it took them a long time to get back on the train [by christina]
For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past couple months… Phish is back.
At “Phish’s Phinal Phestival” in Coventry, V.T., on August 15, 2004, some people thought it was the end of the four-piece, legendary jam band. Others knew the truth- they’d be back.
October 1, 2008, was the first official announcement of three Phish shows in March. They were going to be played at the Hampton Coliseum in Virginia. This had loyal Phish fans, to put it plainly, phreaking out.
The battle for tickets to these three nights entailed some fierce competition. Tickets could only be obtained through a lottery system; for fans that got them it was great, but those who didn’t were very, very, very angry. I, unfortunately, was one out of the angry masses.
Lucky for him, Friend of Buntology Matt Lusteg scored two tickets to the Virginia show. He had not one bad thing to say about the experience, describing the light show as “the best I’ve ever seen,” (and he’s seen lots.)
“When they started playing the first note of Fluffhead,” said Lusteg, “I’ve never seen that many people so excited at the same time.”
From his descriptions we could only imagine the sense of unity among the fans, and how happy everyone was to be experiencing such a legendary band back for the first time in five years.
For those of you who missed out on the March dates, fear not. SUMMER TOUR ‘09 BABY, WOOO!!! I mean, what? From June 6 to August 16, Phish is playing shows throughout the country, with plenty of east coast dates (works for us):
PHISH 2009 SUMMER TOUR
05/31 – Fenway Park – Boston, MA – PUBLIC ON SALE 4/17
06/2 – Nikon at Jones Beach – Wantagh, NY – PUBLIC ON SALE 4/17
06/04 – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY – SOLD OUT
06/05 – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY – SOLD OUT
06/06 – Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA – SOLD OUT
06/07 – Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ – SOLD OUT
06/09 – Asheville Civic Center – Asheville, NC – SOLD OUT
06/10 – Thompson-Boling Arena – Knoxville, TN – SOLD OUT
06/12 – Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Manchester, TN
06/14 – Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Manchester, TN
06/16 – Fox Theatre – St. Louis, MO – SOLD OUT
06/18 – Post Gazette Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA – SOLD OUT
06/19 – Verizon Wireless Music Center – Noblesville, IN – SOLD OUT
06/20 – Alpine Valley – East Troy, WI – SOLD OUT
06/21 – Alpine Valley – East Troy, WI – SOLD OUT
07/30 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO – PUBLIC ONSALE 3/26
07/31 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO – PUBLIC ONSALE 3/26
08/01 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO – PUBLIC ONSALE 3/26
08/02 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO – PUBLIC ONSALE 3/26
08/05 – Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA – PUBLIC ONSALE 3/29
08/07 – The Gorge – George, WA – PUBLIC ONSALE 3/27
08/08 – The Gorge – George, WA – PUBLIC ONSALE 3/27
08/11 – Toyota Park – Chicago, IL – PUBLIC ONSALE 4/04
08/13 – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center – Darien Center, NY – PUBLIC ONSALE 3/27
08/14 – Meadows Music Theater – Hartford, CT – PUBLIC ONSALE 3/28
08/15 – Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD – PUBLIC ONSALE 3/27
08/16 – Saratoga Performing Arts Center – Saratoga Springs, NY – PUBLIC ONSALE
With over half the tour already sold out you better get your tickets fast! So far I have my tickets for Darien Center, N.Y. on lockdown, with hopefully Hartford and Saratoga Springs to come. I’m excited beyond words, and will obviously be covering the event for Buntology.
The questions left on my mind are: Sooo, fall tour? Are they going to stick around for a while? Is this whole thing just a tease and we’re going to get our hearts broken again? I guess we’ll see. All I know is this reunion was the answer to the prayers of thousands of loyal fans, and this summer is going to be epic. See you out there!