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. voopa Says:

    “My wife and I built our wedding around good music.”

    Likewise, but I’ll be damned if I can remember the classical piece she picked for her walk down the aisle 😮

    Some friends got married a while back and they asked my wife (GF at the time) and a friend if they would play the middle part of “Horn” for the walk (she on sax, he on piano). We snuck my Dad’s Hammond B3 organ into the hall and blew them away!

    A year later, when my friend who played the organ got married, he gave the DJ a stack of CDs for the reception. After some gentle prodding, we got her to play Ghost…all the squares cleared the floor, and us happy heads got to take over, if for only 5 minutes…

  2. Mr.Miner Says:

    The Clifford Ball Slave was our recessional– had some Phish mixes for the band’s break….they came back on and jammed out of the Christiana Tweezer- epic!

  3. fromthetub Says:

    We had a sick Hood as part of our reception’s dinner music. People got up and high-fived each other. Made me so happy. 🙂

  4. Cactus Says:

    All I have to say is …”Fenway Faaking Paaak”!

    Stoked for this venue being the opener of the summer tour. Due to some family circumstance, I think I may try for the lottery on this one…….Red Sox still suck though.

  5. Jay Says:

    @nonoyolker said:
    “Make playlists 6 hours long so the jams will sink in while she sleeps.”

    Hialrious 🙂

  6. wanderin Says:

    we are getting married in the fall, and I have included my sweet one, lenghtwise, waste, and some others into our song mix.

  7. pd Says:

    not sure if its possible to search the comments? but was
    wondering if anyone had any thoughts on the early showtime (door 5, show 6:30)? Longer show or earlier end time?

  8. BingosBrother Says:

    Fenway! Miner’s Soul Mate Download! And Rescue Me is finally back tonight and about to piss a bunch of “patriots” off! It’s dark out but the sun is shining somewhere.

  9. hairy pood Says:

    a couple pages back, weyoun42 posted the link to pics of trey in a cubs uniform, throwing a ball around.

    http://www.chicagosportsreviewimages.com/C309237325/E20060721114009/index.html

    and said, “I especially like the last close-up of his glove. Priceless.”

    Priceless because he’s got a ghetto-tourniquet on his wrist? more like sad.

  10. hairy pood Says:

    ^the sun is sure shinin’on my backdoor today, and the last three days. after many months of darkness and rain, western washington has become alive again.

  11. Mr. Completely Says:

    hairy: I think he meant the Wilson.

    yeah it’s nice in the PacNW last few days – that ends tonight tho

  12. Mr.Miner Says:

    pd- I gotta believe its an earlier start and earlier end time…I bet Fenway is done by 11pm or so….

  13. nonoyolker Says:

    I think i remember the stones having to be off stage at 11pm @ Fenway. Prolly start earlier than most shows. The scene around Yawkey is going to be OUTRAGEOUS! I’ve day-partyed down there before. Fun shit.
    @ Jay, glad you like the subliminal method of turning your girlfriends and wives into phish fans. May not have work for me, but worth a try to all you dudes out there!

  14. nonoyolker Says:

    Those trey/cubs pics are sweet! Man he’s a skinny Guinnea! Wish that was a sox uni

  15. guyforget Says:

    about the GF/Wife talk, it’s also an absolute excercise in futility to try to justify our obsession by referring the the “other dudes on the site I comment on, have the same problem with thier ladies…..”. That gets greeted with a swift “don’t compare me to some other girl who’s fanatical BF/husband is just as annoying as you are!”

    Sound familiar? But we really do love eachother though!!

  16. c0wfunk Says:

    watching the red sox / rays game and they just did the god bless america -> take me out to the ball game during the 7th inning stretch; when they cut to commercial after that the station played the first few notes of scarlet begonias for the outro .. a few innings ago it was come together. They must have a hippie up in that sound booth!

  17. Jay Says:

    pd, its for an earlier end time. Those that live near fenway are pretty vocal about having concerts in their backyard and how late they can and should play. I bet the show is over by 10pm.

  18. nonoyolker Says:

    @ guy – VERY familiar. My gf after 4 yrs finally asked me jokingly: “What do you love more, me or phish” – (dead silence ensued…)

  19. guyforget Says:

    That’s great. I’ve also gotten, “maybe i should grow a beard and learn how to play a guitar and maybe you’ll pay as much attention to me as you do to phish” That’s pretty funny.

  20. nonoyolker Says:

    HAHA, that’s a tough one man… Tell her it’s worth a shot

  21. c0wfunk Says:

    sox broadcast just busted out the fire in the mountain for the record it was scarlet -> walk of life (dire straits) -> fire for clilps

    😉

    I’m waiting for the tweezerprise riff — probably for papelbon!

  22. guyforget Says:

    Funk, you’re down south right? Is the redsox or rays broadscast? I can’t picture red sox broadscast playing anything besides Neil Diamond and the Dropkick Murphy’s

  23. Mr. Completely Says:

    tell her “I may not listen to you as much, but I never go down on him, take your pick”

  24. c0wfunk Says:

    I’m in NC .. directv extra innings is free this week so I get all the broadcasts right now .. definitely the soxcast here I just heard the announcer say “stahting out as a stahter”

  25. guyforget Says:

    Word Completely. I actually know the solution, just can’t bring myself to do it. I need to make playlists consisting of something like this:

    Phish
    Some classical piece
    Phish
    Some classical piece
    Phish
    Some classical piece
    etc..

    She a classically trained violist, so this might help things out.

    it’s Phish’s fault. We’ve been fine for the last 5 years until they made that announcement last October 🙂

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