Play Ball!

Fenway Park - Boston, MA

Fenway Park - Boston, MA

With a timely announcement coming on Opening Day of Major League Baseball’s 2009 season, Phish confirmed the rumor that they will start their summer tour at Boston’s Fenway Park on May 31st.  After a stint in the minors in ’04 at Coney Island’s Keyspan Park, Phish is being called up to the bigs to open up the ’09 season!  Another video announcement highlighted the unique features of the historic ballpark at 4 Yawkey Way, as a camera perused the ornate detail of the Boston shrine. The imagery was backed by Fenway’s organ playing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame,” yet when the song ended, the camera flashed to the organ player who cracked his knuckles and readied himself before delving into a baseball-infused rendition of “Tweezer Reprise!”  Merging America’s two favorite pastimes, the interpretive cover played for the rest of the video as images of the ballpark graced the screen.  With an artistic preview of the stadium that they will soon demolish, Phish once again, infused the community with unparalleled adrenaline and excitement.

It seems that a week cannot go by without another significant development in the Phish world.  Whether it is ticket on sales, added shows, or tour planning, Phish 3.0 is officially under way!  With the addition of Fenway, Phish will play the first real stadium show of their career in one of the smallest and most storied yards in the land.  With a capacity of just under 40,000 without the field, this shouldn’t be the hardest ticket of the summer, but these days that’s not saying much.  But the intriguing question of what lucky fan will pull Fenway’s single red seat amidst a sea of green remains to be answered.

Fenway Box Office (C.Harris)

Fenway Box Office (C.Harris)

People have already begun to speculate if this will mark the beginning of the stadium Phish era, and I’ve got to say I seriously doubt it.  If there is one thing that this summer’s slate has proven to us, it is that Phish 3.0 will play where they want and when they want.  They are choosing only their favorite locations, regardless of size, and booking them.  I don’t think that this show has any predictive value in terms of where Phish will play in the future- they simply wanted to play Fenway.  And to be honest, this show just jumped to the top of the must-see shows list of the summer.  Fenway or The Fox?  Oh, the decisions!  Directly connected to their renewed mission of putting music first, the band is taking liberty in playing unique venues that will inspire them.  I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again- no band can match their music to their surroundings like Phish, and with so many diverse surroundings comprising this summer, the band should respond in diverse and dynamic fashions.  From The Fox to Bonnaroo, and from Asheville Civic Center to Fenway, this summer will be sprinkled with some of the most unique Phish shows in a long time.

In addition to the huge summer kick off party at Fenway, Phish also tacked on a third Jones Beach show on Tuesday June 2nd, increasing the summer total to 27!  With these additional dates, it sure seems like the band is as excited for the summer as we are.  With a night off in between the first and second Jones Beach show, Phish will stick to their practice of not playing more than four nights in a row- a pattern that will assist everyone involved.

Fenway Park at Twilight

Fenway Park at Twilight

Armed with a new album and a renewed sense of purpose, May 31st represents the the turning of the next page.  Hampton was where the band got their sea legs back with concise, direct jamming, and Fenway is when the Phish will begin to swim the ocean waters again.  In one of the most exciting locales of their career, you can be sure the band will come out in Boston ready to conquer the world once again.

With only two months to go, Summer ’09 is shaping up to be quite the special season- not only because Phish is playing again, but because they are playing exclusively great venues.  Meaningful for their role in the Phish history, or their own place in cultural history, these venues were chosen with utmost care and creativity, creating the most diverse tour in ages.  Fenway, Red Rocks, The Gorge, The Fox, Asheville Civic, Bonnaroo, Deer Creek, Alpine, Merriweather, SPAC- the list goes on and on.  It all sounds to good to be true.  But truth be told, with the band playing in center field, Fenway will become our very own field of dreams.

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Tickets requests for Fenway and Jones Beach can be made here now through this Sunday, April 12th at midnight Eastern.  Fenway tickets will go on sale through eTix, which looks very likely to crash on Saturday, April 18th at 10 am Eastern.  Jones Beach’s new first show goes on sale Friday, April 17th at 10 am Eastern via Live Nation.

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DOWNLOAD OF THE DAY:

7.2.98 The Grey Hall, Christiana, Copenhagen, DK < LINK

7.2.98 The Grey Hall, Christiana, Copenhagen, DK < TORRENT LINK

phish-copenhagen-98“Ghost > Jim > Caspian, YEM”- the four song second set.  With the most cohesive frame of Europe ’98, Phish closed the curtain on their three nights of magic at The Grey Hall.  The improv throughout this set was phenomenal, highlighted by “Ghost” and “YEM.” Throw in a first set versions of “Theme” and “Fluffhead” with the debuts of “Meat” and “Fikus,”all in a Scandinavian barn, and you’ve got quite the show.  Check it out; it’s one to be considered strongly by Live Phish for release!

I: Birds of a Feather, Cars Trucks Buses, Theme From the Bottom, Brian and Robert, Meat*, Fikus*, Shafty, Fluffhead, Ginseng Sullivan, Punch You in the Eye, Character Zero

II: Ghost > Runaway Jim > Prince Caspian, You Enjoy Myself

E: Simple

*debut

Source: Schoeps MK4 (FOB; mics in a hat) > VMS IO2b > KCY > DA P1 recorded@ 48

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286 Responses to “Play Ball!”

  1. guyforget Says:

    oh, right free extra innings. i actually pay for the package so i didn’t even realize everbody got it this week…

  2. guyforget Says:

    anybody else notice that when a new page of comments starts, if you go back to the last page, the most recent comments are missing? Is this just me? Miner?

  3. BingosBrother Says:

    Great First Dance songs at a wedding:

    Death Cab “I Will Follow you into the Dark”
    Bright Eyes “First Day of My Life”
    Lucinda Williams “Plan to Marry”
    AC/DC “Highway to Hell”

  4. Hooks Says:

    wasn’t going to do bonarroo, but my gf’s mother bought us tix for her upcoming birthday. with her not liking phish very much, and giving me shit all the time about it as well, I’m looking forward to reading her true reaction to phish’s performance’s there. she can’t handle jamming. I try to explain that not just any “jam” is good, and that there are other factors that contribute to IT, as everyone says, but she’s done after singing stops and it gets past the 4 minute mark. she’s been with me to see solo Trey, Page, and Mike shows and really liked Mike, so that’s interesting. didn’t care for Trey and Page’s explorations. but Mike def jammed a bit. she really likes Mike’s outfits…. so it’s ash-knox- meet up with gf and go to bonarroo for me. not too shabby!

  5. AlexanderK Says:

    @guyforget

    are you using the back button in the browser, or the pagination in the comment section?

  6. AlexanderK Says:

    … actually the back button in the browser would take you back to the home page, assuming that’s where you got here from… Not sure what you’re talking about.

  7. dyda Says:

    what about jazz? agree with the classical (some of my very first musical exposure – explains some things) but stick some jazz in there too.

    dire straits. yeah there’s another good band. i like mark knopfler.

    the fenway vid with take me out>tweezreprise was the best so far.

    that’s funny about the locals and curfew. don’t live near an airport if you can’t stand the noise. same goes for the people up on mt. washington who complained about the sound/bass from the amphitheatre at station square carrying up the hill. you’d think they’d get more annoyed by the sheer number of fireworks displays we can’t seem to get enough of around here. bet they hate the fact that it’s being rebuilt.

  8. guyforget Says:

    as for jamming, that’s the biggest misconception about Phish in non-fans eyes, that all they do is Jam. They don’t understand that Fluff, Divided, Foam, Guyute, YEM, etc consist mostly of composed/arranged parts, and therefore can’t appreciate what is really going on. That’s what’s great about crowd participation at shows (which we discussed at length a few weeks ago), when you’re with a noob and all the sudden, everyone claps, or yells “hey” or “doh” etc, and they don’t know how the hell that just happened….

  9. dyda Says:

    yeah, they’re missing for a few minutes until the program notices that another page has been started and then they show up again

  10. dyda Says:

    lol. she doesn’t like jam bands but is going to a jam band festival. heh. well it’s not as jammy as it used to be. everyone check out all good. seriously. really nice and low key in the hills of WV outside morgantown.

  11. guyforget Says:

    The Last comment on page #9 is:

    Mr.Miner Says:

    April 7th, 2009 at 2:45 pm
    pd- I gotta believe its an earlier start and earlier end time…I bet Fenway is done by 11pm or so….

    Then the first comment on page #10 is:

    guyforget Says:

    April 7th, 2009 at 3:27 pm
    oh, right free extra innings. i actually pay for the package so i didn’t even realize everbody got it this week…

    There were a shit load of posts in between them. I noticed it does this all the time.

  12. dyda Says:

    they need to bring back some secret language to really freak people out. i don’t think i’ve ever heard the ‘turn turn turn’ one but that sounds even better than ‘all fall down.’ simpson signal or random note are good too.

  13. BingosBrother Says:

    How much will the Green Monster seats go for on EBay?
    5 Pounds? Six Pounds? 7 Pounds?

  14. whole tour! Says:

    the curfew in boston has to do with train schedules. the bars close early too.

  15. dyda Says:

    a bathtub full of friends

    or a bunch of razor stubble

  16. dyda Says:

    ah, that makes sense. so why don’t the trains run later? because not enough people ride them so funding is cut and service has to be scaled back. same thing happened in my city.

  17. hairy pood Says:

    thats a ball game.

  18. hairy pood Says:

    the 20th anniversary show went later than that, and north station is inside the building. train explanation doesn’t make sense.

  19. whole tour! Says:

    the ‘t’, the boston subway system, stops running at like 1am…..so they need time for fenway to empty out.

  20. dyda Says:

    i mean swimming pool. what are my options?

    about the ‘turn turn turn’ signal, having some people turn around and start cheering the board ops (or just the back of the lawn) would mess with minds

  21. guyforget Says:

    There’s a curfew in Boston so all the Hooligans go the hell home and don’t raise hell all night since they don’t know how to govern themselves.

  22. dyda Says:

    ha! we call ours the T too. light rail vehicles? they have them in denver too. probably all made by the same german company. people who have never seen them have great reactions when they come right down the street outside my house.

  23. whole tour! Says:

    i don’t make the train schedules….lol….take it up with the city of boston.

  24. dyda Says:

    if the bruins win the east then that show is gonna be right around the cup finals too

  25. AlexanderK Says:

    @guyforget

    It looks completely different over here. No comments missing. What browser / OS are you using?

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