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. Stupendous a.k.a The Beasel Says:

    true @jdub

  2. jdub Says:

    Mike spent a lot of time on Inside In and really loves that album. My whole family is getting into it, we’ve been listening to it on the way to day care for weeks now. One song at a time fir the five minute drive.

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

    nice! great songs and album flow!

  4. whole tour! Says:

    What will become of the coral sky pre-order contest?
    Someone is going to win tickets to 10/31/10!!!!

  5. halcyon Says:

    whoa that eigenharp is coooool T3P0

    I think Page or Gordeaux should learn how to melt faces with that

    ON second thought I am not so sure about building a tesla coil in the living room. I need a place to live this winter

  6. whole tour! Says:

    tesla’s favorite song: the squirming coil?!?

  7. whole tour! Says:

    when and where is the first “i’ve been around” of 2010 going to be busted out? It’s a classy song and Charleston is a classy town.

    “Grind” is also due.

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

    Has anybody seen the funny or die skit with tesla and edison? freaking hilarious
    ill see if i can find link

  9. whole tour! Says:

    drunken history!

  10. whole tour! Says:

    “one night ____(insert comedian)___ drank a fifth of ____(insert adult beverage)___ and recounted ____(insert historical event)____.



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


  12. Mitch Says:


    I think the 10 price increase was coming anyway and them tacking the show on was a cool gesture. The part you say was always free still is free. Auds are free. The sbds were what cost more and everyone put them on torrent sites so it’s a way for them to bundle everything.

    Thus it’s great on many levels.

  13. halcyon Says:

    appears that I have a hold on my cc…..for NYE

  14. whole tour! Says:

    who makes t-shirts and is going to charleston?
    i just got the most epic idea for a shirt ever!

  15. Mitch Says:

    I also think it’s Phish taking some of the money to their pocket from scalpers. By raising the price you end up closer to what people will pay and scalpers can’t charge much more unless its high profile.

  16. butter Says:

    scalper market has fallen out on Broomfield

    120,110,95 $ Sun, Mon, Tues respectively

    they all were holding strong at 400 bucks

  17. halcyon Says:


    If you are still out here, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern is in Puerto Rico. Viva Boricua!

    Good Night all.

  18. RamblinOnMyMind Says:

    @plord – I might be part of the Tuesday night Manchester crowd. I have two tickets, but I might end up short on funds. I might also be taking the GREs between UMass and Atlantic City (awful idea). So…

    A perfect opportunity for me to note that I have 2 tickets to Manchester, Section 107, Row D, Seats 9-10, for sale individually or as a package*

    *package does not include anything that really makes it a “package” except that there are two tickets instead of one

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

    nice halcy!
    i think i saw that a while back unless its a new one…NO Tv at the moment…
    Buenas Noches

  20. Mitch Says:

    Ramblin, what else is in the package? A sticker? Pretzels? Spice it up. 8)

  21. RamblinOnMyMind Says:

    1 free Slim Jim with purchase of Ramblin’s Manchester package

  22. RamblinOnMyMind Says:

    or rather, the inclusion of a free Slim Jim officially makes this ticket offer a package

    I’m not even charging an extra $10 like Phish

  23. Mr.Miner Says:

    where are these codes coming from?

  24. sumodie Says:

    @Miner: The bar codes from every ticket sold on Fall tour can be redeemed at livephish for either a free mp3 of that show or one can upgrade to ALAC / FLAC for $5, HD-FLAC for $8, or a couple other formats.

    Go to the correct web page at livephish, log in, and type in the bar code, and you’ll be walked thru the checkout process

    I already entered the bar code for my Utica ticket, opted to pay the additional $5 for FLAC, and now I just have to go back to LP after the show to dl the show

  25. sumodie Says:

    I also got a $272.80 hold on one card…

    Any chance this hold could increase? Would PTBM secure a hold for one show, then return to my CC again and add more shows, thereby increasing the hold?

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