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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/ph1999-07-13d1t07.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/ph1999-07-13d1t08.mp3]

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DOWNLOAD OF THE DAY:

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. ThePigSong Says:

    I would like to see a tour tournament here on the BB. I have no idea how to set something like that up though…

  2. sumodie Says:

    Mrs. Miner sounds like a bad-ass phunky b!

    I hope she’s coming eastward for some shows too

  3. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    @leo
    if you need any grief counseling on what it is like to follow a flailing, under-achieving team, I can help you out. years of being a Bills and Irish fan have improved my coping mechanisms. you too can find joy in failure!

    ~~~

    this may be one of the coolest sports pictures I’ve ever seen. both for the look on le tigre’s face and some of the faces in the crowd (the guy with the sweet ‘stache and cigar is classic). plus, tiger and the us team didn’t even complain about this because he shanked it so bad he hit a camera guy who was in the “right” place.

  4. Guyute711 Says:

    I need Ronnie Brown to score less than 19 pts to hold on for a win.

  5. EL Duderino Says:

    @ guyute711

    Did any of those links I e-mailed you work?

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    …Iā€™d seen them do so many crazy covers that worked and surprised me but this one just ruined my night

    the day phish’s song choices ruin my night is the day I realize I am taking this whole thing too seriously. lighten up, francis. šŸ˜‰

    I had a blast that night and the Boho Rap just capped it off in a hilarious fashion.

  7. KWL Says:

    no hold at 715am, 8am, or 829 am. how’s everybody feel about my chances at 905am? i’m feelin it!

    morning y’all

  8. Guyute711 Says:

    I tried one so far Duder and it wasn’t free. I’ll check them out though.

  9. Guyute711 Says:

    How about them Bears.

  10. EL Duderino Says:

    Fuckin’ Bears…

    šŸ™

  11. halcyon Says:

    sick photo T3PO,

    I saw that last night, and for the photographer to be in the “right” place at the right time. Well wrong for Tiger at least.

  12. EL Duderino Says:

    @ guyute711

    Here:

    http://freewareapp.com/mkwact_download/

  13. Guyute711 Says:

    That’s the one I tried El Dude.

  14. EL Duderino Says:

    Tiger was -9 after 16 holes today guys.

    7 birdies and one eagle in 16 holes is pretty fuckin’ good

  15. EL Duderino Says:

    I’m not sure what you’re talkin about.
    I can download it for free guyute711

  16. Leo Weaver Says:

    Thank you T3…I appreciate the support. This year is just bad. Really bad. Not sure if they’ll win more than 3 games…hell, not even sure they’ll win 3. I told Mrs. Weaver Saturday night that she could switch out the flag on front of the house. I’ve had a “power G” Ga flag up for the 6 years we’ve lived there…it’s time to retire it. Up with the seasonal colors!

  17. KWL Says:

    great pic there t3, didn’t catch that shot by tiger–a shank??

  18. Leo Weaver Says:

    Damn, that is a sweet pic. Wonder if Tiger paid for a replacement lens…

  19. KWL Says:

    too little too late el dude

    credit for coming back, but the us lost it yesterday afternoon

  20. whole tour! Says:

    been told by my inside source that they will open Charleston night one with “Torn and Frayed.”

  21. whole tour! Says:

    jags upset colts.
    šŸ™‚

  22. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Prediction – the frequency of cover teases in jams will skyrocket, serving the dual purpose of dropping hints about Halloween while still throwing us off the scent.

    Sub-prediction – I will love this.

  23. whole tour! Says:

    Duuuuuuvaaaaaallllll!!

  24. halcyon Says:

    KWL

    I was listening to the John Legend and Roots album the other day. Pretty good album. I think it was you that asked about it.

  25. sumodie Says:

    The NYE ’96 Queen cover was awesome in my book and capped off an incredibly fun night

    The balloon drop alone remains one of my all time fav Phish moments. The boys were once more trying to get into the Guinness Book of World Records for largest balloon drop. Anyone recall how many fell that night? We were swimming in balloons for a good 10-15 minutes or more -complete insanity. I still get goosebumps thinking back on this slice o phishtory

    Every balloon drop since has been, dare I say, meh 8)

    The show also proved to me how shitty the new (at that time) Boston Garden is for live music. The huge swath of corporate box seats completely separates the 3rd tier from the rest of the venue, IMO, killing the flow of energy around the venue. So glad the boys have only rarely (once?) returned to this venue.

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