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. flarrdogg Says:

    Black Shacker sounds kind of dirty.
    Le Shack Noir cleans it up nicely.

    Luther- you’re too much. Definitely an Ohio guy.

    G’night all. Little Ned, etc…

  2. Luther Justice Says:

    @butter
    Exactly. Watching the looks of the casino staff as the lot guys pull out big rolls of cash and throw down. Good people watching.

    Did you get any boars today?

  3. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Shirt idea

    I had an idea of everyone(regulars and lurkers) submitting a picture of themselves then using said pictures to construct a mosaic mimicking a great stage/lights shot. Kind of like Dali’s An Apparition of Lincoln

    Maybe use our avatars instead or both

  4. butter Says:

    @ LJ – just got in and ate dinner

    missed from 150yds – 12 of them walked across the road i was driving dow

    then was settled down and 2 big ones came out and missed from 100 yds

    have no idea how, was zeroed in, had the big mofo in the cross hairs

    been hitting a 4inch spread from 100yds at the range

    oh well

    thrill is in the hunt

    saw 14 boar this evening

  5. gavinsdad Says:

    nite y’allz

  6. KWL Says:

    @PB that is a brilliant idea, and one that captures so much of what this place is all about–we truly are a community.

    but, seems awfully hard to create! something like that would be a true work of art…

  7. KWL Says:

    i’m out too… any more recs from my previous query appreciated!

  8. Luther Justice Says:

    You’ll get ’em butter. You’re just being nice by giving them one more night.

  9. Luther Justice Says:

    Congrats KWL!

  10. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Shurikens sure are tough to aim, Butter. Back to the Dojo Amigo!

    Thx KWL. I wish I could do the design work. I am a mostly an idea guy. Mostly bad idead that seemed good at first

  11. butter Says:

    Shuikens?

  12. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Ninja throwing stars.

    What part of tx is the ranch you are on? shurikens may be illegal in that county. even saying the word out loud in public could get you arrested.

    don’t get skunked, hombre

    Got an early day tomorrow

  13. Robear Says:

    when’s the feast, @ butter.

    can bring potatoes, winter squash and garlic.

  14. fromthetub Says:

    Congats KWL! A very lucky girl indeed. 🙂 I might offer up going with a vintage ring?

  15. fromthetub Says:

    Our good friend got engaged at a Maceo Parker show last weekend. Their first date was at one of his shows. Apparently, my friend emailed Maceo’s people, got in contact with him and orchestrated a plan to ask his girlfriend to marry him at the show in SF. I hear it was quite amazing, they were up on stage when he got down on one knee… I also hear that 1,000 people were teary eyed when she said yes!

  16. Robear Says:

    anyone;

    how long of a drive from grand junction to telluride?

  17. butter Says:

    wow….nice moves @fromthetub’s friend

    @Robear – now that sounds like a late winter/early spring meal my man

  18. Mr. Completely Says:

    Lucy in Vegas…. For someone for whom it’s been a long while, exactly how horrible a decision would this be?

    It’s the last place I would do it. Or maybe not the last, but very low on the list. Basically I wouldn’t, if there weren’t Phish shows to detract from the intense degradation of the human spirit that is the essence of Vegas.

    Las Vegas is vampirism turned into industry. Acid throws you directly into the Real.

    I have great respect for people who subject themselves to intense forms of psychic hazing from time to time – the proverbial Acid Test – but this to me seems beyond the pale.

    My $0.02.

  19. butter Says:

    2:40 min Robear

  20. butter Says:

    “the intense degradation of the human spirit that is the essence of Vegas.”

    am i a bad person for thinking that is a hilariously funny part of Las Vegas

  21. Mr. Completely Says:

    vegas during shows is another story. as butter mentions there is so much going on that it distracts from the horrific reality that lurks under the vegas surface. I have had great fun tripping in vegas at shows.

  22. butter Says:

    ^used to go 4 times a year, now about 2

  23. Robear Says:

    could scare up some kale, too

  24. Mr. Completely Says:

    parts of it are hilarious butter but it’s a thin edge for me, when the mirror flips over and you see the little girl that coked up hooker used to be

    classic story for me was a friend of mine who swore he knew one of those girls in junior high…his trip went from Happy Vegas Cartoon Circus Land to Ninth Circle of Hell just that fast

    definitely the vegas characters are bizarro and to some degree – sometimes a large degree – that can be very entertaining

    but at the bottom of it all that city is nothing but rape of the weak and theft from the stupid

  25. butter Says:

    the range of behavior your allowed to get away with their is astonishing

    it really takes out alot of the “wow we are so crazy, and we think so differently than the rest of society” sort of trip, away from me

    which i seem to enjoy

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