Is the show good? Of course it is. However, it's good for more reasons than just that fantastic playing we all assume goes.....Read more
Following two shows that will go down in Phish history primarily for non-musical reasons, the band closed out their Chicago run Sunday with an.....Read more
Is the show good? Of course it is. However, it’s good for more reasons than just that fantastic playing we all assume goes along with 1995. One of the aspects that stands out about this show is the fantastic setlist structure–it keeps casting you out and reeling you in as you listen to the entire show.
For 3/4 of the show, Phish performed at a level that simply did not rise to the lofty standard they’d set for themselves over the previous month, but for the last 1/4, they somehow managed to create something as surprising and arguably as magnificent as anything they had done all year.
Phish have been treating us to some fantastic playing this year, the best in a decade in fact, but last night they traded their tight-fisted pocket grooving and blazing hot rock for some mid-90′s exploration.
Following two shows that will go down in Phish history primarily for non-musical reasons, the band closed out their Chicago run Sunday with an appropriate mix of musical brilliance, theatrics, and rain delays. Capping off a three-night stand whose footnotes list runs almost as long as its setlists, this show managed to be both the musical superior and the eccentricity equal of its two predecessors.
Phish rolled into hot and sticky Northerly Island on Chicago’s lakefront last night for an interesting and disappointing opener to the three-concert weekend. Weather leading up until showtime was sunny and in the 90′s and everyone fully expected a cold front to hit the hot air for some showtime storms–and everyone was okay with that.
Phish has been on a roll of playing better music than I honestly ever thought they’d create together again. After the outstanding MPP shows, it seemed nothing could slow them down–nothing has.
After seven shows that were as significant for what they accomplished as for what they suggested was possible, the second night at Merriweather Post left little room for suggestion. In this show, Phish laid out all their best cards, and let the audience marvel at what a spectacular hand they have to play.
Hang on to your seatbelts, folks: year 30 is on pace to be a groundbreaking one for Phish.
Phish opened their two-night run at Merriweather Post Pavilion with one of their weakest shows of the tour, and we should all find that incredibly encouraging. Why? Because, as in all of Phish’s golden eras, even on their off-nights, they still put on a damn good show.
Fans were putting up with miserable weather–it wasn’t the fun kind of summer rain that cools you down–hoping that Phish would treat them for their loyalty. The beautiful, patterned, and inspiring Reba paired with the melodic and fresh Bowie jam would have been enough of a treat but that was simply an appetizer to the second set.
JEMP Records is pleased to announce that the second pressing of ‘Junta’ on vinyl will hit stores October 1, 2013. It is available for pre-order now at Phish Dry Goods.
Along with a sample track from this download, read about Phish’s unexpected concert release here plus a blurb about the concert from archivist Kevin Shapiro.
OPT’s exclusive mole at the meeting discussing the music venue (#weareeverywhere) has secured the following information on the upcoming renovations and expansion to Chicago’s Charter One Pavilion on Northerly Island
As expected, Phish will once again be streaming their 4-night New Year’s Eve run online! It’s still $14.99/night ($19.99 for 12/31), and is $58.99 for all four nights which is about $6 cheaper than buying each night separate.
Two Phish related charities – Phish’s own WaterWheel Foundation and The Mimi Fishman Foundation have teamed together once again on an on-line auction with 100% of the proceeds helping victims of Hurricane Sandy.
After 30 years of touring, a hiatus, a break-up, 11 studio albums (12 if you include the White Tape), several New Year’s Eve (NYE) runs, 9 festivals, and 6 Halloween album costumes, Phish is thriving. Four years after the band’s exalted return to the stage, the Phish community is thriving and possibly hungrier than ever. [...]
I get that New Year’s Eve in New York City is prime time to make money, but I think it comes at the misfortune of fans. Many fans will not stop going to shows and will likely buy ridiculously marked up tickets, but many fans will not.
As tour winds and leg two comes to a close capping a stellar summer of Phish, I can’t help myself from thinking about all the shows I missed. Who knew moving to a new city and going through a major life transition would make catching shows so difficult.
We’re now at about the halfway point between the two legs of summer tour. We at OPT wanted to give enough time for the dust to settle after the first leg so we didn’t offer opinions that may be emotional rather than logical.
The funk is resembling the ’97 funk in some places. Don’t shake your head–it does. Take the most glaring example: Atlantic City’s Tube.
setlist provided by Phish.net