The State of the Phish

My Phellow Americans, from the rolling farmlands of Burlington to the narrow tenements of Berkeley and everywhere in between (well Chicago and Colorado pretty much),  allow me to introduce to you “The State of the Phish” week at OPT.  After a dramatic off-season, which contained more suspense than a choose-your-own-adventure Goosebumps story, we have finally entered the home stretch.  And as we sit down at the all-you-can-eat sushi lunch special that is the 2011 summer tour (or “Tofushi” for our vegan friends), with 30 shows and a 3-day festival on the menu, allow me to be the first to say: The state of the Phish is strong.

Over the upcoming week, we at OPT will break down every conceivable aspect of the summer to come.  This will include:

  • An official “State of the Phish” address will be delivered, arguing that all the evidence suggests that this upcoming tour will be a new pinnacle for Phish. The jaded vets, presumably while wearing Trey’s Grinch t-shirt, will have an opportunity to offer their slightly less optimistic viewpoint.
  • A meticulously researched, clip-laden discussion on the way jamming has evolved in 3.0 and a look at the historical precedence that may offer clues on Phish’s path forward.
  • An in-depth look into how the fan experience has changed and will continue to change over this upcoming tour.
  • A look at the most exciting new songs and lyrics we hope to see (looking at you, Pigtail)
  • And more!…Possibly. Don’t hold us to that, we’re still figuring stuff out.

 

To kick things off, we would like you, the fans, to weigh in on some of the most pressing questions leading up to Friday night in Bethel.   We will post your answers before tour begins and then refer back to them after the summer so we can all have a good laugh at how foolish we all were.  Or, perhaps, there will be a great clairvoyant among you who will then be rewarded with his own CBS crime show, “The Jam Whisperer”, where you somehow use your outstanding talent for knowing what Phish will play next to help solve crimes.  You know you’d watch that. Either way, you’ve got nothing better to do till Bethel.

 

 

Summer 2011 Pre-Tour Opinion Poll:

In your opinion, how does the last tour (Fall and NYE) rank in Phish history, with 5 being average, 1 being worst and 10 being best you’ve ever heard/seen?

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In your opinion, how will this upcoming tour rank overall?

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In your opinion, how will the jamming in this upcoming tour rank?

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In your opinion, how will the new material and song selection rank?

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In your opinion, what level of crime will Trey commit with his guitar?

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In your opinion, who will be the MVP of the summer?

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Which “Section” of the tour do you expect to produce the best music?

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Which 5 shows (non festival) do you expect to produce the best music?

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Which 3 songs do you expect to have the most musical growth over the tour?

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Which 3 Bust Outs (haven’t been played in 3.0) do you expect the most?

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Which random bit of Phishyness do you most expect to see return?

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Do you think we'll get Harpua'd? Where?

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Do you think we'll get Icculus'd? Where?

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Do you think we'll get Hendge'd?

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How many new songs (covers + originals) do you expect?

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