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Interview: Carl "Gears" Gerhard

Posted 4 years ago by Lemuria - 4 comments Link: http://phi.sh/b/4f47f5af

In April 2000, Charlie Dirksen interviewed Carl "Gears'" Gerhard, longtime Phish guest and member of the Giant Country Horns. The following exerpts from that interview were published in the first edition of The Phish Companion.

Charlie Dirksen: What are your greatest musical influences?

Carl Gerhard: I grew up in a family that totally supported my music. I used to sit in my living room at home for hours and try to play along with every song that came on the radio. That really helped me develop my ear, and from that, I was able to recognize and memorize tunes. I had a great band director in high school (Norris Birnbaum), who loved quality music, regardless of idiom or genre. Our band was always performing the most challenging pieces. He pushed me to be a more well rounded player. I've been a Navy musician for 14 years, and I've played with some super-talented people who have influenced how I play today. I mean, some really hot musicians. I can't say enough about Phish. You can't help but be positively influenced and motivated by their music and their musicianship. No doubt about it, they are the best at what they do.

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Hey, kids! Wanna buy every pavilion ticket for summer tour for only $950 (plus ticket face and fees)?

Posted 4 years ago by jackl - 48 comments Link: http://phi.sh/b/4f5982b2, posted in the Video category



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Complete with their crackerjack tech support staff from Bangalore, this will have you rolling in the dough before the show, without needing to drag those heavy nitrous tanks to parking lots and dodge or payoff police and security!

Hat tip to sharp-eyed reader David Menconi who wrote to Bob Lefsetz' "Mailbag" (3/8/12) that he "was amused to discover that you really can just order up scalping software as easily as you can download a book on amazon".

Foreword by Lois Harris

Posted 4 years ago by Lemuria - 4 comments Link: http://phi.sh/b/4f48aa36

The following foreword to the second edition of The Phish Companion was written by Lois Harris, who taught Page, Trey, and Fish at Goddard College.

I suppose this little contribution to The Phish Companion should be called a Backward rather than a Foreword, but I guess Foreword will do, given that we will all seem to go that direction without requiring any declaration of the fact. Backward is a different business altogether. In music it’s called retrograde – taking the melody and playing it backwards – in life it is simply memory.

So here are some memories of Phish, as individuals and as a band. First, you have to imagine Vermont: multiple small buildings covered in snow – not always snow, but just to keep this thing rustic, let’s say snow. One building, large by Vermont standards, covered in brown shingle and punctuated by two former hay silos at the far end of the two corridors is the so-called Community Center. The other end of the hall gives access to the Haybarn Theater, wood paneled and multi-functional – a far cry from the massive performance venues the Band would later fill.

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Mystery Jam Monday Part 89

Posted 4 years ago by lumpblockclod - 18 comments Link: http://phi.sh/b/4f5430be, posted in the Audio category (661 listens)

Welcome to Mystery Jam Monday Part 89 at Phish.net. As usual, we will be playing for a free MP3 download, courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. The rules haven't changed: you need to correctly identify the song and the date to win. Post your guess in the comments. One guess per person per day (with the second “day” starting after I post the hint). A hint will be posted on Tuesday (if necessary) and the answer will be posted on Wednesday. Good luck...

Tuesday Hint: No hint needed this week.

Wednesday Answer: Congrats to FunkyCFunkyDo for being first in line with the 8/10/11 "Runaway Jim." Mystery Jam #90 coming next week...

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Interview: Ben "Junta" Hunter

Posted 4 years ago by Lemuria - 6 comments Link: http://phi.sh/b/4f47f4f4

In July 2000, Ellis Godard interviewed Ben "Junta" Hunter, the band's first manager/agent, for whom the double-CD Junta is named. The following exerpts from that interview were published in the second edition of The Phish Companion. Additionally of note, this is the 500th blog post on the site!

EG: How did your association with Phish begin?

BH: My “official” association with the band began when we rented a nightclub called Molly’s in Allston, Massachusetts, on 11/3/88. It was the kind of place that had live music only one night a week. If memory serves, they had Dead cover bands and the like on Sundays, and the rest of the time it was a rather, if you’ll excuse the expression, “Euro-trashy” type of dance club.

I would say my primary strength was my ability to proselytize – to spread the good Phish word amongst my friends – and act as sort of a “Johnny Appleseed.” The band’s name was on my lips in nearly every conversation I had during the several years in which I was affiliated with them. I was friendly with the band Ninja Custodian and promoted a gig for them at the Paradise in Boston (with not such terrific results), in late 1990 or early 1991. In fact, it was their drummer, Mike Billington (he of the permanent antic disposition), who first turned John Paluska and myself onto Phish.

EG: What interested you about them so early on?

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Introducing the New Phish.net tease Chart

Posted 4 years ago by Bizarro_Jerry - 11 comments Link: http://phi.sh/b/4f4f7562

Through my years of seeing and listening to Phish, I've always enjoyed hearing songs teased in the middle of what the band was playing. The 2nd Edition of The Phish Companion took this information and put it to print, resulting in a four page Teases Chart. As I compiled my collection of Phish shows, I would actively seek out certain versions of songs to hear specific teases - something that enriched my experience of exploring the band's vast musical history. Upon joining the Phish.Net crew in 2009 and becoming involved in the setlist team, I would constantly add new teases to the database, partially from my own listening finds and often from Phish.Net user submissions.

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Phish Summer '12 Tour

Posted 4 years ago by pzerbo - 27 comments Link: http://phi.sh/b/4f4e61a9, posted in the Video category



6/7/12 DCU Center, Worcester, MA
6/8/12 DCU Center, Worcester, MA
6/15/12 Bader Field, Atlantic City, NJ
6/16/12 Bader Field, Atlantic City, NJ
6/17/12 Bader Field, Atlantic City, NJ
6/19/12 nTelos Pavilion, Portsmouth, VA
6/20/12 nTelos Pavilion, Portsmouth, VA
6/22/12 Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
6/23/12 First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA
6/24/12 Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
6/28/12 Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, IN
6/29/12 Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, IN
6/30/12 Alpine Valley Music Center, East Troy, WI
7/1/12 Alpine Valley Music Center, East Troy, WI
7/3/12 Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh, NY
7/4/12 Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh, NY
7/6/12 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
7/7/12 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
7/8/12 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

Tickets: http://phish.portals.musictoday.com/

Foreword by Jane Ambrose

Posted 4 years ago by Lemuria - 6 comments Link: http://phi.sh/b/4f48a972

The following foreword to the second edition of The Phish Companion was written by Jane Ambrose, Trey's music teacher at the University of Vermont.

I read in the paper this morning that Phish had the second largest box office gross per city in North America. Bon Jovi was first, but the average ticket price was so much higher, that without an adjustment, Phish would no doubt have been number one. So I thought again why it might be that this band that started here at our little University was so popular. After all, 70,000 people made their way to The Great Went in Limestone, Maine, not exactly one of the population centers of the Northeast. Recently I watched the DVD of Bittersweet Motel and was struck by the absolute joy of the audience-joy in each others’ company and joy communicated by the music of Phish. Regardless of their enormous success, the guys haven’t changed very much. I love the picture on the cover of the March, 2003 Rolling Stone - Phish on ice skates, dressed like drag queens, with my friend Trey in a tutu over his jeans and with a bare chest. Happy people make other people happy.

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