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. wilson8or Says:

    I have to run guys! I’ll keep you all posted on the rooftop thing. I usually post on here earlier in the morning, but I’ll keep Dr. Pronia notified too. Plus, you all see most of these posts anyway! Be well, and be excited!

  2. Gavinsdad Says:

    Wilson8or: put that shit on lock if wrigley gets confirmed. Betcha you get 40+ blackboarders up there. People are down for this community in such a way that were already seeing peeps who would never put chitown tour kickoff on the top of their list starting to ponder it (neeemor, voopa, etc). No idea if i’d make it but it’s a sick ass idea…specially if it was BB crew

    flarr/jay/halcyon/Palmer: god street wine were friends of mine from about their first show. When I got kicked outta colo state u in late 1990 I proposed a management situation to them and did that 91/92. It was Stoney hi-jinx but we had fun. They are all good friends to this day. Check out for some seriously gnarly nuggets from their early career. My friend mike is digitizing cassettes right now. Good band that didn’t have the stick-to-it-ness that the other bigs had.

  3. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    I saw God Street Wine sometime in ’91 or ’92. I think it was at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, IN Other than the name, I remember nothing about that night…

  4. joe Says:

    quick poll question: How many of you do the Mike head bob while rocking phish in your headphones? just was way into the wolfman’s jam with the double-time head bob and had to remember that I’m at work and there could be people coming in and out here.

  5. garretc Says:

    I do more than just the head bob joe! When I’m going to class with Phish in the headphones, I practically dance my way across campus…

  6. neemor Says:

    I do the Mike head bob all day long, any music.
    I’m synced with Mike.

  7. neemor Says:

    What I love more than anything….what has made me the most excited over this past year…..has been watching Trey and Mike head bob together.

    See any HD YouTube vid from MSG especially, but I’m sure it happened all throughout the year.
    When they bob together, the world spins beside itself and sucks me in.

  8. BTB Says:

    As you can clearly see, I Mike head bob all day long!!!

  9. neemor Says:

    Nice BTB, I knew you’d pick up on that one!
    In honor of Mike….Emotional Rescue 7.28.98

  10. BTB Says:

    I have to schedule a meeting for the Wrigley show in Chi-town and “miss my flight” or get “bumped”

    Although, I probably won’t be able to make a Tuesday show, I’ll try.

  11. BTB Says:

    I’m burning the Clifford Ball and giving that the spin for the rest of the week. Love the drive to work. NPR or PH everyday…

  12. ChefBradford Says:

    The head bob is one of my go-to moves anywhere, since I’m not much of a dancer (until I’ve gotten into some headies, or have sufficiently loosened up; um, even then it’s more of a full body spasm)

    It serves me particularly well when we’re busy at work, I can kinda do this thing with my feet while I’m doin’ the bob. I guess you’d have to see it.

  13. neemor Says:

    chef, I’m doing it right now.

  14. ChefBradford Says:

    Making my way through Friday’s Lakewood “Tweezer” for the first time. Even the ‘composed’ segment is thumping.

  15. ChefBradford Says:

    neemor- me too, man. To the above-mentioned “Tweezer”

  16. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    I will definitely have to make Chicago a business trip. I did the same thing for last summer’s show at Toyota Park. In fact, pulling it for Trey at the Pageant in St. Louis too. Definitely makes going to the shows easier when the company pays for the hotel, the dinners, the mileage.

  17. HarryHood Says:

    My heads been bobbing for hours

  18. BrandonKayda Says:

    The 7-21-97 Bathtub Gin is funky as hell, major James Brown funk jamming going on.

    Incredible stuff

  19. ChefBradford Says:

    This “Tweezer”: holy shit

  20. ChefBradford Says:

    BK-agreed, that’s a favorite jam from 97. The groove for the last few minutes is priceless

  21. neemor Says:

    Tuesday, 07/28/1998 Sandstone Amphitheatre, Bonner Springs, KS

    Set 1: Emotional Rescue > Down with Disease > The Moma Dance > Tela, Sneakin’ Sally through the Alley, It’s Ice > Lengthwise > It’s Ice > Sparkle > Funky Bitch

    Set 2: The Wedge, Poor Heart, The Mango Song, Brother, Contact[1], Maze, Prince Caspian > You Enjoy Myself

    Encore: Camel Walk, The Squirming Coil

    [1] “Mexican Love Style”

    Notes: Contact was performed “Mexican Love Style,” as Trey dedicated the song to a couple he met who had fallen in love. Lengthwise was played for the first time since October 20, 1994 (291 shows).

  22. ChefBradford Says:

    oh, Brandon, the Ghost from that show is no slouch, either

  23. Mitch Says:

    i’ve seen some concerts at wabash i cant remember anything about. wet campus gets ya every time.

  24. BrandonKayda Says:

    Yeah, that whole show is hot.

    I love how they counted off and did that DUH-DUH-DUH-DUH (real fucking specific) 14 times before they dropped back into the funk.

    Whole lot of stop-start jamming in that Gin

    I think I’ll check out this Simple->David Bowie->Take Me To The River->David Bowie on the way to school tomorrow morning

  25. Mitch Says:

    llfa btb mike head bobbing

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