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Phish Confirms New Year's Run at Madison Square Garden September 25, 2018 12:13

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Photo via AZN Pics
Press Release via Phish.com
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 Phish will be celebrating New Year’s Eve this year at Madison Square Garden in New York with a four-night run beginning Friday, December 28th through Monday, December 31st. This will bring the band’s total plays at the Garden to 60.
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A ticket request period is now underway attickets.phish.com (ending Monday Oct 8 at 10AM ET). Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, October 12 at Noon ET atticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 866-858-0008.
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Phish and CID Entertainment are also offering travel packages for the New Year’s Run (which include hotel and tickets). Phish will be donating their proceeds of these travel packages to the WaterWheel Foundation. Travel Packages go on sale Friday, September 28 at at Noon ET a tbit.ly/PhishNYE18_TP.
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Watch Phish perform "Soul Planet" on New Year's Eve 2017 here:
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Watch Phish's Jam-Filled "Lawn Boy" From The Baker's Dozen July 27, 2017 16:03

 

Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the past week, you have most likely observed the excitement surrounding Phish's 13-night run at Madison Square Garden. Cleverly dubbed 'The Baker's Dozen', this run of shows has certainly satisfied the rabid Phish community thus far. With five shows down and eight to go, the band shows no sign of repeating a song; making way for many unexpected covers, debuts, and some wildly entertaining improvisation.

On Tuesday night, the theme (or 'flavor') was 'jam-filled', and the band wasted no time showing us why. The "Sample In A Jar" opener went places it normally wouldn't, but the "Lawn Boy" that followed would be the biggest surprise of the night. As soon as Page McConnell (keys/vocals) brought out the keytar, it was clear that this was no ordinary "Lawn Boy." The next 25-minutes was a total whirlwind, with the song ultimately clocking in right at 30 minutes. Check out the full, pro-shot video footage below, and stay tuned for more updates from The Baker's Dozen.

Watch Phish's 30-minute "Lawn Boy" here

Phish - New York, NY - 07.25.17

Set 1Sample in a JarLawn Boy [1] > My Friend, My Friend[2] > StashBathtub Gin

Set 2Fuego > Thread > Crosseyed and Painless > Makisupa Policeman -> End of Session[3] > Tuesday > Cavern

EncoreJulius > Lawn Boy


Phish Announces Eight Additional Summer Tour Dates March 21, 2017 15:04

Photo by Keith Griner: Phierce Photography

Just last month, Phish confirmed the long-rumored "Baker's Dozen" summer tour shows, which will see the band through a 13-night run at the famed Madison Square Garden in New York City.  As usual, there has been heavy speculation since regarding the possibility of any additional summer Phish shows, and more specifically, whether or not the band would continue its annual Labor Day tradition at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO.  Earlier today, Phish confirmed a total of eight additional dates, which begin with a three-night run at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago on July 14 – 16. Next, the band heads to the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio for a performance on July 18. Phish last played the Nutter Center on December 7, 1997, which is still to this day considered one of the band's hotter shows. Phish will then make its debut at Pittsburgh’s Petersen Events Center on July 19, just before settling in at Madison Square Garden.

In addition, Phish confirmed their return to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Colorado for three shows over Labor Day Weekend. The foursome first played a Labor Day Weekend run at Dick’s in 2011 and have returned to the soccer stadium each and every year since. All three shows sold out in advance last year.

A lottery for tickets is currently underway via Phish Tickets. The lottery will be open until Monday, April 3 at noon ET. There will be no additional dates announced for summer or fall.

Phish: Complete 2017 Summer Tour Dates

Friday, July 14 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Saturday, July 15 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Sunday, July 16 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Tuesday, July 18 – Dayton, OH – Nutter Center
Wednesday, July 19 – Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Events Center
Friday, July 21 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Saturday, July 22 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Sunday, July 23 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Tuesday, July 25 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Wednesday, July 26 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Friday, July 28 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Saturday, July 29 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Sunday, July 30 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Tuesday, August 1 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Wednesday, August 2 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Friday, August 4 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Saturday, August 5 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Sunday, August 6 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Friday, September 1 – Commerce City, CO – Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Saturday, September 2 – Commerce City, CO – Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Sunday, September 3 – Commerce City, CO – Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

Watch Phish's infamous "THANK YOU" encore from Dick's on 09.06.15 here:

 


Phish Confirms "The Baker's Dozen": 13 Nights at Madison Square Garden January 31, 2017 09:31

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After several months of rumors and speculation, Phish has confirmed "The Baker's Dozen," a 13-night run at Madison Square Garden in New York City beginning Friday, July 21st through Sunday, August 6th. This run will take place over three weeks in late July and early August and will bring the total number of shows played by Phish at MSG to 52, the same number of concerts played by the Grateful Dead at the venue. Today’s announcement also includes message “the band will not be touring in the fall of 2017.”
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The dates for Phish’s 13-show run at The Garden are July 21st – 23rd, July 25th, July 26th, July 28th – 30th and August 1st – 2nd, August 4th -6th. Keyboardist Page McConnell discussed the idea of a “Baker’s Dozen” run in a 2007 interview with Relix.

Tickets to the The Baker’s Dozen will be available as a 13-show package for the price of 12, or as individual nights. An online ticket request period for individual tickets and Baker’s Dozen packages is available now at http://tickets.phish.com/ through Sunday, February 12 at 11:59 pm ET. Remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning February 17 at Noon ET. As with Phish’s most recent runs at The Garden, all floor tickets will be General Admission. Travel packages are also available (include tickets, hotel, etc.) at http://bit.ly/2kctydq.

Watch the official Baker's Dozen announcement video here:


Phish Releases HD Footage Of "Mercury" From Riviera Maya January 17, 2017 15:24

This past weekend, Phish returned to the Barcelo Maya Beach Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico for the second year consecutive year.  The band performed a full three-night weekend run to many of its most loyal fans who flocked south of the border for an unforgettable experience.  While the weekend was full of memorable moments, the band's 15-minute performance of "Mercury" on Saturday night has certainly received high praise from the Phish faithful.  "Mercury" was debuted on June 22nd (2015) at Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend (OR), but the new tune was not included on the band's latest album Big Boat (2016).  Fortunately, Phish has released HD footage of "Mercury" from Riviera Maya which can be watched in full below.  You can also find complete setlists from all three nights below via Phish.net.

Watch Phish perform "Mercury" in Riviera Maya, Mexico on 01.14.17 here:

Setlist: Phish - Riviera Maya, Mexico - 01.13.17

This show was webcast via Live Phish. Mike teased Heartbreaker in Free. Tequila was teased and quoted during Twist.
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Setlist: Phish - Riviera Maya, Mexico - 01.14.17

This show was webcast via Live Phish. Crosseyed was teased in Meatstick, Mercury, and Rocky Top and teased and quoted in Drowned.
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Setlist: Phish - Riviera Maya, Mexico - 01.15.17

This show was webcast via Live Phish. The Little Drummer Boy was teased in Ghost. DWD was unfinished. The end of Sneaking Sally, Possum, Carini, and David Bowie contained Shipwreck quotes.

Phish Confirms Webcasts For Upcoming NYC New Year's Run December 20, 2016 12:21

Veteran jam rock band Phish has confirmed that all four nights of the band's upcoming New Year's run at Madison Square Garden will be broadcast in full 1080p HD.  Each of the four shows can be purchased individually or as a group bundle via LivePhish.com.  If you've never experienced an evening of Phish "couch tour", it's something we highly recommend.  The band offers an experience like no other from the comfort of your own home, with live multi-angle HD footage and soundboard audio.  Considering this band's traditions for unpredictable, unique "gags" on New Year's Eve (see video below), this is should be another exciting run to say the least.

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NOTES via LivePhish.com
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Watch Phish's "No Men In No Man's Land" (Hourglass Jam) from 12.31.15 here:


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:

“It was a conversation we had pretty quickly,” said Anastasio. “‘Oh, Halloween is coming up. Let’s do Ziggy Stardust.'”
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“You can’t point to anyone else in rock who was so relevant for so long,” added keyboardist Page McConnell. “It’s hard to know how to honor them all, [but Ziggy on Halloween] felt right. And there are no weak links – no fluff, no filler. Every sonic detail is intentional, more than on any other album we’ve covered.”


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).


Listen To Phish's New Studio Album 'Big Boat' via NPR Music September 29, 2016 13:04

Veteran jam rock band Phish recently announced the release of it's 13th studio album, Big Boat.  Very few details of the album were provided at the time, but we have since learned much more.  While Phish has officially released two singles, "Breath and Burning" and "Blaze On," they are now allowing fans to stream the album in its entirety via NPR Music (see below).  Fans will recognize tunes such as "Blaze On" and "No Men In No Man's Land," which were both debuted in the summer or 2015, as well as "Tide Turns," "Waking Up Dead," and "Breath and Burning," which were all debuted over this past summer's tour.  We can't help but notice the absence of two of our favorites from 2016, "Let's Go" and "Ass Handed," but we're keeping our fingers crossed for another potential "bonus album" similar to Party Time after the release of Joy in 2009.

Big Boat was produced by Bob Ezrin, who also produced Fuego, as well as many legendary albums including Pink Floyd’s The Wall, KISS’s Destroyer, Alice Cooper’s School’s Out and Peter Gabriel’s Peter Gabriel I. The LP was completed during Phish’s Summer Tour as guitarist Trey Anastasio mentioned the band had completed the album prior to dedicating "Sing Monica" to Ezrin, who was in the crowd, at Bill Graham Auditorium in San Francisco, CA earlier this summer.  

Anastasio elaborated on the album in an interview with Rolling Stone earlier this summer.

“We’re kind of all over the place, flying down to Nashville to work, and then I’ve been doing a lot of work on overdubs at Avatar, which is in Manhattan, and then we go to Burlington, and worked at the barn, and we’re even working at Page’s house and Mike’s house a little bit,” Trey said.
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He added, “Page brought some great songs, Mike brought some great songs, Fish brought some great songs. I’ve got a lot of new songs. And everybody’s just diving in, in a unified way.”
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Phish Announces Four-Night New Year's Run At Madison Square Garden September 27, 2016 12:23

Press Release via Phish.com

Phish returns to New York at the end of the year to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a four night run at Madison Square Garden, beginning Wednesday, December 28th through Saturday, December 31st. The four shows will bring the band’s total performances at the world famous arena to 40 in the years since their MSG debut in December 1994. As with Phish’s two prior MSG runs, all floor tickets will be general admission.

An online ticket request period is now underway at http://tickets.phish.com, ending Monday, October 10th at 12 noon ET. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, October 14th at 12 noon ET online at http://www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 866-858-0008. Any remaining tickets may be purchased at the Madison Square Garden box office beginning Saturday, October 15th (Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm).

Phish and CID Entertainment are also offering travel packages for the New Year’s Run (which include hotel and tickets). Phish will be donating their proceeds of these travel packages to the WaterWheel Foundation. Travel Packages go on sale Thursday, October 13th at 12noon ET. Full details available at bit.ly/2cY6sVy

Watch Phish's "No Men In No Man's Land" Hourglass Jam from 12.31.15 here:


Listen To Phish's New Single "Breath And Burning" September 12, 2016 21:00

Photo by Keith Griner: Phierce Photography

Just last week, veteran jam rock group Phish announced the release of its 13th studio album Big Boat.  Very few details of the album were revealed at the time, but we are learning more about the album, which is due out on October 7th, with each day.  Earlier today, the band released "Breath and Burning," the first official taste from Big Boat.  Fans who followed the band's 2016 summer tour will be familiar with "Breath and Burning," as the song was debuted at Klipsch Music Center (Deer Creek) in Noblesville, Indiana on June 28th and was performed a total of six times over the summer.

"I wrote this song on the beach after our three-night run in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico last January," Anastasio tells NPR Music in an email. "I loved watching the faces of all the people dancing and splashing in the ocean while we played. I kept thinking, 'This will all end sooner or later, one way or another. So I'm gonna enjoy every last second of it while we're still here. I'm not gonna wave away the dessert cart on the Titanic. I want to be like that string quintet that kept playing while it sank."

Big Boat was produced by Bob Ezrin, who also produced Fuego, as well as many legendary albums including Pink Floyd’s The Wall, KISS’s Destroyer, Alice Cooper’s School’s Out and Peter Gabriel’s Peter Gabriel I. The LP was completed during Phish’s Summer Tour as guitarist Trey Anastasio mentioned the band had completed the album prior to dedicating "Sing Monica" to Ezrin, who was in the crowd, at Bill Graham Auditorium in San Francisco, CA earlier this summer.  

Listen to Phish's new single "Breath and Burning" via NPR Music here:


Listen To Phish's New Mystery Song From The 'Big Boat' Trailer September 10, 2016 14:15

While very few details regarding Phish's 13th studio album Big Boat have been released, pieces of the puzzle are being put together one at a time.  The latest info we have gathered is regarding the "mystery song" which is playing in the trailer Phish used to announce the album title and release date for Big Boat.  The title of the song is unknown, but the Page McConnell-led tune was performed earlier this summer during soundcheck at The Mann Center in Philadelphia, PA on June 29th.  Listen to the performance below via YouTube user Andrew Grey, and stay tuned for all of the latest info on Big Boat.

Listen to the Phish "mystery song" from soundcheck at The Mann here:


Phish Announces 13th Studio Album 'Big Boat' Due Out October 7th September 07, 2016 19:56

Photo by Keith Griner: Phierce Photography

Just three days after Phish's summer tour closer in Colorado, the band has announced very limited details on it's 13th studio album, 'Big Boat', due out on October 7th.  The album takes its title from the Jon Fishman-led tune "Friends," which includes the line "We're on a big boat, like the ones our forefathers sailed." While very few details have been unveiled, the band released a video which revealed the cover artwork and a sample from a song which has not been performed.  'Big Boat' will be the band's first album since the Fuego in 2014, and it will be released via the band's label JEMP Records.

Big Boat was produced by Bob Ezrin, who also produced Fuego, as well as many legendary albums including Pink Floyd’s The Wall, KISS’s Destroyer, Alice Cooper’s School’s Out and Peter Gabriel’s Peter Gabriel I. The LP was completed during Phish’s Summer Tour as guitarist Trey Anastasio mentioned the band had completed the album prior to dedicating "Sing Monica" to Ezrin, who was in the crowd, at Bill Graham Auditorium in San Francisco, CA earlier this summer.  

Anastasio elaborated on the album in an interview with Rolling Stone earlier this summer.

“We’re kind of all over the place, flying down to Nashville to work, and then I’ve been doing a lot of work on overdubs at Avatar, which is in Manhattan, and then we go to Burlington, and worked at the barn, and we’re even working at Page’s house and Mike’s house a little bit,” Trey said.
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He added, “Page brought some great songs, Mike brought some great songs, Fish brought some great songs. I’ve got a lot of new songs. And everybody’s just diving in, in a unified way.”
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Check out what appears to be the cover artwork for the album:

Watch the video released by Phish earlier this afternoon:


Watch Phish's LOCKN' Performances In Full HD August 30, 2016 14:04

Photo by Keith Griner: Phierce Photography

This past weekend's LOCKN' Festival was packed full of highlights, starting with Vulfpeck's opening set on Thursday night and concluding with Phish's second two-set performance of the weekend on Sunday night.  This festival boasted one of the best lineups in music festival history, and the headliners were certainly heavy hitters.  Phish performed two full sets on both Friday night and Sunday night, with Friday night's performance coming just after nearly two-and-a-half hours from Ween.  Live webcasts from the festival were available all weekend via Fans.com and Qello Concerts.  Full HD footage and complete set lists from both night's of Phish at LOCKN' can be found below.  Stay tuned for our full recap from LOCKN' Festival coming later this week!

Photo by Keith Griner: Phierce Photography

Watch Phish's performance from Friday 8/26 at LOCKN' here:

Setlist: Phish at LOCKN' Festival: Friday 8/26/16

Set 1: Wilson > Down with Disease, Free, Wolfman's Brother, Tube > 555 > It's Ice >Wingsuit, Simple, Space Oddity

Set 2: Punch You In the Eye > Blaze On > Fuego -> Ghost > Bathtub Gin[1] >Backwards Down the Number Line, You Enjoy Myself

Encore: Character Zero

[1] Unfinished.

Teases:
· The Little Drummer Boy tease in Fuego
· Ass Handed quote in You Enjoy Myself

Notes: This performance was part of the Lockn' Festival and was webcast via Live Phish, Fans.com and Qello Concerts. Trey teased Little Drummer Boy in Fuego. Bathtub Gin was unfinished. The YEM vocal jam included Ass Handed quotes from Fish.

Watch Phish's performance from Saturday 8/27 at LOCKN' here:

Setlist: Phish at LOCKN' Festival: Sunday 8/28/16

Set 1: Sample in a Jar, Martian Monster, Axilla > The Moma Dance > Halley's Comet >AC/DC Bag, Fuck Your Face > 46 Days, The Line, Limb By Limb > Possum, First Tube

Set 2: Carini > Chalk Dust Torture > Twist > Light > Tweezer > No Quarter > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Harry Hood > Tweezer Reprise

Encore: Loving Cup 

Notes: This performance was part of the Lockn' Festival. This show was webcast via Live PhishFans.com and Qello Concerts.


Watch Page McConnell Of Phish Jam With Twiddle In Burlington July 31, 2016 13:17

Photo via JamBase

Vermont worlds collided on Saturday night in Burlington, as Twiddle welcomed Page McConnell of Phish to the stage early in their second set at Tumble Down.  After "tweener" piano set from Holly Bowling during intermission, Twiddle and Bowling worked their way through "Hatti's Jam" to open the second set.  The Burlington natives then shocked the Waterfront Park crowd by welcoming McConnell to the stage for an extended jam on "When It Rains, It Pours."  Aside from performing with Phish and The Meter Men, Saturday night's with Twiddle would be only the third band McConnell has performed with in the past five years (Grace Potter & The Nocturnals - 2012, Mike Gordon - 2014).

The second night at Twiddle's Tumble Down proved to be special, as the evening also included performance from Nahko and Medicine for the People and Cabinet.  Dopapod's Scotty Zwang even made an appearance, as he joined Twiddle late in the second set for "Lost in the Cold."  Additional performances this weekend came from power funk army Turkuaz and Kitchen Dwellers on Friday night.  Fortunately, footage from McConnell's sit-in has surfaced via youtube user TheKamherst and can be watched below.

Watch a segment from Twiddle and Page McConnell's jam on "When It Rains, It Pours" here:

Tumble Down continued the tradition started last year at the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival that included alternating weekend nights with moe. The weekend included various recreational activities, including a Charity Disc Golf Tournament supporting Twiddle's charity, The White Light Foundation, and late night sets around town with members of Twiddle.

Twiddle is a Vermont-based quartet formed in 2004 with members Mihali Savoulidis, Ryan Dempsey, Brook Jordan, and Zdenek Gubb. Their fresh multi-genre approach conjures up rock, jazz, bluegrass, and masterfully blends reggae and funk. The band recently played Red Rocks, sold out a 5 night run of Colorado shows, and played Bonnaroo


Members of Phish, Joe Russo, & More To Join Phil Lesh at Lockn' July 21, 2016 12:21

Just in case the lineup for Lockn' Festival wasn't enticing enough already, the festival's co-creator Peter Shapiro has revealed new details which have created quite the buzz.  Phil Lesh & Friends, the festival's most recent addition, has featured an endless amount of amazing talent over the years, and the Lockn' editions will be no different.  

Joining Lesh on Saturday, August 27th will be Page McConnell and Jon Fishman of Phish, Joe Russo, and the Infamous Stringdusters.  Phil & Friends is also slated to perform on Sunday, August 28th, when Lesh will perform with the Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Gary Clark Jr

When asked about the status of Trey Anastasio, Shapiro had the following to say:

"While I did directly ask about it, I did not get a direct response. “A lot of special guests and intricacies are being finalized behind the scenes still,” Shapiro said. I creepily paused for too long to be comfortable hoping he would spill his guts, but the guy is a pro. We’ll just have to see what happens in a couple weeks in Arrington."

In regards to the correlation of last year's Fare Thee Well shows (which Shapiro organized) and this year's Lockn' lineup, Shapiro added: 

The people who love the Dead. There were shows at every Chicago venue of bands playing Dead music, artists sold their grateful art outside the shows,…everyone kind of created new life out of it. It just is such a big community, full of great people. Bringing everyone together is what we’re gonna do again at LOCKN’. That, along with the integration of Trey, Phish, and the Dead world…it’s just never been done at a festival like this. That whole thing from last summer’s gonna happen again, a year later. Phish is headlining two nights, and are surrounded by tons of Dead music. In fact, this will be the first time since Fare Thee Well that members from Phish will play with members from the Dead, and we’re really excited about that too.

One can only imagine where Anastasio and Phish bassist Mike Gordon will work their way into the mix.  Perhaps a cameo with Joe Russo's Almost Dead?  We'll have to wait till late August and find out for ourselves. 

Check out the daily schedule for Lockn' 2016 here:


Phish Kicks Off Summer Tour With Major Bust Outs June 23, 2016 01:09

Phish kicked off it's highly anticipated summer tour at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota on Wednesday night, and they wasted no time busting out an impressive new light display and some very rare material.  The tour opener came in the form of "Pigtail," a Trey Anastasio Band original, before "Wolfman's Brother" carried the rowdy crowd into a familiar groove.  Next up was another bust out, "Daniel Saw The Stone," the more spiritual, upbeat bluegrass tune.  "The Dogs" and "Undermind" would follow, before the evening's biggest bust out came in the form of The Beatles' "Dear Prudence," which hadn't been played since it's debut at the band's Halloween show in 1994 (796 shows).  Then came "Stash," which led us to "Round Room," yet another bust out.  "Horn," "Uncle Pen," "Halfway To The Moon," and the always mesmerizing "Walls Of The Cave" would close out the first set.

The band kicked off the second set in classic Phish fashion; diving straight into "Mike's Song" > "I Am Hydrogen" > "Weekapaug Groove".  A beautiful take on "Bouncing Round The Room" was next, and "Ghost" > "The Line" wasn't far behind.  We even got a "Little Drummer Boy" tease from Trey Anastasio (guitar/vocals) during "Ghost"  "Simple," one of the evening's bigger jams, would ultimately lead into The Velvet's Underground's "I Found A Reason," and you guessed it...another bust out.  This one hadn't been touched since Phish's 1998 Halloween show (493 shows).  One of the most familiar jams of 2015, "No Men In No Man's Land," was up next and continued to prove it's worth as a vehicle for improvisation.  "Billy Breathes" brought about yet another bust out and easily one of the band's most underrated tunes.  A solid take on "Bathtub Gin" would ultimately bring the set to a close.

"Water In The Sky" made it's first appearance since last July in Austin, but this time with the slower pace that many were accustomed to in the late 90's.  The always explosive "Character Zero" would follow, sending the packed house in St. Paul into an all out frenzy.  It certainly appears as if Phish is gearing up for another magical summer.

Phish continues their summer tour this weekend with two nights at Wrigley Field in Chicago, followed by what's sure to be a monster Sunday show at Klipsch Music Center (Deer Creek) in Noblesville, Indiana.  Stay tuned for future updates from Live & Listen. 

Click Here: Details for HD Webcasts from Wrigley Field

Watch a clip from "Dear Prudence" here:
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 Watch a clip from "Weekapaug Groove" here:

Setlist: Phish at Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN - 6/22/16

Set 1: Pigtail, Wolfman's Brother, Daniel Saw the Stone, The Dogs, Undermind, Dear Prudence, Stash, Round Room, Horn, Uncle Pen, Halfway To The Moon, Walls Of The Cave

Set 2: Mike's Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Bouncing Around The Room, Ghost > The Line, Simple > I Found A Reason, No Men In No Man's Land, Billy Breathes, Bathtub Gin

Encore: Water In The Sky, Character Zero

Notes: This show featured multiple bustouts: Pigtail (last played December 28, 2010, or 195 shows), Daniel Saw the Stone (last played June 30, 2012, or 140 shows), Dear Prudence (last played October 31, 1994, or 796 shows), Round Room (last played January 1, 2011, or 192 shows), Uncle Pen (last played August 31, 2012, or 123 shows), and I Found A Reason (last played October 31, 1998, or 493 shows). Trey teased The Little Drummer Boy in Ghost. Page teased Magilla in Simple.

Setlist and notes via Phish.net 


Chasing Phish Through The Southeast: Tuscaloosa: Night 3 August 11, 2015 18:09

Written by Bo Hanan - Live & Listen Contributing Writer

Photos by Live & Listen

After a scorching two night run at Aaron's Amphiteatre Lakewood in Atlanta, Phish's third stop on the deep south leg of their summer tour found them returning to Tuscaloosa, Alabama for the first time since November 8, 1991 and only the fourth time overall.  Playing the four-year-old Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, this just under 7,500 capacity venue provided an intimate outdoor setting for a Sunday night show. Nestled along the beautiful backdrop of the Black Warrior River and featuring clear sight lines, a spacious pit, and excellent acoustics throughout, this venue was sure to be a hit from the start. 

"Sample in a Jar" began the proceedings, serving as a show opener for the second time this tour. Though not the most lively of openers, the crowd responded well and things were off. The energy picked up afterwards as Trey and the boys whipped things into a frenzy via a rendition of "Chalkdust Torture" that while perhaps lacking in time, it certainly wasn’t in strength. Next up was "Train Song," a beautiful and fairly uncommon Mike ballad that was most certainly a nod to the tracks crossing the river just behind us. "Devotion to a Dream" continued with the laid back feel before an extra funky "Meat" featuring a false ending made sure everyone was up and moving. A scorching "Maze" continued to build the excitement and anticipation before things once again slowed back down with "The Line," which thankfully found itself back in the first set. "Roggae" continued the mellow mood, and included an absolutely wonderful solo from Trey that evoked memories of Phish from years past. "My Friend, My Friend" followed with a somewhat slower than normal buildup and for the very first time in the song’s history featured quotes from "The Very Long Fuse." A blistering "46 Days" had everyone thinking it was the set closer before the band switched gears by seguing into the always crowd pleasing "Cavern" to end the first set on a high note. 

As is normally the case, the real guts of this show are found in the second set. "Down With Disease" begins things, quickly venturing into Type II territory after the structured beginning. Stretching just shy of 20-minutes, this version features a beautiful Piper-esque jam sandwiched between often dark and brooding interplay before Trey quickly changed gears into "Camel Walk," only the second time these songs have been segued in the band's history. This old school funk number created smiles abound before a great cool down of "Seven Below." While this jam didn't venture into the unkown territory some previous versions have, it set things up perfectly for the end of the night while providing concert goers a brief moment to catch themselves before the first keys of "Fuego" were struck. Though it has stayed mostly in the composed realm, some very well placed confetti by those riding the rail added excitement and energy that carried over into "2001."

Stretching a bit longer than many 3.0 versions, Page and Trey's interplay was very much on point and each note took the crowd higher and higher, serving as an excellent springboard for the show’s culmination of "Harry Hood > Possum." Though a bit shorter and more structured than many recent versions, Hood once again was a genuine crowd pleaser and set the stage for the roof to be blown off with a blistering "Possum" closer. The show was perfectly wrapped up with an encore of The Beatles' "A Day in the Life," perfectly encapsulating the show’s overall feel in a single song, leaving us all drifting into a dream as we headed to the exits.

Stay tuned for our recap of Nashville: Night 4 tomorrow!

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Chasing Phish Through The Southeast: Atlanta: Night 2 August 10, 2015 15:31

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Written By Jordan Kirkland - Live & Listen
Photos by Live & Listen
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After what seemed like a nearly impossible night to top, Saturday, August 1st was officially upon us, and it was time to see how Trey, Mike, Page, and Fish would follow up Friday night’s monster performance.  Having the luxury of a multi-night Phish run with at least two-nights being in the same city always makes the experience that much better.  Sleep in (hopefully), find a good spot for brunch (Atlanta’s options are endless), and make your way to the lot.  It was another scorching hot summer afternoon, but the heat and humidity would in no way affect the buzz in the air at Lakewood.  Many were discussing the fact that it was Jerry Garcia’s 73rd birthday, as we were last year in Orange Beach, AL.  I, for one, do not expect to hear a single Dead tune this summer, but I’ll be as elated as anyone in the event that it occurs.  Trey, of course, found a much more creative way to pay homage to Jerry on this night.

Recap: Chasing Phish Through The Southeast: Atlanta: Night 1

The first set started in classic fashion with “Runaway Jim,” an opener which I seem to catch about once every four shows, but Jim is such a perfect way to start a show.  Trey gives the latter end of the jam such a pyrotechnic feel, just before its time for “By the time he came home he was seventeen!”  This one was that much more fun as my friend Andy Greenberg, front man of Phish tribute band Runaway Gin, joined us in the pit just before show time.  It wasn’t long before “Undermind” made its second appearance of the summer.  The entire Undermind album is one that I’ve always felt that a lot of Phish fans sleep on, but we are reminded just how fun it is to sing along with every time it is played.  As “Undermind” came to an end, Mr. Greenberg looked at me and asked “How ‘bout some Nellie Kane?” and I’ll be damned if he wasn’t spot on.  The “bluegrass” tunes which Mike tends to take lead vocals on make for a nice change of pace and showcase the vast range of this band.  “Blaze On” seems to the anthem of the 2015 Summer Tour, and I couldn’t be happier about that.  Not quite as repetitive as “Fuego” in 2014, but this made for its fourth appearance in just seven shows.  Atlanta’s “Blaze On” was shorter than those of Bend, Shoreline, and Austin, but they have made it perfectly clear that this song will be a major jam vehicle.

Every set tends to have a “breather” moment, and “Halfway To The Moon” typically provides just that, right in the middle of a set.  A beautiful, Page-led tune always makes for a nice transition.  Once “Ocelot” came out to play, we saw yet another moment which directly reflects the amount of time Trey has put in this year.  He is consistently finding a way to take these songs to new heights every night.  The solo went way further than I can remember in the past, and I have found myself re-listening to Saturday’s “Ocelot” as much as any song.   “Heavy Things” carried the fun, sing-a-long vibe, and I truly believe even those who are exhausted with this song find themselves singing ending melody every time.   There was a clear “Happy Birthday” tease during this one, which many felt as a nod to Jerry.

The combo of songs chosen to close the first set was as powerful as any in my opinion.  “Theme From The Bottom” is one of my all-time favorites, and the gradual buildup of this ballad was as clean as any I have heard.  The chorus of Theme makes for one of the most uplifiting, euphoric moments I’ve found from any band.  “Run Like An Antelope” was then delivered in such powerful fashion; one of those songs that just seems like it has to close a set.  I think we can all agree that we’ve earned a breather/bathroom break/cold beer after an Antelope.

A two-night stand in Atlanta would not have been complete without a “Tweezer,” and could there be a more dynamic way to start a set?  This was one of those monster versions that we have come to expect, clocking in at 26-minutes, containing so much space, communication, and creativity.  Trey definitely leads the pack here, but Mike also provided numerous notable moments in the midst of the darker jam about half-way through.  The ultimate landing into “Waiting All Night” was seamless, and while I’ve been critical of this song in the past, it was perfectly placed for this set.  Speaking of which, let’s go ahead and move on to “Backwards Down The Number Line,” another “newer” 3.0 tune which draws a whole lot of mixed feelings.  Always developing into a beautiful, nostalgic jam, this one was really special.  The closing jam was so polished and went to new heights.  Perhaps the “birthday” element was another nod to the “birthday boy.”  Regardless, this was another song from the weekend that I will forever associate with Atlanta 2015.

Deep into the second set, it was time to blow the roof off, and what better way than the opening notes of “Carini.”  The expectations on this one are always sky high, and while this wasn’t a record breaker, it was nasty, dark, and without a doubt satisfying.  The jamming was kept tight and concise, and similar to “Tweezer,” the landing into “Waste” was perfect.  One of Phish’s most notable ballads, and much more rare these days, “Waste” was a soothing landing spot out of “Carini.”  There were no stops in this set, and the summer’s second “Sand” served as yet another perfect call.  Being the opening song of the Summer Tour in Bend, we were all due for a late night “Sand,” a chance to groove on it well after the sun had set, allowing Chris Kuroda (lighting designer) to work his magic.  They ran with this one a little longer than any other second set tune, with the exception of “Tweezer.”  This was ultimately a build up for “Tweezer Reprise” to close the second set, which has been the pattern on this tour thus far.  You can’t help but wonder what they are working up, but at some point this summer, there will be a Reprise like no other to end an encore.  Throwing in Velvet Underground's "Rock And Roll" for the encore was quite a treat, and yet another curve ball as this particular tune is a very rare encore, and Phish is playing very few covers.

When looking back and assessing any multi-night run, it is always an interesting, tough call.  Each set always ends up having a handful of songs that I go in hoping for, and there is usually at least one moment that throws me off guard.  Friday night's second set in Atlanta was definitely an exception, and without question one of the best sets I have seen from Phish.  Saturday night saw several unforgettable moments, most notably with “Theme>Antelope” to close the first set, only to be followed by a 26-minute “Tweezer” to kick off the second half.  The strategic song selection that we are seeing every single night this summer speaks volumes about the state of Phish.  It’s difficult to think that during any era, every set was flowing this well, while continuously surprising those at the show, as well as the thousands watching/listening at home.  The quality of every show this tour has been nothing short of remarkable, and it’s truly inspiring to see this band enjoying it even more than we are. 
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Stay tuned for our recap of Night 3: Tuscaloosa, and Night 4: Nashville in the coming days!
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Chasing Phish Through The Southeast: Atlanta: Night 1 August 07, 2015 17:03

Written by Jordan Kirkland - Live & Listen

Photos by Live & Listen

Just when we thought that the month of July couldn't get any better, last weekend brought about our favorite annual summer tradition: Phish in the Southeast. For the dedicated following this band has built over 30 years, the 2015 Summer Tour has justifiably created as much hype and anticipation as any previous tour. After finishing 2014 with a legendary three-night Halloween run in Vegas, and another amazing four-night New Years' run in Miami, we had all been counting the days until the boys hit the road again. Trey Anastasio's role and performance in the "Fare Thee Well" Dead 50th anniversary shows only fueled the fire that much more, giving us all reason to believe that this tour would be one for the books.

Just as the lawn began to fill, and the sun began to set, the Southeastern run was underway with the weekend's first bust-out, "Prince Caspian." Rarely even placed in the first set, much less as the first song, “Caspian” provided for a smooth intro to the night and appropriately foreshadowed an evening full of surprises. "No Men in No Man's Land" made for an instant dance party, a new tune that seems to have already been universally embraced, as this was its third appearance in just seven shows. The energy and vibe of this night would only build from this point. A 13-minute "Ghost" would follow with "The Wedge" and "The Moma Dance" not far behind, keeping up the energetic start to the set. Mike Gordon's "How Many People Are You" made its second summer appearance just before "Rift," which can almost always be expected early in the night. It was at this point that Trey addressed the crowd and said something along the lines of, "Now we're gonna pick up the tempo!"

After the "Mike's > Wedge > Fuego > Shade > No Men's > Weekapaug" in Bend, it was to be expected that the classic "Mike's > Hydrogen > Weekapaug" was coming at some point this weekend. The opening notes to "Mike's Song" took an interesting turn as (Jon) Fishman led some major "false starts" with the tempo (Was that the intro drum roll to "My Sweet One?"). A slowed-down, reggae-ish groove would ensue before the band erupted into the standard flow of "Mike's Song." The always peaceful, breath-of-fresh-air "I Am Hydrogen" gave us all a moment to collect our thoughts before "Weekapaug Groove" sent the entire venue into a frenzy and wrapped up a stellar first set, full of hits from every era of this band.  

If you follow Phish in any capacity, it would have been hard to have missed the enthusiasm surrounding Friday night's second set. "Kill Devil Falls" went places we never imagined, and it's difficult to think that this particular tune will not be forever tied to 07.31.15. As the song progressed from the normal rhythm of KDF, Trey seemed to utilize an effect we hadn't yet heard, while Page moved from the piano to the organ. Carrying on for nearly 24-minutes, a sufficient dose of "type-2 jamming" ensued, developing into one of the summer's biggest moments thus far.  Just when we thought we had a moment to rest our dancing legs, (Page) McConnell triggered the narration/intro of "Martian Monster," the final song of the band's 2014 Vegas Halloween 2nd set. I'm not sure there could have been a better call at this moment, and I'm convinced that the echo of the crowd reaction was likely heard 20-miles north in Alpharetta. The "rotation jam" performed at this point began with Trey and Mike playing behind their backs, before Trey would ultimately stand behind Mike while playing his bass. He then moved behind McConnell to play keys, before meeting Mike back behind the drums, while Fishman moved up front to play bass. Mike was now on lead guitar, and the rotation was in full effect.

After returning to their normal positions, the subsequent segue into "Twist" was executed perfectly. "Twist" has always felt like the perfect party tune, as Trey's main riff almost seems to wind you up, all the way until it's time to scream "Woo!' After a solid 10-minute jam on "Twist," the familiar sound of "Back on the Train" was born. I guess you would call this the "breather" of the second set, which feels like an absolutely ridiculous thing to say. One of the finer executions of "Reba" would follow where we would witness Trey absolutely go off on this famously beautiful solo. My biggest concern at this point was whether or not the classic "Reba" whistle jam would occur, and it seemed as if it would not. The first and only pause of the set came before firing into "Bathtub Gin," which was placed as the second set closer for the first time in Phish history. This was also the first Gin to follow a Reba in 25 years (+1 to Phish.net). To make things even sweeter, the Reba whistles surfaced after the first verse of Gin. The whistles continued throughout Gin, which carried on for nearly 15-minutes, without one band member skipping a beat. The closing jam of Gin that we all know so well was as crisp and clean as any I have ever heard.  

Throwing "Farmhouse" into the encore was undoubtedly an interesting call. While it's not ever going to be my personal favorite, if there is a time and place for it, that may be towards the end of a show of this magnitude. There was absolutely no doubt that something huge would follow to finally put this party to bed. "Character Zero" was the right call and seems to become more and more explosive the later in the set it is played. The final roars of this song made for the perfect ending to what many are calling the show of the summer.  

The level of expectation approaching this show was unrealistically high, and of course, this band found a way to exceed those expectations. From the “Caspian” opener to the first ever second set “Gin” closer, this show was living proof of how creative this band continues to be. Knowing that there were two (possibly three) more shows ahead, gave us all a level of satisfaction like no other. The level of effort and strategy that they continue to give with each passing show, even with the most minor details, is what keeps me chasing them as often as possible.  

Stay tuned for our recap of Night 2: Atlanta, Night 3: Tuscaloosa, and Night 4: Nashville in the coming days!


Phish Texas Webcast Bundle Info + HD Video Footage From Shorline July 27, 2015 08:17

After a successful two-night run in Oregon and two scorchers in California this weekend (Shoreline Amphitheatre, The Forum), it's no surprise that Phish has given us yet another opportunity to be a part of Summer Tour from the comfort of our own home.   The band moves on to Austin, Texas on Tuesday (Austin360 Amphitheater) and Grand Prarie, Texas on Wednesday (Verizon Theatre at Grand Prarie), before heading to the Southeast (Atlanta, Tuscaloosa) this weekend.

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Setlist/Notes via Phish.net
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Phish: Sat, Jul 25, 2015
The Forum, Inglewood, CA
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Set 1: Martian Monster, Down with Disease, Waiting All Night, Heavy Things, Axilla, 555, Limb By Limb, Ya Mar[1], Fuego > Walls of the Cave

Set 2: No Men In No Man's Land > Carini -> Tweezer > My Friend, My Friend[2] > Roggae > Backwards Down the Number Line > Slave to the Traffic Light

Encore: You Enjoy Myself[3]

[1] Mike and Trey laid on their backs and kicked their feet in the air.
[2] No "Myfe" ending.
[3] Trey held his guitar in front of Mike and played it around Mike's back. Trey later played Mike's bass from around Mike's back and Mike began playing Trey's guitar. Trey also joined Fish on drums during the bass and drums segment.

Notes: Trey teased Follow the Yellow Brick Road during Limb By Limb. Ya Mar featured Mike and Trey laying on their backs and kicking their feet in the air. My Friend did not contain the "Myfe" ending. During YEM, Trey held his guitar in front of Mike and played it around Mike's back. Trey later played Mike's bass from around Mike's back and Mike began playing Trey's guitar. Trey also joined Fish on drums during the bass and drums segment of YEM.

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Setlist/Notes via Phish.net

Friday, 07/24/2015
Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA

Soundcheck: The Line, Waiting All Night

Set 1: The Line, MomaThe Moma Dance, KDFKill Devil Falls, Yarmouth Road, Undermind > Free, Reba, 46 Days

Set 2: Blaze On > Twist > Light > Joy, HoodHarry Hood > Cavern

Encore: Character Zero

Teases:
· Twist tease in Light

Notes: Trey teased Twist at the end of Light.