Watch Phish Perform David Bowie's Entire 'Ziggy Stardust' Album In Vegas November 02, 2016 00:09
Photo by Rene Huemer
Monday night marked another highly historic milestone for veteran jam band Phish, as the band performed David Bowie's The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars in its entirety at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. This would be Phish's first true musical costume since 2010, when the band took on Little Feat's Waiting For Columbus at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This set would also feature a nine-piece backing band, which included Trey Anastasio Band's Jennifer Hartswick as one of three backup singers, as well as a six-piece string arrangement.
Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, and Mike Gordon each took on his fair share of lead vocals, and drummer Jon Fishman even jumped in the mix for a verse on the opening track "Five Years." The tribute was one of serious nostalgia, as Gordon handled vocals on "Starman," McConnell took center stage for "Ziggy Stardust," and Anastasio revealed his true, inner frontman for "It Ain't Easy" and "Rock & Roll Suicide." We could go on and on about this set, but fortunately, video footage as surfaced via YouTube user Tom Rowles for your viewing pleasure.
Watch Phish perform David Bowie's entire "Ziggy Stardust" album in Las Vegas here:
According to Anastasio and McConnell, the decision to pay tribute to Bowie in 2016 was a challenging, yet easy decision:
Phish will take some much deserved time off over the next two months in preparation for another four night New Year's run at Madison Square Garden in New York City (December 28th - January 1st).
Watch String Cheese Incident & Karl Denson's Prince/Bowie Tribute at Electric Forest June 29, 2016 17:58
Setlist: The String Cheese Incident at Electric Forest, Rothbury, MI - 6/25/16
Set 1: BollyMunster, Song In My Head > Dudley's Kitchen, Sweet Spot, Falling Through the Cracks, Turn This Around > Can't Wait Another Day, Beautiful
Set 2: Believe, Stop Drop Roll, Kiss* (Prince) > Let’s Dance* (Bowie) > Let’s Go Crazy* (Prince) > Space Oddity* (Bowie), Search, Valley of the Jig > Kinky Reggae, Colliding, Jellyfish > Just One Story
* w/ Karl Denson
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Legendary Artist David Bowie Dies at Age 69 January 11, 2016 07:24
Legendary British singer/songwriter David Bowie has passed away at age 69, after an 18-month battle with cancer. His son, film director Duncan Jones, confirmed the news via Twitter early this morning, and a statement was issued on Bowie's social media accounts: "David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief."
Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all. pic.twitter.com/Kh2fq3tf9m— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) January 11, 2016
Bowie was an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, painter, and actor. He had been a figure in popular music for over four decades, and was known as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. His androgynous appearance was an iconic element of his image, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s.
Well known for his flamboyant alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, Bowie's other hits include "Let's Dance," "Space Oddity," "Starman," "Modern Love," "Heroes," "Under Pressure," "Rebel, Rebel," "Fame," "Life on Mars," and many more. Bowie released his latest album Blackstar this past Friday, on his 69th birthday. The influential singer-songwriter and producer excelled at glam rock, art rock, soul, hard rock, dance pop, punk and electronica during his eclectic 40-plus-year career.
Thank you for a lifetime of transcending music and memories, Mr. Bowie.