A Leg Two Preview

The Greek Theatre - Berkeley, CA

After exactly one month off, Phish will return for their late-summer run at the improbable Berkeley, California locale, The Greek Theatre. One of the most beautifully set amphitheatres in the land will host Phish for a three-night party on August 5-7, kicking off the most anticipated week of the Summer 2010. On a hilltop at the University of California, the famous Bay Area icon holds only 8,500 people per night, making it the first truly tough ticket of the summer. With only these three shows on the west coast until the fall, fans will be coming from far and wide to see Phish’s return to The Greek. With a GA policy and limited floor space, you can bet on a Red-Rocks-esque scene of early arrivals rolling out tarps and staking claim on their crew’s space for the night.If two things are for sure, Berkeley will be a scene, and these shows will be something special.

Downtown Telluride, CO

After only one day off, Phish will fulfill the rumor of the winter by playing Town Park in Telluride, CO. On August 9 and 10, the Phish community will descend upon this mountain hamlet for the most anticipated shows of the summer. Returning to Telluride for the first time since 1991, these two days will have a throwback vibe, as the band plays at the base of the Rockies. Expect a festive atmosphere in town all weekend, as Phish unveils their mountain music inspired by the gorgeous environs. With tickets exclusively sold in two-day passes, only 9,000 people, total, will get in to what looks to be the most enchanted Phish experience of the summer. In the span of six days, Phish will play five shows of under 10,000 people, something that hasn’t happened since Japan 2000. Pretty…pretty…pretty…pretty cool.

6.19.09 Deer Creek (T.Caine)

Following the opening week of August, the scene will shift to the Midwest for one of the most classic combos of summer venues, Deer Creek and Alpine Valley. 2010 will make it nine consecutive summer tours, dating back to 1996, that the band will combine these two Midwestern jewels. With shows that, historically, almost never disappoint, this run is a no-brainer for standout Phish. With two shows in the cornfields and two in cheese country, the overnight route between the two venues is perhaps the most classic summer Phish drive that exists in the land. Maybe this year someone can figure out why the highways in Wisconsin are named with letters instead of numbers.

Jones Beach '09 (W.Rogell)

And to close the tour – for now – the band will return to the east coast for two shows at Jones Beach in Wantagh, New York. This summer, Long Island will host the end of tour as opposed to 2009’s three-night stand at the onset of June.  On the original set of dates that circulated before the announcement, everything matched up exactly, but there were also two Radio City shows tacked onto the end. The absence of these dates on the official announcement either means that they fell through at the last minute, or they are still hammering out the details. I wouldn’t be surprised to see something else added the end of tour, as bringing the circus to the east coast for only two shows seems a bit odd. Time will tell.

Alpine Valley - East Troy, WI

Looking over the entirety of Phish’s 29-show summer, the clear concentration of shows lies in the northeastern corridor, garnering grumblings from the peanut gallery out west. Lest we forget, Phish, at their roots, is an east coast band, and after a five-year break, that is more true than ever. With their fans, friends, and families concentrated in the east, and a diminished desire to grow their fanbase nationally, Phish has no true incentive to come out west except to visit sublime venues. And that is exactly what they have been doing. Between Red Rocks, The Gorge, Indio, The Greek Theatre, and Telluride, you have the five most engaging runs of Phish 3.0, all, by modern standards, “out west.” Maybe we’ll see a west coast swing come fall, but somehow I wonder.

Regardless, Phish is locked and loaded for what hopes to be a ground-breaking summer. In all likelihood, the band will begin to carve a new direction for their music, and within these venues of August, the cream of the crop will rise to the top, as the Phish’s playing traditionally peaks on the back half of tours. With everything back in place, this will be the first tour we can truly take at face value, as an indication of what is to come. With the building blocks of 2009 out of the way, things couldn’t be more exciting.

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Jam of the Day:

Bathtub Gin” 7.21.97 I

A standout piece of Summer ’97’s US opener.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/ph97-07-21d1t06.mp3]

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DOWNLOAD OF THE DAY:

6.29.94 Walnut Creek Amp, Raleigh, NC < Torrent

6.29.94 Walnut Creek Amp, Raleigh, NC < Megaupload

Walnut Creek - Raleigh, NC

Phish’s first of many visits to this Raleigh tour stop came amidst a smoking run of June ’94.

I: The Curtain, Sample in a Jar, Reba, Mound, Julius, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Catapult > David Bowie, I Didn’t Know, Golgi Apparatus

II:  The Landlady, Poor Heart, Tweezer, It’s Ice, Lifeboy, The Divided Sky, Suzy Greenberg, Cavern

E: Ya Mar, Tweezer Reprise

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828 Responses to “A Leg Two Preview”

  1. SillyWilly Says:

    @Lycan,

    thanks, man!

    Im bad about checking the board in the middle of the day. I usually don’t take my computer to class because I’d never be able to focus.

  2. halcyon Says:

    llfa Luther Justice….

  3. Angryjoggerz Says:

    I just now figured out what llfa means. duh.

  4. llamalee Says:

    miner, you batting 1.000 today so far

  5. William H. Bonney Says:

    That is the basis off the study, yes they treatment is expensive but they DIE faster….really just a little bit of logic will answer the question. If you are dead younger, it will cost less, than living longer. I’m not trying to change your mind, just showing that when a real study was done the facts were not convenient or helpful to the someone opinion so you don’t hear much about them. Also, were is the follow up studies?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/05/health/05iht-obese.1.9748884.html?_r=2

    If USA today is too conservative how about New York Times…

  6. ChefBradford Says:

    Lycan- which shows are you planning on hitting? I’m definitely hitting ATL, tix or no, and possibly Raleigh and Charlottesville

  7. William H. Bonney Says:

    Come on Rebels!

  8. Gavinsdad Says:

    Wife just approved:

    Hershey
    Camden (and Friday preshow BBQ if I get enough interest)
    Raleigh>Charlotte
    jones beach

    no deer creek. Hell, if they announce RCMH I know I’ll squeak that in. Otherwise, 7 nice summer shows, the possibilty of a west coast fest (??) and more shows in the fall. I saw all of 8 shows last year so I’m off to a good start.

    Southern bb’ers: lookin forward to my first NC phish shows! Hope to meet some of ya along the way.

  9. William H. Bonney Says:

    @Chef I ordered that four day run Raleigh>Charlotte>ATL and will be at those, w/out a doubt.

  10. William H. Bonney Says:

    Cool Gavin….going to be a sweet summer.

  11. ChefBradford Says:

    Gavins, I’m hoping to meet more BBers. I made exactly 0 shows last year, so Lycan is the only cat I have met thus far

  12. William H. Bonney Says:

    G-Town slowly getting back into.

  13. ChefBradford Says:

    Good deal WHB

  14. Gavinsdad Says:

    @bill: hopefully a bunch of us will get a chance to exchange hellos etc.

    @chef: ditto. I think a nice chunk of bb’ers should be at ATL taboot

  15. William H. Bonney Says:

    Hope to meet up, as it appears I will be solo on my way up from Florida. Most of my “crew” has moved out to Colorado so T-ride looks good but E-coast not as many phriends around.

  16. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    Any of you guys going to MPP? I’d love to meet some of you

  17. William H. Bonney Says:

    UNLV v. N Iowa going down to the line.

  18. William H. Bonney Says:

    MPP is going to tough for me…can only get a few days off in summer this year. BBer’s we need to make sure BK get’s pav’s for MPP, lawn is not a place for first chance to see Red and the boys….

  19. William H. Bonney Says:

    Geo.Town is done…too many easy chances for Ohio.

  20. Gavinsdad Says:

    The mission is definitely clear regarding getting BK into the MPP pav. I’m sure the word will spread. It’s just BK’s job to get the mom sign-off now…

  21. SillyWilly Says:

    that was a big shot for UNI

  22. ChefBradford Says:

    Getting off is a bit of a problem; getting the funds is a bigger one. I’ve only been to a handful of shows, so I don’t know many tricks for traveling and making shows happen. Although, I’ve picked up a few here

  23. Henry Says:

    @BK

    My friends and I booked our hotel tonight!

  24. ChefBradford Says:

    I guess it would be creepy if we sent a petition to BKs mom, huh.

    Might have to break out the Delorean

  25. William H. Bonney Says:

    Cheers to that Gavin….gotta let cub loose sometime…..UNLV goes down………bracket takes a hit.

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