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:

    thank you Mr. Selector

  2. Phuzzy Says:

    Any PNW folk should check one of these jazzy shows out. Should be pretty dope:

    Fri 1/20 @ the High Dive: Doria, Horvitz, Previte and Young
    Special line-up featuring Joe Doria (Hammond B3), Wayne Horvitz (keyboards), Bobby Previte (drums) and Tim Young (guitar).
    will also be playing:
    Olympia, WA January 19th @ the Eastside Club Tavern
    Portland, OR January 21st @ The Goodfoot

    Tues 1/24 @ Tractor Tavern: BOBBY PREVITE vs. BANDALABRA TRIO
    a night of jazz feat.
    Bobby Previte – drums
    Evan Flory-Barnes – bass
    Andy Coe – guitar
    Skerik – saxophone
    Charge: $10

    Wed 1/25 @ the Royal Room: In A Silent Way: The Music of Miles Davis
    Description Percussionist Bobby Previte leads a 12 piece ensemble through some of Miles Davis’ classic early electric repertoire, including tracks from Bitches Brew and In A Silent Way.

    Bobby Previte (percussion)
    Owuor Arunga (trumpet)
    Skerik (sax)
    Joe Doria (keyboards)
    Luke Bergman (bass)
    Beth Fleenor (bass clarinet)
    Wayne Horvitz (keyboards)
    Andy Coe (guitar)
    Greg Campbell (percussion)
    Geoff Harper (bass)
    Tom Varner (french horn)
    Ryan Burns (keyboards)

    Tickets, $10. Available from Stranger Tickets.

  3. Guyute711 Says:

    Hey Selector if you are reading along, can you play some Nicky Thomas? Most of the time I have no idea what artists you are playing so maybe you have spun some of his stuff before. I heard him on pandora the other day and enjoyed it. Big ups!!!!

  4. phoammhead Says:

    shout out to G7!

  5. Jtran Says:

    irie W – they’re playing the small room at higher ground here, which holds 250

  6. oldskool Says:

    just tuned in to Selctor. I knwo this tune but cant place, anyone know who it is?

  7. SillyWilly Says:

    With Viruses, Id suggest the Tampa 2.

    The virus sees the 2 deep, mistakes it for a simple cover two and looks to hit the tightend in the middle.

    But the middle linebacker is dropping to take the middle third of the field, sees the lazy pass to the tight end, and picks it off.

    Boom. Tampa 2. Gdads kids start feeling much better!

  8. Guyute711 Says:

    Silly, Cuse is coming to drop the hammer on your beloved Irish Saturday.

  9. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    damn, I was hoping we’d get through saturday without so much as a mention of that game coming up. the only thing nd has going for it here is that it is at home. outside of that, our injury-riddled, no-scoring, slow team doesn’t stand a chance. we lost to freaking rutgers this week.

  10. Guyute711 Says:

    The terget is on the Orange’s back so I am expecting everyone’s best. You never know but this team is cranking away right now.

  11. Gavinsdad Says:

    GD @ Rnr hof

  12. Panda Says:

    I would go to Vegas only because it’s the
    closest 3.0 gig to home.
    Cant say the 2004 vibe will be easy to shake
    Time to reset that energy?
    Would be great timing for a show!

  13. Gavinsdad Says:

    I still like Saltines.

  14. Mr. Palmer Says:

    According to this article. Phish is in AC June 22-24

  15. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Damn Gdad!

    Playing zone is tough even tougher when you have sick ones.

    Stay safe.

  16. SillyWilly Says:

    as MiA said, the board isn’t allowing Selector J to post for some reason
    anyway, you can check the playlist here:

  17. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I think the track that was playing when oldskool posted that was Freddy McGregor’s Big Ship. If not that then the Freddie McKay track that preceded it. so basically a Freddy track of some sort.

  18. phoammhead Says:


    then the next paragraph of that article talks about the last weekend of june for metallica . . . so, 2 plus 2 are not adding up with that

  19. Kaveh Says:

    Morning BBers!

    A CRISP -12 outside right now; thus -31 with wind chill. Good times.

  20. phoammhead Says:

    was selecta dubbing in some vocal phishheadiness a few minutes ago?!

  21. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Phoam- 22-24 isn’t the last weekend though..

  22. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Mrs. B and I only did Saturday night of 2004 Vegas. I had a new job and could not get away. Nursing 4 month old dropped with the parents, pumping and dumping all along the way. Out and back trip.

    I enjoyed the show for the state of mind I was in. Could tell shit was on the steep slope downhill, and the non CK5 lights did not help.

    Redemption in 2012?

  23. SillyWilly Says:


    I don’t care that much for ND basketball. I mean, I’ll root for them, but I just don’t care that much.

    i root for UD and UW.

    I really wish Dayton and ND would get the old rivalry going again.

    Johnny Paxon vs. Jimmy Paxon stylee

  24. JMelby Says:

    35 below walk to the bus stop. Selector J, take me away!

  25. verno329 Says:

    Riding with Selecta this morning for the first time in a while. What the hell have I been doing on Thursday mornings again?

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