Doubling Down?

12-30-2011 (Graham Lucas)

Amidst the many rumors spiraling through cyberspace regarding Phish’s 2012 touring plans, two have taken hold and seem to have some legs. Coincidentally, the two stands that seem to be materializing are located in each coast’s gambling mecca—Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Each of the rumors have been semi-corroborated by a Las Vegas newspaper reporter and Atlantic City’s mayor, giving them a bit more substance than your everyday Internet hearsay. Since both are seeming somewhat likely at this point in time, let’s take a closer look at the buzz.


LAS VEGAS: March 30 – April 1 ??

Vegas, Baby?

Phish only played on April Fool’s Day in their early years, the last time coming in Portland, Oregon in 1993. If this strongly rumored run goes down, this would mark the first time in 19 years that the band would perform on this made-for-Phish, prankster holiday. Just yesterday, Las Vegas Sun columnist, J. Patrick Coolican tweeted, “Phish fans: Source sez negotiations for a 2/3 nite VEGAS run APRIL FOOLS DAY have taken new intensity. 80-20 likely, sez source.” This tweet aligns with what I have been hearing from multiple sources, thus a return to the Thomas and Mack Center seems like a distinct possibility.

While I am always down for Vegas Phish, the timing on this stand seems a bit quirky. Mike is playing with his solo band at Jam in the Dam in mid-March and then playing another date in London on March 18. Trey will be focused on his symphony tour until March 10th. These two factors alone, regardless of what Page and Fish are doing during, would preclude much practice time before the first show on March 30th. Could they pull it off with but a ten-day buffer? Of course. Might the run turnout straightforward and contained as a result of the time crunch? Quite Possibly. It seems like latter-day Phish benefits from practice even more so than in previous eras, as their lives are diversified more than ever. These Vegas shows would be just the 5th, 6th, and 7th,performances since Labor Day 2010, and practice would seem more necessary than usual. We shall see what develops.


ATLANTIC CITY: June 15 – 17 ??

Atlantic City

While Phish headlining at Bonnaroo is another rumor that has been circulating with strength, this three-day Atlantic City run would represent a Phish-only “festival” at Bader Field. Atlantic City’s City Council has already approved festivals for June 15-17 and June 24-25, and the mayor alluded to the former being a “jam band” festival that is expected to attract 30,000 fans. With Starr-Hill, Coran Capshaw’s sister company of Red Light Management, slated to throw these events (the other of which, allegedly, features a “rock band”) it is but a forgone conclusion that Phish will play these dates. Further confirmation comes in the fact that that the Dave Matthews Band, who brought their Caravan tour to Bader Field last summer, will not be returning for either of these dates. Many fans have taken all of this info, put one and one together, and booked hotel rooms for this weekend.

This run could conceivably come at the end of a short run in May and June (with Bethel rumored for Memorial Day weekend) and, if so, AC would be a great place to end a tour. As I discussed last week, three-night stands were Phish’s bread and butter last year, and another trifecta in AC—like Halloween 2010—seems like a great time for all. With all hotels in close proximity to each other, the post-music part of this “festival” would take place in the casinos and hotels up and down The Boardwalk rather than in campgrounds and RVs—a different mid-summer twist. And if you poll the fan base, I think you’ll find few fans who didn’t have a blast in Atlantic City last time around, so here’s to hoping this one comes to fruition!


Jam of the Day:

Help -> Slip -> Bag” 4.1.86 II

In honor of a possible April Fool’s Day show, here was how Phish opened up their second set of 4/1/86’s “Festival of Fools” at Hunt’s in Burlington—the classic “Help -> Slip -> Bag.”

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396 Responses to “Doubling Down?”

  1. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    oh yeah. I knew I was missing at least one…

    don’t go, littering. we need all the Benders here we can get.

  2. dorn76 Says:

    I always come back to that jam, one of the best IT moments for me in 2011. There were a bunch, though, and I’m confident they’ll be more of those, and less First Tube prancing, in 2012.

    Also, Pop-Country fandom is hard to fathom.

  3. dorn76 Says:

    I like, commas,.

  4. rivertrance Says:

    that’s a great amp dog. need clean power.

    pretty sure may be the same model as mine. thought mine was a bit more but maybe they’ve gotten cheaper.

    you will love it. just match her up with some beauty speakers and you’re golden.

  5. IrieWalton (Beantown) Says:

    @ Dog

    I don’t have a review but that’s the same receiver that I’m looking at for our new place in Portland that already has speakers installed in the ceilings of all the rooms.

    From what I’ve read on here and CNet Denon is where it’s at:

  6. rivertrance Says:

    I love these speakers and they carry em at best buy. made in USA. sound amazing. great customer service with the company.;jsessionid=A2679F897D3B808C71DABBBCE9D60EE9.bbolsp-app04-35?id=1218229468262&skuId=1170195&st=definitive%20tech&cp=1&lp=11

  7. litteringand Says:

    Well T3, I’ll try to get my act together. To be fair some of my slip ups come from trying to elude office eyes.

  8. Robear Says:


    send me two of those pups. i’ll pay you back at the next 3 night run. 🙂

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Garcia tribute video. Performances from the 90’s

  10. Kaveh Says:

    Drive By: Rick Perry OUT.

  11. rivertrance Says:

    your green always spends with me Robear

  12. litteringand Says:

    Good Kaveh, fuck that that guy and Carhart horse he rode in on

  13. dognamedwilson Says:

    That DT stuff is awesome. Tryin to keep it under a grand tho. Not sure if this link will work but here’s the leader in the clubhouse right now:

  14. rivertrance Says:

    Rick Perry seems like if GW and John Wayne had a kid

  15. Michael Kang Says:

    You know, I don’t think the casino/hotel magnates in AC would even allow the city to allow camping at Bader field.

  16. dusty Says:

    I’m still partial to my old yahama tube receiver. I still have a nakamichi portable, 550 the first “walkman”, stored in a garage in south jersey if anyone is interested.

  17. litteringand Says:

    More like if GW, John Wayne, and Reagan had a 3-way

  18. IrieWalton (Beantown) Says:

    I’m a complete noob in quality home stereos as I’ve just relied on my Harmon Kardon soundsticks and an iphone plugin in our small apartments over the years.

    So now that we’re moving up to a real multi-level home that has this already installed system in all its rooms I’m jacked to test it out.

    Does anyone have any recs for good cables to hook the Denon up to the house system’s audio jacks? I don’t want to be Monster-ized by the folks at Best Buy if I don’t have to be.


  19. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    “The Carnegie Solos”, daaaamn son

  20. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    KRK Rokits ftw

  21. alf Says:

    can you kids slow down? i can really only handle one new album a day. thanks.

  22. alf Says:

    greensky on sunday over here

  23. SillyWilly Says:

    “More like if GW, John Wayne, and Reagan had a 3-way.”


  24. Jtran Says:

    Sorry alf, they’re going to play all the good songs the night before for me 😉

  25. dognamedwilson Says:

    Thanks, @Irie. I’m in the same boat re: enjoying the need to upgrade and enthusiastically learning on the fly. Let us know what you end up going with.

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