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. angryjoggerz Says:

    Taking a jazz break this am for the Selector, though I did get seriously Coltrane’d on the ride to work this morning. John fucking Coltrane.

  2. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    how you liking the teabagger scandal down there?

  3. ae Says:

    i looked in my old emails and the announcement for bethel and leg 1 came on Feb 22 last year. could be weeks away.

    i can’t tell from that pinky article what date he is talking about. who is pinky?

    nice reviews from philly last night, i’m looking forward to some bluegrass tonight in ny.

    have a good day everyone. thanks for the tunes selector.

  4. Kaveh Says:

    @JMelby: Why do we live here again? HA!

  5. Kaveh Says:

    Hey BBers…what is Selector’s radio station again? Thanks.

  6. Kaveh Says:

    AC clarified?

  7. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:


  8. Robear Says:

    Big storms, first of the winter, kicking in.

    Great to hear the ‘Greensky’ love! I will pass along your kind words, fellas!

    Hardest working band no-one has heard of…….who does that sound like…..

  9. SillyWilly Says:

    looks like a woman named Kathleen Falk is running against Scott Walker in the Wisco Recalls

    i’m gonna get a lot of unwanted attention out of this

    she seems ok, other than she was a prosecutor.

    not into that.

  10. Kaveh Says:


  11. SillyWilly Says:

    ohhh, looks like she was a prosecutor on environmental issues

    that’s a little better.

  12. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    could be worse, silly. you could share a name – save one letter – with a legitimate monster

  13. dorn76 Says:

    Virus tore through my family and most of our friends’ earlier this week. It’s a quickie, so we know Eli will be fine.

  14. dorn76 Says:

    Miner and Pinky are not seeing eye to eye here.

  15. SillyWilly Says:


    yeah, that one sucks.

  16. phoammhead Says:


    but, i think it’s pretty clear from all reports that the weekends in june approved by ac city council are 15-17 and 22-24

    pinky the dinky

  17. angryjoggerz Says:

    My wife and I got hit by that virus, it is beast. Fast and furious.

  18. Guyute711 Says:

    Did I miss my request, work beckoned.

  19. voopa Says:

    Yeah, I was horizontal for 2 days from that little bitch. Could only drink water last Tuesday. Sucked bad, but OK now.

  20. verno329 Says:

    @T3PO If its not one thing its another down here. Last year it was poisoning trees. This year a guy teabagging another dude and may end up with a sexual assault case. These people are nuts.

  21. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    These people are nuts.

    very punny

  22. verno329 Says:

    Figured that was right up your alley TIII

  23. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Hey folks. Thanks for all the live music recs yesterday.

    BTW- Lou Donaldson at the Jazz Standard in NYC all weekend.

  24. SillyWilly Says:

    @TypeIII and Guyute

    cuz I like stirring the pot:

  25. Spasm Waiter Says:

    @AE- I think that Jaimoe band is next saturday, right? I thought it was you that had mentioned it yesterday. I went and listened to some of it. I would dig seeing that band.

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