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Video of the Week: 1998-04-17

Posted 4 years ago by tmwsiy - 7 comments Link:, posted in the Video category

With the theme of the week here on, we thought we'd keep the video Trey-centric.

Just a little over a week after the conclusion of the legendary Island Tour and on the heels of hitting the studio to record "Story of the Ghost", Trey assembled some of the finest musicians in Burlington and performed at The Higher Ground under the moniker, 8 Foot Fluorescent Tubes. While this was the only performance by this particular assemblage of musicians, both the songs debuted that night, and the performers became staples in Trey's bands moving forward. Joining Trey was Russ Lawton on drums, Tom Lawson on guitar & keys, Tony Markelis on bass & Heloise Williams on vocals.

Debuts at this historic show included "Sand", "Mozambique", and "Last Tube". While there were also spectacular versions of covers such as "Stir it Up" and "Crossroads" and other Trey songs such as "Silicone Fairy", one of the highlights of the night was another debut in the mezmerizing & hypnotic performance of "First Tube". Initially labelled on many fans tapes & CDRs as "Bing Bong" and performed partially behind a curtain with silhouettes of the performers and dancers, the raw energy, psychedelic spirit, flowing rythm, and Santana-esque tones emanating from Trey's guitar made for a memorable night and one of the best Trey videos on YouTube.

For a great review of the night, read Michael Lerman's post from rec.mucic.phish HERE.

Every Friday, we 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.

Annals of trademark law: The Dave Anver Affair

Posted 4 years ago by jackl - 23 comments Link:

We've written before about trademarks and bootleg merch sold on "Shakedown Streets" at shows. The phishnet forum and Phantasy Tour message boards have been buzzing since the Dick's shows about the strange affair of a freelance contractor, Dave Anver, long active in seizing supposedly bootleg merch for promoters in the Denver area.

The Westword blog site in Denver covered the original incident which was sparked by a YouTube video and a "Stop Dave Anver" Facebook page campaign and writer Dave Herrera has returned with a long and troubling discussion of what happened that day in the lot at Dick's with a "bootleg merch bust" that somehow went very, very bad.


Summer 2011: SBIX -> ESSEX, In Review

Posted 4 years ago by Icculus - 20 comments Link:

IT did not last long enough! Phish played quite well at SBIX and on the second leg of their Summer tour, and it was tough to see the tour end in Colorado. But Vermont’s misfortune from Hurricane Irene inspired Phish to play a benefit show in Essex on September 14, a webcasted show that raised over $1.2 million for flood relief efforts, and also gave fans, particularly those in Vermont, a special performance. It was Phish’s first Vermont show since Coventry, and one of only a handful of benefit shows that Phish has ever performed. It was also an appropriate way to conclude the Summer’s impressive musical achievements: generously, warmly, and with a familial vibe near the green mountains where Phish began.


Trey on Growing TAB

Posted 4 years ago by Lemuria - 0 comments Link:, posted in the Quote category

Anytime somebody joins the [Trey Anastasio] band I try to get to know everything about them. What's their favorite run, what keys do they like to play in, are they a natural soloist or natural support person? And then create a space in the band for them to be themselves.

Trey to CNN, 9/27/02

Mystery Jam Monday Part 69

Posted 4 years ago by lumpblockclod - 51 comments Link:, posted in the Audio category (740 listens)

It's the Mystery Jam you've all been waiting for. 69, DUDES!! 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: Ok, most of you seem to have realized it's not Phish. But no one has guessed the song yet, let alone the version.

Wednesday Answer: For the first time in over six months, the Blog is a winner!! Ok, admittedly, it took a TAB MJ to do it, but I can live with that. The jam in question came from the 10/23/06 "Night Speaks" (a show that is absolutely worth checking out in full, FWIW). Your regularly scheduled MJ will return on Monday, when we will be playing for TWO LivePhish downloads.

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TAB Week!!!

Posted 4 years ago by lumpblockclod - 7 comments Link:

Greetings and welcome to TAB week here at As you most likely know, Trey will be kicking off his Fall Tour on Saturday at Higher Ground with an additional Vermont Flood Recovery Benefit show. What you may not know is that, as we hinted a mere seven months ago, the Sideshows section of is becoming more fully developed with each passing day. Just in time for TAB tour, we’ve reached a pretty significant milestone. Every known TAB setlist has now been entered into the site (note: offer does not apply to G.R.A.B., Trey’s orchestral shows or other solo Trey performances, though they will be coming just around the corner). TAB setlists have been thoroughly vetted and verified by the team of @lumpblockclod, @pzerbo and @bizarro_jerry. But wait, you may be asking, is there more? Hell and Yes! TAB song histories will soon be coming to a non-profit, fan-run Phish website near you. In fact, what’s that down there? Well, that was quick.


Summer and Fall 1987

Posted 4 years ago by SlavePhan - 8 comments Link:

Way back when, when people connected to the Internet through 2400 baud modems and walled garden programs, Phish shows were traded exclusively via snail mail. Rec.Music.Phish allowed Phish fans from all over the world to post their tape lists, and all it really took was a few emails to find someone willing to offer up a B+P (“blanks and postage” for those of you from the digital age). I’m sure there are many people who remember the exciting day when a package finally arrived in the mail, smelling of cigarette smoke, filled with Maxell UR 90’s, or maybe, if you were lucky, a long show filling up a couple of XLII 100’s. Well, I remember those days, and I remember my first one of those days in particular, when I received a copy of 8/21/87 in the mail.


Video of the Week: 1996-11-16

Posted 4 years ago by tmwsiy - 12 comments Link:, posted in the Video category

After a long trip from the previous night in Missouri, during which Phish played a second set consisting almost entirely of songs starting with the letter ‘S’ ‘M’, the band came out strong in Omaha. The not-so-big venue of the Civic Auditorium, sold out mere hours before Phish took the stage in their only performace there. Many could not wait for the doors to open as the lot was being attacked with a chilling freezing rain.

In a standard first set, the longest gap being a mere twenty songs, Phish played a variety of classics. When the second set opened with La Grange, the audience knew it was on. The band performed a myriad of rarities such as The Vibration of Life, Kung, Catapult, and Amazing Grace. We can see the closing of Catapult in this great video uploaded by the omnipresent Silverchair97, at which point a highly energized Trey picks up his guitar and begins Axilla. As the melty ending seen in Part II rolls off of his guitar, Trey screams to Kuroda (Toph) along with Leigh Fordham. The Band then segues directly into Harry Hood at which point we hear more Leigh Fordham references. After a blistering second set, the band encores with the debut of the Grand Funk Railroad classic, “We're an American Band.” Phish treated everyone who made the extensive overnight trip from Missouri with a ripping show. If you have the time watch some more videos from the show or download it & give it a listen. There is a fantastic review (from The Phish Companion) posted here.

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Every Friday, we 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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