Jones Beach Theater [Photo cred]
Today Phish announced additional summer dates in addition to their 3-night comeback at Hampton Coliseum. Couple things strike me as curious. First off the two Jones Beach shows might be a disaster. They haven’t played there since 1995. I begrudgingly predict the shows will end in a) riots, b) mass arrests, and/or c) make the news in some kind of negative light.
The notoriously aggressive state troopers that patrol Jones Beach parking lots typically freak at the sound of a beer can opening, so I’m not sure how they’ll co-exist with rabid phish heads and their interpretative take on “laws”. Could make for an ugly scene. Hopefully I’m way off.
Secondly, the calendar gap after Asheville happens to conveniently fall during Bonnaroo (June 11-14). Manchester, TN (where Bonnaroo takes place) is more or less on the way from Asheville to St. Louis, the next confirmed tour date. Phish headlining Bonnaroo ’09 – bet on it.
Phish – 2009 Tour Dates (via Phish.com)
03/06 – Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA
03/07 – Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA
03/08 – Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA
06/04 – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY
06/05 – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY
06/06 – Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA
06/07 – Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
06/09 – Asheville Civic Center – Asheville, NC
06/16 – Fox Theatre – St. Louis, MO
06/18 – Post Gazette Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA
06/19 – Verizon Wireless Music Center – Noblesville, IN
06/20 – Alpine Valley – East Troy, WI
06/21 – Alpine Valley – East Troy, WI