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. albert walker Says:

    It is from the Ziggy Stardust album

    I like Hunky Dory more than Ziggy, but I think in a Halloween setting Ziggy’s songs seem to work together. Better mix of rockin numbers and a few the crowd will recognize
    Plus it has the costumes involved.

  2. Neemor Says:

    I think there was a Possum, too.
    That’s bad.
    I guess they all start to blend together after a while.
    I did nothing at work today.
    I should be ashamed of myself.
    My boss hates Phish.

  3. fat bastard Says:

    cool starting out with exile…like the horns on the second song. the start of the third song sounds just like a zz top start doesn’t it? “I just might be mistaken”

  4. Mr.Miner Says:

    @ Jen – just updated Miner’s Picks sidebar….

  5. butter Says:

    just wasted my time on the ticket lottery for MSG, i did the 2nd leg of Summer lottery and got lawns for shoreline which i had to stick in a tree on my way inside cuz no one would take them even for free

  6. Mr. Completely Says:

    awww c’mon lawn @ shoreline is cool – sometimes the mountains of landfill garbage the venue is built on will start outgassing a little during the show and you can get little wispy blue jets of fire rising from the grass, muy psychedelico

    another Exile first listen? nice

  7. Mr.Miner Says:

    “And he was alright, the band was all together
    Yes he was alright, the song went on forever
    And he was awful nice
    Really quite paradise
    And he sang all night long

    This shit was written for Trey to sing on halloween
    no doubt”

    ^^ EXACTLY!!!

  8. SOAM Says:

    I’d like to hear them do Halleys Comet only substitute “Halley’s Comet” with “smoke my pole”-I said ‘smoke my pole”

    what would do if I shot my goo on youuuuuu……

    Smoke My Pole-I say a smoke my pooollee

  9. Mr.Miner Says:

    New Haven ’98 set II opened with Ghost > Halley’s Tweezer…ring a bell?

  10. SOAM Says:

    don’t be blaming my meat

  11. Mr. Completely Says:

    Hunky Dory and Ziggy are almost opposites in a way

    Ziggy is all of a piece. The songs have very coherent sound and style and of course the concept ties the album together, like a nice rug might for a room.

    Hunky Dory is like Bowie made you a great mixtape. It’s all over the place stylistically – in a good way – maybe I should say it’s diverse. It does have a bunch of great songs on it including more than a few I think would work well for Phish. But overall I think what Patron Saint of Awesome Music Frank Zappa called “conceptual continuity” makes Ziggy a better choice for a cover album…

    that’s the crux of the biscuit, I think

  12. Mr.Miner Says:

    yeah, i requested everything in the lottery – a good way to lose money…but I was psyched to see a few shows with the option of “Floor Only” so you dont get stuck with a 300 level seat….

  13. SOAM Says:

    with everything I do to get some poontang but when you lay it on me I dry heave from the odor–just

    smoke my pole-I say a smoke my pole>Jam>Viola lee’s

  14. Mr.Miner Says:

    Ziggy is really the only choice IMO, and I will be posting about why this week at some point. Maybe tomorrow if nothing else strikes me

  15. Mr. Completely Says:

    are you getting these for the SOAM Quote Of The Day iPhone app, Miner?

  16. SOAM Says:

    Miner-you are a seat snob -it would do you some good to just stand and check the whole scene out-instead of drooling when the Trazor busts out his Doc and pisses in our ears

  17. fat bastard Says:

    yeah winning the lottery isn’t cheap. i requested the first 3 shows 4 tickets each night. if i hit the lottery im broke

  18. Mr.Miner Says:

    ^ lol….the more i think about the app, the less i think it can be centered around Phish for legal reasons. I may go a different route for an app to be used on tour.

  19. Mr. Completely Says:

    well, it’s not just that Ziggy *has* conceptual continuity – it’s what that concept is, I’d guess is your point, Miner? in any case I look forward to reading that whenever…

    I think there are a handful of really solid choices left, but it’s real interesting to see the way opinion is slowly firming up behind Ziggy…

  20. Mr.Miner Says:

    ^SOAM, what are you talking about? I don’t care about being close to the band – I care about being where I can go huge and it sounds great. The whole see-the band thing means nothing to me, as my eyes are closed most often anyway. But you can buy all the 300s I get via lottery 😉

  21. SOAM Says:

    Remeber-Trey asked Page if they still had to do it-that is a major hint-I say It’s Hunky Dory or the soundtrack from Karate Kid 1

  22. Mr.Miner Says:

    “well, it’s not just that Ziggy *has* conceptual continuity – it’s what that concept is, I’d guess is your point, Miner? in any case I look forward to reading that whenever…”

    ^^ yes. the concept is congruent to Phish’s place in time right now

  23. albert walker Says:

    The piano, rock guitar, little bit of horns arrangement of Ziggy is perfect for Phish with a little bit of GCH

  24. SOAM Says:

    I’m fuckin witch you Miner-someone buy the 300’s -I love em-all I want is in..

  25. Mr.Miner Says:

    ^ you got em.

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