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. Mr. Completely Says:

    @Dr. P, can’t you take Lucy “to go” ?

    and no offense butter, I know plenty of peeps who go there to play and have fun, it’s not all evil, but that’s what it’s built on I think

  2. butter Says:

    not all of the losers in Vegas are stupid or weak

    some have money to spare and are looking for a good time

    but yes, it evil

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    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

    that is my favorite part about going to shows there by far

    most places see us as the rampaging hordes

    in Vegas we’re not even that weird really. they just want to make sure you have money. if you do, then whatever.

    New York is a little like that, but not really.

    you don’t have that crosshairs on you in Vegas

    no one cares WTF you’re doing

    very nice

  4. butter Says:

    hell yes

    its built on greed and evil

    i didn’t event it, i don’t own it, why would i take offense to you calling it what it is?

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    yeah man that’s what I was trying to follow up with

    there are plenty of players there who aren’t victims

    but it’s built on the victims

    if you’re an acid warrior, then tripping in Vegas is merely dicey

    if you’re just coming back to it after a decade off, seems sketchy to me

  6. Mdawg Says:

    Love the JOTD!!!!!

    Thank You Mr. Miner!

  7. Mr. Completely Says:

    hahaha I just hoped you didn’t think I was putting you into either the victim or exploiter categories

    folks like yourself I think of as the “players” are just there for a good time and under no illusions

  8. butter Says:

    the United States is not so bad a place

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    some rise, some fall

    I love this place…darkness and all

  10. butter Says:

    how was the weather in pdx today C?

  11. butter Says:

    Robear is offering me kale

  12. Mr. Completely Says:

    I’ll never forget being part of a conversation where a couple of wives realized that there was no way they would ever know whether the money their husbands “lost in vegas” was really lost at the tables or paid to hookers

    it’s the perfect cover, brilliant really

    “gee honey…I’m sorry…I lost $500…but it was really fun! I brought you this souvenir t-shirt.”

    (and gonorrhea)

  13. butter Says:

    gave the 60 year old ranch owner hear in TX, some og kush today

    he goes to the recycling can, grabs a tin can and makes a bowl and knows just what to do with it

  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    getting pretty nice here @b

    mmmmm…kale

    is that what the kids are callin it these days? some o that NorCal kind medicinal “kale” ?

    inlaws in the house all weekend. time to go sneak some puffs and talk the wife into some shenanigans

  15. Mr. Completely Says:

    nice man

    still gettin over this flu, gotta take it easy on the lungs, for once I wish I had a vaporizer, not my style usually but when ur sick…

  16. butter Says:

    nice C, have a good rest of your evening

    heard it was 82 in Sonoma today

    was around 80 here in Seguin, TX (blue bird)

  17. butter Says:

    great for when your sick

    you get better way quicker, without packing in that smoke

  18. Robear Says:

    wtf, butter. i’ve been in and out.

    you’re actually in tx on a boar hunt? i thought you had a wild pack roaming the hills of sonoma.

  19. butter Says:

    ^our Volcano will stay put away for 2-3 months at a time

    when we bust it out it usually stays in play for a week or so

    great to have, tho

  20. butter Says:

    yep 7000 acre ranch

    you can drive for miles and miles

  21. butter Says:

    there wasn’t cell reception here last year

    now the verizon wireless card is working perfect

  22. Robear Says:

    llfa, the story of my volcano, too.

  23. butter Says:

    holy shit

    APE has thur greek show posted as 6:30 start

  24. Robear Says:

    the greek looks crazy on google maps. the lawn looks flat, and irrelevant. seats look sweet.

  25. neemor Says:

    “if you’re an acid warrior, then tripping in Vegas is merely dicey

    if you’re just coming back to it after a decade off, seems sketchy to me”

    ^ Key

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