Trick or Treat or Double Down?

Atlantic City, NJ

With the fan community sitting on the precipice of Summer Tour – Part Deux, the rumor mill exploded over the weekend with multiple sources all but confirming Phish in Atlantic City, New Jersey for Halloween 2010. In a reversal of coasts from 2009’s Festival 8, Phish will wind up back east for this year’s three-set extravaganza. The band will supposedly play Boardwalk Hall, with a capacity of 13,800 (and rumored to be a GA show) making this a fairly intimate Halloween affair. While last year, anyone could have walked up and bought a ticket for Phish’s Halloween festival in Indio, this year things will be far more competitive to gain entry into the under-sized arena. Atlantic City will be the smallest Halloween show since 1994, when Phish donned their inaugural “musical costume”  in Glens Falls, New York, among 5,800 fans. Unless things have been sorely mis-represented, we’ll be meeting up on the Jersey Shore come October 31st.

Phishbill 2009

Many fans have gone ahead and booked rooms at the nearby casinos for the holiday weekend, while others have complained about the shows’ locale. While Atlantic City may not be Las Vegas, it will certainly provide ’round-the-clock entertainment unlike Albany or Providence, the other cities thrown through the  rumor mill. Whether one gambles or not, the beach, boardwalk and the many casinos in which to carouse will certainly provide an entertaining backdrop for a couple of celebratory shows.

With the “confirmation” of a Halloween show, the conversation immediately turns to the album Phish will cover during the second set.  By playing The Rolling Stones’ Exile On Main Street so masterfully last year, the band set a high bar for Halloween covers this era. The early and obvious call from many has been a Bruce Springsteen album, but even though in  New Jersey, and Born To Run was in the infamous gallery of 99 last year, this just seems too transparent for Phish. Let the guessing games begin as there are officially three months until the band unveils its sixth musical costume of their career.

10.31.09 (G.Lucas)

If nothing else, this rumor confirms a Halloween show, giving us a possible ending point for a tour that likely starts on the 8th at Austin City Limits. The only other strongly-rumored dates right now are three nights in Broomfield, Colorado after Austin. Does Atlantic City cancel out Las Vegas, or will Phish visit the casinos of both coasts in one tour? Many questions linger about Fall Tour 2010, including the eternal wondering of a west coasters if a run will come their way, something that may be less likely with an eastward-flowing tour. But with a possible three weeks to play with in between the two solid dates we have, any sort of routing is possible. It seems that we won’t be finding out any answers about Fall before the end of this coming tour, as any announcement this week is highly unlikely.

Inside Boardwalk Hall

So the mill will continue to spin, spitting out rumors throughout the upcoming weeks, but if one thing seems certain, Phish will keep their families close to home this October holiday, playing only hours from New York and Vermont. Keeping things in the Northeast for Halloween and New Years (at MSG), the high holy days of the Phish calendar will return to haunts of old after tropical vacations in California and Miami in 2009. While they may not provide the warm climate of last year, something tells me the shows could be a lot hotter, equalizing the meteorology of sure-to-be a stellar weekends of Phish.

Oh yeah. Three days ’til the Greek…


Jam of the Day: Leg II Venue History Week

Drowned > Chalk Dust Reprise > Chalk Dust” 7.22.00 I

This portion of Deer Creek’s first set laid the groundwork for a zany Phish show. The entire evening is featured below.




7.11.2000 Deer Creek, Noblesville, IN < Torrent

7.11.2000 Deer Creek, Noblesville, IN < Megaupload

"Astron" (Pollock '00)

Some call it epic, some call it corny, but here is “The Moby Dick Show” from Deer Creek 2000.

I: Ya Mar, The Moma Dance, Uncle Pen, Drowned > Chalk Dust Torture Reprise > Chalk Dust Torture, Theme From the Bottom,  Cavern

II: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Down with Disease > Moby Dick > Down with Disease,  Runaway Jim > Moby Dick, Back on the Train > Moby Dick > Back on the Train, Harry Hood > Moby Dick, Hold Your Head Up > Terrapin > Hold Your Head Up > Moby Dick* > Hold Your Head Up, Character Zero

E: First Tube > Moby Dick > Chalk Dust Torture Reprise

*Trey on drums, Fish on vacuum

Source: AKG ck61/480(DIN/OTS) > Audio Magic X-Streams > Graham Patten DMIC-20@48k > Sony D-8

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  1. Mr. Murph Says:

    That venue looks SOOOO sweet.

    Im excited for the Greek and all those going, even though I will be couch touring it. I had my shows, now I must patiently wait for phall tour/NYE

  2. AintNoTele Says:

    So we’re gonna get in some trouble in AC for sure. Gambling and the phish sounds like a good time to me. We can legitimately bet on the musical costume taboot 8)

  3. El Duderino Says:

    Morning Folks…

    Sounds exciting.

    Maybe this year will be the Hendix album

  4. El Duderino Says:

    The Moby Dick night is actually 7/11/00 not 7/22

  5. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Halloween album pool? Anyone?

  6. kayatosh Says:

    halloween in AC. really? If so, I’ll most likely be there.

    Be listening t some nice Fall 74 GD: check out 9/21 eyes>china doll
    10/16 — jam>space>wharf; 10/18 — jam>DS>Dew

  7. JerZ Says:

    I am stoked out of my mind!!! Please no Bruce- if we want an album to represent JerZ, how about Fugees The Score

  8. JerZ Says:

    AC Pier has some of the best surf on the East Coast- let me know if anyone wants to hit up some surf before the shows. I have a place on the JerZ Shore and I would love to throw down

  9. BeantownBoy Says:

    Booked my rooms at the Tropicana on Saturday, right across from Boardwalk Music Hall, for $300. The lady who took my reservation said that their phone had been blazing for the past six hours for Halloween reservations.

    This might be one of the most legendary BB meet-ups, ever.

  10. Luther Justice Says:

    Snookie, the Situation, Pauly D & J-Wow just called. They’ll be there fist pumpin and stealin your significant other.

  11. st8 of mind Says:

    I think it’s time for a Led Zeppelin Halloween. I love when Phish plays Zep!

  12. st8 of mind Says:

    Physical Graffiti!

  13. spunround Says:

    I am a sales rep at the Press of Atlantic City! Boardwalk Hall is my account!!!! This will be great for the city…. and me too!!!!!!! Can’t wait!!
    I will try to confirm rumor today. On phone now! I’ll report back!

  14. willowed Says:

    Staying at the Topicana!!
    Can’t wait!!

    Morning fellas

  15. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Thank god a few friends are degenerate gamblers. Comped suite @ the Borgata. Even though i’ll most likely be a no-go for the 31st. The 30th sounds fun though. 🙁

  16. willowed Says:

    The Borgata is for the high class gamblers. That place is sweet.
    The trop. is for the riff raff/trash.

  17. jdub Says:

    Morning folks, is this rumor for a 3, 2, or single night run? I booked the Trop for Halloween night, can only pick one so Halloween it is. My last chance to see a Halloween show.

  18. Mr.Palmer Says:

    That venue looks pretty sweet i must say. Who knew.

  19. Mr.Palmer Says:

    jdub- Miner thought it was a two nighter. 30th and 31st. Did you get your mail yet? If not, should be today for sure.

  20. jdub Says:

    Mr. P, i got the delivery on Saturday. Thanks for sending it along. Am dropping my half in the mail today.

    Does AC have any curfews? Maybe that played a part in going to AC.

  21. Mr.Palmer Says:

    no worries jdub. Just wanted to make sure you got your end. That most important. 2 weeks till JB!

  22. guyute711 Says:

    Born to Run, Really? That would be one to skip for me for sure. If he’s the boss, I quit!

  23. spunround Says:

    No curfews in AC! Party Time!!!

  24. Kenny Powers Says:

    since i know nothing about the area and am not the least bit interested in gambling, i booked myself a couple options:

    1) the convenient, swank option: Trump Casino hotel, literally next to the venue, total for 2 nights around $375

    2) the cheap-ass option: Ramada Inn, 4 miles from the venue, total for 2 nights $66 through a web ticket agency (had to prepay but full refund of cancelled 8 days or more in advance, 1 night charge (which is $33) if cancelled 2-7 days in advance)

  25. Luther Justice Says:

    Everybody keeps bringing up NJ’s The Boss, but what if they cover a Bon Jovi album? Slippery When Wet anyone?

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