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March 16, 2010

Phish could play Merriweather June 26-27

trey anastasio of phish performing at merriweather post pavilion  in 2009

Is Phish playing Merriweather June 26-27? Depends on who you ask.

The 9:30 Club tweeted about the show this morning, and it was briefly announced on Merriweather's site.

The tweet's still there, but the dates have since been yanked from Merriweather's main site. Merriweather publicist Audrey Schaefer said she hadn't heard about the show, and Phish's camp didn't respond to a request for comment.

Sounds like someone jumped the gun. Not that it matters, though. The dates have already been leaked to Phish fan sites, I hear.

As a colleague of mine at the Washington Post once said, secrets are hard to keep in the age of the Internet.

If the rumors are true, tickets to see the jam band to end all jam bands go on sale April 2. ...

Phish's show at Merriweather last August was the quickest sellout in the history of the Columbia amphitheater. All 17,500-odd tickets went in a matter of minutes.

There might be two shows as opposed to one this summer, but you can still count on the tickets being snapped up pronto.

Last year's show was, for the most part, flat. Some fans called it the worst stop of the tour. In my review, I said it was "a surprisingly mellow show overall -- almost underwhelming at times."

Let's hope Phish puts on a better performance this time around. 

(Baltimore Sun photo by Kenneth K. Lam)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 1:58 PM | | Comments (17)


Phish's show last year at MPP was "underwhelming" to those who don't understand the band and/or their music. "Surprisingly mellow" is just plain innaccurate as there were only four down tempo songs from the entire 22-song show.

@Me -- I was being kind. That snow kinda stunk, compared to the other dates on the tour. I'm no stranger to Phish, either. I was a bit of a Phan in college, and still follow them to some degree.

I've seen Phish a ton and didn't like that show at all. I think the venue had a lot to do with it. Merriweather is in huge need of upgrades. The lawn is completely pointless since you can't see the stage at all. Top it off with one of the crappiest shows I've seen in the last decade or two and it wasn't a great time.

How quickly ye forget the 46 Days, Sweet Nuthin, Hood combo to close the 2nd set. Pound for pound, Ill put it up there against any sequence of the east coast leg of that tour.

Sam - I'd be curious to know what other shows you actually attended on the tour.

Every Phish show is different so you can't make an apples-to-apples comparison. I've seen many Phish show over the years beginning in 1991, and I am also an accomplished music critic. While last year's show was not the best Phish performance, it was by no means flat.

You and I had discussions about this after the show last year and you challenged me to contribute a review of my own. Well, I accepted your challenge then, even submitted my resume to you, but never heard anything back.

Why don't you let me guest blog and review one night of this year's two night stand and give readers two different points of view?

I'll admit there were some good moments, but overall def not my favorite Phish show.


The biggest disappointment from Phish's 2009 MPP 2009 show was the fact that the lawn PA speakers were not turned on until more than 30 mins into the first set - quite a disgrace!

I've been going to their shows since '94 and their gig at Merriweather last year was average, but not bad. It was actually one of the more unusual setlists that I've seen, and that's saying something for a band who is known for switching their setlist every night. A lot of people panned it because:

a) it was the night after what most people considered their best show of the summer - Hartford


b) the profiling and ridiculous antics of the local police in the parking lot


Sam wasted an entire paragraph describing how the band was dressed in his "review" Enough said.

@Me -- sorry I didn't get back to you. For future reference, insulting someone isn't the best way to get on their good side. That said, I'm game to the idea of posting my review and your review of, say, Phish's first night on the same day on Midnight Sun. You in?

@Johnny -- There is no such thing as waste on the Internet. Your comment is proof of that.

On paper that show stunk....and all my friends said it was aweful (many of whom have seen triple digit shows). I am glad I went to SPAC the next night. That show was sick!

Dude, they played Ha Ha Ha, a song this west coast fan will probably NEVER hear live, so everyone stop your crying. Be grateful y'all get multiple tours/multiple dates within 200 miles of your home a year.

My apologies for insulting you, Sam. Yes, I am in.

You have my e-mail address. Let's plan to touch base as the shows near.

Thank you for the opportunity.

Who cares?

Yeah, the show was flat. It sucked, kinda. That is, if I hadn't seen them for the first time in years. But after the Fall tour, I can say it was way too mellow and filled with boring Joy songs. So yes, Sam, you are correct. It was flat. But like the Eddie Murphy bit on a Ritz cracker to the starving guy--it was still good enough to a starved fan.


Just responding to your March 16 post about me reviewing Phish's first night at MPP this year.

Please get back to me with details - word count, deadline, etc.

Looking forward to it.

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