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Friday Music News Round-Up

Ahhh, Friday afternoon – a time to relax, turn off, and let your mind surf the interwebs for endless entertainment or lack thereof. If you’re too lazy to see what’s out there, let me help you. Here’s a few noteworthy stories and goings on from the world of Jam today:

1. Warren Haynes: “I am a Jamband whore; and I couldn’t be happier.”



Well, he didn’t exactly use those words, but Warren said about as much in a Billboard article out today. The man is having his busiest year to date with big tours going on with The Dead (Spring Tour 2009), The Allman Brothers (Beacon Run and Summer/Fall tour w/ WSP), and his own Gov’t Mule project (touring on and off throughout the year). Warren also talks about the new Gov’t Mule album out soon and the solo disc he recorded this year with George Porter, Jr., Ivan Neville, Ian McLagan, Ron Holloway. Always a rumor monger, let me also point out that Warren says that “he’s confident the Dead is going to do some more”, especially with the group’s 45th anniversary in 2010. You may be a whore Warren, but we love you.

2. Animal Collective sample the Dead’s ‘Unbroken Chain’ in new track



News broke today via a Tweet that self-proclaimed Deadheads Animal Collective have been granted the rights to legally sample the Grateful Dead’s classic PhilZone Epic ‘Unbroken Chain’ in a new track the band is working on. You can listen to an unreleased version of the song here (Phil vocal loop comes in near the end).

3. Mike Gordon announces September tour; gets bad haircut



Mike announced today via a creepy video that he’ll be taking to the road in September with his solo band featuring shred-tastic Scott Murawski on guitar, Brooklyn drummer Todd Isler, keyboardist Tom Cleary, and percussionist Craig Myers. Let’s just hope he leaves that Joker costume from the video (see right) at home – that thing is down right scary.

4. Phish continue Halloween festival map mystery

The Map - 7/17/09

The Map - 7/17/09

Phish blacked-out more states on their Halloween festival map today (see right). Only 13 states now remain including Texas, Florida, and Nevada. That said, all the real phans know that the festival is still doing down in Indio, CA. Expect the announcment to drop before the band’s upcoming Red Rocks dates and Summer Tour Leg 2, likely this Monday coming up.

Phish Festival Not in Cali?

Based on the most recent flash animation updates to the map (see below), it would appear that the festival will not be taking place at the Coachella home of Empire Polo Fields in Indio, CA as was widely rumored including here on Welcome To Now. - 7/14/09 - 7/14/09

27 states have been ‘blacked-out’ so far, leaving mostly southwestern states in the mix. Alternate rumors points to Las Vegas, the home of the now extinct ‘Vegoose’ music festival or to Texas where the fest was originally rumored to be taking place. All that said, I’m sticking to my story, the fest will be in Indio – expect an announcment this upcoming Tuesday or, at the latest, before the 2nd leg of their summer tour kicks off. Either way, save the date!

Phish Halloween Festival Update

Over the past few days, has begun blacking out states on the map to narrow down the possible location of their Halloween festival. As you can see below, 9 states have been blacked-out so far – I’m not going to attempt to name the states as Geographay never was my forte, but you can see that California remains. I’m holding steady with my claim that the festival will take place at the Coachella festival site of Empire Fields in Indio, CA.


While you wait for this mystery to unravel, enjoy this video of Phish peforming ‘Born Under Punches’ from their 1996 halloween musical costume of The Talking Heads classic album Remain In Light:

Also, check out tons more Phish Halloween vids here!

Phish Halloween Festival

Phish has announced a 3 day Halloween festival – to take place from October 30th to November 1st. While the band hasn’t officially announced the location yet – my sources tell me that the craziness will be going down at Empire Polo Field in Indio, CA (the site of Coachella). (5/26/09) (5/26/09)

Phish – The Creek and The Valley Tour Close Out

Tonight, Phish closes out the first leg of their summer tour with a Sunday night performance at the classic summer getaway Alpine Valley in East Troy, WI. The last two night’s have witnessed some pretty stellar song selection and fantastic playing. The second set jam sequences from Deer Creek are phenomenal – AHIHTOS > Drowned > Twist followed by a monster Tweezer > 2001 > Suzy Greenberg > Possum taboot. First time bustouts for the tour include The Connection and Sleeping Monkey at Deer Creek followed by Makisupa Policeman and Hendrix’s Fire at Alpine night 1. The band’s clearly pulling out all the stops for the end of the tour and it’s exciting to think of what is in store for this evening. Gamehenge classics Tela and Cololnel Forbin’s > Famous Mockingbird are yet to be brushed off by Phish 3.0. Anything’s possible, but my bets are on Hood, First Tube, Slave to the Traffic Light, Divided Sky, and The Curtain for tonight.



6/20/09 ~ Alpine Valley Music Theatre ~ East Troy, WI

Set I: Punch You in the Eye, Runaway Jim, Stash, Ya Mar, Bathtub Gin, Kill Devil Falls, Train Song, Farmhouse, Sparkle, Run Like An Antelope

Set II: Waves> Sample in a Jar, Maze, Makisupa Policeman, Ghost, The Lizards, You Enjoy Myself> NICU, Prince Caspian, Waste, Fire

Encore: Character Zero

Download Link – Set 1
Download Link – Set 2

End of Farmhouse, Sparkle, and Most of Antelope from 6/20:





Phish ~ 6/19/09 ~ Verizon Wireless Music Center (Deer Creek) ~ Noblesville, IN

Set One: AC/DC Bag, Limb By Limb, The Moma Dance, Water In The Sky, Split Open and Melt, Lawn Boy, The Wedge, Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan, The Connection, Ocelot, Fluffhead

Set Two: A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing > Drowned > Twist, Let Me Lie, Tweezer > 2001 > Suzy Greenberg > Possum

Encore: Sleeping Monkey > Tweezer Reprise

Download Link – Set 1
Download Link – Set 2

Drowned from 6/19:

2001 from 6/19:

The end of a tour is always biterwseet, to ease some of the bitterness, enjoy these rumoured winter 2009 tour dates for the band with big stops at the Spectrum and MSG. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

Phish RUMORED/UNCONFIRMED Winter 2009 Tour Dates:

11/21/09 – US Bank Arena – Cincinnati, OH
11/22/09 – US Bank Arena – Cincinnati, OH
11/23/09 – The Spectrum – Philadelphia, PA
11/24/09 – The Spectrum – 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

The Dead Tour Wrap-Up


Check out some great coverage from for the 09′ tour here. They’ve got fan-submitted pics and videos from every show, setlists, venue historical info, and mini reviews.

Jambase also delivered beautiful  pics from every show of the tour courtesy of photographer Jay Blakesberg.

5/9/09 - L.A Forum

5/9/09 - L.A Forum

This tour definitely had its ups and downs, but it also had that undeniable, unmatched, and undying energy, vibe, and love that is the Grateful Dead community. Aside from the confirmed appearance at Rothbury later this summer, this could be the end of the road for the band after 45 (!) years of touring. It will be interesting to see what develops over the next few years in the Dead world – I’m expecting a few more years of Ratdog touring strong and for Phil to wrap up his touring career in the next 1-2 years. I’ve heard rumors that Phil may be doing his Nokia run this fall, but also heard he had nothing planned for the rest of the year. One thing’s for sure, he won’t go out without a friend-filled, star-studded final run of shows that should be a blast. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for more good things to come, be patient, and remember – all good things in all good time.

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