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:

    Bears, Deer, Boats and Tall Trees – the last four things I would ever associate with Worcester, Ma.

    Time for an Ophishal Masthay Print!!

    you all have heard my rants in the past…..with this poster, i’ll just call it ‘Case Closed’

  2. verno329 Says:

    @litter I used to have that Duane Allman set and it is phenomenal. I probably still have it somewhere. Need to do some digging. Highly recommended

  3. jdub Says:

    Only trees you get in wooksta are the overgrown sumacs creeping up the side of an abandoned factory. I kid. But seriously, watch out for the pot holes. They could swallow a car.

  4. dusty Says:

    5-2 odds you all get AK’d tonight…not in a good way. SF this sat looks nice…15 bucks gets you nola suspects @ B&M and then another 15 gets you Roberts (NMS), Robert W (greyboys) and a few of the dirty dozen on the marquee and guests @ BBR. I have to renew my script so I’ll be off the hill.

  5. willowed Says:

    Just checked into the hotel. I could spit and hit the venue. Woohoo

  6. garretc Says:

    Wait, MiA, what was it about the word “manscaping” that brings up my name? I fail to see the connection…

    Also, you may have slipped it in near the bottom, xpun, but don’t think I didn’t catch that TTE in your list. Is that really what you? Be careful what you wish for!

    God damn I’m ready for some new Phish. Enjoy, y’all

  7. angryjoggerz Says:

    ok, just decided to enter my friends phish song tourney, which i won last year (my first attempt at gambling in my life). probably should have gotten out while I was ahead, especially as one of the rules is no repeat picks of any of the winning (aka my) picks last year. Made a cool $300 last year, though, good stuff. Wish me luck.

  8. Jtran Says:

    morning comrades


  9. kenny powers Says:

    @ jdub you comin?!?

    hopefully i can stub down to the floor…are peeps congregating somewhere? My fave spot is usually back near the SBD and tapers, which is where i hope to make it. My “real” seat is 100s slightly behind stage Fish side.

  10. MiA Says:

    @Garret, nothing to do with manscaping.

    More to do with the obvious tee’d up opportunity with “Cease the day” as our resident spell checker extraordinaire.

    It was dutifully handled by others.

    carry on.

  11. jdub Says:

    You betcha @KP. Just gotta doctor this here printie to get me down to the floor. (Is that ethical?)

  12. halcyon Says:

    Kenny P

    Had a similar seat at Broomfield just beind stage Fish side, and it was awesome. You can see the band interacting and communicating during music. Cool perspective.

  13. Robear Says:

    One of my buddies is starting a website, based on our addiction to oil. this is just a start. i’ll keep you all posted. he’s eccentric.


  14. jdub Says:

    Near section 119 @KP? That’s my assigned section.

  15. halcyon Says:

    Though many are meeting at the Dive bar, the Boynton is a good spot to check as well. Really good beer selection, and the food is good too! 36 beers on tap. A friend is the head chef there. Probably a 15 minute walk to venue.


  16. xpun Says:

    For those of us on the couch going the livephish route, our tour shoud be lifting off in under 12 hours!

  17. xpun Says:

    anyone want to try to coordinate a synchronized relisten so we can geek out together?

  18. Gavinsdad Says:

    Steez the day

    BK calls the openers. where is that dude?

    Ghost to open.

  19. dorn76 Says:

    BK posted at some point that he graduated on Monday!

    Gumbo kicks this bitch off.

  20. Jtran Says:

    what time is ticket time tonight?

    @xpun – think I’m gonna skip the stream options and just couch tour it post-show with LP, but that’ll be lateish PDT

  21. Robear Says:

    “When life looks like easy street, there is danger at your door”


  22. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    7:30 ticket

    looking forward to growing some things in the garden of my mind tonight

  23. dorn76 Says:

    The bear image in the poster sent me to wikipedia, where I found this. Just had to share.

    Talk about a paddlin’!


  24. garretc Says:

    Fair enough, MiA! Consider my on carried.

  25. Cable Hogue Says:

    Getting packed and ready to head south. Our long national nightmare is over, Phish is back.

    Bowie opener.

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