The End of the Road

UIC Pavilion (C.Smith)

We have come to the end of the road. What started on Memorial Day weekend at Bethel Woods will wind down this Labor Day weekend just outside of Denver, Colorado—and what a road it has been. Regardless of what may happen for New Year’s and beyond, this is time to appreciate and celebrate the tremendous music that Phish has cranked all summer long and all the unforgettable times that have gone along with IT.

Beginning with “Boogie On -> Waves -> Caspian > Crosseyed”on the opening night of Summer, Phish built upon the foundation of 2009 and 2010 and reinvented themselves this year. The band is back to creating original music, experimenting in new directions, and exploring sounds unique to this year alone. Armed with a diversity of jamming styles, razor sharp chops across the board and a willingness to explore again, Phish has made Summer 2011 a tour that will go down in history.  Colorado will cap a season—and possibly a year—of music that many doubted could or would ever happen again. And in this summer of timeless Phish, the band has dropped more than a few handfuls of golden jams and frozen moments. And to think this has all happened in 2011…

6.10.11 - Camden (G.Lucas)

What started as multi-legged 33-show monster has dwindled to a single three-pack. But the next three nights in Dick’s Stadium could be some of the shows we are talking about incessantly for months until we hear another note of live Phish. It isn’t like like band to go out with a whisper, and after a summer in which they have transformed as an improvisational unit, these three shows have serious potential. Three-nights stands have produced some of the highest highs of the modern era, and just this summer we have seen Phish absolutely incinerate Bethel Woods, Super Ball, and UIC Pavilion. And now, one more three-pack in the mountains of Colorado to stamp the summer complete.

6.4.11 - Cleveland (M.Stein)

Though life is truly lived in each unfolding moment, it is sometimes helpful to pause and appreciate the road traveled. And when gazing back over our shoulder at the past 30 shows of the season, what a truly astounding ride it has been it is, and something for which to be grateful for all eternity. From Bethel’s “Halley’s” to Clarkston’s “Disease” to Cincinnati’s “Tweezer” to Darien’s “2001” to Camden’s “Curtain With” to Atlanta’s storm-interrupted escapade to Charlotte’s “Ghost” to Portsmouth’s “Sand” to Super Ball’s Storage Jam and “Reba > Bowie” to the Gorge’s “Rock and Roll” to Tahoe’s “Light” to UIC’s “Undermind” and everything in between, 2011 has been nothing short of a revelation in the Phish universe and an amazing time to be a fan. And regardless of how long it is until the band’s next scheduled show, anyone who has followed along this summer can sit back and smile.

But no sitting yet. We have three more nights and many moments that will stay with us forever. See you at the stadium!

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  1. voopa Says:

    And regardless of how long it is until the band’s next scheduled show, anyone who has followed along this summer can sit back and smile.
    Yep, no complaints here.


  2. sam Says:

    great write up miner. been reading since you started this wonderful blog over 3 years ago, but have never posted. love your work and yes, this year will go down with the years/tours of legend. your july 91’s, spring 92’s, august 93’s, summer/fall 94’s, dec. 95’s, fall 97’s, summer 97’s, summer 99’s, dec. 99’s, japan 00’s & summer 03’s, i think (maybe if you wanna get liberal and throw fall ’10 in there) that this is one of the best tours of their career (all things (re)considered)

  3. albert walker Says:

    Early flight yo

    Saw a bunch of cats still up walking home from partying

    See ya kids in Colorado
    From bethel to Denver
    What a summer

  4. Mr. Palmer Says:

    “new years at AC? nahhhh…..” – Miner

    ^^ is this a rumor? I’ll take it, selfish prick that i am…..;)

  5. JMelby Says:

    On the train to the plane to the van to the Inn. I like this feeling alot.
    On the plane….hmmm. Like to cross that off the list
    I heard AC awhile ago. Got to figure wherever it is, it has to be booked soon.

  6. Mike in Austin Says:

    2011 was a great year. The Superball webcast lockdown was really a great thing.

    Kuroda has never been better.

    Only saw 9 this year, but a great 9 at that.

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  8. Mike in Austin Says:

    Good luck to all travelers today.

  9. st8 of mind Says:

    Excellent piece Miner! Thank you so much for all of your efforts during this tour. It has been a long one, and would be impossible for me to follow without you. I have been very lucky to catch the shows I have this year and truly enjoyed each note. This certainly is a historical tour; enjoy Colorado everybody. Phish is back!

  10. st8 of mind Says:

    @JMelby- sounds like it’s time for a bloody mary 🙂

  11. thedayman Says:

    thank you for this piece today miner! really feeling how blessed i am to have been to 9 shows this summer, what a great summer it was. i had such an incredible time at every show i was at, and really grew as a person. thank you phish, and as always, thank you mr miner

    enjoy all you folks out in colorado, i know i will on the couch tonight!

  12. halcyon Says:

    Morning folks….

    Working a back to back shift so I can make it to the show today. Had an extra 1.5 hrs of sleep due to sleeping at work (thank goodness for my aero bed). Though I do not want to make this a habit, it works out great in situations like this.

    Let’s do this!

    Thank you BB, Thank you Phish!

  13. DukeOfLizards Says:

    I would very much enjoy NYE in AC.

    Actually, on second thought, I really don’t care, because I’m going no matter what.

    Speaking of which: safe travels, kidz.

  14. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    see that?

    that’s one of the mind babies waiting out there in the ether. waiting to be brought into reality by one of you lucky people tonight. waiting for that thing to happen.

  15. Bigjig Says:

    Let’s do this! Early flight out of SF. Can’t wait to see how this ends. See some of you in a bit. Everyone else have a great long wknd

  16. carleethian Says:

    see y’all in denver.

  17. Guyute711 Says:

    Anyone ever heard a reggae version of estimated prophet? Not sure who it was but pretty f’n cool.

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    burning spear @g711
    it was on deadicated

  19. Gratefulcub Says:


    Tomorow night, 7:45, iclips, moe.down, TV on the Radio will be streamed free

    Also, plenty of moe. sets, but i understand the ridicule that will be tossed around at anyone that admits to having interest in that.

  20. Guyute711 Says:

    Thanks t3. Didn’t even recognize it at first.

  21. jerseyjim Says:

    question from a couchtourist – is Kevin, or The Bunny broadcasting anything over the airwaves for the weekend trifecta? Haven’t heard any reports, but would be cool to seek it out.

    calling “Like a Hurricane” as an homage to the VT towns still cut off.

  22. Dr Pronoia Says:

    Have a great run, everybody going, and a patient, accepting couch tour everybody else

    Not sure if I’ll be able to stream any…game time decisions

  23. Gavinsdad Says:

    Hold it down out there for us kids. Shouldnt be that hard. GA field. High elevation Phish. If they get the sound right that place is gonna blow up.

    They’re dropping the Split you’ve all been waiting for btw.

    3 pack love.

  24. Leo Weaver Says:

    All you fools have fun out there and stay as safe as you need to be…a little crazy never hurts, especially at a year-ending three pack.

    Back to real life for a bit…

  25. jdub Says:

    This summer flew by. The year Phish reinvented themselves. Wondering if the sound system that blew up Watkins Glen makes it to Dick’s. Either way I will be watching from my couch (if our power comes back on in time) and thinking of all you lucky cats that get to experience what is sure to be some elevated Phish.

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