Summer’s Swan Song?

The Gorge '09 (Graham Lucas)

Phish added one more piece to their massive summer puzzle of 2011 yesterday, announcing a dream-like West Coast stint at the beginning of August and a three-pack to follow at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion—a venue rich in Phish history. Totaling 30 shows for the summer at this point, the season’s most recent addition looks to be the most intriguing leg of all. And adding a twist to things, the band worded their announcement ambiguously—they did not state that these would be the final shows of summer, nor did they say that there would be another announcement—leaving many fans wondering if UIC marks the end of the road.

Hollywood Bowl - Los Angeles

Could Red Light possibly wait for another cycle of on-sales to release more dates? Yes. In fact, in response to an email inquiry about any further shows, Red Light respectfully wrote back “We are considering a small amount of dates around Labor Day, but will be a minute before they are confirmed.” Really? Let’s look at the situation here. August’s tour had been rumored to travel back to the East Coast, hitting venues such as Hartford, SPAC and Jones Beach. But with a supersaturation of Northeast Phish shows this summer, and only one of them sold out, perhaps management nipped those in the bud and replaced them with a Labor Day run. Perhaps Labor day will be in Colorado. But let’s throw speculation out the window for now and look at what is officially on the books, because this run looks to be the peak of the summer!

After one year off, the band will return to The Gorge on August 5th and 6th to kick off the second leg of Summer Tour. Opening up on the most stunning stage of in nation, get ready for two nights of wide-open Phish jams like only The Gorge can provide! After a quick day off, on August 8th Phish will finally play the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles for the first time in their career after years of ongoing rumors. With a capacity of 17,376 (and The Gorge’s 20,000+), nobody should have any problems finding tickets to the first three nights of tour. But the next couple might be different.

Harvey's - Lake Tahoe

Fans will hit the road immediately after the Hollywood Bowl show, because the very next day Phish will arrive in Lake Tahoe on the California / Nevada border for a two-night stand at Harvey’s Casino make-shift 7,000 person amphitheatre on August 9th and 10th. Located in a leftover parking lot with bleacher seating at the back, Harvey’s Outdoor Amphitheatre may prove to be a bit more difficult to grab tickets for. Though the venue, itself, may be a bit roughshod, Phish will visit another beacon of West Coast nature in Lake Tahoe, and fans will enjoy two days in mountains with rental properties and hotels on the lake during a spectacular time of year.

Following another day off, Phish will head from Tahoe to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park to headline the city’s Outside Lands festival on Friday, August 12th. Headlining the other two nights will be Muse and Arcade Fire, and though the schedule has yet to be released, you can check out the full lineup here. And there’s still rumor floating that the band will also play a solo show at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco the following night.

UIC '98 (Pollock)

Phish may bookend a summer that will open with three shows at Bethel Woods with three shows at UIC Pavilion in Chicago. These shows will mark the band’s first return to UIC’s intimate environs since a legendary three-night stand during Fall ’98. Phish also played two standout shows at UIC  in 1994—6.18 and 11.25—and will undoubtedly add to their legacy with a three-pack that could close out the touring season. Moving into Chicago’s gritty, undersized venue for the final nights of summer with a tour’s worth of momentum is the recipe for the perfect storm; an end-of-tour blowout of the highest degree.

Tickets requests are now open for an unusually long, two-week period ending April 25 at 11:59 am est. The Gorge and Tahoe are full General Admission shows and cost only $50 each. The Hollywood Bowl has tiered pricing at $60 and $45 for reserved seating only, and UIC will be $60 for reserved seats or GA floor.


Jam of the Day:

Sneakin’ Sally” 8.7.09 II

A gem from Phish’s last visit to The Gorge.




11.7.98 UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois

FLAC Torrent (via etree), Megaupload < Links

UIC 1998

My favorite of the three nights in ’98, primarily because of the other-wordly improvisation that took place within “AC/DC Bag > Ghost.” Secondary reasons include a blissful, classic “Reba” and a darkhorse “Mike’s that gets the show underway with some dirty funk grooves. During an awesome fall tour, the shows at UIC were among the best, and they are all available for download in Phish Thoughts’ Audio Archive.

I. My Soul, Mike’s Song > Driver, Brian and Robert, The Wedge, Limb By Limb, Fikus, Billy Breathes, Beauty of My Dreams, Weekapaug Groove

II. AC/DC Bag -> Ghost, Reba, Farmhouse

E: Guyute, While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Source: Flacs: Audio Technica 815 (shotguns) > Sony SBM-1 > DAT (@ 48 kHz), MP3s: Schoeps


656 Responses to “Summer’s Swan Song?”

  1. RandomReader Says:

    Hey folks – not sure if this got mentioned during the day, but yes, you can find the matrices on Demonoid, in both flac and 320kbps vbr mp3. Please enjoy, and spread it ’round!

  2. Jtran Says:

    11/8/98 commence

    Spun 11/7 this morning. That Bag > Ghost is one of my all timers for sure.

    A mid-tour culmination of the fall 98 ambient sound in the Bag, then the driving melodic 98 style Ghost

  3. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Never heard of ICP Orchestra.

    Are there fake juggalos involved?

  4. BingosBrother Says:

    Sorry to hear that BK. Keep your head up.

  5. Selector J Says:

    @robear Lots of people study that area here at TX including my officemate who actually studies Sumatra and Japan (she’s cursed methinks) so I’m pretty familiar with it.

    The giant earthquake from a few years ago is all mother nature. Oil and gas isn’t being extracted anywhere near the rupture zone (30km deep) at the plate interface. (Oil and gas max out even before 10 km beneath the surface. After that it is too hot to be preserved.)

    Sumatra ’04 was a uber-major thrust event at that subduction zone. The subduction is complicated by the 90 East Ridge, essentially a giant oceanic “mountain,” which resists subduction beneath the Sunda Shelf (i.e. Indonesian part of the Burma plate). So as the oceanic plate moves NNE beneath Sumatra it gets hung up at that 90 East Ridge building up huge amounts of stress until it ruptures. The more pressure is built up, the bigger the energy release when it finally breaks.

    Small earthquakes (<3.0) can be caused by fluid extraction. You get rid of the oil/gas/water within the pore space of rocks and the weight of the overlying strata crushes down into the little voids. This is super small scale stuff, though. (A 9.0 earthquake = 1,000,000x the energy of a 3.0)

    The more you know…
    ::shooting star::

  6. EllJefe Says:

    Instant Composers Pool. Dutch Jazz madmen (and woman).

  7. EllJefe Says:

    Sorry to hear that too BK.

  8. Robear Says:

    thx. Selector!

    ::add to list of many things learned on the board::

  9. garretc Says:


    That sucks man, I know the feeling. My parents separated when I was going into 6th grade, were officially divorced a year later or so. Luckily for me there was never any bad blood, and I hope that’s the case with your folks, it made things so much easier than they could have been. I hope your parents patch things up between them, but just remember that it’s better for them to separate and be happy than stay together and be miserable, and, of course, that it’s not your fault!

    I don’t mean to give unwanted, unsolicited advice, and maybe you don’t want to talk about it, but as someone who’s been there, that’s my $.02, don’t spend it all in one place…

  10. kenny powers Says:


    speak of the devil – just sampled the 6/12/09 matrix – excellent!!! i absolutely love the AUD you used for that, and the only thing i felt was a downside (some nearby FOB chatter) is minimized in the matrix.

    the matrix is missing a wee bit of that low end ooomph present in the AUD but that’s expected when you combine it with those bass-less SBDs.

    great work!

  11. Robear Says:

    garretc and bk on summer ’11 tour. i can see it. keep a journal, get credit for school*


  12. phoammhead Says:

    freaks, i’m getting excited for the summer!

  13. halcyon Says:

    keep your chin up BK!

  14. uncle ebenezer Says:

    evenin boyz

    @kp we’ve never really talked on here but just wanted to say thanks for all you do…the leaked sb collection and 11.19.97 have been fun to hear

  15. gavinsdad Says:

    i’m not going anywhere near ear w a x while i’m near certain members of this board. dont wanna pull a SW. cant keep up with some of the peeps i met from here.

  16. joe Says:

    would definitely be safer to just drop acid than smoke with a bber, I think.

  17. DukeOfLizards Says:

    From a BB perspective, Ear W a x has to be the most inconveniently-named strain, right?

  18. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Joe- for a really good time, do both! 🙂

  19. garretc Says:


    Well, technically it’s not a strain, but the inconvenience is still present!

  20. DukeOfLizards Says:


    Don’t mind my cu$ty ass.

  21. sumodie Says:

    would definitely be safer to just drop acid than smoke with a bber

    truth. i learned that the hard way 😉

  22. Mr. Palmer Says:

    pulling this camden ’09 matrix. decent early 3.0 show that def. could use the upgrade. Nice Fee ( extendo), Sand, and tweez.

  23. sumodie Says:

    srsly, the gorge stage backdrop is optional?

  24. P.S.H.S. Says:

    oil, ear wax, headband…. whatever happened to puffin hubbas? doesn’t anyone party anymore? 😉

  25. phoammhead Says:

    chipotle bacon wings!

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