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:

    hahaha LW

  2. angryjoggerz Says:

    Ok, upload complete.

    Orlando Julius Ekemode – Super Afro Soul

    Orlando Julius Ekemode – Orlando’s Afro Ideas

    Both in my mediafire, clickity click click

  3. Mr.Miner Says:

    C, no longer varsity…..senior tour? 😉

  4. voopa Says:

    gdad, you’re so sweet. Thanks for thinking of me, still.

  5. Wharblgarbl Says:

    Starting to get a whirlwind idea to hit both nights at Alpine. All booked up due to RA training back at college (lol irony) but AV does fall on a weekend…

  6. DukeOfLizards Says:

    @Miner – I believe the correct name is “Champions Tour”

    Just finished reading the fishman interview. Did anyone else die laughing at “vacuum” being a category in the equipment list?

  7. Andrew Says:

    Thanks for the tunes AJ!

  8. sanchothehutt Says:

    Yo PooG/AW, or any other Chi Town BB, what part of chicago are you in?

    My girlfriend has a prolotherapy appt in Oak Park wednesday morning, so we booked a room (coming down from milwaukee) in a hotel down there tomorrow night. It’s called the “Write In” and has a restaurant called Hemingway’s Bistro.

    You near there? Or heard of the restaurant?

  9. voopa Says:

    Vacuum listing was the best part of that list.

    I can’t believe that mideast/east peeps are “considering” shows when I’ve been groveling for Greek for months! Just go!

  10. sanchothehutt Says:

    And AJ, I saw some of your posts earlier today….I sure hope you’re feeling better for the weekend.

    Same goes for everyone whose family is going through turmoil (Selector’s daughter, I believe). I’m not going into what I’ve been dealing with at the moment, but needless to say I’m thinking about you guys even though I’ve never met you, and warm, positive feelings are headed your way.

    On a brighter note, I found my Bela Fleck Bluegrass Sessions disc 2 this weekend after thinking for years it had been gone. Happy Day.

  11. Gratefulcub Says:

    Based on the rumored start and Halloween, I am starting to dream of birthday shows in cincy on the 23rd/24th. I can dream can’t I 😉

  12. sanchothehutt Says:

    speaking of dreams, I dreamt last night that I called a hearing at a school board meeting, demanding to know why A Clockwork Orange wasn’t on their mandatory reading list.

    I mean, I love that book/movie, but haven’t read or seen it in years! What the hell???!

  13. Gratefulcub Says:

    Better yet, the new Yum! Center just opened in downtown Louisville. Do I not deserve one hometown show in my life?

    And yes, it’s the Yum! Center. But, swear to the gods, it was almost the KFC Bucket. Corporate sponsors are lame. Do they really believe that having Yum! on the building is going to convince me I need to eat more long John silver’s??

  14. angryjoggerz Says:

    Thanks, Sancho! Never heard of your hotel/restaurant, but living here, I dont tend to look at hotels, ha. Enjoy your visit!

  15. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    Venues should only have names like The Forum, The Centrum, The Omni, The Garden, The Spectrum, etc.

    Corporate names suck balls.

  16. Andrew Says:

    I heard the Greek Theater is changing the name to The Place You Forgot Where You Were At For A Few Hours Theater next week with corporate backing from JEMP.

  17. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    @not tom, isn’t every venue in the US now called verizon center?

  18. sanchothehutt Says:

    Corporate names blow, but they’re not stopping until they name my apartment the “Midwestern Coca Cola Phish Head Room, sponsered in part by Pet World and the Northwest Center for Narcolepsy.”

    It’s coming, folks.

  19. Mr. Completely Says:

    WTF Just Happened And Who Am I Anyway Ampitheater


    Champions Tour is correct

    anyway…getting spun is part of the point, if I remember correctly

    maybe I’ve been doing it wrong all these years

  20. sanchothehutt Says:


  21. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    Spun – a word that had a different meaning for me before I encountered the Blackboard 18 months ago.

  22. Mr. Completely Says:

    I mean, a certain amount of tolerance is necessary, but I want to be high so…

  23. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    @C, re:john zorn/masada

    currently downloading this

  24. sanchothehutt Says:

    Lycan/C/Miner/other LOST posters see the Matthew Fox interview on Jimmy last week?

  25. Andrew Says:

    Where corporations are heading, unfortunately

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