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. sumodie Says:

    SPAC balc is awesome!

    and SPAC lawn isn’t nearly as awful as everyone says as long as you’ve got your shit together and stake out a decent spot (as in, don’t skip a SPAC tour closing 3-nighter just cause you can only get lawn)

  2. ElJefe Says:

    Voopa- surprised they can’t “fix” that. Is pretty distracting.

  3. kenny powers Says:

    El Jeffe

    we’re talking about 2 diff kinds of echos. The 93 recordings have actual echos coming from Paul’s live mix (why he couldn’t rectify that shit all year is beyond me).

    The matrix echo i’m talking about is when the two sources are not synchronized perfectly, it sounds like a very very slight echo, when if done well should be totally synched up.

  4. kenny powers Says:

    some 92 SBD have a lot of echo in Fish’s snare, and the 93s are worst with the vocals.

  5. sumodie Says:

    Phish is phish. Really doesn’t matter what stage they are on. When you close your eyes, you’re always in the same place


    Many of the best shows have been played in undesirable venues. Nothing new there

    and yes, I totally understand resistance to crossing the country to catch Phish in places like Worcester. Nothing wrong with waiting till Leg 2 if that’s your thang

  6. Selector J Says:

    re: This morning’s Cristal Wulf

    Sorry. Been away from the emahlz and intertronz since this morning….
    “my guess is Copenhagen 7/2/98”- T3

    We have (had) a winner!

  7. kenny powers Says:

    @ voopa

    holy crap i’m so glad you said that, i could not imagine why Paul would WANT that! so are you saying that you couldn’t really hear the echo live? or you could but it was kind of a neat effect? seems weird that they would apply such an effect to entire songs…

  8. kenny powers Says:

    the 93 boards are a reason i love a really crisp 93 AUD – beacuse it greatly diminshes the annoyance of the echo. I should make a list of some great-ass 93 AUDs…

  9. Mike in Austin Says:

    …and the 93s are worst with the vocals.

    I think Trey was trying that Aphex “Aural Excited” effect or something?

  10. Mike in Austin Says:


  11. snowbank Says:

    I was in the very last row of the SPAC balcony in ’10. It was great cause you could look down on the lawn.

    So i have been oblivious to dubstep until recent and have been checking it out on youtube lately (gotta stay with the times). I found this comment on a random dubsteb video:

    1) Pause Video
    2) New Tab
    3) Porn-hub

  12. Mike in Austin Says:

    So funny, KP, because that Sacramento SBD sounds fantastic.

  13. ElJefe Says:

    Or Paul should have gone all the way and done like Gibby Haynes style loops or like what Healy used to do to Weir. Would’ve freaked out the trippers…

  14. Kaveh Says:

    Thank you for getting me through the day BBers and Phish! Much appreciated.

  15. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Request in for Worcester floors (prob won’t end up going though) and Bader 3 day pass.

  16. Mike in Austin Says:

  17. snowbank Says:

    good funny there MIA

  18. lumpyhead Says:

    ^^ funny

  19. Robear Says:

    spac balcony is the shit. if i scored 2 seats for up there for each night, we might hit spac.

    i really liked the ’09 show. super storm pre drench.

  20. IrieWalton Says:

    I loved SPAC my only time there for the Father’s Day show in 2010. Scored sweet pav seats during a re-release that were 10 rows back, dead center. However, has to be the loudest show I’ve ever attended.

    Chill town, cool lot, and getting lost while walking back to town through the trees is a rite of passage me thinks.

  21. kayatosh Says:

    must hear later era dead: 5.15.80 Playin>UJB tape up on etree sounds great

  22. IrieWalton Says:

    Say what you will about the Cheesey Band (aka SCI), but damn if I don’t wish that Phish could replicate their summer tour, that SCI announced today, for leg 2:

    07/05/12 Thu Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO
    07/06/12 Fri Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO
    07/07/12 Sat Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO
    07/10/12 Tue Deer Valley Snow Park Lodge Park City, UT
    07/12/12 Thu Pepsi Amphitheater Flagstaff, AZ
    07/13/12 Fri Greek Theatre Los Angeles, CA
    07/14/12 Sat Greek Theatre Berkeley, CA
    07/15/12 Sun Greek Theatre Berkeley, CA
    07/19/12 Thu Horning’s Hideout North Plains, OR
    07/20/12 Fri Horning’s Hideout North Plains, OR
    07/21/12 Sat Horning’s Hideout North Plains, OR
    07/22/12 Sun Horning’s Hideout North Plains, OR

  23. sumodie Says:

    Repost from Robear’s Stashley:

    “Hey ya’ll,
    thanks to all who checked out the Perilous Plunge. if anyone of considering donating, MY team name and slogan is…. Gale Force Sea Air; blowing open mindedness into the winds of change. thanks again everyone. peace and luv

    I’ll submit a pledge donation later today

  24. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    “and let me underscore how sick a show crew the BB is in GA situations.”


  25. lumpyhead Says:


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