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.

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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.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/YEM.mp3]

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DOWNLOAD OF THE DAY:

12.30.1992 Symphony Hall Springfield, Massahusetts

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

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. gavinsdad Says:

    wowzers.

    one thing i know. somewhere down the road this summer i’m gonna see some of my people. dont know where exactly but i know it’s comin. good to get people and the band together. wouldnt be mad with another hershey stop on their way back from W coast dates little hershey>montpelier tour closer. i can see that. a man can dream.

  2. bigjig Says:

    g dididy wazabi? Late night?

  3. gavinsdad Says:

    yeah jig…put some hours in at the bar chucking darts and imbibing. in need of bed. fact. see you down the road.

  4. bigjig Says:

    much love broski call me tomorrow i think i figured your brother in laws question out.

  5. bigjig Says:

    damn Jeopardy

  6. butter Says:

    Good post Andrew

    Spaghetti with chicken meatballs 😉

  7. bigjig Says:

    Andrew I definitely agree with point one. Can only be facilitated by some dates 🙂

  8. Andrew Says:

    For the record I heart food.

  9. butter Says:

    2010 BB was like 95 Phish, big peak year, now we r in 96…still good, but finding our footing after such a peak year

  10. bigjig Says:

    I heart Gyros, Cheeseburgers, Pizza , Italian Beef, and Vienna Beef Hot Dogs. Capitalized for respect.

  11. ChefBradford Says:

    Andrew and Butter have it right, I think

  12. bigjig Says:

    oh those post were against your wishes, sorry. How bout that ghost from MSG 2010?

  13. Andrew Says:

    So you’re saying we need a Fall ’97 to kick things up? Maybe ’11 will bring it back around.

  14. bigjig Says:

    Chef- do you make your way down to jazzfest?

  15. Andrew Says:

    No stickler here, I’m from Jersey so the observed harshness is inherent but no means heartfelt.

  16. butter Says:

    That jam just kept spiraling up and up

    Me, bigjig and AW, right over pages rear shoulder, in the 100 aisle, never forget that moment

    The perfect jam to spin to, it didn’t stop spiraling

  17. bigjig Says:

    only to be interrupted by PSDD. Phish Show Domestic Disturbance

  18. ChefBradford Says:

    bigjig, it’s a travesty, but as long as I’ve lived here, I’ve only made my way down there two or three times. My employers, much as I love them, and I do, have a tight grip on my schedule. However, if my humble abode happens to be en route to Jazz Fest for any interested BBers, I’m happy to offer overnight housing. Approx 4 hours north of NOLA

  19. butter Says:

    Wow jig, that was a big dinner

  20. Snowbank Says:

    Ah the drama of the dates. Crazy day. It always is when the dates drop.

    The bits I read of the convo from this evening kind of lead me to this : someone in phish’s org is waaaaaaaay over thinking this shit. When you have fans that fly across the country to see four fucking dudes and no cover band play two sets for $60 per person IT shouldnt be hard to make $$$$.

    And let’s try to keep it civil people.

  21. ChefBradford Says:

    Triple-fucked this year. Wanted to hit Jazz Fest. Also wanted to hit Hangout Festival. Also wanted to hit my nephew’s baptism, Mother’s Day wknd. My boss will be out of the country the first two or three weeks of May. Ixnay on my potential May plans.

    Not the end of the world at all, but makes me desire Leg 2 dates even more

  22. Snowbank Says:

    Yeah 2010 bb was the heat. No one practices enough anymore. 😉

  23. Snowbank Says:

    Oh I meant opening act, not cover band. Good night all.

  24. butter Says:

    Is that your baby Chef? I think I missed something

    Congrats!

  25. butter Says:

    Goodnight bb

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