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


PhanArt Reviews Phish Thoughts—The Book

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Check out the latest review of Mr. Miner’s Phish Thoughts—An Anthology By a Fan For the Fans on Now is a perfect time to buy your copy and feed that yearning for Summer Tour that won’t be quenched for over three months. Enjoy essays about summer tours past, legendary shows and jams that took place at the very sheds we’ll be visting this summer, venue histories of multiple 2012 tour stops, and a whole lot more! Head on over to the book site and check it out!

466 Responses to “Dates Have Dropped”

  1. lumpyhead Says:

    Looks like everyone is having a more productive day than yesterday.

  2. voopa Says:

    I wonder if Hollywood bowl will happen again

    Meh, if they play SoCal again I’d rather see them at Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa.

  3. Jtran Says:

    I’m pulling for Chula Vista or Irvine

  4. snowbank Says:

    yes, More productive… but still not terribly productive.

    My hope is that they play 3 to 5 shows in 3 to 6 days around SF/NorCal so I can see my mom and see some shows.

  5. snowbank Says:

    I keep forgetting mrs snowbank wants to go to Big sur… so So Cal shows could work too. Maybe even one that is kid friendly? I think lil ms snowbank would love to go to a show. has been since she was 1.

  6. m00nshake Says:

    Thanks garretc and KennyPowers, that’s an amazing site! They’ve got all of the shows I’ve been looking for so far!

  7. seif Says:

  8. BingosBrother Says:

    Myfe seif. Thats awesome.

  9. kenny powers Says:

    kaveh – that’s a huge question that will hurt my brain (as far as good non-official SBDs), but as far as i can remember, 7/10 has a source labeled as a matrix but it’s really a straight DSBD with AUD patches (off the top of my head i think this is super high qual), and the 7/11 one is a matrix of the in-house ALD feed (for peeps’ headphones who are hard of hearing) and an AUD. that one, IMO, is not that great. a bit clearer/punchier than a straight AUD, but i think the in-house feed is pretty distortion-y and i question how good the synching is between the two sources.

  10. kenny powers Says:

    in short, i typically prefer a straight AUD over a matrix made with a suboptimal SBD, whether it’s an FM rip or an in-house feed. And sometimes the synching job is poor, resulting in an echo effect. Someone recently upped such a matrix of 12/30/93 and i can’t listen to it. I didn’t want to mention that in the comments there and offend anyone, but to me it sounds like poop compared to either the straight SBD or the FOB from that show.

  11. snowbank Says:

    Good stuff for economic political debate that we are not having oday:
    Grantham wonders if Marx was right after all
    Commentary: Capitalism will gladly sell the rope used to hang itself

    There is a link to grantham’s letter in the article. What’s fascinating is whether grantham just decided that Marx might be right or just decided to tell us now that this is what he has been thinking.

  12. seif Says:

    i want to get the #phishdoctrination trending; incidents of kids being indoctrinated into the phish by the parents.

  13. DryIceFactory Says:

    Has anyone ever sat in the upper deck at SPAC? Whats the experience like up there? Good sound? How about the views?

  14. kenny powers Says:

    The upper deck at SPAC is awesome IMO. of course, i was in the very front couple rows, which is sort of separated from the seats above. But i had a fucking blast up there – the whole thing literally shakes, the view is great, sound was pretty good and certainly loud enough. Honestly i’d rather be up there in the first few rows than down on the main pavilion…

    also easier getting to and from concessions/bathrooms during the show because you only need to fight up the small balcony section to those long ramps that spit you out near the top of the lawn.

  15. kenny powers Says:

    only thing re: views – yes, views of the bad are awesome, but if you like to look back every once in a while and look how big the crowd is or whatever, you won’t get that vantage point. basically feels like the venue is a lot smaller up there. which i think is pretty neat.

  16. DryIceFactory Says:

    thanks KP. I definitely want to try and get up there now. I didnt get to SPAC in 04 or 10, but my crew says they could see crazy lights coming from out of the woodwork up there and it legit looked like the place was a space ship about to blast off. I’m making it my goal to get 1 of 3 up in there for sure.

  17. Mr palmer Says:

    Second the love for SPAC balcony.

  18. Kaveh Says:

    @KP: Thanks man. Your wisdom is appreciated.

  19. halcyon Says:

    Music Stars Then vs. Now – Last one sums him up perfectly.

  20. lastwaltzer Says:


    Those comments from the taper are hilarious. Very cool they brought out Meeting In The Isles, really dope track never done before live and its over 10 years old!

  21. BingosBrother Says:

    My 14 year old has been into making Phish posters recently. Indocrinated.

    also, “You think you’re too good for The Book?” is a common uttering in my household regarding pretty much everything from homework to sports. The 10 year olds friends beg me to do Treys book rant all the time.

  22. ElJefe Says:

    KP- 93 boards sound echoey even. Have you heard the official Roxy release?

  23. ElJefe Says:

    Bingo- that’s awesome wrt the book thing

  24. Robear Says:

    SPAC lower pavilion > SPAC upper pavilion > listening to pirate stream of show at home on couch > listening from the parking lot > SPAC lawn

    jk. the upper section is sweet. like being at an indoor show.

  25. voopa Says:

    ElJefe- That was artificial reverb Paul was using in those days. Common practice for venues of that size. Sounds great live, but pretty distracting on a raw SBD.

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