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. Robear Says:

    cheers gavinz!

  2. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Added bonus knowing that the tickethunter will be on site in Chicago. Everyone gets in!

  3. Robear Says:

    does that mean no west coast?

  4. Mr. Palmer Says:

    fuck em. Ain’t my family.

  5. KWL Says:

    Uic bitches!!!!!


  6. yematt Says:

    i just went from no west coast to this… i love my friends

    might be the best summer yet

  7. yematt Says:

    oops that was supposed to read

    boulder>gorge>tahoe>san fran


  8. Mr. Palmer Says:

    time to try this new stinky green.

    Drive 12 hours to Chicago w/ wife and three kids.Arrive sometime sunday.

    Say hello. Monday take the train into the city. Come out the other side thursday and drive back friday night.

  9. gavinsdad Says:

    no west coast Rob. that’s how the ear w a x cookie crumbles.

    see you for holmdel and if you for some reason end up at UIC.

  10. cal Says:

    Evening kids! I gotta stop thinking about UIC before I jinx myself out of mail order tix.

    UIC fall ’94 was supposed to be my first show. My stupid ass decided to go on a date instead. Curse my late-teenage hormones! Took me over a decade to listen and see what I missed.

    Stupid, stupid, stupid. So, this year is my redemption. Sort of. Hopefully.

  11. Mdawg Says:


  12. tela'smuff Says:

    it appears UIC will be the BB throw down. must…resist…urges…

    rumor floating on PT about Colorado shows being announced soon. didn’t read enough to pin down the validity.

  13. Robear Says:

    gotcha’ G.

    trying to figure out which ones to try for on leg 2.

    getting messaged from old friends re: UIC

  14. halcyon Says:

    This place is real close to the Gorge

  15. Jtran Says:


    Have you stayed there? Compare it to the offical Gorge camping? Pricing isn’t out yet I htink, but Terrace camping for the Gorge seems nice enough.

  16. Jtran Says:

    Also looks like the closest hotels are in Qunicy. 30 minute drive away. Can someone confirm I’m looking in the right place?

  17. halcyon Says:


    We stayed in Quincy in 09, it was 30 minutes east of the Gorge.

    The camping at The Gorge looked cool for sure, just posted that link as a thought / option.

  18. Gavinsdad Says:

    You are Jtran. Forget where we stayed for CID…when u see el dude ask him

  19. Jtran Says:

    I’m curious to see what the price of this Terrace camping is compared to Wild Horse. Not considering “general camping” as the slf is not down with being trampled by wooks.

    Thinking of a hotel due to the heat/AC/showers

  20. Jtran Says:

    Driving vs. AC

    Driving vs. AC

  21. butter Says:

    we rode the wild horse last year for Gorge

    highly recc.
    rv hook ups
    lush grass
    tons of ice for sale
    quite hours for sleeping
    shuttles to the show, which is just as close as the on site camping

    your 3 miles from the rager lot campground, or 10 – 15 minute bike ride

    it was great, i had friends set up in the rager lot, could hang there as long as i wanted, rode my bike back to my serene quite campground when ever i wanted that peace and space

  22. sumodie Says:

    I’ve been debating whether to drive Gorge (via Seattle) > Tahoe -a 14 hour drive 🙄

    But the kink is I’d be hanging with my old crew at the Gorge, thus I’d have to return to Seattle first, complicating everything

    UIC is so not on my radar, thankfully. Would rather hit more west coast if I were able to choose

    I’m hoping the 11.8 & 11.9.98 UIC shows surface on etree -the 11.6.98 show that AW mentioned was re-seeded yesterday:

    (click on my name to find the 11.7.98 UIC torrent)

  23. multibeast Says:

    @tela- any dates mentioned w/ the CO rumor?

  24. halcyon Says:

    @ Multi

    Labor Day weekend has been rumored

  25. Mr.Miner Says:

    11.6.98 split is the business

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