Tag Archives: Phish

Thought: Why I love Phish so much…

I’m sure some would wonder why I love that band Phish, which are known as a hippy acid rock jam band. I know most Phish fans do drugs and drink, but I don’t need to do any of that stuff to enjoy their music. Do I enjoy their songwriting skills? Yes, they write pretty good stuff in the studio…but what I’m most impressed about with this band is the way they play their live shows. I’ve seen so much live music over the years. In today’s music, no live performer out there can perform live better than Phish can, period.

They are not really seen as a studio band. They are seen as a live band. That’s what people are used to seeing Phish as. So many people compare Phish to the Grateful Dead, but I disagree. They don’t sound like each other at all. What I admire about Phish’s live playing is that they know how to control an audience. Their instruments speak to their audience. They can have the power to control an audience how they please just by playing on stage. Trey’s magical guitar leads blaring out in far away places, just makes you want to dance to them. A band like Phish they can get on stage and play as long as they want, all night if they wanted to. They would jam on every song for like 30 or 40 minutes each, and after the gig, they act like it was an easy thing to do and it was nothing.

When ever I go to a Phish show, they make you feel like it’s your second home. They really make you feel part of the band. The band shows that they do it for the fans and not for themselves. Them coming back is not about ego and money at all. They came back ’cause their fans wanted them back. A band like Phish, you don’t even have to know their songs well by heart just to see them live, just go there and enjoy the show. Just for the enjoyment of feeling like home with the band. You’re looking at future, Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famers here.

Phish is indeed, the greatest live performers on this planet. Trey Anastasio may not be a trained vocalist, he may not be that great of a singer, true, but in jam band music, you don’t even need to sing good. They just did it. Just sang with no musical training. In jam band music, fans don’t really worry about the vocals anyways. They just want to hear some long guitar jams. That’s what jam band is all about.

Phish will be playing two nights of SPAC in Saratoga Springs this Summer, and I’m thinking of going to both of them. Probably will. If I go, I’ll probably get lawn tickets, not inside.

Kev

Report: Phish to appear on Jimmy Fallon to cover Rolling Stones song…

It’s a rare thing that Phish does TV performances. Why? Because they hardly ever do it. Their last TV performance was way back in 2004. I don’t know what show they appeared on that year but I’m trying to find out by google research, not finding anything.

On May 13th, Phish will be going on Jimmy Fallon, to perform a Rolling Stones cover off their, “Exile on Main Street” album. During Phish’s 3 day Halloween fest in Indio, California. Phish performed “Exile On Main Street” in it’s entirety. Phish will be performing one song off that record on Jimmy Fallon.

Yes, Phish do play covers at their live gigs. They have always been known to do that.

More on it here:

http://summer2010.phish.com/news

As to which song Phish will play from “Exile on Main St.”, I’m thinking either “Soul Survivor” or “Sweet Virginia”.

Kev

Report: Phish to go 3D in April…they will hit the big screen in theaters, not the concert stage…

With all these 3D movies coming out in theaters, now the music world is jumping the 3D movie bandwagon! Phish will be releasing their 3 day Halloween festival they played at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. The movie, “Phish 3D” will be released in theaters. Not sure if it’s going to be played everywhere or in selected theaters, but if it’s shown in Albany, I’ll see it. The Phish 3D movie will be released sometime in April.

Oh man, seeing a Phish Halloween concert in 3D would be very trippy! Looking forward to it!

http://www.phish.com/news/

Kev

Thought: Phish fans and drugs…

At the Phish concert last Sunday night, I was amazed that everywhere you go, there were drugs all over the place. Weed, acid, you name it. People were on everything. I’m sure all Phish shows are like this, of course.

After Trey Anastasio’s drug bust in Whitehall a few years ago, when he got stuck in rehab here in Saratoga Springs, he went through a pretty long rehab journey. When he got clean and was ready to graduate, get out of rehab….I was hoping and looking forward to seeing the Phish fans to follow suit of Trey Anastasio.

I was wondering if the Phish fans were thinking the same thing…”Geez, what am I doing to myself, I should go to rehab like Trey, my hero, and get clean”.

Well, that never happened. Trey going to rehab to get clean never taught the fans anything.

While the band was playing on stage, looking at everybody in the audience, everybody definitely looked really drunk, stoned and were tripping on something.

Trey looked really clean, he didn’t look like he was on anything. He was so happy on stage, he was all smiles and so full of energy throughout most of the gig. He is a much better guitar player when he is clean and sober as well. He was on fire that night!

Trey should start giving advice to Phish fans to go to rehab like he did so they don’t end up killing themselves and Phish wouldn’t have any fans left.

You can still have a fun time and have a blast without drinking and doing drugs.

Kev

Phish at SPAC last night…

I went to the show last night. Phish at SPAC in Saratoga Springs. Amazing as usual. This was their best show. Tight all the way through and danced my ass off throughout their entire set.

It was a long gig, it went a little over 5 hours long, two sets and an encore. Most songs are long 10 – 30 minute jams of course.

I didn’t recognize any of the songs, and didn’t know the names of them, but still, it was amazing and impressive musicianship. The original members of Phish were all on stage.

Shockingly enough, they even covered Katy Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl” to make fun of the song for a laugh. The guy that sang the song (which is one of the band members of Phish) sang it really bad and was dressed like a woman, it was supposed to be bad as a sense of humor kind of thing.

They ended their show with a cover of Ac/Dc’s “Highway To Hell”.

See their setlist at the band’s official website here:

http://fromtheroad.phish.com/tour/2009-08-16-saratoga-performing-arts-center

Kev

Report: Phish reveals tracklisting of new album, “Joy”, disc to hit stores Sept 8th…

Trey Anastasio and Phish has revealed the tracklisting of their new album, “Joy” which will hit record stores everywhere Sept. 8th this fall. Phish will also end their summer tour this coming Sunday, Aug. 16th at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

I will be attending their SPAC gig this Sunday and it will be thrilling to be part of their last gig of the tour this year. I’m pretty sure, Phish will give Saratoga Springs their best gig.

I’m also looking forward to their new album which I will definitely pick up. I don’t have any Phish albums in my collection but I’m going to start collecting their entire discography. I’m going to have to order Phish albums online though since at Best Buy and F.Y.E. has mostly Phish live albums, I want their studio albums.

I love Phish so much, they are one of the best bands going in the music industry today.

See their tracklisting here:

http://www.guitarworld.com/article/phish_set_to_release_new_studio_album_sept_8

Kev

Report: Phish is to play at the Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs right after their SPAC show…

It maybe hard to believe, but this is true. News are swirling the web of the local news that Phish maybe playing a show at the Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs, right after their SPAC show on Aug. 16th.

Will Trey Anastasio actually be there at the Parting Glass? Keep in mind Trey lived around Saratoga Springs during his drug rehab here. So Trey probably knows Saratoga Springs pretty well.

The show is booked as Gordon Stone band to play there, but it is possible that Phish members should show up and jam. Maybe other members of Phish will show up and not Trey. Who knows, anything is possible. Trey could show up.

Didn’t get to go backstage at SPAC to meet Phish? Well, here’s your chance to get up close to the band without backstage passes at the Parting Glass, this could be your chance to meet Trey Anastasio in person for an autograph or a picture taken or even have a few beers with Trey!!!

More on it here:

http://blog.timesunion.com/saratogaseen/2305/2305/

I’m pretty sure there’s a good chance of Trey Anastasio heading out to the Parting Glass after the SPAC show. Trey lived here for quite a long while, so I don’t see why not.

Since I got tickets to the SPAC show for Phish and I’m going, I might think about the Parting Glass show, too. Don’t know.

Kev

Report: Phish announces new album, “Joy”, to be released this summer!!!!

Phish has announced a new album release. The name of the new album is simply titled, “Joy”, which will be a ten track disc. It is slated for release sometime this summer with no exact release date yet.

To see the track listing of the new album, click here:

http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/phish-name-new-album-joy-1003988017.story

I’m willing to bet that the reason the album has only 10 tracks is that most of the album is going to be long ten minute jams, like most of their albums are.

Looking forward to getting their new CD.

Kev

BREAKING NEWS: Bruce Springsteen jams with Trey Anastasio and Phish at end of Bonnaroo weekend!!!

At Bonnarroo last night put on a huge huge surprise. Phish closed out Bonnarroo weekend by inviting Bruce Springsteen himself to the stage to jam with Phish on a few tunes. It was just Bruce himself, not the rest of the E Street Band. They played “Mustang Sally” cover, “Bobby Jean”, and “Glory Days”.

Billboard reports:

http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/phish-jams-with-springsteen-on-bonnaroo-1003984291.story

We all know Bruce loves jam sessions with other famous musicians at the end of concerts. We’ll definitely get a Bruce and Neil Young jam at “Glastonbury” probably, maybe the guys in Blur will jam with them too.

See the video of Bruce and Phish performing “Mustang Sally” below. Why would they play a popular bar band song at a huge show? Very weird.

Kev