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Police Chief Praises Phish Crowd

Posted 4 years ago by ericwyman - 6 comments Link:, posted in the Quote category

I was very pleased and very appreciative for the cooperation of the crowd. They were very pleasant to deal with. I’ve been in the business for 33 years, and I can’t ever remember dealing with a crowd of that size that was so pleasant to deal with.

Brad LaRose Essex VT Police Dept, acting chief, on Phish’s Wednesday concert where ZERO arrests were made on site.

via Burlington Free Press

Essex, VT Recap

Posted 4 years ago by bertoletdown - 85 comments Link:

All right, raise your hand if you're gonna miss Couch Tour!

This event, as absorbed via the Information Superhighway in my computer chair, must have been wonderful to attend. Even the webcast was permeated with a sense of community and homecoming, and it's just a shame that it took a horrendous force majeure to make it happen. If Phish is playing, I'm either there or wishing I were, and this was most certainly true tonight.

Of course, it was the kind of night (last announced show this year, rumors afloat about another mini-or-quasi-hiatus, first show in Vermont since Coventry, loose and loping soundcheck) that stirs up disproportionate and even mythical expectations among fans. Tonight's show, while entertaining, was a reminder that expectations are best kept small.


The Extra Mile In Vermont

Posted 4 years ago by ericwyman - 11 comments Link:

It goes without saying that with Phish's benefit concert coming up on Wednesday in Essex Junction, all eyes in the Phish community will be squarely on the flood ravaged state. If you purchased a ticket to the show, pre-ordered the webcast or made a donation to The Waterwheel Foundation, take pride in the fact that you have indeed already helped the people affected by Hurricane Irene in Vermont. Only a mere two and a half weeks since Irene ran its path through central New England most Vermonters are still busy cleaning up. The funds raised by Phish will be massive and go a long way over the long haul finding its way into the hands of various Vermont organizations helping in relief efforts. Recovery from this storm will take months, not weeks. That being said the state is already showing signs of rebuilding with business and community resources coming together and getting people and places back on their feet.

If you're heading up to Vermont on Wednesday and are interested in taking the extra step and helping just a little bit more, there are ways through very small commitments of money and time that you CAN make an additional difference.

I spoke directly last night with Matt Sisto of the grassroots organization #VTresponse. He explained how relief and clean up efforts are still very much "day-to-day", focusing on the areas and sites that need the most attention as they come. He and his crew of volunteers are hard at work utilizing the generous resources from people in Vermont and beyond. So while you might not be able to get organized into helping clean up waterlogged areas (if you wanted to stay the rest of the week, I bet they'd find a spot for you though) there are small things that can go a long way to work that is being done RIGHT NOW.


Mystery Jam Monday Part 67

Posted 4 years ago by lumpblockclod - 16 comments Link:, posted in the Audio category (646 listens)

It's Monday, and, as usual, the Blog has cooked up a Mystery Jam (all while taking in ten straight hours of NFL action; lesser men might have folded under the pressure, but I managed to pack it all in). As usual, we will be playing for an MP3 download courtesy of our friends at / 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). The hint will come on Tuesday and the answer will be posted on Wednesday. Good luck...

Tuesday Hint: Alas, no hint needed this week...

Wednesday Answer: 8/12/98 "Ramble On." Congrats to ghostboogie on the win. See everyone on Monday...

MP3 Downloads Courtesy of announce VT ticket giveaway

Posted 4 years ago by ericwyman - 0 comments Link:

You just read their recap of buying tickets, now Dusty and Brando from are announcing a ticket giveaway for Wednesday's show in Vermont! Thanks to these guys for such an amazing offer!!


In an effort to continue helping by doing our part, is GIVING AWAY 2 TICKETS for Wednesday to 2 lucky fans who help support and build the face value ticket fair trade community.
Go to for details.

Read on for more info about CashOrTrade


Phish's VT Benefit ticketing goes off without a hitch

Posted 4 years ago by ericwyman - 4 comments Link:

Brando and Dusty Rich from are good friends of the site, so we reached out to them for a first-hand account of Friday and Saturday’s ticket buying experience in Burlington. With a monstrous line, ignoring the band’s request to spend the night at home and only a single point to purchase tickets, some were justifiably concerned that this could spiral into an organization nightmare. When it was all said and done though, none of those concerns even remotely surfaced thanks to a great group of fans and the amazing staff on hand in Burlington.

Read on to hear Brando and Dusty’s account of the whole experience.


Video of the Week: 1990-09-28

Posted 4 years ago by tmwsiy - 4 comments Link:, posted in the Video category

Some of the most enjoyable places to catch shows in the early 1990’s were small theaters as Phish was slowly outgrowing campus venues, small gyms and fraternity houses. One of the many such loved venues was the “The Chance” in Poughkeepsie, NY. Nestled in the picturesque Hudson Valley, this beautiful and historic builiding was built in 1918 as a Vaudeville Theater. As did most comparable venues from the era, the theater slowly shifted from Vaudeville to silent films in the 20’s to “talkies” mid-century. While the theater went through a period of disuse, it was gloriously reopened as a music venue in the late 70’s under the name “Sal’s last Chance Saloon”. Closed briefly, and re-opened in 1980, the Chance has hosted scores of legendary shows and performers including Dylan, Bowie, The Police, Ramones and all the popular Jam Bands of the then nascent scene.

Hosting five Phish shows, the Chance had their share of memorable evenings. One such show was 9-28-90. While most all of the songs had been played two shows prior at UMass (Gap Chart for The Chance), besides @zzyzx, who was in attendance, no one probably realized that or much cared.

There were a couple debuts in the instantly loved “Gumbo” as well as the only known performance and debut of Duke Ellington’s “Black and Tan Fantasy”. (side note: Check out the extra awesome, newly improved "Everytime Played Charts" Gumbo ETP Chart)

A classic Oh Kee Pa > Suzy Greenberg is the center piece of this video. Although shot on a tripod we can only see three members of the band (Trey, Mike, and Fish). Unfortunately, Page is cut out of the video. While this may not include any “epic” jams or groundbreaking material, it shows Phish in a small venue in 1990 before a platinum album or large fan base. Today, one can only wish to catch Phish in as intimate a setting as this night in Poughkeepsie.

While not quite as splashy as Mike’s Scarf, Mike does display a tinge of his coming fashion sense with a hat that he sported on several occasions in the 90’s.

Embarrassingly enough, despite two staff members being at The Chance that night, we have zero reviews. So why not download this little gem, give it a listen, and log your review? Show page link with attendance, reviews and "on this date".

Every Friday, we will highlight a video with a brief recap of the show it is from and what makes it interesting, noteworthy or simply fun. With the help of Dan Saewitz from, we hope to keep the stream of videos coming at you entertaining and interesting. Have a cool video you’d like to suggest? Interested in contributing a review yourself? Please feel free to PM me and we’d be more than happy to get your input. Thanks for reading and watching.

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Mystery Jam Monday Part 66

Posted 4 years ago by lumpblockclod - 42 comments Link:, posted in the Audio category (1068 listens)

Welcome to the Very SpecialTM Labor Day Mystery Jam. What's so special about it? Listen and find out. As usual, we will be playing for an MP3 download courtesy of our friends at / 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). The hint will come on Tuesday and the answer will be posted on Wednesday. Good luck...

Tuesday Hint: There's nothing special about this Mystery Jam.

Wednesday Answer: Ok, I lied. The 12/5/95 "Gin" is pretty special by just about any measure. Congrats to zasdertultun for being the first to guess it. The Blog will be back on Monday with a Very SpecialTM 67th Mystery Jam. Aren't they all special, though? Except maybe that "Star Spangled Banner" one. That one kinda sucked.

MP3 Downloads Courtesy of

Say It Loud, Say It Proud: Phish Loves Dicks

Posted 4 years ago by Icculus - 37 comments Link:

After two excellent performances at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Friday and Saturday, Phish played long and hard at Dick's last night for the third, and final, show of their first -- and now legendary -- Labor Day Weekend run. Before Friday, who would have thought that Phish would take Dick's for strong, playing song after song, show after show, largely with passionate precision, bringing multiple jams (regardless of length) to often spine-tingling climaxes? Masters on their instruments, and accompanied by a genius light designer in Chris Kuroda and a top-notch crew, Phish rarely cease to amaze their fans. And amaze, for the most part, they did.


Dick's 2 Recap

Posted 4 years ago by tmwsiy - 14 comments Link:

Phish took the stage last night at Dick's in Commerce City, CO, on the middle night of this tour-closing run at the same time as the previous night, 8:20pm, even though Friday's late start was presumably weather-induced. On a stage that seemingly continues to get narrower and taller, Phish came out with ferocious, staight forward, Saturday-night-blazing guns. While it was quickly obvious there would be no repeat in stitching together a theme-based set like the previous night, it was also quickly obvious that Phish was intent on not letting the majesty of the surroundings overpower their sound. There was absolute shredding throughout the first set, beginninng with the stalwart "Possum".


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