It's about 385 miles from the site of the Bonnaroo to the Fox Theater in St. Louis, with Nashville about an hour up the road from Roo-ville. So, you're looking at an eight to 10-hour road trip, depending on traffic, how often you stop along the way, etc.
According to The Phish Companion, Phish has made one stop at the Fox Theater in St. Louis over the years, back on 11/23/94. Here's the setlist from that night:
PHISH AT THE FOX THEATER (ST. LOUIS)
November 23, 1994
Wilson -> Sparkle -> Simple, It's Ice, If I Could, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony -> Suzy Greenberg, Divided Sky, Amazing Grace
Maze, Fee, Scent of a Mule, Tweezer, Lifeboy, *You Enjoy Myself, Tweeprise
Sample in a Jar
*Contained The Vibration of Life and a Frankenstein tease.
I'm guessing the Fox Theater is going to be the sleeper show of the entire summer. Think about it; it has all the ingredients for something special. It's about 620 miles from Manchester to St. Louis, and about 650 miles from Mancheter to Pittsburgh. Going from the Bonnaroo to St. Louis and then back up to Starlake is about 1,300 miles. Granted there is a day off on either side of the Fox Theater shows, but that's still quite a haul, even for the band.
The Fox Theater has a seating capacity of 5,060, and the show is sold out. You think it was hard to get a ticket in Asheville? Scoring a ticket in the lot in St. Louis is going to be like squeezing blood from a turnip.
Phish tends to do something special on these out-of-the-way tour stops. Two shows immediately come to mind: 1) 9/14/99 in Boise, Idaho. I skipped the Boise show and regret it to this day; hands down, I have listened to a copy of this show more than any other I have in my library. 2) 11/2/98 in West Valley, Utah (where???). This, of course, is the night they busted out Dark Side of the Moon.
I'm sure there are other shows that were out of the way from the rest of the scheduled tour dates where they brought the heat, but those are the two that always come to mind.
The last time Phish played Missouri (again, according to The Phish Companion) was 7/29/98 in Maryland Heights (a St. Louis suburb) at the Riverport Amphitheater. That night they busted out a Dog Log, Kung, Glide, If You Need a Fool (another Del McCoury Band cover, which hasn't been played since Camp Oswego in 1999), the new arrangement of Vultures (which is they way they play it "today") plus a 15-minute version of Buried Alive!
Who knows? The way this tour has been going they may not do anything special at all, as far as song choice or the setlist goes, other than play their asses off and lay down what becomes an instant classic. Or, they may bust out that Col. Forbin's -> Mockingbird or Harpua everyone's been waiting to hear. I guess we'll find out soon!
While you're waiting for the show to begin (don't forget about the possibility of a live stream at PhishTube), check this out ... for some reason, I decided to do a Google search on the acronym "YEM," and it turned out there are several "meanings" behind it.
As it states on Wikipedia, YEM may refer to:
• An ancient Vietnamese bodice worn by women
• Yamashita Engineering Manufacture Inc.
• Yeast Extract Mannitol
• A Chinese surname of Cantonese origin, meaning Bold, Stern, Star
• The Yem People, an ethnic group of southern Ethiopia
• The Yem Special Woreda a region in southern Ethiopia named after the Yem people
• You Enjoy Myself, a song by the band Phish
Speaking of YEM, the YEM Blog posted links today to video of Phish performing Divided Sky at a show I saw in Greensboro, North Carolina on 3/1/03. In fact, this show was one of those out-of-the-way sleeper shows, with the tour stopping at the Nassau Coliseum on the night before -- a 700-mile, 12-hour drive. Everyone remembers they busted out Destiny Unbound and Soul Shakedown Party in Nassau, but how many people remember Proud Mary making an appearance (again, during the YEM vocal jam) in Greensboro for the first time since Phish's very first show?
Dig it. Have fun in St. Louis, and don't forget to post lots of pictures!