The "Making of the NYE Meatstick dance" documentary video from Phish.com
As a New Year's Day gift, Phish has released a nine minute Vimeo "documentary" about the preparation and performance of Friday's New Year's Eve extravaganza at Madison Square Garden, featuring the singers and dancers preparing for the show, the giant hot dog's "flight" and the countdown to the new year.
Excellent stuff! Thanks Phish; we were sitting below the hot dog in Section 87 and I was wondering how many dancers were on stage, and how this very complicated stunt was pulled off.
The year’s biggest hit might be the Internet video of Miley Cyrus huffing away on a bong. But the most worrisome hit for me was the one ordered up by fans of the band Phish, lashing out via the Internet: “Your Grateful Dead comparisons and hippie stereotypes were not so much beating a dead horse as crashing your car into a Walmart and attacking the Elmer’s Glue and Jell-O displays,” one typed with his cloven hooves.
Music writer Jeff Spevak's column in the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, "This Year in Reviews", reacting to negative reader comments to his Phish at CMAC review (e.g., Phish at CMAC, June 29: "Jam bands are getting so common that you can't swing a seashell necklace without hitting in the face some kid who looks like one of the stars from Jersey Shore. Not a bad idea, actually. We're coming up on the 15th anniversary of Jerry Garcia's death, and scenes like this are his legacy. Phish has been around since 1983, but the Grateful Dead blazed this doobie, with the fans in wacky headgear and taping the shows, trippy lights, head-trip guitar and massive clouds of pot, if you can believe any is left in western New York after last week's Further show at Highland Park.". I guess this guy hasn't gotten out much since, what 1999? 1989?
.net gathering 12/31 at Hudson Yards Cafe, 3:30 - ~6:00
The site team has been looking around for a good gathering place for 12/31 to host a phish.net gathering.
We were looking for a place close to MSG, but not as close as some of the overly crowded places like Mustang Sally’s of the late ’90s phish.net gatherings which tend to be very busy with both midtown and MSG customers. We were also looking for a place with a large bar area for meeting and could still take reservations for those who wanted dinner.
If you think you are going to be stopping by, please shoot me a Phish.net PM or email me at jack (at) Phish.net so we can keep rough track of the projected headcount. If you are thinking about dinner there, I would suggest that you make dinner reservations for late afternoon with the restaurant directly for your group
Beginning in 1996 things would change, starting with a tour in Europe the sound and the demeanor of the band would quickly transform. By the late ’90s the band pushed forward to reach their career pinnacle on the eve of the millennium only to spiral out of control over the next eight years. By 2000, the band was in enough turmoil that the needed to stop. At the same time, the majority of the fan base from earlier that decade were struggling to find a path in adulthood. Things had gotten real. Jobs, relationships, priorities, all weighed in a manner they didn’t previously, when you could hop in a car and say fuck the blizzard I’m going to Albany. Before The Clifford Ball. Before Remain In Light. Before cow funk. Before Cypress. Before designer shirts and jeans. Before addiction. There was December of 1995. It is THE moment. They may have evolved from that point and beyond what they were, but it was at this moment they were perfectly Phish. It was the end of their innocence and probably, for a majority of us as well.
Eric Wyman, from an article, Op-Eric: Wyman on Phish - December 95 on the Hidden Track blog, (c) Glide Magazine 2010
Wow, this is something that people talked about but now the band is actually doing. I hope there's enough interest in this that we can have webcasts for summer tour. Perhaps time to invest in a better TV so I can hook my computer up to it.
Phish, in its second year of touring after a five-year hiatus, remains a powerful box-office draw, with $33.2 million in gross and 658,000 in attendance to 43 shows.
"They will always do business," says Paradigm's [Chip] Hooper, who is Phish's agent. Of the 2010 tour, he says, "They were having fun, the fans were having fun, they were great shows, they were very thoughtfully booked, and it did really well."
From Billboard.biz article "Year-End: Bon Jovi Leads As Top Touring Act of 2010", by Ray Waddell (12/10/10) - http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/content_display/industry/e3i3a15dfaab86484fbde46ce43eb863d8c