Collectively, PHISH fans can be some of the most paranoid, presumptuous, and speculating mother fuckers around, but it’s not necessarily their fault. The band has been feeding into their own mythology from the very first moment that there was ever a sign that they may able to get away with it. Over their five year hiatus, the big question was about when and if they’d return. The assumptions and apparent “evidence” throughout that time were like that of the self-proclaimed “experts” on the apocalypse. “The Mayan Calendar is proof!” “Just read the bible!” “Take a look at the fucking ice caps!” “Nostradamus foresaw this!” ….and such similar bullshit. The obsession actually seemed to grow when they weren’t even performing as a unit anymore. People were so focused that, when they suddenly announced their reformation quietly on their website, people were actually alert enough to notice it. I want to reiterate that point because I think that it’s important: They had broken up for 5 YEARS, and people were still viewing their website every day! After the reunion dates were set, the questions were, “When’s the tour?” and then “When’s the Westcoast tour!” After that it was, “Where’s the 3-day festival gonna be?” and now it’s currently, “What album are they gonna cover on Halloween?” They always have something up their sleeve for the future to keep people guessing continually. Forums run rampant with this speculation to the point where there’s often a huge split between the cynical and overly certain and/or hopeful. Everyone thinks that they have the scoop and it’s hard to know what information or sources are credible. Sometimes, however, something pops up that’s so suspicious that it’s hard to doubt it.
For most of today PHISH.com has been un-viewable and, when it has been, no new changes are displayed to the potential list of Halloween cover albums. The Festival 8 hard tickets are arriving to people and they display a clear image on them of what appears to be a Joshua Tree. Does that mean anything? Probably not. A case could be made for almost anything but, in the middle of all of the guesses and clues being thrown around, it’s easy to forget about the next question that had been on the table, “What’s up with the fall tour?” Thanks to the official site being down and preventing any new info about Halloween, at least one person was able to shake themselves out of their focused trance and has, perhaps, found some clues that could help answer that question.
A full list of supposed Fall dates have been circulating around for a while and, although nothing has been officially confirmed with any of them, at least 2 of the dates seem legit. The screenshot above was taken from the Jillians of Albany website and was discovered by, Phantasytour.com forum member, xPHISHx and pointed out by them in a thread on the site. As you can see, Jillian‘s calendar of events clearly advertises back to back after parties for PHISH shows being held in the Albany area on November 27 and 28, the days following Thanksgiving. What’s more is that these two dates correspond directly with the rumored tour dates and if legit, this may lend some credence to the schedule as a whole.
Here are the remaining dates which have been floating around. Feel free to derive your own conclusions from them.
11/18/09 – Cobo Arena – Detroit, Michigan
11/20/09 – US Bank Arena – Cincinnati, Ohio
11/21/09 – US Bank Arena – Cincinnati, Ohio
11/24/09 – Wachovia Center – Philadelphia, PA
11/25/09 – Wachovia Center – 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