Summer 2011 – Part I

Phish Summer 2011

Phish brought a shaft of light in the heart of winter yesterday, dropping 18 dates that comprise the opening leg of Summer Tour 2011. Beginning at Bethel Woods in Bethel, New York and concluding at nTelos Pavilion in Portsmouth, Virginia, Phish will remain tight to the eastern seaboard this June, making only a short, three-show trip to the midwest. With “additional summer announcements” to come” and “no further touring plans” for the rest of the year, these dates are only the beginning of what will be a significant season of for the Phish from Vermont.

Bethel Woods - Bethel, NY

June will blast off with a three-night run in the band’s first trip to Bethel Woods, a spanking new venue opened in 2006 on the grounds of the original Woodstock Festival. One of four multi-night stands of the month, this Memorial Day three-pack in upstate New York will certainly be “destination shows” for fans nationwide. Moving from one stand to another, Phish will return to PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey for the first time since 2000. Formerly known as The Garden State Arts Center, this central Jersey shed was a popular venue throughout the ’90s, and this year’s show marks a homecoming Trey who hails from from the nearby area.

After the opening five shows, the band will shift their scene to the midwest for a three-show weekend in Detroit, Cleveland and Cincinnati. The Clarktson, Michigan venue formerly known as Pine Knob—a classic summertime amphitheatre opened in 1972—will host Phish for the first time ever, marking the band’s first summer gig in the Motor City area in quite some time. From there, Phish will return to Blossom Music Center for the second straight year before heading to Cleveland’s interstate rival, Cincinnati, for the the band’s first performance at Riverbend Music Center since the Fall 2000.

DTE Music Center - Clarkston, MI

After Cincy’s Sunday night show, Phish will hop directly back to the Northeast and will play a string of venues drenched in Phish history. Midweek stops at Great Woods and Darien Lake will be followed by a weekend showcase at Camden and Merriweather Post Pavilion—the only stop of the four that will host two performances. The band will subsequently fly south for their final multi-night stop of June, a midweek twin bill at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, Georgia. Following a string of cookie-cutter venues, Alpharetta’s over-sized GA floor will provide much needed dance space relief after the cozy confines of Merriweather.

To close out June, Phish will play a weekend run at three venues they played just last year—Verizon Wireless in Charlotte, Walnut Creek in Raleigh, and nTelos Pavilion in Portsmouth. The former sheds two hold far more historical weight—though far as far less mobility—than the latter, a fully GA venue on the water of southeastern Virgina. June’s end-of-tour bash will be an intimate affair as nTelos Pavilion’s 6,500 person tent is the smallest venue on the tour by far.

nTelos - 6.15.10 (B.Riley)

A strong opening leg leaves some questions hanging about the rest of the summer. Will Watkins Glen still take place on July 4th weekend as expected, and will it be a stand-alone event? Despite a saturation of northeast shows, many sources say the festival is still a go—we shall see. Will the second leg of summer finally give the west coast some proper lovin’ before the band takes the fall season off from touring? These answers will likely unfold after tickets are sold for June, so don’t hold your breath. But summer’s opening docket is quite an encouraging beginning to Phish 2011. (Now we are really starting to sound futuristic!)

In an interesting ticketing twist, Phish has reduced the price of lawn tickets to a $45 face value, while keeping pavilions at $60, making their first foray into tiered-priced ticketing. Oddly, however, they have not provided “Lawn Only” or “Pavilion Only” options on their Tickets By Mail request form, essentially creating the scenario of “It Costs Less to Get Screwed” if one gets shafted with unwanted lawn tickets. So we got that going for us, which is good. The ticket request window is now open for a ten-day period until March 4th at 11:59 pm Eastern. Best of luck in the lottery, and see you on the road!

5/27 – 29 Bethel Woods, Bethel, NY
5/31 – 6/1 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
6/3 DTE Energy Center, Clarkston, MI
6/4 Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
6/5 Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
6/7 Comcast Center, Mansfield, MA
6/8 Darien Lake Amphitheatre, Darien Center, NY
6/10 Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
6/11-12 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
6/14-15 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Alpharetta, GA
6/17 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC
6/18 Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion, Raleigh, NC
6/19 nTtelos Pavilion at Harbor Center, Portsmouth, VA


Jam of the Day:

Gumbo” 8.3.98 II

With summertime on the mind, here is a supreme example of the summer funk of ’98.




6.22.2000 AmSouth Amphitheatre, Antioch, Tennessee

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6.27.10 (G.Lucas)

6.27.10 (G.Lucas)

Keeping with today’s theme, here is the first US summer show from 2000 outside Nashville, TN. A fierce “Jibboo > 2001 > Sand” kicked off the second set in the band’s return to domestic amphitheatres after two weeks in Japanese clubs. A sublime version of “Harry Hood” followed, bringing Sam Bush, Ronnie and Robby McCroury to stage in a rare perfect guest spot.

I: First Tube, Wolfman’s Brother, Beauty of My Dreams, Golgi Apparatus, Limb By Limb, Bug, Poor Heart, Roggae, Chalk Dust Torture

II: Gotta Jibboo > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Sand, Harry Hood -> Dog Faced Boy > Harry Hood*, I’m Blue, I’m Lonesome**, Hold Whatcha Got**, Uncle Pen**, Free Bird***

E: You Enjoy Myself

*w/ Sam Bush on fiddle, Robbie McCoury on banjo, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin

** Del McCoury on guitar, Ricky Skaggs on mandolin, Mike Bub on upright double-bass, and Jason Carter on fiddle in addition to those already on stage

*** w/ all guests plus Wynnona Judd on vocals

Source: Neumann KM140 > Sonosax SX-M2 > Panasonic SV-255 (48khz)

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  1. WIFAN Says:

    Really need some west/midwest love on the summer second leg. Especially if the boys are taking the fall off.

  2. c0wfunk Says:

    for all you radiohead fans

    hope everyone’s tour plans are shakin out for yas

  3. EL Duderino Says:

    In honor of our new mayor of Chicago.

    My father’s first show!

    Grateful Dead – October 21, 1971
    Auditorium Theatre – Chicago, IL

    Recording Info:
    SBD -> Master Reel -> Dat

    Transfer Info:
    Dat -> Samplitude Professional v11.2 -> FLAC
    (2 Discs Audio / 2 Discs FLAC)

    All Transfers and Mastering By Charlie Miller
    February 22, 2011

    — Disc change is seamless
    — Thanks to David Gans for this recording

    Set 1:
    d1t01 – Tuning
    d1t02 – Truckin’
    d1t03 – Loser
    d1t04 – Beat It On Down The Line
    d1t05 – Tennessee Jed
    d1t06 – Playing In The Band
    d1t07 – Big Railroad Blues
    d1t08 – Jack Straw
    d1t09 – Cumberland Blues
    d1t10 – Comes A Time
    d1t11 – Mexicali Blues
    d1t12 – The Frozen Logger
    d1t13 – Cold Rain And Snow
    d2t01 – One More Saturday Night

    Set 2:
    d2t02 – Casey Jones
    d2t03 – Me And My Uncle
    d2t04 – Dark Star ->
    d2t05 – Sittin’ On Top Of The World ->
    d2t06 – Dark Star ->
    d2t07 – Me And Bobby McGee
    d2t08 – Brown Eyed Women
    d2t09 – Ramble On Rose
    d2t10 – Sugar Magnolia

    d2t11 – Saint Stephen ->
    d2t12 – Johnny B. Goode

  4. Mike in Austin Says:

    Great write up.

  5. lastwaltzer Says:


    how you gonna do me like that?

    I was gonna come in here again and be all like, sorry for the excessive bitching, didn’t notice prices weren’t actually higher, yada yada yada

    but then you go and congratulate that dirt bag 😉

    i’ll leave it at dirt bag.

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    mornin’ all

    curious how TAB T5 was last night. interesting looking setlist…

    great JOTD/DOTD combo today, Miner. One of the classic Deer Creek jams in this Gumbo and that Nashville show has that wonderful Hood with Sammy and the McCoury Bros.

    as for tour, if my wife didn’t have a baby on the way this sure would shape up for me doing some serious damage out there. Instead I’ll probably hit GW, maybe one or two others (if I’m lucky), and then see if there really is going to be a (hopefully summer ending) festi. But there’s a big part of me that wants the second leg to be mostly out west. you pholk deserve it.

  7. readicculus Says:

    love the bill murray line. i can only hope that when i die on my death bed i will recieve total conscienencenis.
    hopefully that will not happen before i can get to pine knob and see the greatest band on the entire planet. happy hump day BB.

  8. ITP Says:

    I understand wanting to play a smaller venue mid-week, but they’re killing the fans in Atlanta by playing Alpharetta on a Tuesday and Wednesday. That stretch of 400 is the worst traffic in one of the worst traffic cities in the country. Don’t be surprised to see the venue only half full mid first set. Still a great venue and will be great shows!

  9. gavinsdad Says:

    would be nice to see some ringers in leg 2….portland….UT….NM….AZ….along with the CA and Gorge type stuff. wishful thinking for the West Coasters but it’d be cool to see some storied shows happen in out of the way locales…my nostalgia side poking thru.

    hit me here if anyone changes plans and is gonna bum rush Phila TAB. me and KayaT are gonna be in the house and are doing some reserved pre-gaming near the venue.

  10. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Hey folks. Hope T5 had the goods last night. Seemed like a soso stream. Need taper420 up in the house. My head is spinning trying to figure out tour dates. No lotto for this guy. Bethel does look really sweet.

  11. bhizzle Says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard “The Frozen Logger” nor heard of it before to tell you honestly.

    Can’t find the setlist for TAB last night. The From the Road still shows the HOB show. And nothing on etree to refer to…

    I can’t wait to get high up on the ferris wheel. Who’s with me?

  12. SillyWilly Says:

    I’m curious about why they’re not gonna tour in the fall?

    They’re just tired, or maybe some changes in family life?

    I guess no one but the band knows.

    I’m sure all will be revealed in its proper time.

    Have a good hump day everyone

  13. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    sumo posted this last night

    down with disease
    wolfman’s brother
    theme from the bottom
    camel walk
    kill devil falls
    meatstick ->
    halley’s comet
    bouncing around the room
    limb by limb
    stealing time from the faulty plan
    wading in the velvet sea *
    heavy things**
    hey ya! **

    in the wee wee hours
    it makes no difference
    gotta jibboo
    burlap sack and pumps
    clint eastwood
    cayman review
    sweet and dandy
    burn that bridge
    my problem right there
    first tube
    empire state of mind ***


    sultans of swing

    * w/ chainsaw & jen
    ** w/ whole band
    *** jay z cover

  14. lastwaltzer Says:


    I’d bet family life or more time for other projects. I wonder when trey’s musical opens?

  15. Spasm Waiter Says:

    This is what I found for T5 last night. no encores listed:

    down with disease
    wolfman’s brother
    theme from the bottom
    camel walk
    kill devil falls
    meatstick ->
    halley’s comet
    bouncing around the room
    prince caspian
    limb by limb
    stealin’ time
    velvet sea*
    heavy things**
    hey ya**



    in the wee wee hours
    it makes no difference
    gotta jibboo
    burlap sack and pumps
    clint eastwood
    cayman review
    sweet and dandy

  16. Spasm Waiter Says:

    @SW- Speculation about studio album this fall.

  17. SillyWilly Says:

    Studio Album, huh.

    How long does that usually take?

    Maybe they’re going to sit down and try to make their masterpiece studio album?

    I’ve always thought it would be cool if they tried to make their own experimental and masterpiece album

  18. SillyWilly Says:

    Phish’s American Beauty or something

  19. BTB Says:

    Clarkston > Blossom for this guy. Playing the rest by ear. Thanks for the write-up

  20. angryjoggerz Says:

    Silly Willy – Are you coming into Chicago for TAB this weekend? There is a reggae party on Sat night, not sure I can make it but I can give you the info for sure.

  21. angryjoggerz Says:

    LW, hope you got out to vote and stuff yesterday. Anyone who thinks voting is not important (not implying this is you) – check out my aldermanic race – dead heat, 6 votes difference between the two leaders…. 6 votes! That is madness!

    Big up Rahm n ting, do your thing.

  22. EL Duderino Says:

    E: St. Stephen >
    E2: Johnny B. Goode

    Enough said!

    I have to say, besides the electric sets , this may be the TAB tour I like the least… Just sayin’

  23. lastwaltzer Says:


    i’m pretty sure phish probably only spends a week or two in the studio, at least on the last two records.

  24. SillyWilly Says:


    I’ll be in Chicago

    But, I don’t know if I can be out Saturday night.

    My girl and I are working through some visiting/long distance issues and two nights of music might not be part of the equation.

    thanks a lot for thinking of me, though.

  25. EL Duderino Says:

    Phish and the studio is like the GD and the studio…

    They just don’t mix.

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