Phil is 71 years old, and this band is tearing it up. It's not like Bobby's young either. Ratdog went everywhere as they had to. Phil & Friends sorta like that too. The response to Furthur is just far greater than either of those bands and it gives the guys more options. They will play for us longer if the life on the road is easier. They shouldn't do any 1 offs if you ask me. But here are some places they could double up on dates out west and they have. Denver, Oregon, LA the Bay Area. I would thing Santa Fe, Tahoe (weekend) and Vegas also. But the gigs have to be fianacially viable, and if you ask me, the band members deserve a little bump in pay to go with the success they are having. It is what it is. They aren't looking to play 100 dates a year anymore.
On the release dates....perhaps letting the Pittsburgh news cycle die down is a good idea, and unfortunately there might be a few venues that were on the tour that might have a little cold feet now. Jones Beach, for instance, where some Phish head jumped last year.
I think they might have been hoping to beat the news of the Phish festival and ticket sales, but I'm ok with them not. The Phish heads that lock in their festie tickets, means possibly less competition around these parts.
I wish they'd come to Ohio! Im pretty sure they played in Columbus last July, I missed the show:-(
I'd Like to see them play at Blossom Music center, its an out door amphitheater, nice venue in NE Ohio! Please!