Who else? Seems like there are spares to go around…

  9. Stupendous a.k.a The Beasel Says:

    what cha got?! im moving into a new place this week and don’t have shit.
    In need of a microwave and other kitchenware… Let’s talk!

  10. BingosBrother Says:

    raise the price then. Just don’t act like you’re doing me a favor by doing so.

  11. whole tour! Says:

    $179 – VIP seats to gaga @ msg.

    $70 vip seats to see phish @ msg.

  12. whole tour! Says:

    i’m all about giving phish a raise 😉

  13. whole tour! Says:

    ‘$179 – VIP seats to gaga @ msg.” – Does not include raw meat dress.

  14. plord Says:

    Have officially given up on reading back today. Any big news? (Yeah, I figured out garretc didn’t actually have a hold).

  15. jdub Says:

    Are you gonna power your house with that Tesla Coil @Halcy.

    Just getting home from work, long days ahead of me this week. Been listening to a lot of Inside In lately, mostly cause it is in my truck cd player. That album just slowly grows on me. Any Leonard Cohen fans here? Well track 5, The Beltless Buckler, is Mike Gordon being Leonard Cohen. Except replace the serious lyrical poetry about life and replace it with Gordo’s wacky lyrical poetry about a poor soul who wore a buckle with no belt.

  16. Stupendous a.k.a The Beasel Says:

    and they are playing smaller shows for us too….
    I just miss the days of 30-40 dollar tix

  17. whole tour! Says:

    I wish it were 1977 – $10 Grateful Dead Tickets

  18. plord Says:

    Miner: saw your note about Infected Mushroom killing the buzz of the entire Warfield. That’s some trick. You have to suck a LOT. Which I.M. does since they stopped playing straight goa and turned into metalheads.

    But, tell me more: what was the lineup? Are we going to get Shpongle at NYE or does it go Shpongle DJ->Infected->Hallucinogen??

  19. whole tour! Says:

    today $10 won’t even get you a ‘happy ending’

  20. jdub Says:

    @Stup, there are many here who miss the days of 15-25$ tix.

  21. whole tour! Says:

    well, maybe an mp3 is a ‘happy ending’ after all 😉

  22. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    hahaha nice whole tour

  23. Stupendous a.k.a The Beasel Says:

    Inside In is a masterpiece imo.
    Back when I managed an indie cd shop in FL, it was disc no. 1 in the 100 disc changer for the sole purpose of people remembering to take out the disc they just played as the album starts with mike singing “take me out…”, but most of the cases we would end up listening to the whole album cause its soooo goood!
    Too bad I cant say the same for the Sparrow…high hopes for moss. I wonder if he knew that a little shop in bradenton, fl played his album daily…. 🙂

  24. whole tour! Says:

    nothing beats:

    10/23/94: FREE PHISH SHOW 🙂

  25. whole tour! Says:

    back when gainesville was the real deal.

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