Post-Football Food For Thought

What a weekend! Capped with an incredibly exciting Super Bowl, these last few days have been a roller coaster ride of Phish ticket mania.  With all tickets now sold, we may be seeing West Coast dates before too long.  Imagine what will happen to Live Nation’s site when Red Rocks goes on sale?  I don’t even want to.  Many of the frustrations we faced with their ticketing system are documented for their CEO here.  Nonetheless, as we all try to position ourselves for these summer shows, it is all finally sinking in- Phish is happening…

13699471image9b586be0479711d7…For those paying attention (I wasn’t), there was a Hampton re-release right after the Super Bowl ended.  A ticketless friend of mine pulled two for each night in six separate transactions, completely reversing his plans for the first week of March!  Maybe some of you scored too, but by the time I heard, there was nothing left.  This may continue to happen.  Be alert…

…Phish seems to be way under-priced, causing scalpers to drool at the profit margin they can make on our band and flock like vultures to the tickets.  While other bands of their stature use tiered ticket structures, charging well over $100 for the best seats, Phish should be respected for giving the people who actually get to buy tickets a real bargain.  But the increasing number of fans who have been forced to scalp from brokers have had to cough up an amount of money that much closer represents Phish’s “market value.”  It is becoming increasingly apparent that Phish’s “market value” today is between $100 and $400 dollars depending on the size of the venue and the quality of seat.  As someone on this comment board brought up over the weekend, would it help if Phish tickets cost $100, therefore decreasing the profit margin to be made by scalpers?  Maybe this is one step, albeit counter-intuitive, to reducing broker interference with the Phish scene.  If there isn’t enough money to be made, maybe they will go elsewhere?  Maybe not…

phish2People in Ashvelle got screwed on Friday. After being told that 400 tickets would be sold at the Civic Center, over 150 people waited for over a day to score these tickets.  The fans even organized their own list of names so people didn’t need to remain lined up, creating a mini-Phish lot party.  Yet when 10 am Friday came, an “error” in the Ticketmaster computer system released the 400 tickets that were to be held for Asheville’s box office, resulting in only twenty locals scoring stubs for the summer’s second smallest show.  Sorry Asheville people, that sucks…

…Let’s hear it for!  Out of the four ticket systems used for tickets this weekend, Knoxville’s seemed  by far the most efficient.  Granted they probably weren’t hit with nearly the traffic of Live Nation or St. Louis’ Metrotix, but the system worked smoothly.  I looked for Knoxville on Live Nation before realizing they were being sold elsewhere.  Quickly logging onto, I was automatically queued and the screen refreshed every 60 seconds, like Metrotix did for The Fox.  However, unlike Metrotix where I never saw another screen, I was quickly brought into the site, pulled up a 100 level after searching for a floor ticket twice, and checked out without hassle.  Compared to all my other attempts this weekend, this was a breeze…

image-ba5300d6449611d7…Hampton is now officially one month away! What once seemed like an eternity has been condensed to only four weeks of waiting.  What seemed like fantasy is now an impending reality!  Using the future tense to predict what might happen will soon be out the window, as we will be talking about what Phish is doing on a nightly basis.  There couldn’t be a more fitting venue than Hampton to launch round three; with a purely GA free for all, things will be insane and explosive to say the least.  People have referenced the last comeback, saying these Hampton shows will merely be sloppy warm-ups.  And while I agree that Summer will be a different story when all is said and done, I have a feeling these first three shows are gonna’ be a hell of a lot different from the last return.  I’m not going on anything but intuition, but it just feels different- way different…

…I guess Phish 3.0 is all about trading tickets online.  In a flurry like nothing I’ve ever seen, fans have been wheeling and dealing all over the web, trading, selling, and scoring any and all tickets they need.  I like it; it’s very democratic.  While I do believe you can get tickets at shows, it is always nicer to have yours beforehand, and it seems like more fans are trying to do that.  This can only be a good thing.  I am trying to devise a tool to facilitate this exchange. Stay tuned…



7.24.98 Woodlands Pavilion, Houston, TX SBD < LINK

1998-07-24moToday we have a leaked SBD of a dark-horse Summer ’98 show.  The second set starts off with the funkalicious combo of “Wolfman’s > 2001,”  before taking an abrupt left turn into the rare “Scent of a Mule.”  A set-ending “Slave,” “Chalk Dust” one-two punch, punctuated a fine night in Texas.  The first set contained the summer’s omnipresent “Moma Dance” and psychedelic segments of improv in “Stash” and “Taste.” Enjoy the SBD!

I: The Moma Dance, Runaway Jim, Bouncing Around The Room, Stash, My Soul, Taste, Golgi Apparatus, Loving Cup

II: Wolfman’s Brother > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Scent of a Mule > Ha Ha Ha > Scent of a Mule, Slave to the Traffic Light, Chalkdust Torture.

E: Character Zero

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137 Responses to “Post-Football Food For Thought”

  1. Asher Says:

    Selector J – great stuff! How about dropping some Winston Samuels or Justin Hinds and The Dominoes?

  2. Selector J Says:

    @Asher: I think I have a couple Winston Samuel tunes somewhere but I didn’t bring any ska today. I hope the the roots era Justin Hines sufficed.

    Thanks for tuning in fellas.

    “Have mercy on a good man…”
    The Mighty Diamonds

  3. Selector J Says:

    @ Spidey guy

    That’s a great idea! And if someone buys my ridiculously priced tickets I’ll buy as many scalper tickets as possible. Sell one to the sucker, keep one, and give the rest out as miracles!! I should have been doing this all along…

  4. Selector J Says:

    Roo confirmed: Phish two nights!

  5. full tour: announced! Says:

    sector j ….thanks for the tunes! ienjoyed the show.

  6. Asher Says:

    Selector -Sweet sweet sounds my man. Thanks.

    To connect Phish and reggae, I always heard that “Coming In From The Cold” was one of Trey’s all time favourite Marley tunes. How awesome would that be as an opener of a chilly Fall or Winter tour show in the Northeast. It’s on my wish list for sure.

    Where is that Roo conformation? The official site still says Lineup Coming Soon.

  7. Asher Says:

    D’oh! There it is.

  8. camman Says:


    # Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
    # Phish (2 shows)
    # Beastie Boys
    # Nine Inch Nails
    # David Byrne
    # Wilco
    # Al Green
    # Snoop Dogg
    # Elvis Costello Solo
    # Erykah Badu
    # Paul Oakenfold
    # Ben Harper and Relentless7
    # The Mars Volta
    # TV on the Radio
    # Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    # Gov’t Mule
    # Andrew Bird
    # Band of Horses
    # Merle Haggard
    # MGMT
    # moe.
    # The Decemberists
    # Girl Talk
    # Bon Iver
    # Béla Fleck & Toumani Diabate
    # Rodrigo y Gabriela
    # Galactic
    # The Del McCoury band
    # of Montreal
    # Allen Toussaint
    # Coheed & Cambria
    # Booker T & the DBTs
    # David Grisman Quintet
    # Lucinda Williams
    # Animal Collective
    # Gomez
    # Neko Case
    # Down
    # Jenny Lewis
    # Santogold
    # Robert Earl Keen
    # Citizen Cope
    # Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
    # The Ting Tings
    # Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3
    # Kaki King
    # Grizzly Bear
    # King Sunny Adé
    # Okkervil River
    # St. Vincent
    # Zac Brown Band
    # Raphael Saadiq
    # Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
    # Crystal Castles
    # Tift Merritt
    # Brett Dennen
    # Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue
    # Toubab Krewe
    # People Under The Stairs
    # Alejandro Escovedo
    # Vieux Farka Touré
    # Elvis Perkins in Dearland
    # Cherryholmes
    # Yeasayer
    # Todd Snider
    # Chairlift
    # Portugal. The Man.
    # The SteelDrivers
    # Midnite
    # The Knux
    # The Low Anthem
    # Delta Spirit
    # A.A. Bondy
    # The Lovell Sisters
    # Alberta Cross

    Best Bonnaroo Ever

  9. camman Says:

    According to Jonathan Mayers, president of festival co-producer Superfly, Phish will play two distinct shows on the Bonnaroo main stage on two separate nights: a two-set performance and an additional late-evening set.

  10. camman Says:

    you gotta love this :

    The Beastie Boys will be playing their only confirmed date of the year so far at Bonnaroo. “We are looking forward to bringing heat and fire inside of your festival grounds,” the pioneering rap trio says in a statement released to Billboard. “We (the band known as Beastie Boys) are like a three-headed dragon with hot molten metal spewing forth from every head. Ready yourselves. Stand fast. Saturn’s second moon is on the rise. We approach you now from the Northeast at the speed of lightning. There will be no respite from our wrath.”

  11. mitesh Says:

    hey dave having trouble w/ this link, help?

  12. mitesh Says:

    ^n what i mean by that is the Houston SBD. thx!

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