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.

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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. 

All Good 2012 – New location, big lineup

The annual All Good Festival is relocating this year to Legend Valley in Thornville, OH, a big move from its long-time home at Marvin’s Mountaintop in West Virginia. The new space is bigger, and is making room for the festival to expand its lineup in size and number of headliners to become arguably the premier jamband festival in the country. This year’s lineup features: Phil Lesh and Friends, The Allman Brothers Band, The Flaming Lips, Weir/Hornsby/Marsalis, Michael Franti & Spearhead, G.Love, Galactic, Sphongle, Mickey Hart Band and many, many, many more names. And this is just the initial lineup!

All Good at Marvin's

All Good at Marvin's

Stay tuned for lots more band to be added to the bill, this is shaping up to be the fest of the summer for jamband purists. I think they’ve struck a nice mix of rock, electronic, and other sub-jam genres as well as a very generous helping of modern Grateful Dead offerings. Kudos to the promoters and organizers for their work thus far, and here’s to hoping the new location is a great success.



Phil and Friends Night 3 in CO

If night 2 was a survey of different Grateful Dead eras, choice covers, and a classic Phil and Friends segue-heavy show, night 3 was the much ‘purer’ night of Grateful Dead music. The focus of the night was on 60s and early 70s material, with nearly every song drawn from the pre-1972 Grateful Dead songbook and only one outside-the-box cover in Layla. While the setlist may have been more straight down the fairway on night 3, the intensity and precision of the music continued to be at its highest, with Warren and Scofield most notably finding harmony and cohesion even more than in past nights.

The highlight of the night was an absolutely barn-burner set 2 opening sequence of Stephen->Eleven that featured an out-of-this-world hot bass solo from Phil and silky smooth segue into a raging Eleven. What a night and what a way to end a great run with a bang, enjoy setlist and downloads below. Also, see my previous review from night 2 which now has downloads available as well. Thanks Phil (and friends), for a real good time!

Phil Lesh and Friends, 1st Bank Center, Broomfield, CO 2/18/12

Set 1: Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion) > Viola LeeBlues > Bertha, Cumberland Blues, Friend of the Devil, Candyman, He’s Gone > Cold Rain and Snow

Set 2: St. Stephen > The Eleven > Foxy Lady Jam > Layla, Bird Song, Uncle John’s Band > Stella Blue, I Know You Rider, Going Down the Road Feeling Bad > Attics of My Life

Encore: Box of Rain

Set 1 DL

Set 2 DL

Phil Lesh and Friends – Night 2 at Broomfield

Phil and his newly resurrected ensemble of friends stormed the 1st Bank Center last night with an onslaught of inspired music, keeping up the energy and love of what is turning out to be a seriously triumphant, and dare i say ‘Epic’, weekend run. The lot was abuzz with an old school vibe and energy not felt in years before the show last night, and some pre-show snowflakes and crisp air set the stage beautifully for a magical night of music. Everyone brought their A-Game, and it is clear this band has quickly found a groove and a way to highlight each member – a significant challenge given the many big musical voices on stage.

The show itself was a true testament to the dripping psychedelic musical exploration that only comes from Phil’s ‘make something happen, play in the moment’ Phil and Friends ensembles. The setlist read like a dream, with two quintessential Beatles songs in each set that served as the musical exclamation points on the night.  Each member shined at different moments throughout the show. Scofield was other-worldly on a smoking and unexpected first set Eyes of the World, while Jackie Greene surprised everyone in the room with an out of left field top notch performance of his original Like a Ball and Chain.

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Warren led the band through an absolute smoker of She Said, She Said, while Russo and Chimenti were the glue that held the express train together at every twist and turn. And of course, Mr. Lesh, was inspired and full of love and smiles throughout, especially during the later part of the second during the patchwork quilt of Dark Star, Unbroken Chain, and Morning Dew. What was even more impressive than each member’s individual contributions, was the tightness of cohesiveness of the band had with each other. There was countless moments of locked-in cosmic interplay and between the band, especially between Warren, Sco, and Chimenti.

One can only imagine what the boys have in store for tonight. NOW is the time of returning for Phil and Friends, and what a special time it is to be, to be, to be…

Phil Lesh and Friends, 1st Bank Center, Broomfield, CO 2/17/12

Set 1:  Jam -> Althea, Estimated Prophet -> Eyes Of The World -> Mississippi Half-Step -> Loose Lucy, Like A Ball And Chain, She Said, She Said, Casey Jones

Set 2: Passenger, New Speedway Boogie, Low Spark of High Heeled Boys -> Gypsy Woman -> Caution > Unbroken Chain > Dark Star (v1) > I Am The Walrus > Dark Star (v2) > Morning Dew

Encore: We Bid You Goodnight

Set 1 DL

Set 2 DL

For more great pics, check out DeadHeadLand’s coverage of the run

Bonnaroo Lineup: Phish, Radiohead, RHCP

The long awaited Bonnaroo 2012 lineup was officially announced today, and as rumored Phish will return to the festival and make their second trip to the farm. Other big acts topping the bill include Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Beach Boys, Skrillex, The Roots, The Word, The Avett Brothers, and many many more! Smaller jamband and electronica acts include Umphrey’s McGee, Big Gigantic, Mimosa, Trampled By Turtles, and SOJA. This year’s lineup looks well balanced, tasteful and notably lacks big hip-hop or hard rock headliners so far. Here’s the full announced lineup:

Bonnaroo 2012 Lineup

Bonnaroo 2012 Lineup

For Phish phans, this brings great excitement as we finally have a confirmed show on the calendar to look forward to. The big question remains when will Phish grace us with the rest of the summer tour dates? My guess would be that we are still a few weeks out and that dates will likely drop in early March. So hold tight people, and here’s a highlight from Phish’s last B’roo showing to help hold you over til’ then!

YouTube Sundays: Trey and Jerry

Let’s chill out on this Sunday with some great Jerry and Trey YouTubes. Specifically, let’s take a look at their solo endeavors including a full JGB show from 89 and some of Trey’s recent orchestral performances. How sweet it is to see both of these musical geniuses outside of their ‘day jobs’, doing what they love and keeping the music flowing.

Concert Photography by David Oppenheimer - Performance Impressions

Concert Photography by David Oppenheimer - Performance Impressions

  • JGB, 9/5/89, FULL SHOW

  • Trey with the Atlanta Symphony, 2/9/12, Divided Sky

  • JGB, 11/15/91, Ain’t No Bread In The Breadbox

  • TAB, B’roo 2001, Push On Til’ The Day

Saturday Grateful Dead Rewind

Ah, Saturday afternoon. A glorious time to kick back and listen to the good ol’ Grateful Dead. Let’s rewind to 1978 and dig on this classic, tripped out show from fall tour in Springfield, MA. The boys are definitely ‘loose’ on this evening, rumored to have taken high doses of peyote or a similar psychedelic. Whatever they’re on, their playing is ON and inspired, albeit with some comical elements added in. Check out the out there Dancin’ In The Streets and the tribal, smoking Scarlet- > Fire set 2 opener. This show is full of fun and surprises and doesn’t read like your average 78′ show. The band brings back some of the more raw energy of their 60s sound mixed with their late 70s precision and catalog and fuses together a truly unique show here.

The Grateful Dead ~ 5/11/1978 ~ Springfield Civic Center ~ Springfield, MA

Set 1: Cold Rain & Snow, Beat It On Down The Line, Friend Of The Devil, Looks Like Rain, Loser, Mexicali Blues-> Mama Tried, Tennessee Jed, Minglewood Blues, Peggy-O, Lazy Lightning-> Supplication

Set 2: Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain, Dancin’ In The Streets-> Drums-> Not Fade Away-> Stella Blue-> Around & Around

Encore: Werewolves of London, Johnny B. Goode

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Phil Lesh and Friends, 7/21/2001, Hartford

Hey y’all. We are sick with Phil fever over here at WTN, getting excited for the upcoming Broomfield run. And there’s only one cure for that fever, it’s the sweet sounds of ‘The Q’ – Phil’s early 2000s version of Phil Lesh and Friends featuring Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring, John Molo, and Rob Barraco. Widely regarded as the most successful post-Jerry Dead band, and for good reason, this band truly smokes. A term I keep coming back to when listening to them is ‘musical density’ — there is a lot of great music being made here, with tons of on the spot composition, interplay, and dripping psychedelic guitar work.

The Q

The Q

I want to feature one of my favorite ‘Q’ shows ever here on WTN today: from summer 2001 tour, this epic show went down at The Meadows Music Center in Hartford, CT on July 21st. Stops on this tour were Ratdog/Phil and Friends double headers, with the bands switching off headline duties. On this special night, after a warmup set from Weir and Ratdog, Phil and Friends play a 2 set smokefest with a dream second set and fun, bluesy first set with a Weir cameo taboot. Check out the full setlist below, and also feel free to stream the show over at Archive or download a great AUD version I’ve uploaded with all the songs tracked out. Enjoy folks!

Summer Tour 2001 Poster

Summer Tour 2001 Poster

Phil Lesh and Friends ~ 7/21/2001 ~ Hartford, CT

Set 1: Jam -> Cosmic Charlie, Rainy Day Woman tease* -> Truckin* -> Jam* -> Cassidy*, Beautifully Broken -> King Solomon’s Marbles -> Stronger Than Dirt, Doin’ that Rag

Set 2: Caution Jam -> Dear Mr. Fantasy, St. Stephen -> Eyes -> St. Stephen -> Help on the Way -> Slipknot! -> The Eleven -> Slipknot! -> Franklin’s Tower

Encore: Built To Last

*with Bob Weir (Ratdog opened)

Download the show here

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