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.


Jam of the Day:

Bathtub Gin” 7.21.97 I

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




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. Mr.Palmer Says:

    georgetown killed me

  2. Foul_Domain Says:

    “Getting off is a bit of a problem”

    ^ Sounds like the result of 1 too many beers

  3. Gavinsdad Says:

    Lotta resources here chef. If you’re gonna wait out the lottery to see what tickets get “hot” before the public on sale (Greek, telly, atl, etc) then you might get a sense of what tix are gonna be a face or below cakewalk day of show. Gas and food are what they are. Lodging is cheaper when you camp obvs. Again, ask specifics here. Lotta seasoned and crafty ppl on this board, as you’ve seen. You might find a carpool option with one of your bayou brethren (dunno lycans plans) and you might find some lodging options closer to the actual summer too.

  4. Little Buddy Says:

    “fat people fucking suck

    that is all”

    Are you fucking serious? Wow! Just checked in and I am startled by some of the sentiments on this board regarding overweight/obese people. Pretty naive to say that people who are overweight should be charged more for insurance IMO. I guess the logic behind this sentiment is that since people who are overweight have more health problems they cost more and should pay more as a result. Based on that logic, so should people who have a genetic disposition to other long term illnesses that require long term care, like diabetes, cancer, alcoholism, depression or whatever. I’m pale as hell and am very likely to get skin cancer despite my efforts to protect myself (thanks depleting ozone!) – should I pay more too? The fact is that many people who are overweight are not lazy over-eaters. My wife happens to be overweight and she is a vegetarian who eats very well, almost no processed foods, eats correct portions, exercises, and has very physical job. Yet, she is overweight. Not her fault at all. Its fucking genetics in her case.

    For the most part, our country isn’t fat because of laziness or selfishness. Our country is fat because of poverty and ignorance. Seriously. Cheap food is very bad for you. It’s pretty simple, actually. Don’t blame the fatties – it just doesn’t make sense. Poverty is the problem.

    Sorry to get political, not usually my cup of tea, but I had to respond to this ridiculousness. I’m out.

    Go Phish! Go ‘Cuse! My brackets suck!

  5. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:


    Hell yes! As we get closer to tour and I get the confirmation to go we gotta exchange info so that we can meet up.

    Looking to get my mom on board with the show tomorrow, so cross your fingers and let’s hope it goes well! (It will)

    Cannot wait!

  6. William H. Bonney Says:

    @Lil Buddy Well said, not really the exact point that was be debated but, that is the other half of the arguement. You can can eat right, exercise, never smoke and still end up sick. Genetics are a bitch. Smokers actually pay so much in taxes they are able to fund more free health care for other people. People should try to be healthy because it helps you feel better, and have a higher quality of life.

  7. ChefBradford Says:

    @Foul Nah buddy, it’s the whiskey and/or tequila! 8)

  8. Foul_Domain Says:

    ” Smokers actually pay so much in taxes they are able to fund more free health care for other people.”

    ^ This is one of the very good (IMO) arguments for legalizing and taxing marijuana. Imagine the tax revenue!

  9. William H. Bonney Says:

    I knew we could find common ground Foul 🙂 Although I mainly support personal freedom, so that would be my point as to “tax and regulate”.

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    I heart Fela of course

    my favorite track is called “The Equalization of Trouser and Pant” because

    a) dig that groove baby and
    b) it’s called “The Equalization of Trouser and Pant” for chrissakes, sounds like a Mothers of Invention track

  11. albert walker Says:

    No way buddy

    There is no way your wife exercises at least 3 days a week has keeps a low cal vegan diet and is still fat

    I was an addict and people called me out

    I feel the same should be done about fat people

    Socioeconomic or not the obesity problem and lack of exercise in this country is Fuckin disgusting

    I respect your opinion
    This is mine

  12. Foul_Domain Says:

    William – your references are convincing, dont get me wrong. Its just a tough one for me to swallow because of the line of work I am in I guess. Just goes to show that people are likely to have preconceived notions based on personal experience.

    I certainly dont have the whole picture, by any means.

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    @BK are you into any other african stuff?

    see how studiously I avoid the political and controversial topics?

    I blame the Illuminati for all of it.

  14. KWL Says:

    hey blackboard,

    a question.

    the special lady friend will soon become the soon-to-be-wife lady friend. after 10 years, i think it’s about time.

    anyway, i’m going to need a ring. diamonds are out. want to be as socially and environmentally ethical as possible.

    has anyone went this route? any advice? anyone know any artisan jewelry makers who source their materials responsibly?

    any thoughts appreciated.

  15. albert walker Says:


    I’m an upper middle class gen xer
    Not my fault I was a junkie

    Excuses for poor behavior are lame

  16. Foul_Domain Says:

    Yeah, this whole thing just goes to show that religion/politics are just not good topics of discussion here…

    …you can blame republicans for that!

  17. Foul_Domain Says:


  18. Mr.Palmer Says:

    @foul domain- never fails

  19. Mr. Completely Says:

    @KWL! congratulations my man!

    did you know that there is a trade in “ethical diamonds” that are fully sourced? I know absolutely nothing about the details, but I have heard that such things exist.

    what a great question!

  20. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:


    Some Orchestra Baobob is cool, if they count.

    Honestly I am rather new to the whole genre, but I am definitely open to anything you know?

  21. albert walker Says:

    My fault

    I just am being an ass on purpose

    Started posting again out of bad habits


  22. William H. Bonney Says:

    It was a very eye opening study for many people, on all sides of the debate. I don’t doubt a “study” could be done to refute it some how. But, the Dutch did not go into trying to set new policy, as they have a forced basic health care system since 2006. Still using private companies though, not sure on all the details. In reality more than “fat” people, those who chose not to get insurance and take advantage of our system drive cost up. As ER will serve all who enter.

  23. SillyWilly Says:


    congratulations! but also, I think thats really cool that you are going the socially conscious route.

    i hope the woman i marry (if i ever do) will understand if i want to go that route.

    keep us filled in on what your research turns up

  24. Mr. Completely Says:

    I’m telling you people:


    Just keep blaming them for everything and stop worrying

    after all, if they can make Lady Gaga famous:

    …what can’t they do.

    Nothing. That’s what they can’t do. Nothing.

  25. halcyon Says:

    KWl….congrats….I got the man for you in denver…He said the right things to me, the designs were really cool, plus will work well within your budget. I think you still have my email address, I can email you the info

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