Retro Tour – Fall 2010

During Phish’s 2009 Fall Tour, actual market price for tickets on lot ranged from “free” to $20. Perhaps catching wind of this decreased demand and wanting to increase the buzz again, Phish and their management crafted the path of Fall 2010 quite differently. Or, feeling they are on the brink of a late-career musical breakthrough, perhaps Phish is actively trying to get back to a place where they can discover their new sound in the type of rooms in which they came of age. But regardless of motive, the band made an unprecedented move yesterday, announcing a 14-show fall tour comprised of minuscule venues with capacities ranging from 5,700 to 14,700, instead of returning to their staple arenas of the east coast and Midwest. With seven GA shows and seven shows that have GA floor and reserved seating, Fall 2010 will be a throwback to the 1994 era when Phish played college towns and minor-league arenas across the land.

MSG - 12.2.09 (W. Rogell)

Following a stand-alone festival set at Austin City Limits, Phish will kick off their retro-tour, proper, with a three-night stand in Broomfield, Colorado on October 10 – 12, where they will play the brand new 1st Bank Center with a tiny capacity of 6,500. Along their three-week road, the band will also play two more sub-10,000 person shows in Augusta, Maine’s Civic Center (6,777) and Utica, New York’s Memorial Auditorium, boasting the tour’s smallest capacity at 5,700! Just pushing the 10,000 mark are Verizon Wireless Arena (10,050) in Manchester, New Hampshire, a relatively new venue an hour from Boston, and University of Massachusetts’ Mullins Center (10,600), the site of more than a few epic nights of Phish in 1994 and 1995.

Boardwalk Hall - Atlantic City, NJ

The largest shows of the tour will take place at Boardwalk Hall (14,770) in Atlantic City for a three-night Halloween blowout, just down the road from New York City and Philadelphia where Phish routinely sells out Madison Square Garden and The Spectrum / Wachovia Center. North Charleston Coliseum (14,000) in South Carolina and a revamped Dunkin’ Donuts Coliseum (14,500) in Providence, Rhode Island, round out this Fall’s docket of venues, two undersized arena the band hasn’t visited since Fall ’96 and Winter ’99, respectively. Get ready for Time-Travel Tour – 2010.

The exponential increase in intimacy will be the immediate effect these dream-sized venues have on evenings with Phish. Instead of hearing mind-melting “Light” jams with 20,000 others, consider 6,000 – indoors. Waking into these GA venues, everyone will feel on top of the stage, regardless of where in the room they end up. With a fan base used to impersonal, super-sized arenas since the band made the permanent jump in 1996, these Fall experiences will be eye-popping from their smaller size and scope. And just imagining the sound of Trey’s Ocedoc in these mini-rooms…forget about it. Creating a distinctly new-school/old-school vibe for this tour, maybe Phish will begin weaving more  fall tours of the like after their amphitheatre circuits of summer. But maybe this is specifically for a place in time: a step in the band’s reinvention.

8.10.10 (W.Rogell)

Juicing Leg Two with more creativity and direction than we’ve heard in years, these smaller settings will provide more intense experiences for the band as well as the crowd, and these venues will reproduce the settings where Phish blew the roof off of things in ’94 and ’95. For those who jumped on after the fact, fall tour will provide a small taste what things once were. And for the band members, themselves, maybe that is their goal.

One side-effect of downsizing shows by such a significant percentage is that Phish immediately created a frenzied ticket market for – literally – each and every night; the diametrically opposite of last Fall’s “roll to the show with a $20 and get a ticket on the walk in” dynamic. With such small numbers in Phish’s wheelhouse region, will brokers step back into a scene in which they took a bath last year? Tickets are tickets for GA shows, making scoring and trading tickets amongst the community easier and more equitable. It will be interesting to watch what will actually transpire in the ticket scene over the next six-weeks before tour.

Any way one slices it, Phish has a clear intent to tighten up their shows this fall, creating far more intimate indoor affairs than we’ve grown accustomed to in recent years. The live experience will certainly be something new for the first time ages, bringing a certain buzz to the scene as soon as the rumored dates proved true. With a clear opportunity to sell more tickets across the board, Phish has, once again, chosen to downsize, following their modern era trend. Best of luck with tickets folks, because if any of this means anything, this Fall is going to be something to behold.

October 8: Austin City Limits – Austin, TX
October 10 – 12: 1st Bank Center – Bloomfield, CO
October 15 – 16: North Charleston Coliseum – N. Charleston, SC
October 19: Augusta Civic Center – Augusta, ME
October 20: Utica Memorial Auditorium – Utica, NY
October 22: Dunkin Donuts Center – Providence, RI
October 23 – 24: Mullins Center – Amherst, MA
October 26: Verizon Wireless Arena – Manchester, NH
October 29 – 31: Boardwalk Hall – Atlantic City, NJ

Mail Order here until Friday, September 3rd at Noon Eastern.

(Thx to Hidden Track for #s)


Jam of the Day:

Piper > Mist ” 8.9.10 II

A smoking version that came from the Rockies; tighter and more focused than many “Pipers” of this era.




8.9.10 Town Park, Telluride, CO < Torrent

8.9.10 Town Park, Telluride, CO < Megaupload

Town Park - Telluride, CO (G.Lucas)

Town Park - Telluride, CO (G.Lucas)

The opening and more creative night of Telluride’s mini-festival. Uncharacteristically rocking for such a laid back setting,

I: Down with Disease, Camel Walk, Ocelot, Light Up Or Leave Me Alone, Summer of ’89, Stash, Cavern, The Wedge, Possum, Julius

II: Sand, Backwards Down the Number Line, Prince Caspian > Tweezer > Boogie On Reggae Woman, Piper > Mountains in the Mist, David Bowie, A Day in the Life

E: Quinn the Eskimo, Tweezer Reprise

Source: Schoeps mk22> KC5> CMC6xt> EAA PSP-2 + Schoeps mk4v> KC5> M222> NT222> Aeta PSP-3> SD 744t (@24bit/48kHz) (Taper- taylorc)

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1,312 Responses to “Retro Tour – Fall 2010”

  1. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    rolling papers

  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    alright. finally done with the cycle for tonight:

    refresh BB
    view changes

    …heading home, back for more tomorrow bright and early

  3. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    k i chose the berkeley hood tonight. gewd nite

  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    “what is this 1996?”

    I know, right?!?!?!?!?!


  5. Mr. Completely Says:


  6. themanatee Says:

    what up …

    agreed on sporting event dvring cant imagine watching full length games live anymore. occaisonally it will happen with blazers, nba playoffs. and i guess i will watch the super bowl live, but honestly i don’t watch the NFL or baseball anymore, well playoff baseball i do but at this point in my life following three or more (ncca hoops = UNC head here) is just simply too much. i whittle it down to the sports i care about most and find the most interesting and fun to watch. i.e., hoops. and thats the deal for me.

    but t.v. without dvr is unbearable now

  7. GGvilleman Says:

    I LOVE THIS BB. you guys are seriously carry on some interesting shit to read along to….and thank you Mr C for the downloads! Oh and Fall tour is going to be one to remember…the venues alone are going to be worth the price of the paper being dispensed to enter!

  8. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    Love the DVR. I’m a huge Tour de France fan, and with DVR I can save hours during the tour. I just start watching an hour or so after it starts, and by the time it finishes, I catch up with “real time” i.e. Cavendish wasting everyone at the line. Then off to work. Perfect.

  9. Charlotte Says:

    I am SO excited about the upcoming fall tour, primarily since my first Phish show was in the winter of ’98 and I have never experienced this kind of intimacy with the boys. It’ll be nice to share a space with so few people after a summer of large stadium shows.

    Also, a friend mentioned your site to me and I’ve been lurking for a while now. I just wanted to pop in and introduce myself to you. Thanks for all that you do–you are a valuable member to the Phish community. 🙂

  10. Palm Grime Says:

    Interesting take on why the small venues. Only prob is those shows like Shoreline where tickets were “free-$20” all sold out right away & actually ended up full. Point being its not a lack of phans, just that scaplers sell out the shows before phans can buy. So play a huge venue in los angeles or the bay area and it will sell out. Obviously there was not enough seats in Berkely for all the phans to get in, so they could made way more money, not really logical. But whateves, east coast wins. Boooooo

  11. InAMinute Says:

    good stuff today – appreciate the reminder of the wolfmans halloween. actually don’t think i’ve listened to that since the first live stream show (at least that I can remember partaking in) in my room in college. it was SOOO choppy, but at least it was a free way to listen at the time for not being in vegas.

  12. ry Says:

    Any thoughts on Halloween cover? Only the 6th time ever and no rumors yet, other than Zep, Bowie, Hendrix. Any shots in the dark like Stone Roses or new Arcade Fire possible?

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