According to many credible, or uncredible sources, Phish 2011 Summer Tour dates are just around the corner. In fact, an official announcement could be made any day now. Dates have been slowly leaked but hardly anything has been confirmed.
The only partially confirmed date so far came from the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati. In the form of a programming error, only posted for a matter of hours on their site, this mistake offered fans several tidbits of information.
First being a show at the Riverbend Music Center on June 5th. Second, that tickets would go on sale March 12th, only a few weeks away. With an on sale date so close, the natural conclusion is that an official announcement must be imminent.
Additionally, this slip up gave us a look at a new pricing system that Phish could be implementing this summer, different priced tickets for lawn and pavilion seating. $45.00 USD for lawn and $60.00 USD for reserved pavilion seating before Ticketmaster puts on a rubber glove.
This is good for several reasons.
With a difference in pricing, fans will get to choose whether or not they want lawn or pavilion when using the traditional Phish Ticket by Mail system. In the past, fans were offered one option when entering the ticket lottery, leaving many fans with lawn seats when they might have preferred to go for better seats at the public on-sale date.
The obvious drawback is that prices are being raised. How can a positive spin be put on this? Perhaps this will deter scalpers from scooping up all the tickets, making them widely available for any fan who wants to go.
Without further adieu, here are the highly rumored, unconfirmed tour dates that have been floating around the Phish world.
5/27-29 Norfolk/Hampton Pavillions, VA
6/3 Toyota Park Chicago, IL
6/4 Churchill Downs Louisville, KY
6/5 Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, OH
6/6 Post Gazette Pavilion Burgettstown, PA
6/9 Merriweather Post Columbia, MD
6/10 Susquehana Center Camden, NJ
6/11 Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Bethel, NY
6/12 Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center Saratoga, NY
6/15 Comcast Center Mansfield, MA
6/17 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte, NC
6/18 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Virginia Beach , VA or Raleigh, NC
6/20 Cruzan Amphitheatre West Palm Beach, FL
6/22 1-800-Ask Gary Amphitheatre Tampa, FL
6/24 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Alpharetta, GA
6/25 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Alpharetta, GA
6/26 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Alpharetta, GA
7/01 Watkins Glen, NY
7/02 Watkins Glen, NY
7/03 Watkins Glen, NY
8/05 Gorge Ampitheater, WA
8/06 Gorge Ampitheater, WA
8/13 Outside Lands Music Festival, San Francisco, CA