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

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

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. Mr. Palmer Says:

    someone was raving about the 2/23/97 phish show on etree as well. Grabbing that to.

    Dude- went with the akg.

    didn’t notice Trey’s alternate Cavern lyrics last night.

    “The brothel wife then grabbed a knife And slashed me on the
    tongue I turned the blade back on the bitch and dropped her in the
    dung” l

  2. KWL Says:

    just loading that first source on the ipod palmer… will report back

  3. KWL Says:

    there’s actually a track over 11 minutes – must be banter

  4. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Hard to judge timings when at the show, but it felt like they went further on a few tunes. forgot my damn stop watch!

  5. phoammhead Says:

    where are ya’ll starting on the tab

    i vote go straight to electric set

  6. Mr. Palmer Says:

    no doubt phoam

  7. guitarpicker420! Says:

    I won’t be reviewing the 2-22 sources until tomorrow. In the meantime, I’ve got reviews and links for all the other sources from all the other shows on my blog. Just click my name.

  8. phoammhead Says:

    i’m listenin’ to p&p 4-16-99 – help>slipknot!

    i’ll switch over

  9. willowed Says:

    Miner…Question for you
    A year or so ago you wrote a fantastic piece about the Phil and Friends Warfield run back in April of 99.
    It was about the coming together of the 2 communities. Of course you talked about the music too.

    I was hoping you post the link to it. I want to read it again.

    Jumped on thr tread mill and thru it on the last few days. Holy smokes batman. There are some great jams in there. That Viola Lee Blues to start the run was pure bliss.

    Thanks in advance

  10. phoammhead Says:

    okay, at 7pm start the electric set

    i’m in

  11. voopa Says:

    willowed- check the April ’09 or ’10 archives.

  12. Mr. Palmer Says:

    phoam- im spinning valentine now (love this tune) . rest of the family is walking in the door shortly o i will have to pause for a while till the rugrats go to bed.

  13. BingosBrother Says:

  14. KWL Says:

    akg is pretty thin… hopping on the other source

  15. Mr. Palmer Says:

    not a huge fan either kwl. let me know how the other one sounds.

  16. EL Duderino Says:


    I totally disagree with you on the 4 mic AKG’s from the 20th…
    to mee taats an AUD pull. and from the OTS too

  17. EL Duderino Says:

    me that’s

  18. willowed Says:

    found it:

    check it. Great read.

  19. EL Duderino Says:

    there will be others that pop up after the tour is over…

  20. KWL Says:

    nice little ocelot, though wrapped up too quickly. red sounds on point

  21. willowed Says:

    I got caught reading some of Miners old pieces. There are some great ones in the April 2009 archive.
    Check out the East Coast Playing vs. West Coast Playing piece.

    Very good!

    The East owns! Kidding, sort of 😉

  22. willowed Says:

    The more I go back the more I realize how much work you put into this community. What great work. We are very lucky Miner.
    I truly mean this…Thanks from the bottom of my heart. Great, great stuff.

    Thank you!!

  23. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    is there camping in bethel??????

  24. Mr. Palmer Says:

    df- not officially. look for locals to charge phishies to pop a tent on their land…

  25. voopa Says:

    Thought I saw some campgrounds on the Google map. Nearby, at least.

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