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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718 Responses to “Summer 2011 – Part I”

  1. lastwaltzer Says:


    The deads first records through american beauty were well made records, no?

  2. SillyWilly Says:

    so maybe the studio album isn’t the reason for taking Fall off?

  3. guitarpicker420! Says:

    @BTB – you setting up a facebook page again like last year? Need to see another photo montage. When you hit Indy, you know we’ve got you covered.

  4. lastwaltzer Says:

    damn my mom needs to start hitting TAB shows. She loves “Empire State Of Mind”. llfa

  5. lastwaltzer Says:


    my guess is its the musical, i could be way wrong though.

  6. bhizzle Says:

    TAB’s really hitting the pop covers….Thanks for posting the setlist btw.

    So what’s the story with the frozen logger dude!

  7. EL Duderino Says:

    Working and Beauty were the successful albums…

    I mean, I like all things GD, so I even like some of the amphetamine influenced tracks on the first album… but all in all you’d have to say that the GD were not very successful studio album makers… But this is nothing new

  8. EL Duderino Says:

    @ bhizzle


    DL it man! 🙂

    Epic type II jam

  9. EL Duderino Says:

    i think the torrent took all of 3 minutes to DL this morning @ 6:30

  10. Litteringandd Says:

    @el dude
    spinning a Chicago show from 6-29-76. Probably my favorite versions of Peggy-O, Mission in the Rain, and Row Jimmy. Not to mention that the second set brought the heat -

    Might you have some good Jerry Band suggestions?

  11. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    if there is ever another 14+ minute Tela with the full verses, second jam, and whatnot, well… let’s just say I’ll be pleased. very pleased in fact.

  12. lastwaltzer Says:

    “but all in all you’d have to say that the GD were not very successful studio album makers… But this is nothing new”dude

    yeah, I guess I’ve always found that to be an unfair judgment. I’d say the problem is there many many mediocre albums that came later and the fact that they’ve become known as a live band that has diminished any praise for their early work.

    Anthem has some really cool production for instance.

  13. EL Duderino Says:

    @ Litteringandd

    About 2 weeks ago I posted a statement from CM about all these ’76 up-grades he will be releasing with the people @ digitalrbb and the 6/29/76 show is one of them, so keep an eye out.

    there are new 6/19 and 10/1/76 releases incase you missed those

  14. bhizzle Says:

    Alright, alright…you got me itching to find out what it’s all about…d/l’d when I get home.

    Has anyone looked into the capacity for Bethel Woods yet? I was told it wasn’t that big of a joint.

  15. EL Duderino Says:

    @ LW

    Anthem will always be my favorite and runner up is Aoxo… which doesn’t get talked about or nearly enough love IMO.

  16. butterflyeffect Says:

    14 -15,000 i think bhizzizzle

  17. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Morning Folks!

    Tab was great last night! Acoustic set was pretty much a waste of time. T5 was oversold by 1k people it seemed. Our crew hung on the balcony where the talking was unbearable.

    Set II was great. Non-stop TAb heat. As usually Jibboo and Sand were standouts. Valentine is a sick tune and could easily slide into the Phish cannon. Ocelot with the horns is money. Probably enjoy these Ocelot’s more than the varsity’s version.

    Great night hanging with Purple, Duke, Mitch, Robear,Ash, G cub. Seriously a great time.

    If you have any reservations about seeing this band….don’t. It is well worth the $40 and then some….even with the acoustic set.

    FTR_ the acoustic set could have been terrific for all i know. Way to chatty and loud where we were though. That being said, see this band!

  18. guitarpicker420! Says:

    I think the main issue, vis-a-vis Dead albums is that the live versions were so much better than any of the studio versions. Thus, for fans, the studio versions are almost never the go-to versions of songs. This is also true for Phish.

  19. EL Duderino Says:

    but the best studio release is the 1st Garcia solo album (which is actually not a solo album)… the production I think, was cutting edge for the time. sonically awesome

  20. EL Duderino Says:

    the only Burlap Sack of the tour folks…

    last year there were only 2 Burlaps

    Maybe Trey has bad feelings about this tune like he does about the ’99 AV Fluffhead? 😉

  21. lastwaltzer Says:


    how is isn’t it a solo album? isn’t billy the only other one on there?

  22. lastwaltzer Says:

    glad that wee wee hours and done done it are back in the set lists.

  23. EL Duderino Says:

    If you do not have these, you need to find these NOW!

    Legion of Mary:


  24. EL Duderino Says:

    There’s more than just Billy K on that album LW

  25. lastwaltzer Says:



    Never heard that before. I knew Reflections was the dead, didn’t realize the band was on Garcia

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