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. Corey Says:

    Morning BB. Great to think about my only NYE experience in 96. Remember Bohemian naysayers…although imperfect, the emotion was all there. Truly beautiful as the choir took their place on the risers behind PHiSH. Trey was beaming, just like Indio as he faced his “back up band.”

    Let’s not forget the silliness that was the Rotation Jam and Sixteen Candles during that 96 run. An important note is that they hired a local choir for the gig. True musicians and even truer musicianship…and I still have my balloons from that night, albeit a little deflated. I remember having the time of my life. Cold as could be outside but warm warm warm up in the private box/lounge rooms. I forgot my suite number and spent a good portion of Hood running around in the suite hallway trying to figure out which suite was ours. Good times.

    In other news…
    I may have an extra Augusta, Providence floor, and Amherst 2 lower level.
    Anyone have an extra Utica?

  2. Leo Weaver Says:

    @WT…I think Lycan and his crew are staying at a hostel in downtown Chucktown.

  3. phoammhead Says:

    @whole tour

    i have a couple of extra hotel reservations for N Charleston, if you need

    anybody else need one – email me as well

    phoamm at gmail dot com

  4. Guyute711 Says:

    I don’t know what I’m doing wrong Duder but it’s $59. I’ll have to stop over your place some day with the laptop.

  5. EL Duderino Says:

    @ guyute711

    try the link I put at the top of page 4…

    I know it works

  6. negev79 Says:

    “Had a great time with the Charlotte BB crew.. (although Leo doesn’t like it when the Dawgs are losing… 😉 )”

    Yeah, I was in Boulder this weekend for the game. Wearing my red, as a Dawg by association. There was supposed to be a “blackout” by the Colorado fans, but seriously, that stadium was very very red. Georgia people were everywhere.

    The query posed to me afterward by one of the SMF’s friends: What is more pathetic? That the Georgia Bulldogs LOST to Colorado? Or that the Colorado fans stormed the field after beating a 1 and 4 team?

    Seriously. It was embarrassing for everyone involved.

    But Rocky Mtn National Park is beautiful so I guess the trip was still worth it.

  7. Guyute711 Says:

    No it doesn’t Duder

  8. ThePigSong Says:

    Southeast BBers – I’ve spent very little time in Greenville, but what I experienced of downtown I absolutely loved! What gives?

  9. Guyute711 Says:

    unless you like to hear some lady talk over the music every 5 secs

  10. EL Duderino Says:

    I’m downloading it mang.

    User error seems to be the problem

  11. EL Duderino Says:

    tried it again for the third time.

    Seems to be workin’ for me no problem

  12. Lumpyhead Says:

    @ Silly

    just read your ACL predictions…that would be hilarious. and the mass appeal factor is the kicker.

    also, if ACL had the reputation it had now, but back in 93-5, the boys would come on stage and play a one song set. just cause.

  13. whole tour! Says:

    @ leo – thanks for the info. Was looking into a hotel over a hostel just for comfort. Ever since i saw that movie “hostel” i’ve been scared to stay at one…lol.

    @ phoamhead – i’ll drop you a line for more info.

  14. SillyWilly Says:


    yeah. i just wonder if Trey’s still got that almost sadistic sardonicism to torture the hell out of us with some Halloween tricks like that.

    (I thought the -ism of sardonic was sardonism, too, but apparently its not…)

  15. EL Duderino Says:

    Friends of my SLF in Raleigh got a coupon for a 2 night stay for the price of one for the Charleston shows.

    Hyatt in N. Charleston I believe WT.

  16. Guyute711 Says:

    I have tried several times. Same results.

  17. whole tour! Says:

    Word @ dude – gonna go to their website and check it out!

  18. KWL Says:


    email response coming soon. need to shorten it first 😉

  19. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    ::checks cc::
    I need to have my cc just ping me when a new charge hits…
    ::checks cc::

    this morning’s that’s just plain f’ed up link

    ::checks cc::

  20. lastwaltzer Says:

    “But Rocky Mtn National Park is beautiful so “neg

    YES, YES IT IS. Are you still there? What trails did you hit?

  21. whole tour! Says:

    hyatt north charleston is completely sold out.
    lady on the phone said the other hyatt was completely sold out too. 🙁

    not looking good. fuck.

  22. SillyWilly Says:



    Im excited.

    These kind of convos really help me through my day. no joke.

  23. EL Duderino Says:

    @ WT

    Drop your riders and head to the beach house

  24. Leo Weaver Says:

    @negev…ga fans travel very well…any opportunity to drink in a new town and bark at the locals is reason enough for a trip. Kinda funny looking at the red domination when the Ga/GaTech game is in Atlanta at Tech’s stadium.

    @pig…re: Greenville NC, it’s kind of on an island…long way from anything. Supposed to be a fun college town, but I wasn’t really impressed with what I’ve seen. At least Greenville SC is accessible. But I spent my college years in Athens (i.e. greatest college town in America) so I’m biased.

  25. whole tour! Says:

    would have loved to got in on the beach house for sure.
    as of now it’s me and my lady friend. was supposed to have one other rider, but he’s been acting flaky lately.

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