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. Robear Says:

    in seriousness, glad to hear that the peeps are finding tickets. at least the peeps i know of.

    i’m planning on hugging every person with a cape until i find zzyzx, too.

  2. Selector J Says:

    AJ- you know I wasn’t picking on you…
    Just thought it was a great illustration of the healing properties of reggae.

    Peace out, my people.
    Gonna go watch all my Shark Week on the DVR.

  3. BrandonKayda Says:

    Yeah it’s cool how everybody is helping out in the ticket hunt for this upcoming leg, a lot of people being hooked up for sure.

  4. RamblinOnMyMind Says:

    PSA: I think the Black Crowes are about to play on Letterman and Herbie Hancock on Leno

  5. Selector J Says:

    Quick hypothetical question:

    If you were my brother and lived in Charleston, SC with limited fundage…

    Do you
    A) go to Deer Creek for 2 nights, or
    B) go to Jones Beach for 2 nights.

    He’s never been to either.

  6. Robear Says:

    peace J!

    also bk, trying to temper, but pretty stoked to be seeing the band in such a small intimate place. haven’t been to an outdoor venue that small, maybe ever to see the phish. harkens back to the little theatre’s on Fall ’94 tour.

    the bb web will expand IRL as well. that’s a pretty awesome side effect, too.

  7. Mr.Miner Says:

    rob, u still need that trade?

  8. Robear Says:

    Jones Beach.

    i’ve been to deer creek for phish and GD. never to JBeach.

  9. RamblinOnMyMind Says:

    Ok, i was wrong on both counts

  10. Robear Says:

    miner, i’d say yes.

    she has an extra saturday, needs a thursday.

  11. RamblinOnMyMind Says:

    I did catch Will Ferrell on Letterman with no pants playing air oboe (or piccolo?), though, so it wasn’t a total waste

  12. Selector J Says:

    I know that I said I was leaving, Robear… sorry, false alarm. decided to stick around a minute and finish my beverage.

    Pulling an aw… 😉

  13. Mr.Miner Says:

    jbeach blows…hit the creek!

  14. Selector J Says:

    Funny, I was giving the opposite advice, Robear.
    I’ve never been to JB, either but I was telling him DC all the way.
    I think he’ll go to JB based on previous advice-following history.
    I suppose it’s a win-win, unless he stays home.

  15. Robear Says:

    nice. you waiting for ACL or hitting some leg 2?

  16. Robear Says:

    listen to miner. hit the creek!

  17. Selector J Says:

    Deer Creek is pretty freaking rad, huh, Miner?

    Good times.

  18. Robear Says:

    holy crap. just noticed the photo from inside the Boardwalk Hall.

  19. Selector J Says:

    No 2nd leg for me. I’ve got ACL to look forward to. Gonna be fun. I hope to run into some BBers in the ATX.

  20. Selector J Says:

    The B-Walk Hall looks pretty tasty. Very un-Jersey… 😉

  21. BrandonKayda Says:

    I’m reading Miner’s write-up of the 4-15/16/17-99 Phil and Phriends shows. Really cool to read these seeing as I just listened to night 1 the other day.

  22. Selector J Says:

    Seriously, just kidding Jersey peeps. My favorite guitarist is from there.

  23. Mr.Miner Says:

    robear got it. buddy. I’ll email you the deets.

  24. Robear Says:

    just sent you one.

    this place rocks, man. getting tons of peeps into the toughest shows.

  25. Mr.Miner Says:

    just got my buddy a saturday he needed and a thursday for her..sent them an email, and im out of it… 4 or 5th deal, i’ve swung today

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