Summer Musings


Summer Tour 2013

There’s nothing like a fresh set of dates. Despite the accuracy of the rumors you had the previous week, once he band posts their schedule, the time between now and then is posted on a virtual countdown timer that we all carry with us to some degree. Whether you are planning on hitting every show or just a few, downloading every show or hearing them when you do, the infusion of new Phish music douses our collective consciousness with vitality and life force. When dates drop, all of this gets brought to the surface again and everything gets jacked up for a few minutes or a few hours, depending who we are, in anticipation of what is to come. And this year the band has changed it up.

Instead of splitting up their summer into a two-pronged attack, Phish’s first tour of their 30th year is a month-long stretch spanning both coasts and evoking the feel of a late ‘90s summer circuit. Starting in Maine and finishing in Los Angeles, the band will play 22 shows with a 3-day encore in Colorado over Labor Day Weekend. I’d go over all the venues one by one, but Hidden Track has got that covered. What immediately stands out to me upon looking at the docket is the plentitude of multi-night runs and the long-overdue, west coast love. Making things easy for travelers, all but five shows are in the context of multi-night runs. And with all due respect to the east coast, 3.0 mainstays such as Jones Beach, Merriweather and Alpharetta, the golden stretch of this summer runs down the left coast for a change.

The Gorge '09 (W.Rogell)

The Gorge ’09 (Wendy Rogell)

To cap their month of touring, Phish will fly from Chicago to Washington State for 13th and 14th shows at The Gorge, and their the fifth and sixth of the modern era. Since 1997, every time the band has ventured into the Columbia River Gorge they have reaped some of their most creative exploits of their respective tours. There’s nothing quite like seeing Phish at The Gorge, and who knows how many more times they will go back? Taking two days off the band will hit up Lake Tahoe for a mid-week twin bill. Although the venue at Harvey’s amounts to a parking lot, being in the mountains for the other 20 hours of the day will provide quite the worthy tour stop. The band’s 8/9/11 show at Harvey’s remains one of the universally underrated shows of this era. The band will head back to the Bay and back to Bill Graham Civic Auditorium for a late summer three-pack that looks to be quite the end-of-tour blowout. With a standout show under their belt in the building, the band returns almost a year to 8/19/12 for three more shows that are in prime position. Instead of playing the intimate arena at the beginning of a tour, the band should come in a well-oiled machine—see Dick’s last year. Phish will hop down to LA and close their tour with one show at Hollywood Bowl. Marking their second show under the visually electric shell, the band will play a one-off show in the glitzy surroundings of the music industry’s epicenter.

As an encore to the tour, the band will play their annual, end-of-summer date at everyone’s favorite soccer stadium in Commerce City, Colorado—a stand-alone, three-night run at Dick’s over Labor Day Weekend. The band’s first two stands at Dick’s have provided some of the strongest music of their respective summers, and I see no reason why that trend would stop now. With a month to go deep, the band will showcase what they found over the course of the season in the Rockies of Denver. The thinner summer schedule suggests the fall tour that everybody assumes is right around the corner, but one thing at a time here.

8.19.2012 - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (Ken Scelfo)

8.19.2012 – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (Ken Scelfo)

Two other runs that jump out at me are the opening weekend and Chicago. The the obscure tour-opener on July 3 in Bangor, Maine is a no-brainer must-see show. Nothing else needs to be said about that. With one day off, the band will back that up with a three pack at SPAC over the holiday weekend. This run has throwback written all over it, and Bangor’s date is reminiscent of The Ballpark in Old Orchard Beach, ME on July 3, 1994. The second attention-grabbing destination shows are in Chicago over the second weekend of July. Taking place at Charter One Pavilion on Northerly Island looking back at the city, this venue will be a first for Phish, but I’ve only heard great things.

Additionally, Phish will dip into Canada right after SPAC to good ‘ol Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto, the site of two shows in ’99 and ’00, for the first time since 2000. It is good to see them return to the over-sized GA floor at Alpharetta and leave Lakewood a fixture of the ‘90s. This month-long jaunt is rounded out with routine tour stops at PNC, Jones Beach and two nights at Merriweather.

Tickets requests are available now for just under two weeks. More on the tour as things get closer. Good luck in the lottery and take the brief Summer Tour Poll below.

7/3 Bangor Waterfront Pavilion – Bangor, Maine
7/5-7/7 Saratoga Performing Arts Center – Saratoga Springs, New York
7/9 Molson Amphitheatre – Toronto, Ontario
7/10 PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, New Jersey
7/12 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, New York
7/13-14 Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, Maryland
7/16-17 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – Alpharetta, Georgia
7/19-21 Northerly Island – Chicago, Illinois
7/26-27 Gorge Amphitheatre – George, Washington
7/30-31 Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys – Stateline, Nevada
8/2-4 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium – San Francisco, California
8/5 Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, California
8/30-9/1 Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – Commerce City, Colorado

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763 Responses to “Summer Musings”

  1. lumpyhead Says:

    @DF – Holler at me when you come to LA.

  2. bob dylan Says:

    Granted its overpriced but someone figured out how to sell drugs online.

  3. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I think Mr. C was talking about that site a while back. The name rings a bell.

    I would think you would have to be a complete moron to buy stuff like that over the internet…

  4. Angryjoggerz Says:

    8 year anniversary today, wild. My wife made dinner and both kids were briefly asleep so we were able to sit together and eat alone for the first time in at least 6 months, albeit for only a few minutes. We’ll take it. Can’t believe we have been together for 12 years, damn!

  5. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Good stuff AJ. Congrats.. I know what you mean about those few and far between quiet, alone moments..

  6. bob dylan Says:

    If you actually read about the drug site the dollars are thru anonymous logins so its actually feasible. Only concern I’d have is being ripped off not getting caught.

  7. gavinsdad Says:

    Bitcoin def starting to get traction in “normal” media.

  8. bob dylan Says:

    So I went to the city for a painting job today. Job was cancelled so Bruce and I gallery hopped for hours. Saw some sick shit.

    Caught a Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibit (huge, lots of pieces), a Warhol exhibit, lots of other shit and an exhibit with 3 naked (real) women. Well mermaid style with pasties but still cooler than the art they were sitting near so it was worth it.

    Been getting art updates for years and sat on my ass even thru the recent Kinsey exhibit I was dying to see. Blew my mind how many galleries are tucked into a 6 block radius in Chelsea. Great day.

  9. gavinsdad Says:

    Few peeps at my work use the onion router too. I am light years from getting into all that.

  10. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Problem with bitcoin seems to be in the wide valuation fluctuations

  11. bob dylan Says:

    Also, not sure you guys know Tim ripely. He’s a PHiSH kid and has made some lot art before. Well, ran across a flyer for an upcoming art show for his work. (His real paintings not his lot stuff)

    Was cool to see that happening. Might take my listing down for his poster I have for sale now 😉

  12. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    bob, i got mud splashed all over me anytime anyone walked in front of me

  13. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    jtran, silly and forget who else were next to me that night

  14. bob dyan Says:

    you poor thing. i’m sorry you had to endure that.

  15. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    mud splashing over your entire bottom half every 30 seconds, and coming close to slipping at any moment on a steep hill, when really high, is not a fun experience. you would’ve been pissed in your expensive jeans.

  16. Calpain Says:

    getting some motivation from a buddy to hit SPAC. would like to camp and get into the relaxed summer mindset. feeling good about it, but worried about getting lawn’d. all in good time.

    Re: same joke every night.

    ^ Streets of Cairo tease, I’m looking at you!

    bit coin, currency of the deep web, is fascinating. secretly wish i could program and traverse that digital world.

  17. phlorida phan Says:

    Were you chained to the ground and couldn’t move, seems dumb to stay in the same spot.

  18. DaNcInG fOoL Says:


  19. RoosterPizza Says:

    Major n00b experience, but Lakewood was the first time I went Gdad and just wandered all over the venue. Turned a negative experience into a positive one real quick.

  20. [an unrelated] Wilson Says:

    funny. I too have been chained to the ground at a show and could not move.

  21. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Ha… I’ve been frozen many a time at a show.. Never to the point of being covered in filth however.

  22. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    moving around on your own is one thing. moving around with a group during bethel waves is another thing.

  23. RoosterPizza Says:

    I am going to get all mushy for a moment…

    I have really been so thankful and proud to be involved in what goes on here. A couple of years ago, never in a million years would I have imagined I would be flying to Denver to see a three night run of Phish. From my first encounter in Holmdel, all the way to Atlanta, the BB has been one genuine experience. Thank you to Mr. Miner and to everyone who is part of this; I am always glad to be.

  24. Mr.Miner Says:

    miner, because i wasn’t there last year

    ^ ahhh. I didn’t realize this 🙂

    is dick’s not gonna be good this year? should i do SF instead?

    ^ SF looks primed to be the blowout imo. Dick’s is awesome and I’m sure will be awesome. Who’s to say, but 3 indoors in SF at the end of tour is pretty volatile imo. Dick’s will have the wide open feel…different animals.

  25. [an unrelated] wilson Says:

    Getting unchained from the very ground you’re standing on can be hard, especially if you’re w/ crew. Im no noob, but Ill admit to being kind of fragile in the headspace domain if the environs head south. Thats one reason going solo can be so great – for some people. Wander till you find the right spot and its all gravy. Best example recently: St. Louis. Man we had a straight up throwdown behind the soundboard. Most fun I’ve had at a show in 3.0, and entirely because of that little collection if strangers. Awesome time.

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