Dates Have Dropped

Summer 2012

The wait is over. Yesterday at noon eastern, Phish dropped the dates for the first leg of Summer Tour 2012—and it looks awesome. The announcement video, featuring Fishman in a comical, Rocky-esque training montage, confirmed—one by one—each of the dates that had been “hacked” from the band’s website on Tuesday and circulated around the web. So while these dates weren’t a total surprise, it always feels nice to get things official. And with the ticket request window now open through March 12th, things are as official as they come. Satiating many a whiny fan who had to wait a whopping two months after New Year’s for the band to confirm their summer plans, this set of dates looks like a path paved in gold.

Phish will kick off 2012 in indoor fashion in at The Centrum (or DCU Center) in Worcester, Massachusetts, a welcome departure from the parking lot maze and cookie cutter shed of Great Woods. We have come to learn in this era, that the band, fresh off practice sessions, opens tours with some of their strongest shows of the entire run. Going back two years, this trend is illustrated through Toyota Park’s 2010 opener in Chicago, The Greek Theatre run in Berkeley on leg two; Bethel Woods to open 2011 and The Gorge on leg two. What does this mean? Get your ass to Worcester! On the heels of a lackluster New Year’s Run, I wouldn’t be surprised to see these indoor shows absolutely blow up.

DCU Center—Worcester, MA

The two nights at Worcester will also serve as a warm up for the band’s headlining slot at Bonnaroo. Phish will close the festival as the final headliner on Sunday night before taking an uncharacteristic four day break before continuing tour the following weekend in Atlantic City. Expect this AC three-pack to be destination shows for fans across the country, as the massive GA Bader Field setup with loosely resemble the feeling of a festival. Throw in the casinos and the beach and you’ve a got a recipe for a fun-filled weekend down the shore.

Immediately following Phish’s second Atlantic City extravaganza in three years, the band will hop down to one of their newest southeastern haunts, nTelos Pavilion. This go-round, the intimate GA amphithatre will host a two-night, midweek stand that will be the only shows in the usually saturated Southeast. No Charlotte, no Raleigh, no Alpharetta. It looks like southern fans will have to flirt with the Mason-Dixon line this summer to get their fill of Phish.

Bader Field—Atlantic City, NJ

From the shores of Virginia, the band will head to the Midwest for a significant chunk of tour. Return visits to Riverbend in Cincy, Star Lake (or First Niagara Pavilion) outside of Pittsburgh, and Blossom outside of Cleveland, provide us with this year’s staple segment of bizarre routing. The band will travel to Ohio, back to Pennsylvania, and then back to Ohio, but regardless of this criss-cross driving, these are three sheds that hold all sorts of lore, and I foresee one or two of those nights turning into tour highlights.

Following another bizarre four day break, Phish will return to their Midwestern Meccas of Deer Creek (or Klipsch Music Center) and Alpine Valley for two shows at each locale. Immediately circled on everyone’s calendar as the other can’t miss weekend of Leg One, fans welcome a return to these classic amphitheatres after they were skipped over in 2011. Not much more to say about this summer tour “rite of passage” but be there!

In a move that mimics the tail end of Summer 2010, Phish will hop a plane from Milwaukee to New York, in somewhat of a surprise move, to celebrate July 4th with two nights at Jones Beach. Though the fireworks over the water will look nice at the end of the show, we will have to endure the virtual straight jackets applied by the over zealous security staff to make it through the shows. A venue with less dance space than a Japanese subway train, these shows, while I am sure will be great musically, don’t excite me experientially at all. If I’m missing out on some secret space in the venue, please email me personally. (Just kidding. Kind of.) And to close the opening leg of summer exactly one month after its beginning, Phish will head up to SPAC for a three-show finale in Saratoga Spa State Park. Returning to the venue in 2004 after a nine-year absence, this era will see Phish visit the redone upstate New York shed three times in the first four years, and this year the ante will be raised as SPAC hosts its first-ever three night stand.

All in all, the venues of summer’s first leg provide a trip down memory lane, as each stop holds more than a bit of Phish history. And with the release of Leg Two dates coming “later this spring,” Summer 2012 is shaping up to be an unexpectedly beefy season of shows. Good luck with the ticket lottery, and I’ll see you out there on the road!

6/7 DCU Center, Worcester, MA 

6/8 DCU Center, Worcester, MA

6/10 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Manchester, TN

6/15 Bader Field, Atlantic City, NJ

6/16 Bader Field, Atlantic City, NJ

6/17 Bader Field, Atlantic City, NJ

6/19 nTelos Wireless Pavilion, Portsmouth, VA

6/20 nTelos Wireless Pavilion, Portsmouth, VA

6/22 Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH

6/23 First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA

6/24 Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

6/28 Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, IN

6/29 Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, IN 

6/30 Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI

7/1 Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI

7/3 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY

7/4 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY

7/6 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

7/7 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

7/8 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY


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466 Responses to “Dates Have Dropped”

  1. Mr. Palmer Says:

    JB you can move around the further you get from the stage. If your determined to be in the front section, the aisle nazis are all over you. Up a level it is much better.

    thanks for the links fellas.

  2. IrieWalton Says:

    @ Flesh

    Just returning to Oregon after a brief hiatus out East due to work obligations for a few years.

    However, I enjoyed my time in Boston immensely, hit a ton of phish shows, and best of all met a great lady in Boston who is now my wife that agreed with me about Oregon’s greatness and making it our home for years to come.

    We’re in Stumptown specifically up in N. Portland.

  3. Kaveh Says:

    @KP: You got the spreadsheet address?

  4. kenny powers Says:

  5. angryjoggerz Says:

    Jtran, I have not. Glad you did and let me know, will not bother.

  6. Mr.Miner Says:

    @ palmer. u mean in the stadium seating?

  7. m00nshake Says:

    Long time no see everyone! I’m definitely going to Portsmouth, it’s only about 2 hours from here and I love the intimacy of that venue. A two-night stand there would be awesome.

    Just out of curiousity, where is The place to find shows nowadays. I used to use etree (I think was the name, I can’t quite remember the name), but I’d love to be able to dl some shows, especially see if I can find some shows I attended, like my first one at the Grady Cole Center in Charlotte ’93. Thanks everyone.


  8. El Duderino Says:

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Miner- anywhere above the “lettered” seating. In ’10 i was in either sec 13 or 14 and there was decent room.

  10. Bwana Says:

    @Robear Not sure if we’ve met (I’m an infrequent poster on here but have been following along since Miner first started the blog)… Anyway, I’m trying to get involved with Waterwheel this year (mostly Leg2 as I live in AZ). I’ve met D.Forker and M.Money who are involved with WW and are my current contacts. Wondering if you can share your perspective (p.m. me if you want at mandersonbwana @ gmail).

    Basically, I’ve been seeing the boys since 1995 and these day I’m actually drawn to splitting my rage time with some good cause booth time. Been doing Green Crew a bit in 3.0, but WW is definitely more focused on big picture causes than just cleaning the lot… And I’ve been involved professionally with the outdoor/environmental scene for many years, so it’d be great to combine that interest with Phish. Please let me know if you have any thoughts on other contacts I should seek out… Thanks!

  11. dorn76 Says:

    It is tight, Miner.

    One of the few places that like Mr. P, I don’t worry about trying to get close. I think I was in that middle somewhere for JB ’10, and it wasn’t terrible.

    But I’m a dude with very limited and conservative dance moves, so not really an issue for my honky ass.

  12. Mr. Palmer Says:

    There was BB crew dead center, top row in ’10 that raged with plenty of room, and from all accounts they said the sound was great.

    I’m not a fan of the place myself. I don’t care where my seats are there though..

    you could always buy two seats. 😉

  13. Kaveh Says:

    Thanks @KP!

  14. garretc Says:


    Start w/ that link posted just above you by kennypowers, has pretty much every show that circulates in mp3 download

  15. marcoesq Says:

    I like the area around JB and the view behind the stage but not:

    -The lot
    -The crowd
    -The sound

  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    another good resource for testing out shows before finding an uber source for it is

  17. dorn76 Says:

    The lot at JB is a short walk to the beach. So there’s that.

  18. Wilson123 Says:

    Personally like the Lot at Jones Beach. Was a free for all in 09 and 10 as far as I could tell. Same for Furthur…

  19. marcoesq Says:

    The lot itself is cool, just not the tons of cops/narcs in it. Beautiful area

  20. Beaten Worker Says:

    This ThePhishJams guy on youtube is great. Check out this Raging Bowie from 1990. Crazy how little Trey has aged over the years. Watching this also makes me think that they might need to practice a little more. 1990 and this is top shelf stuff.

  21. Mr.Miner Says:

    yeah, i spent 09 in that middle section. There is nominally more room. The place just has seats or metal bars everywhere. Anyhow, should be good shows nonetheless.

  22. Kaveh Says:

    @KP: Pulling 11.28.97 and 08.17.96; any other quality recommendations? Would appreciate it.

  23. Kaveh Says:

    @KP: How about those Deer Creek shows from 2000?

  24. The Flesh Says:

    @ Irie Walton

    Nice.. always been intrigued by Nor Cal and Oregon. Hoping to get out there for a visit one of these days.

  25. lumpyhead Says:

    I wonder if Hollywood bowl will happen again

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