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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941 Responses to “Trick or Treat or Double Down?”

  1. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    i did not AJ, is it a mix?? i will grab it thanks

  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    unless they’re playing it at the Greek, you know…

  3. Mr.Miner Says:

    palmer, for all 3 nights?

  4. angryjoggerz Says:

    It is, it is actually mixed too, proud of that one.

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    I was working on my material @bastard

    that was the point

    just a little glimpse behind the curtain, like those jackie chan outtakes where he gets hurt a lot in service of your amusement

  6. Wharblgarbl Says:

    I wouldn’t be all that surprised if they busted a Band album out. They already played one of their tunes this year (Cleveland). Plus with the harmonies it has some potential. Maybe Big Pink or the self-titled one

  7. Wharblgarbl Says:

    and with the old pipe organ Page could do an epic Chest Fever

  8. Mr. Completely Says:

    minus the hurt

    and the money

  9. Mr.Palmer Says:

    “palmer, for all 3 nights?”

    only Jones Beach 2. He has 2 possibly 3 tickets. 7th Row. He paid $200 each.

  10. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    who has the JBs on their media fire??

  11. BingosBrother Says:

    If you peek behind C’s curtain, all you’ll see is a bunch of gerbils making ferret berets.

  12. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    that and lemmiwinks

  13. lastwaltzer Says:

    “and with the old pipe organ Page could do an epic Chest Fever”Whar


  14. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    does anyone else think it’s funny that entourage needed a pron star to have its first good episode in 2 years??

  15. poop goblin Says:

    I’ll grab that shit for the plane AJ

    need something digital to load onto the phone

  16. DaNcInG fOoL Says:


    i second that

  17. Mr.Palmer Says:

    The intimate setting in AC for Halloween should provide some fireworks. Smallest venue since Glen Fall’s?

    Fresh Phish in 3 days!

  18. lastwaltzer Says:

    “Fresh Phish in 3 days!”Mr.P


  19. poop goblin Says:


    I’ll know what’s up here fairly soon.

  20. angryjoggerz Says:

    Word, enjoy Poop Goblin. Got some Orlando Julius Ekemode loading for ya now too.

  21. angryjoggerz Says:

    My wife just put a bunch of needles in me. I am lucky to be married to an acupuncturist/herbalist!

  22. Gavinsdad Says:

    $200 per…I’ve never once typed it but…pfffft.

    Tour closer I’ll rock a couple for face an hour out just for kicks. Somebody tail me. But for realious, I also need a pair of JB2s but they are for friends This space is gettin hot.

    Voopa needs a Fri Greek. Hook the man up.

    C – Im under the impression that you’ve got a tolerance but some lung push-ups tomorrow and Weds might be prudent for your first half day with Robear. It’s kinda ridiculous. 😉

  23. lastwaltzer Says:

    reading the fishman article on line and I think this quote ” and I certainly don’t want to be the Eagles…. [laughs]” Jon Fishman, means were in the clear for Don Henely sitting in at ACL.

  24. fat bastard Says:

    diggin this orlando julius exemode track. don’t even know what language he singin in

  25. Mr. Completely Says:

    i’m fully expecting to get pwned

    under no illusions, I am no longer a varsity player

    lsd and coffee will both help, but…

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