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. Gavinsdad Says:

    You talkin bout some grape and grain NTM?

  2. angryjoggerz Says:

    Okay, off to bed. One last plug for the new comp, enjoy.

    Night Court
    July 2010 – Chicago
    1. Kissing My Love – Cold Blood
    2. Beya Moke – Sakade Band
    3. Psychedelic Afro Shop – Orlando Julius Ekemode
    4. Collie Stuff – Chosen Few
    5. Come Together – Oriental Funk
    6. Shining Star – Earth Wind and Fire
    7. Electric Relaxation – A Tribe Called Quest
    8. Night Court Theme
    9. Cold Beer – The Gauters
    10. Pass the Kushempeng – Frankie Paul
    11. I’m Not Ready for Love – The Promise
    12. Boss Tres Bien – Quartette Tres Bien
    13. Funky Nassau Pt. 2 – The Beginning of the End
    14. Kivánji Te Is Nekem Szép, Jó Éjszakát – Meteor & Demjen Ferenc
    15. I Thank the Lord – Mighty Voices of Wonder
    16. Lagos City – Asiko Rock Group
    17. Next Time You See Me – The Jimmy Cotton Blues Quartet
    18. No Place to Run – Final Solution
    19. Shake Your Body – Sunfire
    20. New Bell – Manu Digango
    21. Take a Look at Your Friends – The Next Exit

  3. angryjoggerz Says:

    And you know the Night Court theme is just the business.

  4. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    Yep, G-dad. That’d be correct. Helped get some dirty stuff down.

  5. halcyon Says:

    Attention Star Gazers

    WASHINGTON (AP) – The sun may be about to put on a colorful light show.

    That’s because of two minor solar storms that flared on Sunday and are shooting tons of plasma directly at Earth.

    Scientists said residents of northern regions — from Maine to Michigan and anywhere farther north around the globe — may see unusual northern lights.

    Usually only regions closer to the Arctic can see the aurora of rippling reds and greens, but solar storms pull them south.

    The federal Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colo., said the plasma will likely arrive late Tuesday night or early Wednesday. The storms are not much of a threat to satellites or power grids.

    Until recently, the sun was in a phase with few storms.

  6. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

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  7. halcyon Says:

    I did NTM….thanks to you and Voopa for getting back to me.

  8. YborCity Says:

    Money sent to my ticket supplier… now we wait

  9. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    I used to buy from them as a consumer and now I still buy from them as a professional. Best prices I’ve seen. I buy HDMI cables on there for less than $5 a piece. My clients are dumbfounded as they think they need to pay BestBuy $50 for a Monster cable.

  10. Gratefulcub Says:

    Went Caspian is tremendous. That’s right, I said it. Wait till you see my 7 feet tall Prince sign. Hope none of you are behind me.

  11. fatbunch Says:

    @Miner there is a very real possibility I can hook you with my extra if I don’t get on that airplane (still recovering from surgury). It’s with my bro from “Boca do Rio” however, and therefor in SFAC, but I don’t know what his plans are if I bail. Won’t know my status for another 24 hours either.

  12. fatbunch Says:

    ^that is the tix are in SFCA…

  13. angryjoggerz Says:

    If you are talking extra for Friday, I took care of Miner but Voopa still needs one, so help a brother out!

  14. YborCity Says:

    God, I love this place.

  15. RamblinOnMyMind Says:,17824/

  16. Jtran Says:

    Evening BB

    Thanks for the mix aj, loving it!

    And Silly said it earlier, still in need of two tickets for JB2, but not the $200 variety.

  17. fatbunch Says:

    ^ K @aj, if becomes available… wish me luck 2 go tho 😉

  18. BrandonKayda Says:

    Hey BB

    How’s the late-night crew doing?

  19. fatbunch Says:

    Nice @ aj – hadn’t read forward…
    @ gdad – “you from Jersey? I’m from Jersey! What exit?” (14W)

  20. Jtran Says:

    Hey BK. Just spinnin aj’s mix right now, downloading some John Zorn/Masada to listen to as well for a bit before bed.

  21. Robear Says:

    everyone is getting into the greek. that’s the good news. way to go team.

    friend has an extra Saturday. She needs to trade it for a Thursday. email me stat.

  22. Robear Says:

    bk, yer the man. keep it up.

    where were you when i was in high school?

  23. BrandonKayda Says:

    Nice @Jtran – I listened to a couple hours of Masada (thanks to Mr C) the other night. Good stuff. Listening to some Lester Young right now.

    You excited for The Greek Robear? Those shows are going to be huge.

  24. Robear Says:

    not really bk. warm-ups i figure. i’ll try to have fun though. giving up bane for the weekend too.


  25. YborCity Says:

    @Robear – Sent the money to my ticket supplier this evening… now we wait. I’ll keep you posted on ticket status. Good luck finding your extra.

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