Eleven Dates That Saw The Release Of Two Great Albums

by Noiz 4. August 2014 12:51

Eleven Dates That Saw The Release Of Two Great Albums

Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden launched their joint tour of North America on July 19 in Las Vegas.  It will end Aug. 25 when Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails visit Los Angeles for a gig at the famed Hollywood Bowl.

Key dates that should pique fans’ interest include Aug. 8 when Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails visit Atlanta and the Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood; Aug. 17 when Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails perform in Dallas at the Gexa Energy Pavilion; and Aug. 21 when Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails descend on Chula Vista, California and the Sleep Train Amphitheatre.

At first glance, Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden seem to have little in common beyond being contemporaries, being awesome live, and being placed in the insanely broad category of “alternative music.”  But the grunge band and industrial outfit share a major milestone.  They each released their seminal album on March 8, 1994.  That’s right, both The Downward Spiral and Superunknown dropped on the same day!

In the recent history of popular music that’s a rare occurrence.  If there’s one thing the recording industry is good at it’s selling albums.  They are quite adroit at spreading out highly anticipated releases.  If two significant albums are to see the light of day on the same day it’s completely by accident.  Below, Clickitticket looks at ten more dates when at least two important albums were released.  These dates begin in the early 1970s and stretch all the way into our current decade.

Dec. 20, 1971
For the most part, our list focuses on studio releases not compilations, soundtracks, and live albums.  With that being said, our first entry is a date that saw the release of one of the biggest selling compilations and one of greatest live albums of all-time.  The Rolling Stones’ Hot Rocks 1964–1971 has sold more than 12 million copies and is the band’s bestselling release.  Also released on Dec. 20, 1971 is The Concert for Bangladesh by George Harrison and Friends.  This triple live album, which features Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year and created the model for future charity albums/concerts.

March 8, 1974
On March 8, 1974, two legendary rock bands released their sophomore efforts, Aerosmith issued Get Your Wings and Queen put out Queen II.  Get Your Wings has since been certified 3x Platinum and features the classics “Same Old Song and Dance” and “Train Kept-A-Rollin’.”  Queen II didn’t achieve the same commercial success as Get Your Wings, but it is the first opus to contain elements of what would become the band’s famous sound.  Additionally, the album’s cover is that iconic image of Queen lit directly from above.  On Oct. 4, John Lennon and Rod Stewart each released a solo studio album, respectively Walls and Bridges and Smiler.  We ignored this coincidence because Rod the Mod’s offering is pretty bad. 

Jan. 5, 1979
The year in music began with a bang, at least a new wave bang, when Elvis Costello & The Attractions released Armed Forces and Joe Jackson released Look Sharp! on the fifth day of 1979.  Both albums were slobbered over by critics with Armed Forces doing better on the charts in both the UK (were each artist hails) and the U.S.  Armed Forces contains the popular tunes “Accidents Will Happen” and “Oliver’s Army.”  Meanwhile Look Sharp!’s track listing includes “Is She Really Going Out with Him,” “Got the Time,” and “Fools in Love.”  Anthrax covered “Got the Time” for their 1990 album Persistence of Time.

Oct. 29, 1982
Let’s stay in the genre of new wave but jump ahead to Oct. 29, 1982.  That day bankrupted more than one music fan as Adam Ant’s Friend or Foe, Culture Club’s Kissing to be Clever, INXS’ Shabooh Shoobah, The Fixx’s debut album Shuttered Room, and The Missing Person’s first studio opus Spring Session M all hit the streets.  While they’re not necessarily new wave acts, the following groups also released albums that day: The Plasmatics, Bauhaus, The Dammned, and Musical Youth (the album containing the song “Pass the Dutchie”).  That was a lot of music to buy for those with spiked hair and checkered Vans.

July 30, 1984
No, we’re not picking Metallica’s Ride the Lightning (which has sold more than six million copies) and The Bangles’ All Over the Place (which gave the world “Hero Takes a Fall” and “Going Down to Liverpool”).  Instead we picked another two albums released on the second to the last day of July 1984: Minutemen’s Double Nickels on the Dime and Hüsker Dü’s Zen Arcade.  More copies of Ride the Lightning have been lost then have been sold of Double Nickels and Zen Arcade.  Even so, Double Nickels and Zen Arcade are consistently found on lists of the greatest albums of all-time.  The masterpieces have influenced numerous bands and greatly shaped the future of alternative music and its many subgenres.

March 21, 1989
On this day, two women solidified their place in music history and did so in opposite fashions.  Madonna release Like A Prayer.  Her fourth studio album contains the hit singles: “Like A Prayer,” “Express Yourself,” and “Cherish.”  It sold a lot of copies and received a lot of love from MTV but Like a Prayer did far more for Madge’s career then pad her bank account.  It established her as a true artist; Like a Prayer finally enamored critics to Madonna’s act.  Bonnie Raitt’s Nick of Time captured three Grammy Awards including Album of the Year.  While that’s great, Raitt never had a problem appeasing critics and winning awards.  Her problem was selling records. Well, Nick of Time, which the singer calls her “first sober album,” went on to sell more than five million copies.  The blues woman finally earned the commercial success that had hitherto eluded her career.

May 2, 1989
The record label worried that The Cure’s Disintegration wouldn’t sell.  The band was returning to its gothic/dark wave roots and the label felt the dreary sound would struggle at the cash register.  They were wrong.  Disintegration became The Cure’s bestselling studio effort.  It’s also on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”  The Stones Roses are a one-hit wonder.  Only their one hit isn’t a song but an entire album.  Their self-titled debut is arguably one of the best collections of music to ever see the light of day.  It was so influential that it resurrected British guitar music.  Amazingly, both of those extraordinary albums hit record store shelves on May 2, 1989.

Aug. 30, 1994
If you want to know a lot about popular music in 1990s just make a time machine and go back to Aug. 30, 1994.  On that day, two of the decade’s most successful and important albums were released, II by Boyz II Men and Definitely Maybe by Oasis.  II has sold more than 12 million copies in the U.S. and stars the singles “I’ll Make Love To You” and “On Bended Knee.”  “On Bended Knee” knocked “I’ll Make Love To You” off of the top of the Billboard Hot 100.  That made Boyz II Men the third artist to ever replace themselves at number one (the other two being Elvis Presley and The Beatles).  Oasis’ Definitely Maybe was the fasting selling debut album in the UK.  It eventually sold more than eight million copies.  In 2006, a poll by NME magazine named the highly acclaimed oeuvre as the greatest album of all-time.  That praise is definitely maybe a little too generous, but what isn’t up for debate is Definitely Maybe is a seminal Brit Pop album.

May 25, 2005
May 25, 2005 saw the publication of two very different albums: Get Behind Me Satan by The White Stripes and Monkey Business by The Black Eyed Peas.  Get Behind Me Satan heard The White Stripes exploring uncharted musical territory and doing it with aplomb.  The work was widely heralded as one of the best albums of the year.  Conversely, Monkey Business sold more than 10 million units but contained the ubiquitous and vapid “Pump It,” "Don't Phunk with My Heart,” and “My Humps.”  On one day in May, we got an album that epitomizes what we want popular music to sound like—Get Behind Me Satan—and an album that unfortunately epitomizes what pop music actually sounds like—Monkey Business.

Nov. 22, 2010
Kanye West released his musically diverse My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy on Nov. 22, 2010.  Critics tripped over themselves lauding West’s fifth studio corpus.  Pundits loved the record so much that when it wasn’t nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year they screamed bloody murder.  The LP made just about every end-of-the-year “best of” list.  Also released on Nov. 22, 2010 was Nicki Minaj’s debut studio album Pink Friday.  It debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 (behind My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy).  Pink Friday’s first week of sales was the second highest ever for a female hip hop artist (second only to Lauryn Hill).  The production also set a record for most weeks in the top ten by a female rapper.  Clearly, Nov. 22, 2010 was a big day for hip hop.

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5 Seconds Of Summer Ages And The Age Of 5 Seconds Of Summer

by Noiz 2. August 2014 09:10

5 Seconds Of Summer Ages And The Age Of 5 Seconds Of Summer

Five Seconds of Summer are two years and seven months old. 

Wait!  That’s the age of the band or how long they’ve been together (November of 2011).  You probably want to know the age of the people in the band?

Well, they’re 72 years old.

On second thought, you probably meant the ages of each individual member, not their combined age.  Okay, that’s easy too…

5 Seconds of Summer Ages
Ashton Irwin is 19 …
Michael Clifford is 18 …
Calum Hood is 18 …
Luke Hemmings is 17…

All that is great for Aug. 1, 2014 but what if you’re reading this on Oct. 3, the day 5 Seconds of Summer rocks Tampa as the opening act for One Direction?  Or perhaps it’s May 4 when 5SOS kicks off their headlining “Rock Out With Your Socks Out” world tour in Lisbon, Portugal.  Or perhaps it’s 2020 and you’re reading the second volume of my greatest works.  Whatever the date is when you’re reading this, knowing Luke is 17 now isn’t going to be much help.

So here are their birthdates.  Regardless of what it says on the calendar, you can use the following information to extrapolate their age…

5 Seconds of Summer Birthdates
Ashton Irwin… July 7, 1994
Michael Clifford… November 20, 1995
Calum Hood… January 25, 1996
Luke Hemmings… July 16, 1996

None of the boys are old enough to drink and one isn’t even considered an adult (in America).  Yet, they already have a number one album to their name. 

Their self-titled debut dropped in late June in Europe and mid-July in North America.  The album sold 259,000 copies in the week of July 21 to July 27.  That amount is enough to give the boys the fourth best sales week of the year.

The accolades don’t stop there.  Their “first album” has had the best sales performance of any “first album” for not only this year but for the last seven.  The last “first album” to do better was Daughtry’s debut in November of 2006.  Chris Daughtry, frontman for the aforementioned group, was 25 when his band released their first full-length studio album.

“She Looks So Perfect” is the first single from 5 Seconds’ debut opus.  It dropped in February and went straight to number one in their native Australia as well as New Zealand and the UK.  The song peaked at number 24 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. 

“She Looks So Perfect” was written by Ashton and Michael along with producer Jake Sinclair.

Currently, 5 Seconds of Summer is touring with One Direction as their opening act. 

It’s a fitting union. 

Not only are 1D and 5SOS referred to as “boy bands” by the media but they’re also managed by the same London-based company, Modest Management. 

Sharing the same management company as One Direction probably explains why 5 Seconds of Summer announced their 2015 headlining tour so far in advance.  If you remember 1D did the same thing; they announced their current “Where We Are Tour” in May of 2013.  The trek began in earnest in late April of 2014.

By the way, that 1D tour ends Oct. 5 in Miami.  Highlights of their outing include stops in Toronto, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

Warming up audiences at a One Direction concert is a huge boon for Five Seconds.  After all, the “Where We Are Tour” is visiting huge venues like MetLife Stadium, Gillette Stadium, and Ford Field. 

A lot of 1D fans will be arriving for the concert not knowing much about 5SOS, much less their ages. They will leave, however, with a new favorite band (well, a new second-favorite band as One Direction will probably still be numero uno).

To prepare for their big headlining jaunt of ’15, the boys from Australia have a little mini-tour of the U.S. planned for mid-November.  For three concerts, Five Seconds of Summer will be the top name on the marquee.

On Nov. 13 they’ll be in Phoenix for a gig at the Ak-Chin Pavilion.  Then on Nov. 15 and Nov. 16 they will entertain fans at the fabulous Forum in Los Angeles.  The first of those two dates are already sold out.

I mentioned earlier that 5 Seconds of Summer begin their world headlining tour in early May of 2015.  The North American leg of that world odyssey doesn’t commence until July 17 in Las Vegas.

After Sin City, the boys travel to California, Canada, the Midwest, the East Coast, and finally the U.S. South.  The final show on their docket is Sept. 13.  That evening, West Palm Beach welcomes 5 Seconds of Summer to the Cruzan Amphitheatre. 

All in all, there are 30 stops on their tour calendar including concerts in Tinley Park, Mansfield, Holmdel, and Charlotte.

The big question surrounding the group is what their ages are, but the big debate is whether or not 5SOS is a reall boy band? 

They have many of the ageless qualities of a boy band.  They are fun, energetic, and young. 

Furthermore, the four members of the group are diverse enough to provide someone for every fan (tween girl).  There’s the heartthrob (Luke), the funny one (Michael), the quiet one (Ashton), and the ethnically ambiguous one (Calum).

Yet, 5 Seconds of Summer does something that most boy bands don’t do and that’s play their own instruments.  These guys do much more than just sing.  They are an actual rock band.

Luke and Michael play guitar.  Calum is on bass.  Ashton bangs on the drums.

They also write most of their own music.  With the exception of “Amnesia,” at least two of the band members co-wrote all the tracks on their debut album.  The members of 1D only co-wrote three songs on their first release, Up All Night.

Five Seconds of Summer is quick to remind everyone that they are indeed a rock band.  They are not following in the footsteps of The Jackson 5, New Kids on the Block, and The Backstreet Boys.  They are building on the work of artists like Blink-182, Ed Sheeran, Boys Like Girls and All Time Low.  

Going forward, 5 Seconds of Summer will have to manage being labeled a “boy band.”  It’s doubtful the media will stop calling them that (at least while they’re all teenagers) and they have a fan base that’s very boy-band-like (young girls).  It also doesn’t help that they’re opening for the preeminent boy band of the era, and maybe of all-time, One Direction.

Since you can’t be a boy band forever, it’s going to be a lot easier for 5SOS to shake that epithet and mature than it will be for One Direction.  Then again, 1D probably won’t have to worry about all that.  They’ll disband and Harry Styles will go on to be a big solo artist.

Call them a boy band, or call them a rock band, it really doesn’t matter.  At the rate Five Seconds of Summer is moving records and selling concerts tickets they’re going to be around for a lot longer than five seconds and 15 minutes. 

No matter how you look at it, we’re living in the age of 5 Seconds of Summer.

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Chris Young And The 10 Artists Who Shaped Him

by Noiz 28. July 2014 20:38

Chris Young And The 10 Artists Who Shaped Him

In the near future, Chris Young tickets will be collected at venues all over the country.  On July 31, the country music singer launches a robust tour of the United States.  It begins at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.  That night he’ll be joined by Dierks Bentley.

Highlights of the trek include Chris Young in Fort Worth, Texas on Sept. 13; Chris Young visiting Webster, Massachusetts on Sept. 21; and Chris Young performing in Cincinnati, Ohio, at the Riverbend Music Center, on Sept. 25.

The Chris Young concert in Cincinnati will also feature Bentley as a warm up act.  The “What Was I Thinkin’” singer is also on the marquee when Young visits Sixes, Oregon on Aug. 3; Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio on Sept. 26; and Noblesville, Indiana on Sept. 27.

In the “now,” Young is celebrating his sixth number one single.  His “Who I Am With You” has just summited the Mediabase Country Singles chart. 

“Yeah, I’m pretty happy right now,” gushed Young over his latest accomplishment. 

Recently, Rolling Stone magazine asked Young to list ten artists “who shaped him as an artist.”  Below are those ten artists.  We’ve listed them in order of obviousness.  Some are fairly evident for a country music star while a few came out of leftfield.  We’ve got to give it to Young. He came up with a pretty interesting list.

BEYOND OBVIOUS

George Strait

“If you're a solo male artist who sings country music, he's probably going be somewhere on your list.”

In truth, Rolling Stone should have asked Young to list 10 artists who made him who he is that aren’t named George Strait.  The King of Country has had such a great career that he has influenced singers in and out of the country music genre.  Strait has sold more than 100 million records, posted 44 number one country singles, and earned 13 multi-platinum certifications.  When it comes to country music singers Strait is the alpha and the omega. 

Connection:  Young used to sing Strait’s “The Fireman” when he was a teenager performing with local house bands.

COMPLETELY OBVIOUS

Alan Jackson

"He's one of the truly quintessential singer/songwriters of country.”

Alan Jackson is another no-brainer.  He makes Young’s list more for his songwriting prowess than his voice (although that didn’t hurt him any).  Jackson has sold more than 80 million records and placed 50 singles inside the top ten of Billboard’s country music singles chart.  Many of those songs Jackson wrote himself.  Jackson is a member of the Grand Ole Opry and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

Connection:  Around five years ago, Chris Young toured with Alan Jackson as his opening act.

OBVIOUS

Vince Gill

“He's the consummate musician. Great singer, great songwriter, great dude.”

Vince Gill is a country and bluegrass legend, but you can do away with the genres and just call him one of the all-time greats.  His 20 Grammy Awards are the most by a male country music artist.  He has also sold more than 24 million albums and charted 40 singles.  Gill once opened for KISS and was asked to join Dire Straits. 

Connection:  Chris Young and Vince Gill sang “Hey Good Lookin'?” at the Grand Ole Opry.  It was the first time he ever sang with Gill.  Young said he was freaked out through the entire number, afraid that if he screwed up a Hank Williams song the Opry would never let him back.

NOT OBVIOUS BUT NOT A SURPISE EITHER

Blake Shelton

“He had a mullet… He's a really great guy.”

The thing Chris Young likes the most about Blake Shelton is his perseverance.  Shelton kicked around Nashville for years before making it big.  Remember, his label put the kibosh on him releasing “I Wanna Talk About Me” as his debut single—the same song Toby Keith took to number one.  Shelton didn’t really become a household name until 2011 when he was selected as one of the judges on the NBC singing competition, The Voice. 

Connection: When Young was a teenager he used to watch Shelton perform all over Nashville.  Since then, Young has opened for Mr. Miranda Lambert on several occasions.

SLIGHTLY SUPRISING

Tony Bennett

“He's just got one of those all-time classic voices."

If you’re a successful singer, regardless of genre, chances are very good that you owe Tony Bennett a debt of gratitude.  Bennett has won 17 Grammy Awards, is a Kennedy Center Honoree, and has sold 50 million records.  His greatest accomplishment is expanding his fan base to include the talent blind MTV generation without changing his style. 

Connection:  During an appearance on NPR, Chris Young sang “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” a tune Tony Bennett made popular.

UNEXPECTED   

Tracy Lawrence

…he was one of those guys that I loved hearing all the stuff he picked [to record].”

Tracy Lawrence is a singer-songwriter from Atlanta, Texas.  He’s responsible for such great songs as “Sticks and Stones,” “Can’t Break It to My Heart,” and “Texas Tornado.”  Lawrence flourished in the 1990s and the early 2000s.  He’s a musical hero to Young as well as a real-life hero.  In 1991, three men confronted Lawrence and a former girlfriend outside of his hotel room.  The men tried to force Lawrence and his friend into the room but he refused to go.  The perpetrators shot him four times while the girlfriend escaped.  Surgery was needed but a bullet still remains in Young’s pelvis.

Connection: Young and Lawrence have both worked with producer James Stroud.

COMPLETE SURPRISE

Aerosmith

"I was a huge Aerosmith fan growing up.”

Aerosmith is America’s best-selling rock band.  The Bad Boys of Boston have sold more than 150 million albums, they’ve won four Grammy Awards, and are inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Songwriters Hall of Fame.  Some of the band’s biggest singles are “Dream On,” “Walk This Way,” "Dude (Looks Like a Lady),” and “Janie's Got a Gun.”

Connection:  When Young has trouble nailing something that’s up tempo he’ll listen to Aerosmith for help.

WHO?

Keith Whitley

“One of the first records I bought for myself was a Keith Whitley record.”

Keith Whitley died from alcohol poisoning in May of 1989 at the age of 34 (Young is currently 29).  His influence on the country music far out strips his success although he had a few hit records.  Whitley released three albums, one of them was posthumously.  His first album, and one of Young’s favorites, is 1985’s L.A. to Miami.  

Connection:  Both Young and Whitley are/were signed to RCA Records.

LEFT FIELD

Boyz II Men

“I saw them live about a year and a half ago. I'm still a fan.”

Chris Young was approaching his sixth birthday when Boyz II Men released Cooleyhighharmony (1991).  He was a little young for the New Jack Swing craze that swept the nation, but still old enough where you can picture him dancing to "Motownphilly" in his bedroom.  The R&B legends are responsible for the first, third, and fourth longest stints atop Billboard’s main singles charts.  You think “Shawn” was his favorite?

Connection: Young use to sing along with the musical runs in Boyz II Men songs.  He believes it has helped him as a vocalist. 

NOODLE SCRATCHER

Joe Diffie

“One of the things I always remember about him was, that dude could sing his ass off.”

Even though Joe Diffie is a country music singer his selection is a little bit of a noodle scratcher.  Young loves his voice, but many critics deride Diffie for lacking a vocal identity.  They look at Diffie as more of an imitator than an innovator.  Diffie is known for singing novelty songs and ballads which probably explains why he made Young’s list.

Connection:  Young recently ran into Diffie at the Opry and his hero recognized him—even addressed him by name.  That encounter made the fan-boy as giddy as a school girl.

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The Cost Of A PHISHing Vacation

by Noiz 25. July 2014 03:16

The Cost Of A PHISHing Vacation

What are you doing for your vacation this year?

Jeff Miers spent his vacation attending Phish concerts.  That seems like a novel idea until you learn that Miers is a music critic for The Buffalo News.  Then the idea seems slightly masochistic like a teacher going back to school during their week off.

Miers began his vacation by attending three Phish concerts at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center—he brought his son with him on the first night.  Towards the end of his holiday, he saw the world’s number one jam band in Canandaigua, New York. 

It’s often said that a man for whom work and pleasure are one and the same is the luckiest of men. My vacation made me feel pretty lucky.” — Jeff Miers

Phish has a large fan following.  They also have a lot of fans who follow them around.  Generally, when we think of swimming after Phish we don’t think of professionals like Jeff Miers.  We think of teenagers, or early 20-somethings, packed into a Volkswagen bus with ten of their best friends.  They manage to live off of free-love, Top Ramen, and bootleg tapes.

Miers came up with a more adult and comfortable variation of a theme that’s in desperate need of a shower.  If you follow his lead, and expand it just a bit, you have one hell of a good idea: use your vacation time to follow Phish around the country.  It might not be going to Europe but it will still be one hell of a road trip.

This fall, Phish is launching a 12-concert tour of the Western part of the United States.  This jaunt is perfect fodder for your vacation because it starts on Friday, Oct. 17 and ends Sunday, Nov. 2.  That means you can use your two weeks of vacation time (plus one additional day) and follow the tour from start to finish.

Furthermore, you’ll be going Phish-ing in style—no tents, vans, or couches.  You’re going to fly to the city hosting their first show, rent a car to drive to their other tour stops, sleep in hotels, and eat at restaurants. 

First, you need to buy Phish tickets.

For the most part, all Phish tickets cost the same.  Besides, you’re not going to follow Phish around the western part of the United States and sit in nose bleeds seats.  You want quality seats.  Using prices from the band’s own website, it’s going to cost you $65.70 to attend each concert.

>>Tickets to every one of Phish’s 12 autumn concerts… $788

The tour begins in Eugene, Oregon.  To determine the cost of getting there, I took the price of an airline ticket from Los Angeles to Eugene and averaged it with the cost of an airline ticket from New York to Eugene.  I figure this would be a decent starting point for determining how much it will cost you to fly to the city where Phish is launching their tour.

>>Airline ticket to Eugene, Oregon… $172

At the Eugene airport you’re going to rent a car.  Renting a car is something you can spend as much as you want.  For this exercise, you’re renting a Chevy Aveo (economy class) for $49 a day with unlimited mileage from Hertz.  This was the cheapest I found.  It’s not the most comfortable vehicle ever made but it will get you to Phish. 

>>Renting an economy class vehicle… $1,143

After Eugene, you’ll drive 287 miles to Seattle to attend a Phish show at Key Arena (Oct. 18).  After that, you’ll have the longest drive of your excursion when you tootle from the Emerald City to Santa Barbara.  That drive is over 1,100 miles. 

You’re shortest jaunt is from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles (Inglewood to be exact).  It’s just 95 miles.  Phish plays Inglewood and the fabulous Forum on Oct. 24.  You’ll finish your journey with a couple of 500-mile roadies.  It’s a 533-mile drive from San Diego to San Francisco while 563 miles of pavement separate San Francisco and Las Vegas.

When it’s all said and done, you will have driven 2,732 miles.  That’s using the shortest route between cities and not doing a bit of sightseeing.  The Chevy Aveo gets 35 miles to the gallon on the highway.  Since most of the driving will be done on the highway I’ll use that figure to estimate a need of 78 gallons of gas.

As of today, the average price for a gallon of gas in Washington, Oregon, California, and Nevada (all of the states hosting Phish concerts during their fall tour) is $3.91. 

>>Estimated Fuel Cost…$304.98

Why camp when you can stay in a perfectly nice hotel room?  For your Phish-ing trip you’ll need accommodations for 17 nights.  Each one of those nights will cost you about $240.

The way I computed the hotel rooms was very simple and it had nothing to do with price.  I picked the hotel closest to the venue that’s hosting the Phish concert.  In most cases, the hotel is within walking distance to the arena or amphitheater.  I thought it was prudent that you don’t drive after attending a Phish show. 

I also have you staying in the city the night of the performance(s).  The following day you’re immediately off to the next city on the itinerary.  You’re always killing time in the city that’s about to host a Phish concert and not in the city they’ve already performed.   That way, if you suffer delays in traveling to your next destination you won’t miss the concert.

These two qualifications made the hotel part of the budget a little expensive especially since the hotel in Santa Barbara is more than $400 a night and you’ll be staying there for four nights.  You’re also staying in San Francisco for four nights.  The hotel in that city, which is practically on top of the performance venue, is the third most expensive hotel on your schedule.

>>17-night lodging in seven cities… $4,101

Las Vegas hosts Phish, and their final three shows, from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.  That Nov. 2 performance occurs on Sunday.  After the house lights come on you’ll drive to the airport, hop a plane, and go home.  Again, I used the same formula to get you home from Las Vegas that I used to get you to Eugene.

>>Airline ticket home from Las Vegas… $169

What about food, souvenirs, and, you know, that other stuff you often smell at a Phish concert?  Again, you can spend as much or as little as you want on victuals and incidentals.  I want you to be comfortable so let’s give you a modest per diem of $50.    

>>Per Diem for entire trip… $850

The grand total to see every Phish concert on their upcoming fall tour is $6,678.  That works out to $556.50 per concert.  If you use your own car, and fine some less expensive hotel rooms, you can probably chop down that figure by a couple thousand dollars.  Either way, it’s a lot of money, but if you consider all the great music you’ll hear, and all the interesting people you’ll meet, the memories of your Phish-ing trip will be priceless.

>>Total cost to see 12 Phish concerts… $6,678

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