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. hoedown Says:


  2. kenny powers Says:

    is that place on the boardwalk? or close to it?

  3. kenny powers Says:

    and by “satchel” i mean man parts.

  4. hoedown Says:

    Opposite (west) side of island. Its off the causeway into southern end of AC. Not that close to boardwalk. Search the atlantic city surf baseball stadium on google earth if possible.

  5. hoedown Says:

    Or bader field…that will pop up on google maps.

  6. sumodie Says:

    C’mon, comparing DMB tour management with Phish tour management? Apples & oranges…

    For one thing, DMB has a larger fanbase, and obviously they wanna play more shows. I’m guessing a smaller percentage of the fanbase sees as many shows as compared with Phish’s fanbase

    No, DMB did not have camping at Bader Field last year. And their peak attendance was ~27,000 on day 2. DMB Bader Field data here:

  7. joe Says:

    Feeling loved with the Worcester (whistah bitches) dates. Indoors, not mediocre woods and on my normal days off. Oh, and GA floor.

  8. lumpyhead Says:

    is worcester like MSG in that you can either get floor or levels, or is it GA throughout the whole joint?

  9. snowbank Says:

    Talked to NYC crew. AC it is. Am I allowed to wear a flatbrim if I didn’t atend in ’10?

  10. BingosBrother Says:

    Galactic Tuff Love

    Just heard this on Pandora and thinkin of hitting them up tomorrow because of it. HO LEE FUUCK.

  11. BingosBrother Says:

    Forgot da link.

  12. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    @lumpy, it’s like UIC

  13. joe Says:

    Saw em Sunday (with Steel Pulse) Bingos. Was a fun night of live music. It was a freebie for me so it was all gravy at that point but I would give it a thumbs up

  14. lumpyhead Says:


  15. BingosBrother Says:

    Thanks joe.

  16. ElJefe Says:

    Joe and Bingo- Hitting Galactic in Sea w a pretty large crew. Will be a throw down. If Skerik is in town I’m sure he’ll sit in. Stoked. Prolly a late night swt going on down the street from the venue too. Hello loft party its been a long time!!

  17. tela'smuff Says:

    @kp – i have a cot in Leo’s room. i can spare a square for you an willowed.


  18. kenny powers Says:

    America! The Goddamn brave, I tell ya.

  19. hoedown Says:

    Sorry KP I thought you were asking where the venue is in relation to boardwalk… Chelsea is real close to the boards.

  20. garretc Says:

    Looking to hopefully hit the PDX Galactic show later this month too. Haven’t seen ’em myself, but my friends were blown away when they saw ’em at Furthur-fest a couple years back, and I’ve heard nothing but good things.

    Have yet to listen myself yet, actually, but I have their new album on the comp waiting for the weekend when I can allow myself to puff again…

  21. Gasman Says:

    I live on Long Island and there hasn’t been fireworks at Jones Beach for two years now. Nassau County is broke and that was one of the first cuts. There will, however, be lots of people at the beach for the fourth.

  22. Mike in Austin Says:

    Stanton Moore is badass.

  23. willowed Says:

    KP and I rock the mutha fucking Ramada West.

    Stayed there for the Halloween run. That was pure magic.

    I have a feeling will be partying with all you fools until the early morn, then just call my busted ass a cab.

  24. willowed Says:

    KP remember dinner in that fancy restaurant after the second night.

    We walked into the nice place, all fucked up. I threw my back back on the dinner table and began to pull mad beers out of it. We drank our own beers during dinner. That is a restaurant no no.

    Left my debit card at that place too.

    Real classy.

  25. willowed Says:

    Phish will pay for the fireworks @ JB. The county will not need to pay

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