Opening Day?

Wrigley's Iconic Sign

After kicking off Summer ’09 at Fenway Park, rumors swirl about Phish taking on another national baseball shrine this summer in Chicago’s Wrigley Field. Potentially starting an opening day tradition of their own, Phish may play Wrigley before Deer Creek’s rumored tour-opening stand of summer. With a capacity of 41,118, around the same as Fenway, Wrigley would provide a larger than life start to Phish 2010. Distinctly understated with an intimate, old-school vibe, more likening a minor league park than more modern superstructures, Wrigley would be a fabulous place to throw out summer’s opening pitch.

The only drawback of these stadium spectacles is the urgency of a field ticket. Designed for watching home runs and double-plays, not listening to music, the actual stands don’t necessarily provide the concert experience one might be looking for. At Fenway last May, many fans complained that between the distance and the wind, the music couldn’t truly be enjoyed from many spots in the park. Yet, on the field, the sound boomed far louder and dance space was easy to cop in front of the Green Monster. At Wrigley, the iconic brick and ivy would provide a historic backdrop for an sure-to-be entertaining show.

The Ivy of Wrigley Field

As Phish continues to consider unique stages for their tour docket, fans continue to enjoy the variety of venues. Despite some of the sound issues at Fenway, one would be hard pressed to find anybody who didn’t have a great time in Boston, and the situation would no doubt repeat itself at the little ballpark on Addison. If the band adopts the home field of the Cubs, perhaps Phish could infuse some of greatness into the the 2010 season for the north sides lovable losers. (Though that didn’t work out so well for the Red Sox last year.)

Before too long, pitchers and catchers will report for spring training, kicking off the 2010 season. And with baseball comes summer, and with summer, comes Phish tour; two of Americas indelible institutions. And with the band moving forward again, these two summer pastimes will run parallel for yet another summer this year. And its all only five short months away!

Wrigley Field


Jam of the Day:

AC/DC Bag > Ghost” 11.7.98 II


Perhaps the most outstanding improv of a steallar three-night UIC stand.



9.22.00 Allstate Arena, Chicago, IL < Torrent

9.22.00 Allstate Arena, Chicago, IL < Megaupload

This reader request fits with today’s Chicago theme, and goes out to Brien K! This one is a great two-set affair from the Fall of 2000 – Enjoy!

I: Down with Disease, Meat* > Poor Heart,Wilson, Slave to the Traffic Light, Dogs Stole Things, Bathtub Gin, Heavy Things, You Enjoy Myself

II: Tube, Reba, Ghost > The Wedge, When the Circus Comes, Meatstick, Run Like an Antelope

E: Bold As Love


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688 Responses to “Opening Day?”

  1. ChefBradford Says:

    um, sumodie, I don’t know how much of that thread you read, but there’s some definite hate there

    Or at least some heavy dislike

  2. sumodie Says:

    @chef: yes, of course there’s hate -that’s a green board requirement. There’s a variety of responses, so I thought a heads up was worthy. No, I’m not going to add to the thread 8)

  3. sumodie Says:

    @chef: get your ipod situation fixed? Sounded awful earlier…
    Been catching up on my day now that I’ve got electricity again.

  4. ChefBradford Says:


  5. ChefBradford Says:

    Actually, after several hours I gave up the day. I had many computer and internet problems later, but everything seems good now. I just haven’t plugged in the iPod because I’m afraid everything will come crashing back down if I do. I’m gonna try it tonight before I go to sleep, probably. If it doesn’t work, I’m seeking help from one of my friends. Apple’s on-line stuff didn’t help me at all, and their live-help is incredibly expensive, from what I’ve heard

  6. ChefBradford Says:

    After several hours I gave up on the iPod, I don’t know why that says “the day”

  7. ChefBradford Says:

    I wonder what some of the other nono words are here (re: w a x b a n k s). I typed up a description of the Boom Boom Room the other day, containing neither w_a_x nor b_a_n_k_s, and it still never posted. Changed it 2 or 3 times before it did

  8. sumodie Says:

    But all your ipod music is saved on your computer, right? If so, wiping it is no big deal.

  9. ChefBradford Says:

    Yeah, but plugging it in caused my comp to shut down a couple of times today, “spontaneously reboot” as I called it. Did a virus scan, came up with literally nothing

  10. sumodie Says:

    @chef: yeah, I caught that waxonian discussion too. pretty funny

  11. sumodie Says:

    Lol @ me for typing ‘w a x o n i a n’ thinking I would escape the moderator!

  12. Uncle Ebeneezer Says:

    LMFAO (I can’t really use LLFA because even though I’ve been reading a long time I must’ve missed that day in class)….

    Posted: 01/26/10 8:47PM ET

    Mr. Miner describes his last deuce:

    “I ambled into the bathroom like a drunken vagabond at last call, my face contorted in a delightful agony as I eagerly anticipated depositing a turgid log of digested deliciousness into to the porcelain alter.”
    Member since: [ignore user] [report to moderator]

  13. wkapaughi36 Says:

    Put this one to bed….

    Alderman heading to city council this morning to receive a permit for 2 night shows in sept. phish isn’t on the list,CST-NWS-wrigley10web.article

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