The Road Ahead

After a whole lot of waiting, Phish finally dropped their fall tour dates last Friday, confirming many long-standing rumors and providing a couple surprises as well. The band will hit the road for 13 shows a little more than two weeks after Festival 8, starting in the Midwest on November 18, but remaining largely in the Northeast -here’s a preview.

header2The kick-off of Fall ’09 at Cobo Arena in Detroit, MI, though speculated upon, still surprised most fans. The iconic 12,191 seat venue was made famous by KISS in 1975 when they recorded their breakthrough album “Alive!”there. Having recently hosted a homecoming from the glam-rockers less than a month ago, Cobo Arena will host Phish before getting torn down later this year to expand Cobo Convention Center.

Cobo Hall - Detroit, MI

Cobo Arena - Detroit, MI

Following a rare-off day following the tour opener, the band hops south to Cincinnati for a two-night stand in the venue formerly known as “The Crown.” Phish has included The Crown on their tour docket consistently since Fall ’98, making these their sixth and seventh shows in the arena. Highlights from shows past include ’98’s “Bowie” and “YEM,” ’99’s “Sand,” “Limb,” and “Split,” and ’03’s “Bathtub Gin.” A building with a definite Phish-friendly legacy, this marks the band’s third twin-bill at The Crown; a Friday/Saturday combo that will certainly pull fans from all over the country.

War Memorial - Syracuse, NY

War Memorial - Syracuse, NY

From Cincy, Phish will stop in Syracuse, NY for an intimate Sunday night at the 8,000-seat Onondaga War Memorial. A staple of the ABA and AHL circuits, Phish visited the under-sized venue during their hallowed month of November of ’94. Coincidentally, KISS is the only major rock act that routinely stopped at the venue better known for minor league sports and professional wrestling events. This one should be exciting! Following another day off, we bounce down to Philly to begin the highly anticipated east coast blowout. This high-key run starts with Phish’s first visit to the new-school Wachovia Center – across the street from The Spectrum. Philadelphia Phish never disappoints; and after a glorious past at The Spectrum, expect the band to christen their new Philly home in fine style.

Times-Union Center - Albany, NY

Times-Union Center - Albany, NY

Only taking one day off on Thanksgiving Day, Phish will start working off their turkey the very next night, starting a third two-night stand at “Knickerbocker Arena” in Albany. Another historic haunt that has been violated by corporate sponsorship, this building has hosted many classic nights of Phish dating back to the historic 12/9/95 gig that included one of the top “YEMs” ever. The site of two tour-ending stands in the falls of ’97 and ’99, these upcoming shows will be Phish’s tenth and eleventh on Pearl St. Albany has always blended well with Phish, and this post-holiday stop looks to follow in that tradition.

CCCC - Portland, ME

CCCC - Portland, ME

The very next night, instead of making an expected stop in Worcester, MA, Phish surprised everyone by announcing a trip north to Portland, ME ‘s universally-loved Cumberland County Civic Center. Beginning with their first solo gig on 12.30.93, the 9,000 person room hosted five shows through ’99 and some truly epic Phish. A phenomenal room for a show, this Sunday night affair deserves a circle on everyone’s calendar.



With two days to rest-up and relax, Phish finally returns to Madison Square Garden. Arguably the greatest Phish venue in the land, the band hasn’t stepped foot in the 34th St. mecca since their first comeback on 12/31/02. These three nights at The Garden – December 2,3, and 4 – are the “no-brainer,” “Get-Your-Ass-There-At-All-Costs” shows of the tour. In a building where Phish has dropped many career-defining nights of music, the prodigal band shall return for three more monster-sized shows laced with big-city psychedelia.  And to cap off the tour, Phish flies south to Charlottesville, VA – home of their Red Light Management – in a move reminiscent of Winter ’03’s Greensboro finale. This year’s ending installment takes place in John Paul Jones Arena, University of Virginia’s brand-new basketball facility that opened in 2006 and holds over 15,000. This show not only concludes the tour, but also tops Phish’s only four-night run of Fall ’09. Though the tour is a relatively quick jaunt, almost every show will be a high-profile affair with more than a few guaranteed throw-downs. And when Phish steps indoors, the entire game changes; so watch out!


11.18.09 Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI
11.20.09 U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH
11.21.09 U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH
11.22.09 War Memorial at Oncenter , Syracuse, NY
11.24.09 Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA
11.25.09 Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA
11.27.09 Times Union Center, Albany, NY
11.28.09 Times Union Center, Albany, NY
11.29.09 Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, ME
12.02.09 Madison Square Garden , New York, NY
12.03.09 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
12.04.09 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
12.05.09 John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA

The  ticket “lottery” is officially underway. The ticket request period will end this Friday, October 16th at 5:00pm EST.

Tickets go on sale to the public beginning Friday, October 23rd, with additional dates going on sale Saturday, October 24th. For full show and ticketing information, please visit

Winged music note=====

Jam of the Day:

Bathtub Gin > 2001 > YEM” 12.2.99 II


A sparkling section of improv from Phish’s first show of December ’99 at The Palace in Auburn Hills, MI.



12.2.99 The Palace, Auburn Hills, MI < Torrent

12.2.99 The Palace, Auburn Hills, MI < Megaupload

The Palace - Auburn Hills, MI

The Palace - Auburn Hills, MI

Here is another tour-opener from the Motown area. This one got going quickly with highlight versions of “Antelope” and “Free” in the first frame, and heated up in earnest after the break with the smoking segment of “Bathtub > 2001 > YEM.”

I: Runaway Jim, Farmhouse, Heavy Things, Roggae, Run Like an Antelope, Wading in the Velvet Sea, Poor Heart, Sample in a Jar, Free, The Squirming Coil

II: Boogie On Reggae Woman, Gotta Jibboo, Bathtub Gin > Also Sprach Zarathustra >You Enjoy Myself > Little Drummer Boy

E: Bold As Love

Source: B&K 4023’s > V2 > D8 @ 44.1

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227 Responses to “The Road Ahead”

  1. Mr. Completely Says:

    fucking classic monday thread here

  2. Chonz Says:

    Thankfully I’ve never shit myself at a show, but on numerous occasions i have used the ‘dribble method’ to avoid leaving my spot to take a piss….I’m not necessarily proud of this, just saying….

  3. bearito Says:

    ^ lol

  4. beepaphone Says:

    like scuba diving…though I can’t say I’m guilty of it

  5. beepaphone Says:

    I just stopped drinking beer at shows (unless restrooms are very convenient) and usually don’t have that problem anymore.

  6. BTB Says:

    ‘dribble method’ – lmao

  7. voopa Says:

    Some ass behind us at 10-9-99 didn’t want to leave his seat, and was going to piss in his beer cup at the seat. Since we were seating in front of (and therefore below) of him, we deemed this unacceptable, and glared at him accordingly. I guess it was enough to keep him from doing it, but it was still quite an annoying distraction.

    After the show we were at a pub on Pearl St. and these jerks walked in and took the table next to us. It became a short night. Fuckers.

  8. Daves Energy Says:

    Just throwing it out there again. MGMT “kids” was played at SPAC soundcheck. After researching it, it was supposedly well rehearsed and trey was on vocals. The last s/c before festy 8………..seems pretty fishy to me

  9. Mr. Completely Says:


  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    for reals, it would be cool if they introduced some more new cover tunes in general – maybe they can bring in songs from some of the albums that don’t get picked

  11. beepaphone Says:

    ^ I never thought of that. I wouldnt want to sit through the whole triller album, but thriller the song, to open the first set on 10-31, would be acceptable to me

  12. beepaphone Says:

    @ Mr. C – did you get my picks? Did anyone else submit any?

  13. Daves Energy Says:

    Listening to “electric feel” right now and I am hearing a sound in the background that is strikingly similar to the dance contest/catapult music from Hartford.

  14. beepaphone Says:

    ^ IMO, best pop single of the last 10 years. easily.

  15. halcyon Says:

    In 1994 some friends and I saw Pink Floyd at Yankee Stadium. We were rightfully spun, and at one point one of my buddies turns to us and says do you promise not to laugh (which means proceed to laugh as hard as possible). We said yeah sure. We didn’t want him to lose it and start bugging out. Well he pissed himself, and the section around us catches on and proceeds to start laughing as well.

    He took it in great stride and the rest of the night was a spaceship ride.

  16. halcyon Says:

    MGMT has put out some great music recently. Oracular Spectacular was in heavy rotation in my mp3 player for a while.

  17. Mr. Completely Says:

    @beep, I did, and no, no one else seems interested in the F8 betting pool idea. I was trying to decide whether or not to post about it one more time.

  18. AintNoTele Says:


    I think your soundcheck theory may have some merit, or it may be the one that they decided to scap: a few weeks before the first leg of the tour was announced panic played at the asheville civic center and they played loving cup during set break over the PA…then two weeks later, phish announces tour stop there…coincidence, i think not. it was the last song before 2nd set started and they turned it up, everyone was loving it

  19. beepaphone Says:

    Good for him. It takes a man to piss himself, ‘meh’ it away and just get down. What was he going to do? Leave the show? HA! Just a little discomfort – nothing a little gold-bond and a hotel blow-drier can’t fix.

  20. beepaphone Says:

    @ Mr. C.
    No big deal let me know if more people get in on it and it’s a go.

  21. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    nothing a little gold-bond and a hotel blow-drier can’t fix.

    Today’s setlist is shaping up nicely 🙂

  22. Neemor Says:

    Oops! I crapped my pants.
    The Dribble Method….the fact that it’s considered a ‘method’ is effin hysterical.
    I never would’ve considered it!
    NYE Big Cypress.
    My buddy ate Ranch dressing that had been sitting out all day in the Florida sunshine to ripen.
    Baal drops, my buddy is mid-flight to the shitter when a dude apparently stops him to say Happy New Year.
    My friend vomits down the guy’s shirt.
    Felt bad for my buddy for missing ball drop, but I feel worse for the dude wearing my friend’s vomit as a slicker.
    Boy, there’ve been some times.

  23. Leo Weaver Says:

    Dont’cha just love that moment of spunness when you’re not really sure about pissing/pooping yourself? Almost as funny (to your own mind) as trying to buy the setbreak concessions…she says, “$8 please”…you dig thru your pockets for what seems like HOURS and can’t discern what anything in there is – it all feels bendy, pliable, and rubbery – kinda like your mind. You finally pull out what’s got to be 18 single bills only to find out it’s just your single wadded up setlist paper, so you go dig again. THEN you have to actually COUNT IT OUT. More than once I’ve just held out a hand with a wad of cash and said, “here, find $8 and keep the change…” With age, I’ve learned to sift thru pocket contents and have all bills neatly stacked and in hand BEFORE setting out on the mission.

    I’m with you Bear and Lycan (and tele, llamalee, WT, Marshall and other southern gents)…it’s tough watching phish tour from Dixie. Gonna try to make it to the Charlottesville show if not MSG though (luckily have a sister living in NYC). Now just gotta find $$. Mitch, you take a refund on those posters??? lol

  24. kenny powers Says:

    hey y’all,

    RR2 DVD now up at

    currently 44 seeds, 133 leechers

  25. beepaphone Says:

    @ Leo
    When every I’m the Drug Sherpa (buddy not spun) at shows I always empty the pockets of my friends and assist them in their transactions.

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