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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743 Responses to “3…2…1…”

  1. stapes Says:

    Wow. Great vibes in here. Pumped up from halfway across the country. May try and go No Spoilers tonight but we’ll see if that works out

  2. Robear Says:

    I dreamt I was swimming with Polar Bears last night. One was nibbling my ear. Made me a bit nervous.

    step into the Freeeeeezer

  3. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    “Wow. Great vibes in here.”

    The quality of vibes tomorrow will be much more telling.

  4. neemor Says:

    “and the collective roar from the community.”
    ^ this

    Most of the time, this is exactly what I LIVE for.

  5. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    Tour day.

    This is me at work, alllll day today


  6. neemor Says:

    Tweezer> It’s Ice> Seven Below > It’s Ice > Alaska > Quinn the Eskimo

  7. Robear Says:

    good one Df!

  8. neemor Says:

    HA! Purple…
    That’s hysterical.

  9. sumodie Says:

    …and now back to Phish

    (easy score of gen adm floors for Neil in Boston, $88 each w/ fees)

    how did we not use “Wooksta” earlier?

    got my Wook down tee from Mr C all ready…

  10. Calpain Says:

    i am stinking by my Llama opener, I see some other are thinking the same…

    would a Rock N Roll opener work nicely?

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  13. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Y’all get some for the kids watching from home!!

    the phish!

  14. Yalta Balt Says:

    If lagging ticket sales make them play better…THAT WOULD BE A FUCKING CRIME!!



  15. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    First official print of the summer up.

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  17. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    might have to rock the OG Phishthoughts T tonight…

  18. verno329 Says:

    Spinning Phish Rebuilds America to get ready for the day. Love the energy on the board this morning. Gonna be a good day for those in Woostah!

  19. marcoesq Says:

    Morning all….Terr starting soon!!! Can’t wait for tomorrow, can’t wait to ride couch ter tonight!

    Bowie opener would be viable and a STRONG signal of what’s to come

  20. Robear Says:

    hmmm, there is a bear in the print. not a polar bear, but a bear on a boat. close to my dream of swimming with polar bears. there was a boat in the dream.

    they’re people with egos. if the ticket sales crosses their mind, and plays a part, it’s pretty, human of them.

  21. Guyute711 Says:

    I think selector is hepped up on goofballs.

  22. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Have to pick two wooks up on the side of the road , Mitch and Ae, and then the Palmer bus in on the way….

  23. DukeOfLizards Says:

    I have a strong feeling that we are going to get Ride of the Rohirrim’d tonight.


    You going?

  24. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    So was this year’s tour opener soundcheck as good as last year’s?

  25. neemor Says:

    Good lookin’ out, Palmer.
    See you up there!
    Been a while.

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