Originally Posted by hailtopitt
actually DMB has right of first refusal at the Gorge for Labor Day Weekend IIRC
which means they have the venue booked in perpetuity
This is what I would assume as well. And I imagine that even though they don't have it firmly booked/locked down, that window for refusal is probably still open, and may be for a few more months.
A lot of speculation, but this band has never taken a full year off, Dave/others have talked about the itch to play live, and I would think that if they were to play any shows, Gorge would likely be very high on that list. I'm not just saying that because it's my home venue, I actually wouldn't mind getting a chance to see Phish at Dick's or just do something else for Labor Day Weekend. When they announced Caravan in 2011, they only announced the first two off the bat if I remember, but everyone knew the Gorge was coming.