Going Alone

If you find yourself with a ticket to a show this summer, but nobody to go with, just go, because who knows what could happen.

I’ve only arrived to one Phish show alone—11.17.97—and it fundamentally changed the course of my life. I graduated in Spring ’97 and come Fall, my closest show-going cohorts of ’95 and ’96 were off doing other things. Thus, Fall ’97 represented a transition in my Phish life. I planned to do different parts of the tour with different friends, and I was planning on going to the Denver shows with my non-Phish buddy, Leaguer. After a particularly hectic first night, suffice it to say, he had no desire to go back to the circus. Thus, I brewed up some mushroom tea at his Boulder apartment, put it in a Nalgene bottle for the show and headed down to Denver on my own.

I had a floor ticket for the evening, but when I went to my seat, I noticed plenty open up ahead. I walked up a section or two and found an aisle seat, asked if it was taken and sat down. As is usually the case, these guys told me they weren’t in their seats either, but I was welcome to stay there. We talked before the show for a while, officially meeting each other. Then the lights dropped and the infamous first set started with “Tweezer.” Taking gargantuan Phish jams to the dome one after another, we all bounced behind the seats into the larger space in between sections and blew it up. After the set ended, a bunch of their friends found their way to the floor and I met a series of people that I would never remember the next day, let alone the next hour. I hung out with the original two people I had met for the whole show, said good bye and went on my way back to Leaguer’s.

Fast-forward to Cleveland two weeks later. In a story far too absurd to get into, I broke away from the girl I went to the show found a platform to rage on my own. In the middle of the first set someone surprised me by saying my name and passing me a bowl. I turned around, not recognizing the person at all, and he explained that he had met me back in Denver during setbreak. Things immediately made sense and we hung out and raged the set together. For reasons still to absurd to get into, I had every desire to find some some new people to hang out with, and joined them behind the stage during setbreak to puff joints. I re-met the same guy and girl—Jon and Sarah—that I sat next to in Denver. I continued meeting people from their extensive group of friends—all from their hometown—and I got along well with all of them. I wound up hanging out with some form of their group of friends for the next couple shows before they hopped off. Good peeps.

Fast Forward to Europe ’98. Jon—the original guy I met in Denver—was spending the summer in Prague, and we met up at The Grey Hall on the first night of tour in Copenhagen. As we introduced each other to our respective friends, one of the guys I met that night became my tour comrade and co-psychonaut through 2009, and one of the girls I met became my wife. Ever since that Europe tour, I, more or less, merged with their extensive group of friends for the duration of 1.0, 2.0, beyond Phish tour, and still to this day.

SO…if you don’t have a partner in crime for any given Phish show this summer, you should go anyway—you just might find your wife!



Everyone was a noob at one point, and we all sought information about the scene from anywhere and everywhere. Just recently, fan, Brent Nichols, sent me a link to “Phish: A Guide For Beginners” that he had written. If you’re reading this blog, odds are you don’t need to read his, but his piece serves as a great resource for that person in your life who just won’t listen to you about your favorite band. Check it out…

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357 Responses to “Going Alone”

  1. dorn76 Says:

    Saw that tour also @AW.

    I was impressed, having only heard Traffic classics, and then my Dad blasting “High Life”, “Valerie”, that kind of shit out of his Mirrored glass wall unit in the 80’s.

  2. BingosBrother Says:

    Maggies Revenge is the best song they’ve never played imo. Heavy phish. would kill to hear that jammed out.

  3. bearito Says:

    New Audio Technica m50’s + FiiO headphone amp are making aud’s, and everything else for that matter, sound so much better than I could have ever imagined. Anybody rock these?




  4. Guyute711 Says:

    That’s what I was thinking poop. The guy steps from behind the piano and you find out the piano may be his second best instrument. I thought Tedeschi Trucks Band tore it up yesterday as well. Too bad Susan is the worst person in the band. If I wanted to have Bonnie Raitt as the lead singer of my favorite band I’d listen to Bonnie Raitt.

  5. robear Says:

    Grooves, that Halleys is re-sicculus

  6. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    This afternoon I plan on “imposing certain “radical feminist themes” that were incompatible with Catholicism.”

    Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2012/06/04/20120604nuns-book-masturbation-sexuality-irks-vatican.html

  7. snow Says:

    @Bearito – I don’t have that, but I got a peachtree iNova last summer and whoa. huge difference. There is a whole other level to Radiohead albumns that you cannot hear without a HiFi system.

  8. poop goblin Says:

    The imaginary orchestra only comes out with the perfect hi-fi set up. That’s the layer you were missing Glowbanks.

  9. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    San Fran flight booked, saved about $500 on Air Canada sale. Good day.

  10. bearito Says:

    Never owned any cans over $50 @ snow. Mind blown!

    I’m sure the FiiO amp is considered shit by most audiophiles due to it’s low cost ($25) but it’s making even the cheap Sony cans sound $$$

    Now I have to go back through my music collection and hear it all the way it was intended. Should be fun.

  11. snow Says:

    Glowbanks – damn. I got nothing.

  12. snow Says:

    @bearito – of course it is, but it is still a huge upgrade over the built in amp.

  13. bearito Says:

    Just googled that peachtree inova

    I’m guessing it is incredible based on price alone

    What kind of speakers do you use with it?

  14. poop goblin Says:

    How the fuck did it take poop so long to cone up with Glowbanks?

    I dig it

  15. RicksFork Says:

    In my Phish fantasy world I want to hear something with Horns. Horns make everything better…Spanish Moon.

  16. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    First summer tour opener I’ve missed in 2 years, already regret it and I know Phish is gonna make me regret it even more.

  17. Mr. Palmer Says:


  18. phoammhead Says:

    imaginary horn section ftmfw!

  19. phoammhead Says:

    flew to philly solo for 12/28/94
    flew to indio solo
    don’t mind if i do

  20. snow Says:

    I think it was these speakers. I don’t remember the exact model.

    For rock musics, you generally don’t get the same benefit from super high end speakers, unless you want it really loud. my set up gets plenty loud for my listening room.

    @Poog – we’ll never know. but just be happy it finally happened.

  21. bearito Says:

    Spanish Moon in AC would be a real treat

  22. phoammhead Says:

    can. not. get. going. today. will have to reset for tomorrow.

  23. poop goblin Says:

    Traditionally custy schizophreniacs went strings but really digging this new trend.

  24. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:


    Ambient Jam->
    Art Jam->
    Flatbed Truck Jam->
    Tower Jam->
    Merry Pranksters Jam->
    Mind Left Body Jam->
    Digital Delay Loop Jam->
    Big Ball Jam->
    Storage Jam

    E: Jam->
    Rotation Jam->

    work for you guys?

  25. snow Says:

    too jammy T3. What if I need to piss?

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