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. SillyWilly Says:


    I know.

    Im the most anal ticket keeper ever.

    I put them in plastic bags in case moisture gets on them. i always put them in the same place on my bookshelf in my room. i put them in sealed envelopes. swear to icculus.

    but last night I got careless.

    wont happen again.

  2. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    @Silly – i got nervous reading that post haha. damn thats a nightmare

  3. SillyWilly Says:



    it was a tense hour.

    i figured it couldn’t have gotten far….that lil ticket.

  4. lastwaltzer Says:

    “wont happen again.”SW

    Damn right it wont 😉

  5. BingosBrother Says:

    Jeebus Silly, get a hold of yourself man! Worst feeling ever!

  6. EL Duderino Says:

    @ LW

    Lost Sailor’s Pub???

    Never heard of it.

  7. Jtran Says:

    Anyone have a 10/31 extra?

    As the weather gets colder I get more nervous.

  8. Robear Says:

    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.

    ^ I fully agree PHW. It’s more engaging and dynamic than much of the ‘cowphunk’ of the late last century.

    where’s @willowed? that ‘Cities’ jam is $$$1/2

  9. lastwaltzer Says:


    dead board, with some very very very SPECIAL links VERY SPECIAL LINKS

    not many people on there and the discussions are a little better then a lot of the other message boards ive been on.

  10. neemor Says:

    Great posts, Robear.

    Question for neemor’s Fall Tour:

    Do I head to AC and see if I can score on lot?
    CT to AC can’t be more than three hours drive time….

  11. Leo Weaver Says:

    ::filling in for willowed::

    @robear…that jam is the titties! But you guys know I like that kind of stuff…I’m a ’97 funk kid.

  12. Leo Weaver Says:

    Don’t be silly, Willy! Keep that shit locked down!

    @neemor…did you get your cable back or fire your boss? Good to see you for some morning posts.

  13. neemor Says:

    Maybe try to slide in under someon’e dress??

  14. neemor Says:

    I fired my boss.
    Told him it wasn’t working out.

    Actually, computer should be online in the next few days, but it will be the home PC, so I’ll become a night-owl (evening crew) by necessity.

    Miss the am crew…just sneaking on right now for a bit…catch the vibe.

    Glad to see Lycan got out of the swamp for a bit.

  15. Mitch Says:

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

    ^crabs? hell yeah wives will be pissed.

  16. Robear Says:

    well played Chip-Star!

    I want phatty jewelry to vend for next summer’s west coast run. keep the wifey busy this winter.

  17. SillyWilly Says:

    I, too, need a 10/31.

  18. lastwaltzer Says:

    Sneakin neemor under my night gown, tryin keep him outta sight

  19. lastwaltzer Says:

    or should i say:

    sneakin neemor neath my night gown, tryin to keep him outta sight

  20. neemor Says:

    neemor Fall Tour is a “meager” Providence>Amherst 1&2 at this point.

    I’m really trying to convince myself that missing AC Halloween is okay as long as I hit one AC show….thinking that the preceeding shows will be devastatingly good anyways….
    But now I want Halloween.

    So hard picking and choosing.

  21. neemor Says:

    lw: Appreciate the sentiment.

    Perhaps I can get into Halloween as the ass end of a horse costume?
    Maybe that only requires one ticket…

    Anyone want to head my horse for 10/31??

  22. neemor Says:

    Anyone want to head my horse?
    I like that.

  23. Guyute711 Says:

    Five weeks in to college football season and Syracuse is tied atop the Big East. I’m as shocked as anyone.

  24. BingosBrother Says:

    If y’all havent read Miners Bohemian Rhapsody story, do it now. OG post. Synchronicity at its finest. The day that I got IT here.

    Kudos to Mrs. Miner. Hardcore Phunky B right there.

  25. garretc Says:

    Haha, sorry guys, guess I should have made it clearer I was jolting on the hold when I posted last night… No hold as of then!

    (Haven’t checked this morning yet though, so there’s a chance!)

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