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Backwards Down The Number Line: Welcome To Now Turns 1

Today we celebrate the one year anniversary of Welcome To Now! Founded on March 25th, 2009, WTN has been there over the past year along with all you freaks out there, sharing in the groove and digging the wonderful music taking place all across this great land. In honor of this special day, let’s look back at the 10 biggest musical moments of the past year in Jam:


Phish @ Hamtpon - 3/07/09

Phish returned to the stage in 2009, with a more than triumphant year of playing. The reunion began with a historic 3 show run at Hampton Coliseum in March. Things just got better as the year went on for The Phish – the band released a new album, ‘Joy’, and hit the road for a big 2-leg summer tour, Halloween at Festival 8 in Indio, CA, an East Coast fall tour, and New Years in Miami. All in all, 2009 was a great year to be a Phish-head!

Hampton Fluffhead


Lesh, Weir, and Kadlecik - Dec. 09'

Phil Lesh and Bob Weir shocked deadheads everywhere in August of 09′ when they announced their newest post-Jerry Dead project: Furthur. Unexpected to all, Phil and Bobby called on John Kadlecik, aka ‘Faux Jerry’, aka ‘The Ghost of Jerry’, DSOs long-time axe-man, to join the band. The new project laid to rest indefinitely both Phil Lesh and Friends and Ratdog, and dealt a major blow to DSO, leaving them without a front man. In the 6 months the band has been together, they’ve played a big coming out 3-show run in Oakland, a brief Northeast December tour, New Year’s run in San Fran, and a smoking Winter tour of the East Coast and Midwest. Coming up in 2010, the band will hit the stage for a Memorial Day Festival and a mini-tour of the Northeast in late June and early July.

Furthur NYE 2009 Poster

Furthur NYE 2009 Poster


The Dead - Spring 09'

Months before Furthur, the Core Four reunited for the first time in over 5 years for a one-off Spring Tour across the US. The boys were joined by Warren Haynes on lead guitar and vocals, and Jeff Chimenti of Ratdog on the keys. Check out a few tour highlights below for download!

The Dead 09 Logo

Download Tour Opener – 4/12/09 Greensboro, NC
Download Madison Square Garden, 4/25/09
Download 5/2/09 – Final show at the Spectrum
Download The Dead at Shoreline – 5/10/09


Bisco - Fall Tour 2009

The Disco Biscuits closed out a fantastic year of playing with their second Annual  5 show run at the Nokia Theater in New York City. By all accounts and from personal experience, this string of shows was top-notch and a real exclamation point on the year for the band. Check out choice downloads, videos, and news from 2009 in the Bisco Archive.

Bisco NYE Run 09 Flyer


Phish - 10/31/09 Set 1

Phish re-launched two traditions on Halloween weekend 2009 with their first festival of Phish 3.0 along with a highly anticipated Halloween musical costume set – The Rolling Stones’ ‘Exile on Main Street’. Breaking new ground, the band also performed an intimate and picturesque acoustic set at Noon on Sunday, with complimentary donuts and coffee for phans. Truly a magical weekend, and it’s now going to be seen like never before in a full length 3D film being released April 30th. Check out this crisp video/audio stream of the Sunday acoustic set here!


ABB Beacon Marquis 2009

After canceling their annual Beacon run in 2008 due to Greg Allman’s battle with Hepatitis C, the band returned in 2009 with a guest-filled 40th anniversary run at the Beacon Theater. The run included guest stops from a star-studded cast including Clapton, Lesh, Weir, Helm, Scaggs, Anastasio, and McConnell. The band kept trucking in 09′ with spring and summer festival appearances including Wanee and Mountain Jam as well as big summer and fall tours. The band just wrapped up a fantastic 9 show run at the United Palace in New York city, is sounding better than ever, and has more shows plotted for 2010 already. Check out setlist, vids, and a review of the final night at the United Palace here.

Haynes, Trucks, and Clapton - Beacon 2009


Lesh, Robinson, Weir, Greene, and Kadlecik - 3/12/10

On March 12th 2010, Phil Lesh celebrated his 70th birthday (technically 3/14/10) with a big bash at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA. The evening featured a fun 3 set format complete with an opening acoustic set and 2 raucous electric sets featuring special guests from throughout Phil’s solo career including John Molo, Chris Robinson, Jackie Greene, and Steve Molitz. Give it a listen here:

Download Link ~ Stream Link


Phish at 'Roo 2009 - First Tube

Breaking with long-standing tradition, Phish played their first mainstream festival with 2 separate appearances (an extended late night set and a 2 set show) at 2009’s Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, TN. The band realized a long time dream and provided the festival’s highlight with a big collaboration with Bruce Springstreen, who also headlined the festival in 09′. The boss and the boys treated fans to a fun cover/bust-out of ‘Mustang Sally’, as well as performances of Bruce’s own songs ‘Glory Days’, and ‘Bobby Jean’. To re-live this special moment, check out this smoking video of Glory Days:


SCI @ Rothbury 2009

The String Cheese Incident reunited for a special one-off show at 2009’s Rothbury music festival. The band put on a massive spectacle of a show enhanced with massive light and art installations. The show went off with flying colors, so much so that the band has decided to tour further in 2010, with gigs at Red Rocks and beyond already announced and more in the works. To get a taste of the Cheese to come, buy the Soundboard of the Rothbury show here.

SCI at Red Rocks


Markelis, Lawton, Anastasio, and Paczkowski

Markelis, Lawton, Anastasio, and Paczkowski

Having brought back the core four of his Classic Tab Band – Russ Lawton, Tony Markelis, Ray Paczkowski, and, of course, Big Red himself – in the Fall of 2008, Anastasio hit the road with a bigger-and-better Classic TAB band a few months ago in the Winter of 2010. For the tour, Trey added to the core four with a 3-piece horn section featuring TAB vets Jeffier Hartswick and Russell Reminton along with new-comer cutie Natalie Cressman. The tour was a massive success and featured some of the most enthused and passionate guitar work from Trey since Phish’s 2009 return. Check out lots of downloads, setslits, vids, and more in the TAB Winter Tour archive, enjoy!

And remember folks, WELCOME TO NOW!

Phish: Sunday Night in Syracuse

More Phish goodness in Syracuse on Sunday night 11/22, as the band’s fall tour continues on its east coast trek. First set highlights include a David Bowie opener (for the 10th time ever), a fun Boogie On, and a smoking, exploratory Stash set closer. The second set kicked off with a big Drowned>Twist>Piper>BBFCFM sequence with lots of fun and energetic jamming and some Fishman drum breaks. Late show highlights were a fan-requested Tube, an always-welcome Theme, and a ragin’ Maze.  Next stop for the band is Tuesday and Wednesday night for their first gigs ever at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia.

11/22/09 - Set 2

11/22/09 - Set 2, Drowned

Phish ~ 11/22/09 ~ War Memorial at Oncenter ~ Syracuse, NY

Set 1
David Bowie
Kill Devil Falls
Lawn Boy
Heavy Things
Funky Bitch
Boogie on Reggae Woman
Let Me Lie
Beauty of A Broken Heart

Set 2
Drowned >
Twist >
Piper >
Big Black Furry Creatures From Mars
Theme From The Bottom
The Horse >
Silent in the Morning
Character Zero
First Tube

Good Times, Bad Times

***dl coming soon***

11/22/09 - Set 1, Bowie

Phish in Cincy Night 2

Night 2 in Cincy built on the energy from night 1 and carried a much more rocking, triumphant tone. The Set 2 combination of Rock and Roll, Ghost, and Backwards Down the Number Line was a great expose of the many sides that Phish rock and roll anthems can take on. The first set was straight ahead rage-in-your face rock – see Wilson, Melt, and Antelope. Other notable jams included a 10 minute Ocelot that found a nice Type II groove before returning to the song’s reprise. All in all, the band in sounding confident and practiced and the tour is picking up speed nicely. Enjoy pics, setlist, dl, and vids below…



Phish/11-21-09/U.S. Bank Arena/Cincinnati, OH

Set 1: Wilson, NICU, Wolfman’s Brother, Ocelot, Torn and Frayed, Strange Design, Ginseng Sullivan, Albuquerque, Split Open and Melt, Dirt, Limb By Limb, Run Like an Antelope

Set 2: Rock and Roll > Ghost > If I Could, Backwards Down the Number Line, Prince Caspian, Suzy Greenberg, 2001 > The Squirming Coil

Encore: Sleeping Monkey, Axilla

Set 1 DL

Set 2 DL


Phish – 11/20/09 – Cincy Night 1

Fresh off a solid, if not warm-up-esque (aern’t all tour openers?) tour opener in Detroit, Phish kicks off a 3 night run tonight with show 1 of 2 at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH. Then it’s up to Syracuse on Sunday before heading back south to Philly for the highly anticipated Turkey day run. Ah, Phish tour and the holidays, it dosen’t get much better than this phans.

11/20/09 Set 1

Phish – 11/20/09 – U.S. Bank Arena – Cincinnati, OH

Set 1: Chalk Dust Torture, The Moma Dance, The Divided Sky, Alaska, Water In The Sky, Fast Enough For You, Time Turns Elastic, Gotta Jibboo, Fluffhead

Set 2: PYITE, Tweezer -> Light -> Back on the Train -> Possum, Slave to the Traffic Light, YEM

Encore: Joy, Golgi Aparatus, Tweezer Reprise

Set 1 DL

Set 2 DL

Phish Fall Tour Kick-Off?

It’s arrived, Phish fall tour starts tonight in Detroit rock city at Cobo arena. As the band winds their way down the east coast, here’s some useful links to keep you up-to-date on all things Phish tour:

Phish Twitter – real time setlist updates From The Road – real-time and historical setlists and pics from every show

PhishThoughts – Reviews and ‘no spoilers‘ downloads of every show

PT Phish Message Board – More sarcastic and idiotic Phish-related banter than you knew was possible

PhishTwit – Real time Phish activity in the twittosphere, next best thing to being there

And, of course, the tour opener setlist, pics, audio and vids below:

Phish ~ 11/18/09 ~ Cobo Arena ~ Detroit, MI

Set 1:
Stealing Time from the Faulty Plan
Bouncing Around the Room
Sample in a Jar
Kill Devil Falls
It’s Ice
Mountains in the Mist
Poor Heart
46 Days
David Bowie


Set 2:
Runaway Jim
Down With Disease >
Wading in the Velvet Sea
Mike’s Song >
I Am Hydrogen >
Weekapaug Groove

Character Zero

Download – Set 1

Download – Set 2

11/18/09 - DWD

Phish Fall Tour Preview

You can feel it in the air folks, Phish tour is upon us. In less than 72 hours, the band will kick off its 13 show Northeast fall tour. Hot of the massive success of a two-legged summer tour that just seemed to build and build over time and a picture-perfect Festival 8, one can only dream of what’s in store in the coming weeks. Indoor shows carry a different energy than outdoor ones, there’s just nothing quite like Phish in the winter. Let’s get this show on the road!

8/02/09 Red Rocks

8/02/09 Red Rocks

The tour kicks off this Wednesday in the Motor City and weaves through a two night run in Cincinnati and a stop in Syracuse before pulling into Philly for two pre-turkey day shows. And let’s not forget the 3 shows everybody’s looking forward to – 3 nights at MSG from 12/2-12/4. Get ready for the floor to shake! Look for full coverage of the tour here on Welcome To Now including first-hand reviews from 11/25, 12/3, and 12/4, stay tuned for all the good stuff. Phish – Winter – Step into the freezer!

Festival 8 - Exile

Festival 8 - 'Exile' Set

To help get by in the cold coming days before we all get our fix again, enjoy this ultra heady, ultra tasty Phish compilation, aptly titled Farmhouse Cheddar (vol. 3). This is one cheese you do not want to miss, enjoy responsibly!

Phish Halloween Album Update

With less than 3 weeks until Phish’s highly anticipated Festival 8, albums are being eliminated day by day from the Halloween album mystery lineup. Most recently, frontrunner album Pet Sounds from the Beach Boys was eliminated. Notable and likely albums that still remain include The Band – Self Titled, Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run, David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust, Led Zeppelin – IV/ZOSO, and Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced.

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Pet Sounds gets the axe

Keep track of the remaining albums here.

Also, get your orders in now for Phish’s fall tour: a limited number of tickets are available directly through Phish Tickets’ online ticketing system at . The ticket request period is currently underway and will end Friday, October 16th at 5:00pm EST.

Phish Fall Tour Announcement

It’s O-Phish-ial! Check for details, the boys are going all out for Northeast heads this holiday season. While these dates are no surprise to most, that’s not  containing my uber-excitement for this upcoming run!

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Phish Fall Tour 2009

11.18.09 Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI
11.20.09 U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH
11.21.09 U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH
11.22.09 War Memorial at Oncenter , Syracuse, NY
11.24.09 Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA
11.25.09 Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA
11.27.09 Times Union Center, Albany, NY
11.28.09 Times Union Center, Albany, NY
11.29.09 Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, ME
12.02.09 Madison Square Garden , New York, NY
12.03.09 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
12.04.09 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
12.05.09 John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA

Weekend Nuggets

Enjoy a few heady weekend nuggets, courtesy of yours truly, Welcome to Now blog:

1. Furthur SBD


Furthur has begun circulating the sought-after Soundboard recordings from their recent debut run at the Fox in Oakland. Yesterday, they released the SBD for the first night – 9/18/09. It sounds phenomenal and is a real treat, check it out here:

Stream on
Download Torrent –
Download (Matrix) –

2. Confirmation of Phish Fall Tour!


While many like to say that no tour is confirmed til’ it’s on the dot-com, I’m gonna go ahead and say we have official CONFIRMATION of Phish’s upcoming fall tour! An Albany bar is advertising a post-Phish show after party with The Heayy Pets on Nov. 27th and Raisinhead on the 28th. This coupled with tons of independent sources independently confirming many of the dates below is confirmation enough for me, it’s on! Local hotels in Albany are almost sold out so grab a room fast while they last. The rumored dates are as follows:

Fall Tour 2009
11/20/09 – US Bank Arena – Cincinnati, Ohio
11/21/09 – US Bank Arena – Cincinnati, Ohio
11/24/09 – Wachovia Center – Philadelphia, PA
11/25/09 – Wachovia Center – Philadelphia, PA
11/27/09 – Times Union Center – Albany, NY
11/28/09 – Times Union Center – Albany, NY
12/2/09 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
12/3/09 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
12/4/09 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
12/5/09 – John Paul Jones Arena – Charlottesville, VA

New Years Run 2009
12/28/09 – American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL
12/29/09 – American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL
12/30/09 – American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL
12/31/09 – American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL

Additional possible dates include a Nov. 18th stop in the Motor City, and a Conan appearance and possible gig at the Hollywood Bowl before Festival 8 takes place. Look for an announcement on the 16th of October…

3. Mule tour close-out at the Warfield w/ Special Guests


Gov’t Mule pulled out all the stops for the final show of their late summer/early fall tour that took place last weekend at The Warfield Theater in San Francisco. Warren and the boys brought out Jackie Greene, Grace Potter, and Jose Neto and rocked out on all the Mule classics and run throughs of the following set of choice covers: One of These Days (Floyd), Wish You Were Here (Floyd), Loser (GD), Morning Dew (GD), Empty Pages (Traffic), Wild Horses (Stones), Southern Man (Neil Young), and a smoking Mule > Who do you Love (Bo Diddley) > Whole Lotta Love (Zep) sandwich. Wow is just about all you can say to that. Give it a listen and check out some great pics from Jambase below:

Download Link (Torrent)
Download Link (MP3s)
Jambase Coverage/Pictures