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. Mr.Miner Says:

    Again: Who is Kenny Chesney? Never heard the name in my life.

  2. Jtran Says:


    I finished it up in 2 days. Hilarious. Only 2 new episodes in season 2 thusfar, third episode is friday night at 10:30

  3. rivertrance Says:

    Kenny Chesney is a country cat that stole Jimmy Buffet’s tropical drinking puffin partying bullshit vibe and put it to country

  4. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    here you go miner.

    basically, big time name in country music these days. I think he has done a song with Grace Potter recently. so there’s your “jamband” tie in 😉

  5. rivertrance Says:

    the crowd and music really could be some of the worse shit out there

    makes a SCI show seem like a late 60’s electric Miles concert

  6. Mr.Miner Says:


  7. dorn76 Says:

    Competent guitar playing, 3:00-11:00min.

  8. rivertrance Says:

    he was also married to Renee Witherspoon for like 2 weeks or something.

    everyone started saying he was actually gay and it was some weird beard of some sort to get married.

    not to turn phishthoughts into TMZ or anything. not sure why I know this either.

  9. kayatosh Says:

    well done, trance. 60’s electric Miles concert. hilarious.

  10. rivertrance Says:

    good point Dorn

    def one of the finer solos old Red has decided to play in 3.0

    real jerryesque dead style feel to the phrasings and how the jam builds

  11. marcoesq Says:

    Hey there BB. Rumors starting to grow some legs, eh? Vegas and AC seems so weird to bookend summer. Oh well

  12. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    king kong from the new zappa at carnegie hall release = too jammy

  13. litteringand Says:

    Country Pop is the really the only genre of music that I zero respect for. Zero

  14. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    looks like aw/rt/pg needs a new handle to share the chesney love

  15. litteringand Says:

    – the

  16. whole tour! Says:

    atlantic city in summer = MeH!

  17. litteringand Says:

    Its offical, I think I will turn into a lurker from now on. My editing skills combined with my itchiy trigger finger cause me to look like a 4 year old tryinng to post here. Trust me I am smarter then the grammer would let on.

  18. oldskool Says:

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  19. Robear Says:


    Bouncin’ Fan sez:

    What about me?

  20. rivertrance Says:

    I get when country folk or hillbilly’s dig pop country. they can’t help it.

    but when normal peeps in big cities dig that shit. that’s just crazy.

    dated a girl for a bit that seemed totally normal and but her love of pop country. from a big city in the north and everything. I just couldn’t handle it. made me feel like something was terribly wrong with this chick.

  21. Tom Says:

    wouldn’t the camping in AC just be on dirt? Pretty gross combined with other factors but hotel seems out of the price range

  22. litteringand Says:

    let for lead. See what I mean?

  23. litteringand Says:

    hahaha lead for let. cant even sign off in a respectable manner

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  25. kayatosh Says:

    “Its offical”

    ^^^ case in point.

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