Joining me (PZ) to recap Friday’s action is my dear friend, LMo.
PZ: Happy 2015, Phish fans! We’ve been on a bit of a ride the past few days on the ship of Phish. The fans making the trek to Miami caught a monster wave with the NYE second set and “Tweezer,” though otherwise the band has presented as adrift, disinterested, and even for stretches taking on water, with New Years Day’s performance being even charitably among the least inspired in holiday run history. While not reaching the Jimmy Carter-level malaise that characterized the 2011-12 MSG holiday run, the band was straddling the Mendoza Line with only one and a fraction high quality sets out of five washing upon the Miami shores.
Photo by Brantley Gutierrez © Phish 2014. All rights reserved.
Some dates are loaded with history. For Phish, January 1 is not one of those dates. Not that there is no history – 1/1/11 is a tremendous show – but until last night, that was the extent of the Phish shows on New Year’s Day. So, with a sample size of one awesome show, what expectations should we have for Miami2? Well, none. It’s our favorite band, they’ve been playing at a very high level, and we’re probably in for some surprises. That’s good enough, so on with the show.
Photo © Phish @phish_ftr
For me, 2014 was full of death and fracture and noise; a year to be ceremoniously booted in the ass and sent packing. It was brightened and softened in its waning days by the news of not one, not two, but three wedding engagements, and by the arrival of a few beautiful bouncing babies. But like many in my family and circle of friends, I couldn’t be happier about turning this page.
Photo by Scott Harris
PhanArt Pete Mason is once again raising funds for The Mockingbird Foundation (the sponsor of Phish.net and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit) through a poster and pin exhibition, this time in Miami on Friday, January 2, 2015, the third day of Phish's four day/show run there. The show takes place from noon to five p.m. at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. The Center is only five blocks away from the American Airlines Arena, so be sure to hit the poster and pin exhibition pre-Phish.
Every Woo down in Wooville liked Tweezer a lot
But the Grinch who lived just north of Wooville did not!
The Grinch hated Tweezer! The whole Tweezer season!
Now, please don't ask why. No one quite knows the reason.
Recently we interviewed Mike Lawrence, the director of the Phish fan documentary We've Got It Simple, and he mentioned that a very special Kickstarter reward was looming: their official movie poster, a limited edition print by Jim Pollock. That print has been announced and it is now available as one of the rewards on the "We've Got It Simple" Kickstarter page. So not only do you have the satisfaction of supporting a film about Phish fans, but also your backing may get you a Pollock Print!
Phish’s WaterWheel Foundation and the Mimi Fishman Foundation have announced a new on-line charity auction, including five auction items focusing on Phish’s upcoming New Years Eve run in Miami (a pair of tickets to all four shows as well as accommodations at the downtown Miami Hilton) and numbered posters from Phish’s 2014 Summer tour (all from limited runs, signed by all four members of Phish.) New to this auction is a timed release of the posters, with new posters added every few days, each with a unique end date/time.