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. Robear Says:

    lots of ‘Streets of Cairo’ teases heard at rehearsal.

  2. marcoesq Says:

    Bear on the boat, that’s some crazy shit

  3. MiA Says:

    Robear, were you bobbing on the surface with shadows down below?

  4. neemor Says:

    From out of left field, my shot-in-the-dark call ala NYE Demand will be:

    The guarantee due to neemor’s track record:
    Sneakin’ Sally

    The one that would project the most hope for 2012:

    The one I’m chasing (would most like to see for purely selfish reasons):

    Hope you all get what YOU want.

  5. Fernando Says:

    Whaaaahooooooooooooo! Blow the roof off.

  6. Robear Says:

    hmmm, I was bobbing on the surface. too busy worried about the nibbling to notice any shadows. the bear was dark though. not white

  7. litteringand Says:

    I need a Buried Alive and a Harpua this summer, then I’m done 😉

  8. marcoesq Says:

    I’m really hoping for a Bowie->Catapult->Bowie opener. Get shit started off RIGHT!

  9. butter Says:

    Supp supp supp

    Chilling in Worcester waiting for the show like a kid waiting to open his presents on Christmas

  10. butter Says:

    Like Jdub 🙂 and others it sounds

    Let the good times roll

  11. sumodie Says:

    Rail freaks already in line at 7am this morn


  12. DocGanz Says:

    So when the lights are turnin round
    The wooks are dancin all around
    Tonight they’re burnin Worcester down
    When the Circus Comes to Town…

  13. phoammhead Says:

    what! don’t those freaks have anything else to do! 😉

  14. phoammhead Says:

    damn, made summer opener last two years . . . wish i were there

    tonight will crackle with energy and heat will be brought by the boys

  15. xpun Says:

    songs i haven’t caught live that i’d like to see this year –

    Dinner and a Movie
    Buried Alive
    Alumni Blues
    Highway to Hell
    Seven Below
    The Curtain With
    Walls of the Cave
    Time Turns Elastic
    Keyboard Army

  16. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Same situation here phoam.

  17. dorn76 Says:

    When sales lag, we work harder.

    Such is life.

  18. dorn76 Says:

    Or just go back to writing musicals and prancing around small clubs, as the case may be.

  19. MiA Says:

    I am way to jacked up on coffee.

    Curtain With would be a solid opener.

  20. neemor Says:

    Harpua will reference recent celestial occurences.

  21. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    you’ll get that Keyboard Army about the same time they do another Acoustic Army or finally breakout the Bass Brigade and Drum Corps 😉

  22. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    that crystal wulf band is pretty swell.

  23. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    great set of Worcester highlights over the years

  24. marcoesq Says:

    Tomorrow night just SOLD OUT

  25. kenny powers Says:


    Keyboard Cavalry.

    Acoustic Army.


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