photo: phish.com, Brooklyn 2004
I haven't talked about this as much on this blog as I have to my friends, but in my reality:
Phish always seems to work out for me.
I was lucky enough to go to Hampton through the kindness of 2 friends. My buddy Trey was able to hook me up with a ticket for Friday and Pauly was able to hook me up with 2 Saturdays, just two weeks before the shows. I traded a Sat for a Sun, and the rest is history. It all worked out, and I have no idea how. All I can say is THANK YOU.
There has always been something surrounding Phish, much more than the music. There is some sort of energy with the band- it is easy to feel but hard to describe. There are not many bands I would travel across the country to see- I traveled to see Radiohead 5 times last year, yet I have way more "crazy stories" from Phish Hampton than from all of the Radiohead shows.
If you are reading this post, you probably get what I am saying. What other band have you hiked ____ miles into a muddy festival for? What other band have you driven all night to get to the next show? I could go on and on, but the point is, there isn't one. Phish has something much greater than the sum of its parts. When the four of them get together on stage and we are there to see it, magic happens- and I'm not just talking about the music. The times you spend with your friends at a Phish show will be something you remember for the rest of your life.
It is discouraging to me how so many people trying to buy tickets got shut out of Red Rocks. I personally know over 30 true fans that were denied tickets today and live in the Denver/Boulder area. I think it is total bullshit, as I'm sure you do.
But, I truly believe if you were meant to be there, it works out. If you really want to be there, you will be there. And this is part of what makes these shows and other shows special. If it was easy, somehow it wouldn't be quite as sweet when I see you with a ticket stub in your hand.
So I say to you all: Good luck, and do not lose faith. We may have lost this battle today, but it is far from being over. If you believe that you should be at the show, you will be at the show. Stay positive, and believe. It will work out.