12.5.2009 (Graham Lucas)

After a long cross-country commute, I have finally plopped down a hundred yards from Worcetser’s DCU Center—the long off-season is about to come to an end. The band has been here rehearsing since the beginning of the week on the heels of extensive practice sessions behind closed doors, and i f I had to guess, the guys will be raring to go tonight. With all of summer ahead of them, in mere hours, Phish will take the first step—and an important step it will be. Here we are in the first week of June and the entire community is salivating for new music. If my own listening patterns were in any way indicative of the whole, those MSG shows haven’t seen the light of day on many stereos, as New Years Run didn’t give us that warm boost of Phishiness in the dark days of winter to which we are so accustomed. Labor Day weekend at Dick’s seems like a former lifetime as we sit on the brink of the tomorrow’s tour opener, as the excitement has been building for almost a year. With plenty of time to frolic in the lots and amphitheatres of summer, there’s nothing quite like kicking off tour in a grimy old arena with a rich Phish legacy.

I would wager big money that tonight’s show will elevate. Phish knows the situation, and I foresee them coming out with a two-set effort to knock the socks off the New England audience. Could I be wrong? Of course, but I just don’t see them coming out flat tonight. With a rabid Bostonian crowd who will clearly infuse Celtics chants into the show experience, the energy in the room will be sky high for a number of reasons. But first and foremost, the Phish are back in town and it’s time to step into the muthafahkin’ freezaaaaah!!!


“No Spoiler” Downloads—Summer 2012

This summer, thanks to mastermind, Craig Harris, Phish Thoughts’ Free No Spoiler Downloads will continue! If you have the ability to stay away from Phish sites during any show this summer, you’ll be able to live the unfolding experience as it happened. Each set will be downloadable with in a single, unlabled file, so that you can just press play and let it roll. The ETA of the download links will vary according to show locale, but we will always shoot for around 12 pm MST.


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  1. RoosterPizza Says:

    I hope everyone has a fun and safe time! Looking forward to reading a Miner write up that is an actual show review. I am hoping to be no spoiling by late Friday night, my time.

  2. phoammhead Says:

    . . . blast off!

  3. jdub Says:

    Giddy up! Like a child on Christmas day I bubble with excitement this morning.

    7 years ago the thought of a Phish show or Celtics playoff run seemed so unlikely. Here we are with both on the same day in New England and for the second time in 3 years.

    This time is gonna be different though. A mid second set victory party/throw-down in a dingy arena to kick off summer ter is gonna be epic. And I don’t use that word lightly. Bring IT!

    Safe travels to those making their way.

  4. MiA Says:


    Anticipation and hope are high. Good times.

  5. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Traveling to wookcester shortly. Difficult to manage expectations today. Psyched to see some BB folks over some preshow malted bevs.

  6. Gavinsdad Says:

    Enjoy kids. Do it up big tonite. Celebratory style.

    @moonshake – legals lob roll is dynamite.

  7. willowed Says:

    This post gave me the feeling of a captain talking to his team mates before the championship game. Getting them all fired up and filled with passion for the moments that are about to come.

    It worked. I’m ready.

  8. phoammhead Says:

    Yeah, don’t anybody come into this with too high expectations. 😉

  9. DryIceFactory Says:

    Why does it always seem like 3.0 shows in the northeast always fall on elimination games? Hartford ’10, Mansfield ’11, Camden ’11, Worcester ’12 all had Boston title chance implications. Bring on the heat! (no pun intended)

  10. hoedown Says:

    Phucking pumped! Have a great one tonight kidz. See ya there tomorrow night.

  11. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    12 hours from now we will be anxiously awaiting the lights to go down
    that place is gonna blow up, band and all

    PSA: the lots will be chock full until about 5pm with graduation traffic. saddle up at the bar and walk to the venue if you can. there’s going to be a big time clash of worlds when the grads roll out and the heads roll in. I might have to bring some popcorn.

  12. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    just throwing this out there:

    today is Prince’s birthday

  13. Luther T. Justice Says:

    In the words of the great Lionel Richie:

    What is happening here?
    Something is going on
    That’s not quite clear
    Somebody turn on the light
    We’re gonna have a party
    It’s starting tonight

    Oh, what a feeling!
    When we’re dancing on the ceiling
    The room is hot…that’s good
    Some of my friends came
    By from the neighbourhood
    People were starting
    To climb the walls
    Ooh, it looks like everybody
    Is having a ball

    Everybody starts to lose control
    When the music is right
    If you see somebody hanging around
    Don’t get up right
    The only thing we wanna do tonight
    Is go round and round
    And turn upside down
    Come on, let’s get down

    So come on, let’s get loose
    Don’t hold back
    Because it ain’t no use
    Hard to keep your feet on the ground
    Because when we like to ball it
    We only want to get down
    What? you say what?
    It’s love now…
    Just get started
    Everybody clap your hands, come on
    Everybody have sense…

  14. jdub Says:

    Bowie opener as Trey says no to Troy.

  15. Xpun Says:

    Fuckity fuck fuck yeah

    <12 hours to new phish
    <52 hours to wedding
    <192 hours til I leave for AC
    <0 hours of work between them all

    So ready for this.

    Everyone traveling today, this week, and all summer be safe and have fun. Can't wait to meet some of you in AC.

  16. MiA Says:


  17. xpun Says:


    Even w the !s it just doesn’t compare.

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Yay, selector! Helping keep me focused

  19. jdub Says:

    I love the green photo @Miner. So appropriate.

    Trying to wrap up some work before I hit the road. Proving to be quite difficult.

  20. Calpain Says:

    PAGE’s House!

    Safe travels and a fun throwdown for all!

  21. MiA Says:

    Love T3’s avatar!!!

  22. Dr Pronoia Says:


  23. MiA Says:

    As Mr. Kenny Powers Esq.. said so eloquently yesterday:


    Selector shaking my house.

  24. angryjoggerz Says:

    fuck yes. that photo got me psyched. Safe travels everyone.

  25. MisterChristian Says:

    Hopes to finally get a Tela.

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