Today, Phish released “additional dates” to their already-announced first leg of summer tour. The band released eight more dates for the beginning of this August. While the size of the tour seems weak, the quality of the venues is impeccable.
Starting at the Gorge and moving down through California for a one-night stand at the Hollywood Bowl (which Zim predicted HERE), Phish makes a fashionable appearance at The Outside Lands music festival in San Francisco.
While the Gorge and Hollywood Bowl are both wonderful venues, I’m gearing up for their two-night appearance at Harvey’s in the beautiful destination of Lake Tahoe, followed by a truly exciting three-night stand at the UIC Pavilion in the middle of downtown Chicago, IL five days later. These will be the first shows Phish has played at the small Chicago arena since their 1998 run. The nearly-week break between Tahoe and Chicago will give plenty of time to fans willing to make the beautiful summer drive between the two venues (like me)–surely a much more relaxing drive than the Telluride > Deer Creek with a one-day break last summer.
After being greeted by poor ticket sales and angry fans because of the increased ticket prices for the first leg (pavilion), these “additional dates”, aside from Hollywood Bowl, won’t use the tiered pricing system; however, different shows will feature different prices depending on venue. The venues that are more expensive to get to will be $50.00 for GA, and the venues with large population bases will boast $60.00 prices. Something that shows they are kinda moving in the right direction.
Are all these venues amazing? YES. Is this tour awkwardly small? Yes. Will there be more dates added or a third leg? Well, let’s think about it.
Notice how the announcement reads “additional dates”. Normally it would say “leg two dates”. It would even be much different if they said “remaining dates”. They choose their words carefully, and there must be a reason behind using the simple phrase “additional dates”.
I probably wouldn’t put much thought into the words of their announcement headline if the tour ended in the Northeast like it always does now (sounds like something more up Zim’s ally in his Thoughts Out On the Page column). We all know they have to venture back to Vermont and NYC after Chicago, so why would they stop there? I feel like there has to be something more to this announcement. Third leg in September? I sure hope so.
Speculation aside, I am very impressed with the venues Phish has selected. Although there are not many dates, Phish clearly is at least trying to throw the west side a bone. And, while I’m extremely surprised they don’t swing by Colorado en route to the Midwest, I am about as pumped as I’ve ever been for a run thinking about the UIC Pavilion.
While tickets are way too easy to snag for first leg shows, tickets are going to be hard as hell to get your hands on for these August shows–who ever said Phish can’t create demand for their tickets??
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8/5/11 The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA- $50.00 General Admission
8/6/11 The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA- $50.00 General Admission
8/8/11 Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA – $60.00 and $45.00 Reserved Seating
8/9/11 Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harvey’s, Stateline, NV- $50.00 General Admission
8/10/11 Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harvey’s, Stateline, NV- $50.00 General Admission
8/12/11 Outside Lands Festival, San Francisco, CA See Site
8/15/11 UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL – $60.00 Reserved Seating and GA Floor
8/16/11 UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL – $60.00 Reserved Seating and GA Floor
8/17/11 UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL – $60.00 Reserved Seating and GA Floor