Dates, Please?

The Gorge? (Graham Lucas)

As we prepare to turn the calendar to April, only four months stand between us and the alleged start of Phish’s second leg of Summer Tour. Trey and Mike have both completed their solo runs, June’s on-sales have come and gone, and yet still we have no dates confirmed for August. At this point, the delayed announcement, first rumored for last Tuesday and then for yesterday, has turned into a situation for more than a few puzzled fans. An older fan base who, collectively, has more life commitments than ever before needs more than a few months to plan its summer vacations, and with the lack of any definite dates for August, many people are being left in limbo.

Superball 9?

On the very same token, there has still been no news about Watkins Glen. Except for the hacker-discovered (assumed) title of the festival—Superball 9—there has been no information announced regarding the details—or the confirmation of–the event. If, indeed, the Watkins Glen fest is to take place on July 4th weekend, that is only three months away. Though far fewer people will have to take vacation days to hit up the holiday-weekend fiesta, planning needs to be done, plane tickets purchased, RVs rented (if they haven’t been already), among other things. After posting the lyrics to “Contact” on his race track’s website, Michael Printup, better known to the Phish community as @theglenprez, has been surprisingly silent, while last week he seemed as giddy to announce the festival last week as a middle-schooler who just had felt breasts for the first time and couldn’t wait to tell his friends. To quote a question Cliff Clavin posed repetitively in his one-time stand-up routine—“What’s up with that?” At this point, one has to believe there is a reason for the delay, but what is it? You’re guess is as good as mine.

UIC? (Pollock)

One rumor about the delayed announcement of any further Phish shows is that management wants to first see more ticket sales for June’s East Coast shows. Let me be of help here: if you want East Coast Phish shows to sell out faster, or at all, play less shows! Sure that sounds like the last thing you would ever hear me say, but from a business perspective, if that is really the problem, then why supersaturate the Northeast with concerts? Some things I will never understand.

Nonetheless, we can guess and second-guess as to why things haven’t been announced yet, but until the dates drop, that is all we can do. Sorry for the lack of real hard facts here, but there is nothing to go on at this point except rumors. And speaking of rumors, wouldn’t it be great if the one saying Phish will play three nights at UIC Pavilion in Chicago, instead of Deer Creek and Alpine, came true? It has gained steam in the past weeks, but until we hear officially, we’ll just keep guessing and making tentative plans with refundable deposits and courtesy holds all across the nation.

Throw us a bone…drop the dates already.


Jam of the Day:

YEM” 11.18.95 II

Fifteen years before they played the North Charleston Coliseum last fall, Phish dropped this classic “Brickhouse”-laced “YEM” in the very same room.




12.30.1992 Symphony Hall Springfield, Massahusetts

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Symphony Hall Springfield, MA (M.Murray)

The night before New Year’s Eve—1992 style. A classic show.

I: The Landlady, Sparkle, Split Open and Melt, Esther, Chalk Dust Torture, Fluffhead, Paul and Silas, Reba -> I Walk the Line -> Reba, I Didn’t Know, David Bowie -> Timber -> David Bowie

II: Axilla, Rift, Bathtub Gin, You Enjoy Myself*, TMWSIY > Avenu Malkenu > TMWSIY, Possum, Big Ball Jam -> HYHU > Love You > HYHU, Take the ‘A’ Train, Llama

E: Ride Captain Ride, Sweet Adeline

* w/ Auld Lang Syne jam

Source: SBD > DAT > cassette

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1,705 Responses to “Dates, Please?”

  1. AintNoTele Says:

    phoam: where did you get the DL for the kimock show?

  2. phoammhead Says:

    ^true, butter, hang in there. you have options, for sure. i’m not one to do couch tour for every show by the minute, either. may follow the setlists as they drop, but not gonna tune into less than satisfactory live, rogue, audio, streams.

  3. phoammhead Says:

    try this, tele

  4. sumodie Says:

    Yo campers, note that SuperBallIX has regular camping ($200) and VIP camping (Glen Close for $370)

    I’ll likely do the Glen Close option so I can shower and leave the shit tent to home

    I’m guessing Red Light will try to make the camping scene more like Indio (~orderly) as opposed to the free-for-all scenes of the ’90s

    In any case I’m PUMPED (though I find the SuperBall warnings & side effects a little disconcerting 8)

  5. sumodie Says:

    @t3: awesome! i have yet to spin that one -glad the little one has quality music in her life

  6. EL Duderino Says:

    Family and your children are way more important than Phish… period!

    They’ll be other shows

  7. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    her first music outside the womb was the worcester hood then the msghost. had to start things off on the right foot!

  8. phoammhead Says:

    2011 is the last great year of the phoamm!

    if bek and i stay together, i’ll have to scale way back, which will be just fine. we’ll get married and start to have babies. it will be another stage in my life. it’ll have been a long time coming for this early 40somthing.

  9. DukeOfLizards Says:

    “Family and your children are way more important than Phish… period!”

    Sue Anastasio then added, “No more touring far away from home!”


  10. ae Says:

    i went to kimock last night! it was good. only stayed for set one.

  11. willowed Says:

    Sumo – No doubt I am doing Glen Close

  12. BTB Says:

    Does the phrase “el dude dressing for success” crack anybody else up?

    Good luck man. Hope that Seal-Suckered suit bit works for ya 😉

  13. phoammhead Says:

    party at willowed’s and sumo’s in glen close by!

  14. ThePigSong Says:

    fuuuuuuuuck. I was totally okay with not hitting the festi, until they announced the festi.

  15. phoammhead Says:

    hey willowed and sumo, why don’t you guys get the Great Tent in Glen Close By!!!!! > Makes. Sense. To. Me.

  16. DukeOfLizards Says:


    So we were probably a few feet from each other at some point.

    I was cruising around in a USA hockey t shirt, if you happened to notice that.

  17. phoammhead Says:

    pig, make the festi.

  18. garretc Says:

    So that’s frustrating… Was just looking at the Buffalo Springfield at the Fox in Oakland dates and thinking “Hey, I’ll be home, maybe I can hit that!”, only to look at the prices: $90-$200!!!

    Yeah, ok Buffalo Springfield, I’m gonna shell that out for you’re nostalgia act. Ha!

  19. garretc Says:

    Excuse me, “your”

  20. ae Says:

    nice duke, meet up some time, next time…

  21. BrandonKayda Says:

    Just got back from my High School’s production of Phantom of the Opera.


    That was phenomenal – the singing was nearly perfect. $$$

  22. Leo Weaver Says:

    I’d kinda written this thing off until I saw the layaway plan. It’s a lot easier to handle a hundred here and a hundred there. And the drive up doesn’t look terrible.

    :wheels turning:

  23. ThePigSong Says:

    a wedding in Detroit on Saturday phoamm, just can’t figure how the hell I’d swing it.

    actually I can’t figure out how I’m gonna swing doing anything cool that weekend.

  24. joe Says:

    So we have more phish but we also have snow right now. Was doing my outdoor rounds in a cold rain and snow mix and am going to have to clean off car to go home where I will smoke my schwag. You have nicer weather, cooler women and better herbs. We just have a proximity to venues that middle age hippy crackers like to play music that isn’t quite as good as it used to be. (Feel better?)

  25. phoammhead Says:

    dammit, pig! damn weddings!

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