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Phish In Atlantic City – Night 1 Review

Phish spun the wheel and won big with their 3-night Atlantic City run this summer. These shows began building momentum that has continued to grow and grow over what is shaping up to easily be the strongest tour of 3.0. Here’s some random musings, thoughts, pictures, and more from Welcome To Now as we were lucky enough to be on the scene soaking it all in at all three nights. Below is a night one review, with thoughts on the second two nights to come soon!

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Phish in Atlantic City – Night 1

Phish came charging out of the gate with bust-outs, energy, and a very fun and playful attitude for set one on Friday night. First set highlights included an always welcome and jovial My Sweet One bustout and a long awaited It’s Ice. While the latter was not flub-free, the band made a great group effort at one of their more complicated originals, and came out with a strong and united effort. The two big standouts of the rest of the set were a sublime Simple -> The Wedge and downright shredded Stealing Time. A beautiful Squirming Coil (right after sunset) put the end to a well-rounded and solid opening set of the weekend.

Bader at Sunset

Bader at Sunset

The second set, however, was another story altogether. Throwing caution to the wind, the band laid down by far the most impressive set of the summer (up to that point) with some stunning and impressive group improvisation and fiery jams. The My Soul opener got the party started in style and then the band got serious and dropped an all around jam-fest 15-minute Birds Of a Feather that really got people moving. Following up this awesome Birds was the set’s only slower points of BOTT and Heavy Things – which featured precise playing and chill jams – but nothing to write home about.

What came next, however, was an adventurous Twist->Piper that showed that the band came to AC to play for keeps. This two-song smoker featured great playing from all of the boys and started the fun summer ‘Woo!’ chanting that has continued throughout the tour. The rest of the set flowed like butter, featuring a beautiful and welcome Billy Breathes bustout (a personal favorite), a danceable and energetic Sneaking Sally, and a David Bowie set closer that featured teases galore from Trey before a raging peak. A First Tube encore nearly blew up Bader Field – an exceptional version worthy of a re-listen for those not there or those who were there whose faces had already melted to the ground.

The Ferris Wheel and Crowd at AC

The Ferris Wheel and Crowd at AC

All in all, night one was the kind of Phish show you walk out of and have a hard time contemplating how much fun and musical exploration is to come over the next two nights. The band came out firing and made it clear this was going to be a weekend to remember. It was arguably the best show of the summer tour so far, until night 2 (review to come)…

Night 1 setlist courtesy of

Set 1The SlothMy Sweet One > 46 Days > Camel WalkTube > Cities > It’s Ice,Ginseng SullivanStashSimple > The WedgeStealing Time From the Faulty Plan,The Squirming Coil

Set 2My SoulBirds of a Feather[1] -> Back on the Train > Heavy Things > Twist >Piper[2] > Billy BreathesSneakin’ Sally Through the Alley > David Bowie[3]

EncoreFirst Tube[4]

[1] Unfinished.
[2] “Woo!” quotes from Twist in intro.
[3] Stash, It’s Ice, Birds of a Feather, Simple, and Ginseng Sullivan teases. Wedge tease from Fishman.
[4] “Woo!” quote from Twist.

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WTN Picks – NYE

Returning now to our WTN Picks series, a retrospective on Phish’s 2011 NYE run, today we highlight a rocking and raging two song sequence of Sneaking Sally and 46 Days from NYE 2011. This rambunctious duo got laid down mid-way through set two and is full of serious peaks, some dirty funk, a nice vocal jam in Sally, and all-around solid and tight playing from the whole band. Many would agree the 46 Days is the (if not one of the) highlights from the NYE show. You can check out both in this multi-cam vid:

The honorable mention for WTN pick from 12/31 is a tie between Steam, which traversed some out there and exciting territory, and Light, which also went off nearing epicness before it was prematurely steered into Golden Age. Both honorable mentions below:

Also be sure to check out the other WTN picks from Phish’s 2011 NYEMSG run here.

3 Years of 3.0

Today marks the three year anniversary of Phish’s triumphant 3/06/09 Hampton, VA reunion show. The opening notes of Fluffhead rang out, shocking the arena and making an affirming statement to the phan base of “We’re back”. For those in attendance including yours truly, this is a musical moment and event that has few, if any, parallels. That evening, we all felt the feeling we’d forgot, and remembered the joy and magic that is the live Phish experience.

                              Hampton Fluffhead jam

Over the past three years, Phish has grown and matured, albeit with some bumps in the road. 2009 saw a regaining of musical chops and the initial integration of Joy material into the repetoire. In 2010, the band had settled in and began to loosen up by extending some jams, adding new covers and originals, and creating some memorable gimmick shows like Guyutica and MPP II’s Saw It Again fest. While 2011 saw repetitive song selection and lack of new material, there were musical highs last year that were not nearly matched in 09′ or 10′. Superball, UIC, and Dick’s were top-notch Phish  – shows that had phans in resounding agreement that ‘They’re back’. Unfortunately, this 3 year story ends with a lackluster MSG 2011 run that faltered likely due to lack of practice and no warmup shows. 

Dick’s Roggae, Ghost->Guy Forget masterpeice

What’s in store for 2012? It’s hard to say, but I think the fanbase is demanding a couple of things: new material, practice, and extended jams. This is the year that the Phish 3.0 story can take off and continue to thrive, or could begin to stagnate. Here’s to hoping it’s a magical year full of the highest highs and fewer lows. Regardless, we can all rejoice that, despite your opinion on 3.0, the band that got away is back, and we can all feel good about that.

Phish Summer Tour 2012 – It’s Alive!

Confirming the hacked dates from Tuesday, Phish went live with leg 1 dates for Summer Tour 2012 yesterday. Here’s the announcement vid, relevant ticket links, and list of dates.

Phish Summer Tour 2012 Announcement from Phish on Vimeo.

Music Today Ticket Pre Sale

Phish Summer Tour Page


6/7 Worcester, MA—DCU Center,
6/8 Worcester, MA—DCU Center,
6/10 Manchester, TN—Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
6/15 Atlantic City, NJ—Bader Field
6/16 Atlantic City, NJ—Bader Field
6/17 Atlantic City, NJ—Bader Field
6/19 Portsmouth, VA—nTelos Wireless Pavilion
6/20 Portsmouth, VA—nTelos Wireless Pavilion
6/22 Cincinnati, OH—Riverbend Music Center
6/23 Burgettstown, PA—First Niagara Pavilion
6/24 Cuyahoga Falls, OH—Blossom Music Center
6/28 Noblesville, IN—Klipsch Music Center
6/29 Noblesville, IN—Klipsch Music Center
6/30 East Troy, WI—Alpine Valley Music Theatre
7/01 East Troy, WI—Alpine Valley Music Theatre
7/03 Wantagh, NY—Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
7/04 Wantagh, NY—Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
7/06 Saratoga Springs, NY—Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/07 Saratoga Springs, NY—Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/08 Saratoga Springs, NY—Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Coming Soon: Phish Summer Tour 2012 Dates

While Phish fans everywhere grow more and more inpatient waiting for summer dates, some fans are doing something about it. A website hack discovered by a group of fans on PT  has uncovered the following dates that seem very likely to be announced in the coming day/days/week. Stay tuned for an official announcement coming soon, we hope!


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
[Some dates missing?]
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

Disclaimer: There are those that believe this is a prank, and obviously nothing is confirmed until it’s on the dot com. 

YouTube Goin’ Long

Maybe we here at WTN are late to the game on this one, but it seems there has been a recent surge of full-length set and show concert videos showing up all over YouTube. For live music phreaks, this is, uh… amazing! It’s like a live music concert DVD store with free instant streaming has landed in my living room. In case you’re not sure what I’m talking about, here’s some choice examples below, enjoy phanners and happy Friday!

Note: The embedded vids below take some time to load. Be patient, it will be worth it!

Phish live in 92 from Shoreline:

Grateful Dead NYE 78′ the closing of winterland:

2/21/2003 – Peak Oxy years stuff right here:

Bisco 12/29/2010 – the standout show from last year’s NYE run w/ Sammy on drums:

Phish Summer Tour 2012 Rumors

Check out The Rumor Mill (link in top left of page) for the latest and greatest rumors on Phish’s TBA summer tour and all the other rumors fit to print from the jam world! We’ll keep the mill updated as new rumors emerge and old ones are debunked, so stay tuned and check back often!

Poster by Joshua Morton

Poster by Joshua Morton

The latest (and most legitimate) Phish summer tour 2012 rumors:

-Phish returns to Bethel for memorial day weekend (latest word is that this is just about finalized)

-Phish ‘fest’ in AC at Bader Field, June 15th-17 (LOTS of talk about this, hotels are selling out. This seems likely). Watch a speech from the mayor of AC about the upcoming ‘jamband’ concerts in June (start video at 16:30)

-Phish in Vegas April’s Fools day weekend (see tweets from@jpcoolican)

-Phish will return to Bonnaroo (seems VERY likely). Most recent Bonnaroo clue likely about Phish: “And now for ‘RooClue #3: The original simpleton; misspell the mini-liar” (via Bonnaroo Twitter)

YouTube Sundays


  • Phil Lesh and Friends – 1/26/2008 Set 2 ALL
  • Phish – 12/31/2009 – Fluffhead w/ Sarah!
  • Ratdog – 8/06/2005 – Standing on the Moon 
  • Blind Melon – 4/08/1994 (RIP Kurt Cobain) – Change
  • Gov’t Mule – ?/?/2007  – The Letter (cover)

Phish MSG Run – WTN Picks II

In our second installment of Welcome To Now Picks from Phish’s MSG NYE run, we examine our favorite jam from night 2 of NYEMSG part deux. The hand’s down best jam sequence from 12/29 is the second set center-piece of Mike’s Song -> Chalkdust Torture -> I Am Hydrogen -> Weekapaug Groove.

The unexpected Chalkdust sandwich, near flawless segue into I Am Hydrogen, and ripping 10+ minute Weekapaug Groove elevate this song series above the rest of the night. The energy is soaring throughout this run of songs, and the boys really seems locked in. Obviously the band felt this performance was worth re-visiting as well, based on the fact that they choose it as the one official video to release from the 29th. Enjoy this tasty groove!

YouTube Sundays






  • Phish – Steam>ALS>DWD – 12/31/2011 MSG
  • Bisco – Astronaut> Helicopters Countdown – NYE
  • Warren Haynes Band – River’s Gonna Rise – Xmas Jam
  • STS9 – Shakedown Street – 12/29/2010 (Aud Only)

  • DSO – Eyes of The World – 12/31/11, The Wellmont

  • Trey Anastasio Band -Ether Sunday – 2/20/2011

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