Twitter exploded yesterday (scroll down for tour dates) once word got out that Phish planned a west coast swing in October that included smaller venues up and down the Pacific time zone, ending with a three-night inverted Halloween run at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
That's right. Phish at the MGM Grand. Roll the dice and put it all down on fun.
I'm so friggin' happy they are finally coming back to Oregon. Yes, they play The Gorge every other year but for this Oregonian coming back to The Beaver State has a lot of sentimental value. Eugene is where I went to college, so having the chance to drive 110 miles south from Portland to see them play on the campus of my alma mater at The Oregon Ducks' basketball court means a lot.
And the LA Forum? That's where I saw my first Grateful Dead show while I was attending music college at the Musician's Institute a lifetime ago.
And how about the Santa Barbara Bowl? That's basically a park. Sooooo tiny. How tiny is it? Look. Hit those shows if you can kids. Too bad they moved this Santa Claus from Carpenteria (Santa Barbara). That was a landmark in SB off Highway 101 for decades.
The show in Chula Vista, er, San Diego, would be fun just because Tijuana is right there. Talk about people watching. I'd love to just go down there and check out all the Phishheads hitting up the pharmacies in TJ.
So, the question becomes: What is Phish going to do for Halloween? In this interview following the Live on Letterman gig, Page and Trey talk about being burnt out on learning someone else's album. It became more of a chore for Phish than fun. So, maybe this is the time once and for all they break out Gamehendge? Why not? I've seen sillier predictions about what Phish may or may not do.
PHISH FALL TOUR DATES
Eugene, OR, Matthew Knight Arena | Oct. 17
Seattle, WA, Key Arena | Oct. 18
Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl | Oct. 21-22
Los Angeles, CA, The Forum | Oct. 24
San Diego (Chula Vista), CA, Sleep Train Amphitheater | Oct. 25
San Francisco, CA, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium | Oct. 27-29
Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand | Oct. 31-Nov. 2
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