Five Posters From Fall

10.31.10 - Atlantic City -G.Lucas)

Poster collecting has gotten crazy in the Phish scene these days. These sought-after, limited edition prints often go on sale exactly when doors open, if not hours beforehand outside the venue, all but eliminating the chance for the casual concert-goer to grab one. And hence the allure. Even the nights that all the posters are sold at merch stands when doors open, they are sold out before the show begins, and if the print is a Pollock, its a race to the tables and they are gone in minutes. The aftermarket for this artwork has also blossomed with the $50 prints grabbing up to $200 in the post-tour hype, and even more on EBay. Hiring a different artist for every show or run this Fall, Phish offered a diversity of prints to take home as a souvenir or an investment. Artwork is subjective, and everyone has their own tastes, but these are my five favorite prints from Fall Tour 2010. (Pictures of all prints can be found on Phish’s Facebook page under “Photos”)


5. 10/30 Atlantic City – Artist: Nate Duval (Run of 550)

The middle print of a three-piece holiday set, this one stands out from the rest. Celebrating the honey bee – the state bug of New Jersey – this Queen Beehive with a seeing eye struck me the moment I saw it. While the other two prints in the series are also very cool, the surrounding patterns and bizarre visual effect of this image put it over the top.

10/30 (Duval)


4. 10/26 Manchester, NH – Artist: Ken Taylor (Run of 600)

This print plays off Western Observatory in Derryfield Park, an actual landmark in Manchester, New Hampshire. Artist, Ken Taylor, dropped in on the forum at saying that his intent for the image was to have the tree symbolize Phish taking over Manchester. Well, Ken’s premonition proved to be on point as Phish took the  New Hampshire town by storm.This fairly dark and mysterious print pops to life in person with the use of metallic inks; not your run of the mill Phish poster

10/26 (Ken Taylor)


3. 10/24 Amherst, MA – Artist: Jim Pollock (Run of 625)

This Pollock print for the second night of Amherst trumps his work on the first by leaps and bounds. Centered on a crest in which each quadrant represents a band member, the words “Boy, Man, God, Shit” surround the central image. Another single – or third – eye appears over the top of the print in the “Phish” font, a theme present on three separate prints this tour. Pollack combined a colonial scene with an underwater theme below the date, as colonists and their horse appear in full snorkel gear. This brightly colored print bursts with detail and has been a pricey purchase in the secondary market.

10/24 (Jim Pollock)


2. 10/22 Providence – Artist: Marq Spusta (Run 650)

This is easily the most detailed print from Fall Tour. Blending an underwater scene with an intricately designed forest, eleven squid cling to an ark at dusk. Jellyfish, sea stars, seahorses (fuckin’ love em!) and other detailed pieces from under the sea surround them in a print that only gets more interesting the more you look at it. Probably many people’s pick for the poster of tour, this one is a visual treat.

10/22 (Marq Spusta)


1. 10/19 Augusta, ME – Artist: Scott Cambpell (Run of 700)

Augusta’s poster is my personal favorite due to its sharp, borderline-animated artwork, dramatic shape, and vibrant colors. Scott Campbell’s pieces have always struck a chord with me, and when I saw this print it immediately caught my eye. Alluding to “Cavern,” the poster includes the lryic “It’s later than you think” above the date of the show. The image portrays light shafts beaming into a cave onto a mud rat detector, or some sort of projector, under a ceiling dripping with stalagtites that spell “Phish.” Aside from any Phishy symbolism, this piece struck me as the boldest and most powerful artwork from of Fall Tour.


Jam of the Day:

Time Loves A Hero > Day Or Night” 10.31.10 II

A stellar segment of Phish’s Waiting For Columbus set.




10.11.10 1st Bank Center, Broomfield, CO

FLAC Torrent (etree), Mp3 Torrent, Megaupload < Links

Official Broomfield Poster

A start-to-finish smoker, the second show of tour provided a huge step forward from night one. The first – and arguably – more exciting set featured a classic “Jim,” “Foam” opener, and a stellar sequence of “Wolfmans,” “Reba,” “Halley’s > Tweezer.” The highlight of this run was “Reba,” a version that would be sitting on the tour’s top-shelf were it not for Augusta’s masterpiece. The set-opening triumvirate of “Golden Age > Piper > Camel Walk” and a late set “Twist” starred in the second half. But no matter how many times Phish tries it, “Number Line” just doesn’t work as a set closer.

I: Runaway Jim, Foam, Back on the Train, Wolfman’s Brother, Reba, Halley’s Comet > Tweezer, What Things Seem*, The Squirming Coil, Run Like an Antelope

II: Golden Age > Piper > Camel Walk, Alaska, Gotta Jibboo, Wading in the Velvet Sea, Twist, Fluffhead, Backwards Down the Number Line

E: Sleeping Monkey, Tweezer Reprise

Source: FOB/DFC > Neumann ak40’s(NOS) > lc3 > km100 > Aerco mp2 @ 20db > Sd 702 @ 24/48 (Taper – gotfob)

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  1. thelot Says:

    to each their own. i saved my $50 bucks in augusta on that one. 10/24, 10/26, 10/22 and ac were my favorites. i thought utica was pretty cool too.

  2. Al Says:

    Here’s the Tracklisting for the Alpine Valley BONUS CD 2010:
    source: Phish/Facebook

    This close to 80-minute collection (fully mastered) contains selections cherry-picked by Archivist Kevin Shapiro and will only be available at Phish Dry Goods. All songs are from past performances at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI.

    Phish “Wisconsin Edition” Tracklisting

    1. Tweezer (8/1/98) – 18:29

    2. Down With Disease > (7/18/03) – 22:55

    3. Catapult (7/18/03) – 2:41

    4. Ghost > (8/9/97) – 15:31

    5. Taste (8/9/97) – 10:01

    6. Possum (6/26/04) – 10:20

  3. Al Says:

    I recommend to also check out the photos section from Fall Tour on Phish’s Facebook site. Those Fall tour photos are AMAZING! I’ll print posters of them, they are that breathtaking

  4. Matso Says:

    That’s a very tasty looking “Wisconsin Edition” track list. Glad to see that Shapiro didn’t tie himself in knots looking for the non-obvious choices (as he sometimes does). The 98 Tweezer and the 97 Ghost->Taste are about as good as it gets from Alpine’s history.

  5. Al Says:

    Just a few examples – as today’s topic is the visuals….

  6. Al Says:

    ^link repaired

  7. Al Says:

    one more try cause it’s Trey the Jedi!!!

  8. Al Says:

    sorry, doesn’t work. Check out the Providence photos or copy paste. It’s worth it.

  9. Matso Says:

    Oh, and on the poster front, my favourite is Manchester and I would love to see the real thing. Augusta is second – the projector (which is not a lyric in Cavern) means the poster, to sound like an academic dickhead, resists easy interpretation.

  10. willowed Says:

    When I think Miner can’t top himself any more…he posts something like this:

    seahorses (fuckin’ love em)

    Absolute, classic Miner.

    Thanks for giving me a smile this morning.

  11. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Trey Anastasio w/ Scorchio String Quartet
    November 18, 2010
    Richardson Auditorium
    Princeton, NJ

    Set: Love Is Freedom, Water In The Sky, Summer of ‘89, Divided Sky, Greyhound Rising, Bar 17*, Gone*, Brian and Robert, Stash, Flock of Words, Strange Design^, Wolfman’s Brother*

    * – Trey on Piano
    ^ – w/ Tom Marshall

  12. Mr.Palmer Says:

    ENCORE:Julie Don’t Lie, Let Me Lie

  13. SillyWilly Says:

    “Seahorses? No way. No way! I fuckin’ love seahorses. No way. No way! ”

    Llfa. Great youtube reference Miner!

    Morning all!

  14. Mitch Says:

    Miner throws out a drinking out of cups link in the middle? +2

    I didnt know the Amherst Pollocks had deckled edges til I saw the pic this morn. If you are gonna frame it, consider floating it. The Hampton Pollocks and prehiatus Pollocks with those edges I’ve seen floated look bomb.

    Also of note this tour were the PTBM tix done by Nate Duval. Some of the best tix they have ever mailed out. Great design and use of song.

    Re: wisco mix, a mix released in 3.0 just wouldn’t be complete without a possum. That’s ok for me tho cause I remember my aisle clearing out and me being left with crazy dance space in the pavilion so I went nuts for that one.

  15. phoammhead Says:

    i just ordered the Alpine Valley box set – excited!!! now, where’s all my money! oh, yeah, phish has it – i’m not kidding! 🙂

  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    mornin’ all

    I’ve never been much of a poster collector but have always appreciated how good they can look framed on the wall.

    revisionist me thinks it would have be super cool if they could have gotten something done for the actual halloween show that was akin to the styling of a feat album cover. would have given it away, of course, but I always liked those album covers.

  17. willowed Says:

    Sea Horses For -Eva

    On a side note

    I am finally getting away from the LF set and tapping into other shows.

    My Problem Right There is a slick little tune. Providence version has adds a little slice of fun in a heavy set!

    “I got to much love…that’s my problem right there.”

  18. tela'smuff Says:

    oh how i miss thee. someday life will get back to normal and i can once again follow the daily conversation. i hope you all are well.

    thanks for some great work this week Miner!

    shout out to the SC and Telly crews. have a great weekend.

    muff out.

  19. BingosBrother Says:

    Oh look at me, i’m the Treemeister.

  20. BingosBrother Says:

    Trey Princeton Stash video.

    *People are still fucking up the clap count.

  21. gavinsdad Says:

    pretty sure everyone has made the connection but the guy who voiced and wrote the lyrics for “drinking out of cups” is a wacko from B’more named Dan Deacon who makes really insane experimental electronic music. I recommend his “spiderman of the rings”. it’s all alot to take…very avant tweaker noise but for the dancefloor. google and check it. probably good baned up.

    and related to the topic, beyond a phish logo tee i bought in 1990 i’ve never owned any phish merch. i really do love art, and especially the range of artists that Phish reaches out to for poster contributions. I dig House Industries, who are really a typeface shop in Delaware…they did the Hampton ’09 posters.

    stretching the topic and bringing it back to Dan Deacon…he’s part of a pretty avant hipster art collective from Baltimore called Wham City…line below, get lost for awhile.

  22. kayatosh Says:

    MPRT resonates wiht me as well, willow. and i love that New orleans shuffle beat.

    love the poster review, miner.

  23. bouncin fan Says:

    Proper Stash clap count is zero

    New school phishies should be able to handle that one

  24. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    that’s a pretty decent video from last night. anyone heard more from this yet? i want to hear that greyhound rising

  25. BingosBrother Says:

    “Proper Stash clap count is zero”


    But if you have to do it, its 4 claps.

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