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. whole tour! Says:

    worse comes to worse i will sleep in my car.

  2. Robear Says:

    It’s pretty likely that:

    If you can’t make any fall tour, reading this site will be akin to having your nose rubbed in your own doodooo like a bad puppy.

    The Lions will lose every game in a ‘close’ contest.

    Duder will think the Charelston shows are the best, only to have Miner correct him each morning.

    AW will develop a 5th alias to review shows, only to be busted a day later by posting from the wrong device

    Phish will play ‘Harpua’, causing ZZyZX to make a drive by BB post about antics being the ‘Source’

    No BB’er will get shut out of a show

    No one will get arrested or cited by the po-po.

    Wives will not be happy when their mans return from AC with bed bugs.

    Mike Gordon will drop ‘Liquid Time’ on his solo tour in San Francisco with Trey on guest guitar, Page on guest baby grand, and a weird drummer in a dress.

  3. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Wives will not be happy when their mans return from AC with bed bugs.

    bed bugs will hopefully be the worst thing anyone leaves AC with

  4. EL Duderino Says:

    @ Robear


  5. SillyWilly Says:

    LLFA @Robear

  6. lastwaltzer Says:


    do you post on a dead board under “duderino”?

  7. Robear Says:

    that’s my list duder. mark it 🙄

  8. Rivertrance Says:

    Morning robear

    Starting to look like like lack of robear sightings are the only negatives regarding fall tour

    Besides the possibility of new songs adapted from Trey love poems to his wife

    My prediction

    Mikes gets the allusive 2nd jam at Brimfield

    Need new phish

  9. EL Duderino Says:

    @ LW


    Robear, that’s just crazy talk. You’re crazy.

  10. Lumpyhead Says:

    @ Kenny Powers

    Proud of you for that “flying buttresses” line last night.

  11. Robear Says:

    Oh, and in case people hadn’t noticed:

    Laurence Mafoney sucks and blows.

    For chodes like David Garrard, one win over the Colts is like a superbowl victory.

    Duder called it, a wounded animal is dangerous, ala the Giants last night.

    The 49ers are this years embarrassment

    The Jets are pretty good.

  12. SillyWilly Says:


    you called the shit that the Bears’ dropped last night.


    that 10/29 ticket must be cursed and blessed.

    I walked a mile to my apartment after I got home last night. Checked my pocket. NO FUCKIN TICKET.

    Walk the sidewalks of Madison at 10 pm for an hour to find the ticket face down on the sidewalk under a leaf.

    Ticket is safe, but holy shit I don’t think it wants to be in my hands.

  13. Robear Says:

    duder, which ‘prediction’ is crazy talk? that’s some solid gold, take it to the bank type shit I posted!

  14. lastwaltzer Says:

    So that means there are at least two duderinos surfing the web with jeff bridges avatars who are all aboutt about lossless files and 80’s dead. There are probably thousands out there.

  15. lastwaltzer Says:


    why the fuck are you walkin around with tickets in your pocket 😉


    Pat Martino all weekend jazz showcase. Should be hot, think were goin Thursday night.

  16. Rivertrance Says:

    Could be a sign SW

    The 29th will be the show of the run

    That’s funny shit

    Neck beard for Cutler trade
    Good one bears

    Laterz kids

  17. AintNoTele Says:

    WT: chucktown’s “Not so Hostel” is pretty cool if your still looking. I’d offer for ya’ll to stay at my place but its gonna be full too

  18. EL Duderino Says:

    @ LW

    What site specifically are you talkin’ about????

  19. Rivertrance Says:

    I will def hit Martino LW

    Total monster on guitar

  20. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    that post was so solid gold it was Solid Gold Dancers good.

  21. lastwaltzer Says:

    Lost Sailors Pub

  22. lastwaltzer Says:


    Word, this weekend is gonna be awesome, little Martino and then Chic on friday.

    Ended up catching Ivan Nevillie at Martyrs on saturday night, Tony Hall is a pimp (not in a good a way)

  23. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    im gonna file a mike’s explosion under “likely”.
    im thinking providence is gonna blow up… i really wish i didnt pass on that one but its too late to change things around now.
    i think that phish will continue to explore the “new funk” sound theyve been carving. it’s odd… i listen to the greek cities and the groove they get into is djust different for me than any other style of funk theyve played. and id like to see it develop over fall tour.

    i’m also gonna file a mild Liquid Time debut under Likely. we know they can jam it, we’ve all heard the fest 8soundcheck. but i have a feeling they’ll finally debut it, albeit in a straightforward manner. im thinking… providence. although id like it to be utica since it’s all i’m catching

  24. neemor Says:

    Mrs. Miner fail’d whiloe trying to enter the Fleet Center with a Jedi Sealth maneuver.

  25. BingosBrother Says:

    Thats $$$$ Robear. Well done to the point of being CRISP.

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