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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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. IrieWalton Says:

    Dang…just reading more on SCI’s tour on jambase and it looks like they’re even going to pick up the service fees for a huge quantity of their tickets (aka if the price is $60 that’s what you pay and nothing more).

    How the heck can SCI do this and phish can’t?!

    These are the type of fan friendly measures that would go a long way especially in these tough money times.

  2. snowbank Says:

    I shudder to think what Phish phans would do to Hornings Hideout if allowed to have the place for four days…

    Phish could pay our service fees, I think it’s more SCI has to.

  3. sumodie Says:

    Lol, my comment regarding Phish & crappy venues set off an internal debate while shoveling snow

    Would I have seen more shows if Phish better and/or more beautiful venues?

    The only clear answer I came up with was if the boys played Egypt or even Costa Rica / Maya Riviera, Mexico, I’m sure I’d recklessly make it happen (apparently Japan doesn’t count in my book, and I did make winter Europe ’97 recklessly happen)

    Otherwise, it all depends…

  4. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    I’d recklessly make a fall europe tour happen.

  5. sumodie Says:

    Rather, Phish doesn’t have to cover fees, while SCI does

    Just another (smart) business decision, like raising tix prices while giving everyone a free show download

  6. kayatosh Says:

    another nice sounding tape. 2.19.80 JGB

    check out masterpiece

  7. snowbank Says:

    @IW, I don’t know how you could visit that page and miss the most critical information…

    “First, the most exciting thing we have seen sweep across the cultural landscape in the last couple of months has been the mania induced by New York Knick point guard Jeremy Lin…As Mr. Lin is often referred to by the global media as “the Michael Kang of Basketball” we felt that it was only fair for us to return the favor. Therefore, from this moment forth, the band will now be known as The String Cheese Lincident…. Not only are we thrilled by the obvious media boost this will provide for the band but think of the merch possibilities…..Lincredible!!”

    I don’t even know where to start with this one.

  8. garretc Says:

    “As Mr. Lin is often referred to by the global media as “the Michael Kang of Basketball””

    Why does the global media know who Michael Kang is?

    And can somebody photoshop a picture of Lin’s head on Chiquita banana lady Kang’s body dunking a basketball? MiA?

  9. Bwana Says:

    I would love to see Phish in my town of Flagstaff at the Pepsi Amphitheater (formerly Pine Mountain Amphitheater)… Awesome small venue in the forest on the edge of town!

  10. IrieWalton Says:

    @ Snow

    Yeah, I saw that shuddered and pretended like I didn’t see it.

    Would love to see Kang wearing a Lin jersey then the douche factor would be elevated to the next level.

  11. snowbank Says:

    @garret, it’s the michale kang of satire. know such global media references have been made.

  12. snowbank Says:

    @IW – probably the better choice.

  13. Mike in Austin Says:

    And can somebody photoshop a picture of Lin’s head on Chiquita banana lady Kang’s body dunking a basketball? MiA?

    That visualization just caused me to have a full body shiver.

    No. I cannot do that.

  14. Mr. Palmer Says:

    please do not associated Kang with Lin. Lin is much cooler that that asshat.

  15. Mike in Austin Says:

    Yeah, DMB has actually posted their entire tour, including The Gorge on Labor Day for their fans. Crazy that they tell their fans where they will be in August.

    Phish is getting the sloppy seconds (maybe thirds) of venues.

  16. Mr. Palmer Says:

    DMB has been greasing RLM wheels a lot longer than Phish has, no?

  17. Mike in Austin Says:

    Must be it. Do the DMB shows sell out? I saw pics of Bader Field for DMB, and the had quite the blow out. Seems they had onsite camping. According to the article I read, phish didn’t even ask for that option.

    There will be no camping out overnight at the site for people attending multiple Phish shows. The event promoter didn’t ask for it, said Tom Foley, the city’s emergency management coordinator.

  18. snowbank Says:

    I thought someone said there was no camping for the caravan. I figured phish didn’t even bother to ask cause the caravan was denied. And if the DMB is denied, well.

  19. ElJefe Says:

    It’s not a festival that’s why… Just 3 shows in AC. Unless I’m missing something?

  20. alf Says:

    somebody come dub me out

  21. tela'smuff Says:

    man. even i can’t catch up on 15 pages. i’m intrigued what today’s comments were. anybody what to catch me up? 😉

    not sure i love the whining comment. i didn’t really whine about leg 1 dates, but leg 2 i’m for sure not pleased about how they do it, but such is the life of working stiff whose spiritual release is Phish 3.0.

  22. lumpyhead Says:

    but such is the life of working stiff whose spiritual release is Phish 3.0.

    well put.

  23. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Alright this just fucking blew my mind:

    The bass line during the It’s Ice intro is the same as the melody from Yakety Sax.

    Did people know this?

  24. angryjoggerz Says:

    I know people here tend to hate dubstep, which I get – it has really gone a weird route since it dropped in 2005. But, like any genre, there are some really great tracks out there that really did a lot to change up contemporary electronic music.

    Artists I always check out:

    Matty G
    Falty DL
    Kode 9

    Just my .02

  25. angryjoggerz Says:

    ^ just my taste, though. I am a super trance hater, but came up on house music, techno and electro so I’m a snobby and shit.

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