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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838 Responses to “The End of the Road”

  1. Kaveh Says:

    Morning BBers! Have a great day everyone that traveling to the show and going tonight. I hope the shows are exceptional for you all. I have had plenty of excellent Phish this summer…so I’ll be checking in on Sat night and here to see what went down during the three nights. ENJOY!

  2. Guyute711 Says:

    No power still jdub? Was wondering if you got it bad.

  3. Random Poster...Nutbag Says:

    drive by re post and then 1/2 day of work->shows…

    Anyone got an extra camping pass for Dick’s? I’m trying to convince my buddy to roll down from Fort Collins who could use a solid weekend of Phish but it looks like camping is sold out. Hit me up at randomposternutbag at gmail

  4. Punt n Tend It Says:

    Hope everyone has a great time.

    You guys are gonna get Drowned in Dicks
    Dicks will Split
    Dicks Ghost

    Dicks will go hard.

    Good vibes to all last minute travelers.
    It’s gonna be a blowout.

  5. Leo Weaver Says:

    Reminder…we’ve got a fantasy football league for the ol BBers. If you’re interested, hit me or G711 up. We need a few more teams! C’mon, ya know ya wanna.

  6. Guyute711 Says:

    Yeah, what leo said. Email me at jmohr 117 at yahoo. We need 5 to 7 teams. $50 entry fee. Get some bitches!!!!!

  7. voopa Says:

    Gc- I’m totally .down, but don’t tell anyone 😉

  8. jdub Says:

    We didn’t get it as bad as upstate NY or VT but lots of trees taking out power lines caused some havoc.

  9. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    almost got arrested on my first date with the now Mrs. Disorder because of moe. – I think I’ve told the story here before.

    we were driving around a parking lot late at night belting out rebubula at the top of our lungs and a cop drove by us, saw me pointing and “yelling” and pulled me over. told me to stay in the car, had her get out and asked if she was safe and if I was threatening her. I guess the date went okay because she didn’t have me hauled off to jail.

  10. angryjoggerz Says:

    Safe travels and have a phun time with the phab phour!

  11. Gratefulcub Says:

    Oldest trick in the book. Going on a first date, have a friend dress as a cop, and “At 9, pull us over, just in case I need an out”

    “Can’t i just call you, like in the movies?”

    “This guy has a Jamming Disorder. Let’s go with the cop routine.”

  12. voopa Says:

    Hilarious, T3. Even if I have heard it before, in which case I forgot, so thanks for retelling it!

  13. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    safe for now… but Red Light is up to some shit, people.

    who has two thumbs and does not want phish on the wwl?

  14. Guyute711 Says:

    People should be arrested for listening to moe. I commend that officer. 😉

  15. SillyWilly Says:

    Good morning

    and Happy Colorado Day

    very happy for all of you there. i think this is going to be another great three nights to add to Summer ’11’s long resume

    definitely loving the celebration vibe to close out the summer. special way to turn the page on a great summer.

  16. voopa Says:

    “He was yelling ‘Find my way back to you,’ which clearly was a threat. Was he threatening you?”

    “No, officer Cornholio.”

  17. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    @cub
    yeah, now that you mention it…
    1) I think it was an unmarked car
    2) her dad worked for the state police

    I should’ve seen that coming.

  18. Leo Weaver Says:

    Hey Silly…love the avatar bro, hope the stain is still visible 😉

  19. llama Says:

    hard reading this re-cap of ’11, knowing i’ll be missing this trifecta…easy, remembering all the joy i’ve experienced this summer….our planet PHISH is simply a-maze-ing

  20. voopa Says:

    G711- Is there any music you like?

  21. SillyWilly Says:

    Dr. Pro

    badgers looked good last night.

    tough to tell much against a bad UNLV team.

    russel wilson is the real deal, i think. front seven will struggle at times, but it might not be a big deal if the offense scores like it can

  22. SillyWilly Says:

    Leo

    waited too long to wash that shirt.

    Stain is eternal. Like the Tahoe Light (which the stain undoubtedly produced)

  23. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    @voopa
    he’s big into eastern european hairbands of the 80s
    haven’t you seen his full back “winds of change” tattoo?

  24. Leo Weaver Says:

    “Stain is eternal. Like the Tahoe Light (which the stain undoubtedly produced)”

    This is EXACTLY what I was thinking and hoping for.

    NC State fans boohooing about RWilson being in cheese country now.

  25. Leo Weaver Says:

    @voopa…he only likes wierd stuff, like that phish from vermont. And angry music 😉

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