Saturday, February 28, 2009

Today in Phishtory: 2/28/03 Nassau

Six years ago today...
2.28.03 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY

Set I: Birds of a Feather, Destiny Unbound, Horn, Bathtub Gin, Sleep, Back On The Train, Bouncing Around the Room, Walls of the Cave

Set II: Tweezer, Soul Shakedown Party > David Bowie, Round Room > Harry Hood

Encore: Contact, Mexican Cousin, Tweezer Reprise

Notes: Destiny Unbound last played 11.15.91
Stream 2/28/03 (via

Download 2/28/03

I originally wrote the following recap on my main blog five years ago. I'm reposting it. Enjoy!

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28 Feb 03

We met up with Spider and Gil at Penn Station and took the LIRR to the Island. Molly was shocked to see people drinking single cans of beer in brown paper bags on the commuter train. "It's routine, in many ways ritualistic for the male suburban commuter," I explained, "in the morning it's coffee, in the evening it's a Bud tallboy."

While we waited for Spider to get his car, Gil took us on a short walk through historic Port Washington, and over to Long Island Sound. We got to the venue very quickly, and we were greeted at the entrance to the parking lot by dozens of kids looking for tickets for the show. Our seats were the best for all three shows, right next to the side of the stage, where Page plays. The bad part was the nazi, arrogant, yet ineffective old man security guard in our section. Crowd control was a problem at a couple of points before the show and during the first set, with everyone trying to sneak down to the floor, but it eased off after a while.

I ran into several Japhamily at this show... Previn and Chris walked by us as we sat in our seats. I also got called Dave Grohl by some dosed out guy.

Phish opened the show with a heady Birds of a Feather, and followed with a truly rare Destiny Unbound! This show was going to be all Mike, and that was a way to get it off right. A crusty Phishkid, who'd been to every show (on that tour) since Vegas, was twirling in the aisle next to me and said, "Brah, they haven't played this song all this tour."

"This tour?" I exclaimed, "They haven't played this since you were in the third grade!"

The last time Phish performed Destiny Unbound was in November of 1991 in Virginia.

Molly was stuck in the bathroom for Horn, and I was an asshole to two guys standing behind me who didn't have tickets in the section. They were yapping during Horn, and I turned around and asked one guy what his name was.

"Steve Edlestien? Good, Steve, cause when I write up the review of this show and post it on the net, I want to make sure I spell your name right, since you're the ass face who talked about your boring personal life during the entire first set and ruined my show."

He gave me a dirty look, but took the hint. I stood my ground and he took off as soon as the song ended.

Molly missed the beginning of Bathtub Gin, but she got back just as they were about to peak for the set, that is until the boys blew me away with Back on the Train. It was by far the best version I heard to date, and was the best Phish I heard since their return. It was Trey bluesy, Mike funky, Fish groovy, and Page mellow all rolled into one savory twelve minute song.

I bolted for the bathroom during Bouncin' Around the Room, which was dubbed the Pauly Takes a Piss Song for the night. I also had enough time to buy a pretzel and a beer before the song ended.

Walls of the Cave closed the first set, and was the first repeat we heard this run. This Walls was a more solid version than at the Philly show, if it was hard to better that version. It was cool to be fairly up close to see Page's piano intro.

"Listen to the silent trees..."

At setbreak this Guido looking Long Island guy walked up to me and asked me if I like vodka.

"Hey tough guy, yous like vodka?" he spouted.

"Why of course," I muttered, as he handed me an airport bottle of Smirnoff.

Now we had booze to make vodka tonics, and Molly observed, "Do people always give you things at Phish shows?"

Counting the joint at the NJ show, the free hugs from the rolling girl at the Philly show, and now the vodka, I guess she was right. Random people give me cool shit all the time.

Second set opened with a 26 plus minute heavy ass Tweezer. In the beginning during the down parts of the jam, Chris Kuroda turned down the lights, and a couple of mini glow wars erupted on the floor during each down moment. Alas, Tweezer was long and dark, and all Mike.

Next up was Reggae Phish. I thought they were going to play two or three different songs before they bust into Bob Marley's Soul Shakedown Party. It was the first time they played it since Milan, Italy in 1997. Soul Shakedown Party is a rare song, only performed three times prior. The groove was there, the vocals were spotty, but it didn't matter.

Phish had a spacey three-minute intro to David Bowie where I had hoped they would break out into 2001, but they didn't just teased it once or twice before a solid Bowie, and of course Trey smoked the shit out of the end.

Harry Hood was the second repeat for us this tour, and again this night's version was more solid than the one we saw in New Jersey. The last time I saw Phish at Nassau Coliseum, it was back in 1999, during the infamous Boogie glowstick show, when our favorite Buffalo blonde hurled a glowstick from our seats behind the stage, and it came crashing down onto Page's piano. A large clacking thud, which forever immortalized Boogie onto bootlegs worldwide, was spinning in my ears the entire song, as my thoughts drifted to Boogie and that epic night. At one point during the glow war, I looked over at Page precisely at the moment a kid in the fifth row threw a glowstick at him. Page ducked to the side, not stopping his piano playing, and kept on jamming out. A small safety hazard, that I guess comes with the job.

Finally the pharmies kicked in. I traded a couple of nugs for pharmies with some kid in our row from Boulder during setbreak, and I eventually started to feel that nice, warm, faded feeling. The boys treated us to a three song encore: Contact, Mexican Cousin, and Tweezer Reprise. I became enamored with Mexican Cousin.

"I'm awful sorry you got pissed..."

At first I liked it as a joke song, but after hearing it live, I was hooked.

"And Tequila's where that starts and where it ends!"

The yellow lights on the crowd, and the way they reacted to the song translated to me as a special moment.

"Mexican Cousin again... I wanna, wanna kiss your oooooooooooooh!"

I walked out of Nassau satisfied with the short three show run. I got to see my favorite song Slave in Philly, and hear the boys play some solid new stuff. I saw two kick ass solid back-to-back shows, something I hadn't experienced since Las Vegas or in Albany on the 2000 Fall tour, and got to share these shows with Molly, who almost never gets to see her favorite band.

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The 2.28.03 Phish show is available via

Friday, February 27, 2009

Hampton Opener

There is a lot of talk among my friends as well as major discussion on the web about the opener next week. I will be excited to hear just about anything the boys decide to play. I have been watching this video of the pre-show> chalkdust opener...the energy is off the hook, so many smiling faces and so much excitement...

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Hampton Ticket Scam: biggestfantickets

Be careful out there. Lots of slimy fuckers preying on happy Phisheads who want to go to Hampton.

biggestfantickets screwed over a slew of phans over at PT. Read through the lengthy thread, but the gist of it is some guy duped heads into giving him money in exchange for Hampton tickets. Alas, no tickets materialized and he took a lot of money from pissed people, anywhere from $20,000 to $50,000 USD. He supposedly used some of the money to go to the NBA All Star game. He either couldn't fulfill orders or flat out burned fan.
Dear Valued Client,

Biggest Fan Tickets LLC is unfortunately going out of business. If you are expecting tickets from me, I am sad to say that we will not be able to fill your order. I have delivered thousands of tickets to my valued clients, but that is ending. Due to some extremely bad market turns in recent events, we are out of money and out of business. I cannot possibly express to you how sorry I am and am sure that you are very disappointed. We have no resources to refund or fill outstanding orders at this time. This must come as a horrible surprise to you and it has surprised me too. I have exhausted every resource that I may have to stay in business and had to make this very difficult decision. I am hoping to find work to keep food on my family's table and someday move on from these mistakes. I had every intention of filling all orders and hopefully getting a happy client for life when you purchased from me. I am left with nothing of financial value after this and can only say that I am sorry 1000 times. I hope that you can find it in your heart to forgive me.

I will be shutting down this email address and my phone number so please direct further inquiries via mail to my PO Box:
2025 Zumbehl Rd #22
St. Charles, MO 63303

Justin Kreft / Manager
Biggest Fan Tickets LLC
The scammed phans started a blog...Phan Unite.

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Update: Here's an article in the Telluride Daily Panet... Phish fans say T-rider burned them

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Phish Saves America part 3

Leilani is back with her third installment of Phish Saves America with some updated contest info and new tidbits.. Check it out here..

Today in Phishtory: 2/25/93 Miami, FL

2/25/93 Cameo Theatre, Miami Beach, FL

Set I: Buried Alive > Poor Heart, Cavern, Maze, Colonel Forbin's Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird, Rift, Stash, Bouncin', I Didn't Know, David Bowie

Set II: Suzy Greenberg, It's Ice, Sparkle > Wilson > You Enjoy Myself, Uncle Pen, Big Ball Jam > Fast Enough For You, HYHU > If I Only Had a Brain (with Mimi Fishman) > HYHU, Golgi Apparatus > Big Black Furry Creature from Mars

Encore: Amazing Grace, Good Times Bad Times
Download Links: (Courtesy of HoyDog23)
2/25/93 Cameo Theatre, Miami Beach, FL - Part 1
2/25/93 Cameo Theatre, Miami Beach, FL - Part 2
2/25/93 Cameo Theatre, Miami Beach, FL - Part 3

2/25 was a popular day in Phishtory. I chose this show for two reasons. The obvious one was that the boys performed at Cameo Theatre in Miami and Fish's mom, Mimi Fishman, made a cameo on If I Only Had a Brain. The second was that a buddy of mine used to have this show on a Maxell II tape. We listened to it all the time and had the first set but not the second! It felt good to finally hear the entire show.

Phish played some amazing shows in Miami, including this one back in 1993. My favorite? The holiday run in 2003. Epic. The best run of Phish 2.0 in my opinion.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Weed News: 500 Pounds of Pot Found on Tour Bus

500 lbs. of Marijuana Found on Fabolous' Tour Bus

Wait, a second. 500 pounds of pot? Are you shitting me?

That's a lot of weed.

Fabolous's tour bus was pulled over in Arkansas. The federalies found 500 pounds of ganja. But Fabolous flew to the next gig while his crew drove the bus. And the weed. 500 pounds of it.

In college, I moved a pound of Mexican ditch weed. It took me a week to sell it all off. I thought that I was Pablo Fuckin' Escobar. But 500 pounds? I mean, that's not fo personal blunt consumption.

Photo credit: Perez Hilton

Today in Phishtory: 2/24/03 Meadowlands, NJ

2/24/03 Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ

Set I: Down With Disease, Corrina, Wolfman's Brother, Limb By Limb, Everyday I Have The Blues **, Thrill Is Gone **, Rock Me Baby **

Set II: Halley's Comet, Harry Hood, Heavy Things, Twist, All of These Dreams, Waves, Sample in a Jar, Chalkdust Torture

Encore: Farmhouse

** First time played, with B.B. King

I wrote this on Tao of Pauly six years ago...

24 Feb 03

It was cold and I realized that we wandered through the parking lot, right next to the security line to get in the show and decided that since that’s where we have to eventually be, we’d might as well just wait there. I made small talk with two guys behind us who drove down from upstate New York. One of them was a Deadhead and he ventured to many of the Dead shows I saw in the Southeast in 1994.

“Hey man, do you have stuff to smoke for the show?”

I thought he wanted to buy some from me. “I have just enough,” I answered.

“Well, then I have something for you.”

He dug into the inside pocket of his jacket and pulled out a joint. He handed it to me.

“I wanted to give it to someone who had a smiling face. And you seem to be that guy.”

Surprised, I quickly thanked him. I took the joint, sniffed it, and handed it to Molly for inspection. I later found out that he sprinkled some hash in the joint.

Our seats were decent, right in the middle of the venue and in the middle of the upper section on the Continental Airlines Arena. The first set had some good moments, the jams in Wolfman’s Brother and Limb by Limb were the strongest moments of Phish in the set. The added bonus of almost an hour of B.B. King sitting in with the band, the unexpected appearance shifted the focus of the show. The first song was sloppy, the second was kick ass, and the third jam session tired out the restless crowd. But Phish didn’t care, they were having a blast, and that’s all that mattered to them.

At setbreak, Molly bought cheese nachos and was especially surprised to find out they had jalapenos in New Jersey. While I waited the standard twenty minutes to take a piss, I looked at the setlist. Phish played four songs, then had three jams with B.B. King, for a set that lasted well over ninety minutes. On my way to the men’s room, I slowly waited in line with the rest of the fucked up people. Some of the funniest things I ever overheard happened while I was waiting to take a piss at a Phish show. Just two hours before, in the same bathroom, I saw the Mike Gordon look-a-like that I met in Japan. I see him at every show, and we chatted while we pissed. But this time, some drunk guy was the source of amusement.

“Hey man, I hear Avril LaVigne is coming out to play the entire second set.”

The line burst into laughter.

His buddy offered up, in the most fucked up, faded voice, “Duuuuuuude, I am sooooooooo looking forward to that, ehhhhhh!”

That’s when I lost it. Canuck urinal humor at a Phish show. Nothing quite like it.

I found the rest of my friends, and wandered over to their section. The gang was in slight disarray after losing their smoking utensil. Gil was a little disappointed with the first set, but I assured him that he had three more sets of Phish (including Friday’s show) to make it up to him.

The second set began with two heavy hitters, a not so frequent Halley’s Comet, then a crowd pleasing Harry Hood. The highlight of the second set was during one of their new songs Waves, which I got hooked on at the New Year’s show. The jam out of the chorus kept building and building with more layered energy, and it’s just flat out fantastic Phish letting loose, which is why I became enraptured with their new song. The set closed with two old standards, Sample in a Jar and Chalkdust Torture, and it occurred to me that the second half of the set was all Trey. First set was B.B. King and his backup band, Phish, but set two was Trey and Phish.

Molly was utterly disappointed with the encore. Before they got out three seconds of the song, I knew she disliked Farmhouse. But I consider it one of my favorites, and I hadn’t heard them play it in a long time. The return of Phish was sloppy at times, tight as hell during other moments, and refreshing and soothing most of the time. But their vocals, which have always been weak, were the last thing to come around, and they still haven’t shaken the rust off of that. But, they nailed Farmhouse vocally. No mistakes, which made it sound even better.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Poster Collector??? This is for you...

I just purchased 2 tickets for this...Denver Artist Tripp from Taboot Art and Jim Pollock will be there, if you are at Hampton and like posters, I recommend attending.

BPC III: Phamily Reunion
Shawn Hughes & Jason Kaczorowski
BPC III: Phamily Reunion

a Best Poster Convention production

While the excitement of Friday night’s show is still seared into your mind, be inspired by the homage of art to Phish created by professional and parking lot artists alike at the third annual Best Poster Convention Saturday afternoon, March 6th, from 11am-3pm at the Best Western Coliseum Inn & Suites, conveniently located within walking distance of the Hampton Coliseum.

Long-time Phish poster artist and graphic designer Jim Pollock will be on hand meeting and greeting collectors, personalizing art and offering new releases.

Pete Mason, creator of the 400+ page one-of-a-kind book Phan Art will be selling copies of his chroniclings. Many of the artists featured throughout the book will be on hand to autograph their contributions along with showcasing and selling their limited edition wares.

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

Best Western Coliseum Inn & Suites
1809 W Mercury Blvd
Hampton, VA 23666
Phone: 1-757-838-5011

Jim Pollock
Justin Helton
AJ Masthay
Ryan Kerrigan
Bruce Horan
Fred Hosman
Noah Phence
Pete Mason on-site selling “Phan Art: Art of the Fans of Phish”
+ more artists TBA

Ticket Information:
Advanced ticket purchase is strictly required for admittance. Tickets must be purchased in advance by 3/6/09. Tickets are $10.00 and can only be purchased by calling the Best Western Coliseum Inn & Suites direct at 757-838-5011. The credit card used to purchase tickets must be presented the day of the event to pick up a ticket good for entry. There is a very limited number of these tickets available which are provided on a first come, first serve basis. Once we've reached our capacity, no additional tickets will be sold. Only those who've pre-purchased tickets will be allowed entry. If you anticipate attending with additional friends, please plan to purchase their tickets accordingly in advance. The credit card holder who places the original order must be present with their credit used to purchase their tickets to pick up any additional tickets purchased prior.

The Best Western Coliseum Inn & Suites encourages you to pick up your tickets on Friday, March 6th in order to promptly enter the event on Saturday. This will significantly reduce the amount of time you'll wait to enter the show, assuring you a better chance at purchasing limited edition works by your favorite artists.

As a courtesy to the hotel and artists displaying, no smoking or drinking will be allowed in line or once inside the convention ballroom. There will be designated smoking areas throughout the hotel as well as places to purchase alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

We encourage you to reduce your carbon footprint by walking or carpooling to the event. Due to a lack of spaces, the Best Western Coliseum Inn & Suites discourages the use of their parking lot to attend this event. Accordingly, please plan to park at the nearby Riverdale Shopping Center, adjacent to the hotel, and walk to the hotel.

On the Road to Hampton: Local's Guide

Great article over at titled A Local's Guide to Hamtpon. It was written by David Paul Kleinman and he kicked it off with a Bukowski quote. Nice work, brah. He listed places you can buy fish and booze. What more can you ask for?

See you at the Mothership in 11 days.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Donate to Maybe So, Maybe Not - The Documentary

Noah Wilderman, an avid reader of Coventry Music Blog, is shooting a documentary about Phish called Maybe So, Maybe Not. Visit the site to read up on what he's trying to accomplish.

Anyway, he needs your help. With donations!
Maybe So, Maybe Not needs your support! With a concerted community effort, we can tell a story with relevance to many of our lives. Without the luxury of corporate sponsors, every donation helps move us a step closer to our goal. If music has ever touched your life, help us spread a positive message by making a donation.

The first round of donations was just enough to get us to and through the Hampton shoots, but to keep going and shoot all the interviews needed to make this film we still need your support! With a tough economy, the $50 shirts were a little over-the-top, so we've changed things up a bit so everyone can get involved. Now's the time to show your support by stepping up and making this film happen.

If everyone following along with us on this journey, donates $5 - we'll be in great shape to take this film as far as we can.

Please Note: All donations will be used exclusively towards documentary production.
Click here to donate $5.

Here Come the Lead Heads

Move over, McLovins, there are some new kids on the block shredding it up. The Lead Heads cover the Grateful Dead's Eyes of the World > St.Stephen...

Thanks to Steve for pointing out the video!

Friday, February 20, 2009

What Have They Been Doing? Coventry to Hampton

The gang at Hidden Track posted an amazing four-part series tracking the movements of the members of Phish from the moment that they departed after the Coventry, VT shows up until... now. Check it out.
Coventry to Hampton: Mike Gordon
Coventry to Hampton: Page McConnell
Coventry to Hampton: Trey Anastasio
Coventry to Hampton: Fish

Thursday, February 19, 2009

American Idol: Gokey, Grace and Oil Rig Guy Advance

Aretha's blues earned Alexis a spot in the Top 12

Last night on American Idol, widowed power balladeer Danny Gokey, pink-haired pixie Alexis Grace, and oil rigger Michael Sarver advanced into the Top 12, leaving nine contestants to pick up the pieces of their shattered Hollywood dreams (sniff). While Grace impressed by slaying Aretha Franklin's "I Never Loved a Man" and Gokey delivered on Mariah Carey's "Hero", it appears that the power of red state America's legions of robodialers propelled Sarver into the next round, as his karaoke-ready rendition of Gavin DeGraw's "I Don't Wanna Be" didn't impress this Idol critic in the least... or the judges.

Read all about this week's episodes in my American Idol Recap.

2009 All Good Festival Lineup Announced

Billing itself as "3 days of music, art, camping & loving" (I'm totally down with all of that, except the camping part), West Virginia's All Good Music Festival will take place July 10-12, 2009 at Marvin's Mountaintop. The lineup was just announced and it actually looks pretty decent.

Ben Harper & Relentless7
Bob Weir & Ratdog
Les Claypool
Yonder Mountain String Band
Tea Leaf Green
Steve Kimoch Crazy Engine
The New Mastersounds
Donna the Buffalo
Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk
Todd Snider
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave.
Fear Nuttin' Band

and may more to be announced...

Tickets are on sale now at and three-day passes start at $109.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Phish Albums - Now Available on

Did you lose a copy of Billy Breathes when you parted with your girlfriend and she kept it as part of the dreaded breakup?

Did you have to sell your copy of Rift at a used bookstore because you had to pay a parking ticket?

Did your roommate from college steal Disc 2 from Junta?

Did you never buy Undermind?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, you can now purchase crispy versions of your favorite Phish albums over at

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Playboy Article: Jamband Roundtable with the Dead, moe & Allman Brothers

Nice. Phish reunion was referenced in my favorite publication.
Jamband Round Table Discussion (Playboy)

I n March legendary jam act Phish reunites for a series of shows in Hampton, Virginia. Trey Anastasio’s crew hasn’t toured for more than four years. The shows have ignited a nationwide buzz, with the concerts selling out in five minutes—the latest proof of the enduring love for improvisational music. We discussed the phenomenon with old-guard members of the scene Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead and Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers, along with members of newer bands—Chuck Garvey of moe. and Brendan Bayliss of Umphrey’s McGee—that kept the jam-band banner aloft during Phish’s long absence from the road.... more


Hurra Torpedo - Total Eclipse Of The Heart Video

Thanks to my buddy Wilkins who tipped me off to Hurra Torpedo. Those wacky Norwegians are at it again, banging away on old kitchen appliances. This time, they covered Total Eclipse of the Heart. Kristopher Schau's stove smashing was nothing short of exceptional in this rendition....

Monday, February 16, 2009

Review: Disco Biscuits at the Ogden Theater, 2/14/09

Saturday night was musically one of the best Disco Biscuits shows I have ever seen. The band was on, from start to finish. I had a great time with friends and there was a buzz in the Ogden. Here is the setlist:

02/14/09 Ogden Theater, Denver, CO
3 sets(
Set I: M80, Meditation> Aceetobee, Astronaut> Save The Robots (1)> Basis For A Day

Set II: Chemical Warfare Brigade (1)> Voices Insane> Crickets (2)> Hot Air Balloon> Voices Insane> Crickets (3)> Munchkin Invasion

Set III: I Remember When, The Very Moon> Astronaut> Gangster> Hot Air Balloon
Encore: Low (4)

1 unfinished
2 inverted (middle section)
3 inverted (ending/beginning)
4 1st time played (Flo Rida)

I can't wait to hear this show again when the recordings surface. Each set was great and had powerful peaks with smooth transitions. To pick out one or two highlights is impossible. Perhaps the most talked about song from the show is the hilarious version of Flo Rida's "Low". Check out my videos:

2/14/09 Montage

"Low" Encore

Today in Phishtory: 2/16/97 Cologne, Germany - With Videos!

A special video edition of Today in Phistory.
2/16/97 Wartesaal, Cologne, Germany

Set I: Beauty of my Dreams, Split Open and Melt, Bouncing Around the Room, Crosseyed and Painless, Guelah Papyrus, Ginseng Sullivan, Tweezer, Waste, Cavern, Chalkdust Torture

Set II: Sample in a Jar, Cars Trucks Buses, Free, Sparkle, Simple > Circus Comes to Town, Swept Away > Steep > David Bowie, Loving Cup, Tweezer Reprise

Encore: Theme from the Bottom, Johnny B. Goode
Here's some of the show via You Tube user trfrasier...

Set 1

Beauty of My Dreams

Split Open & Melt, Part 1

Split Open & Melt, Part 2


Crosseyed & Painless

Guleah Papyrus

Ginseng Sullivan




Chalkdust Torture

Set 2:

Sample in a Jar

Cars Trucks Buses




When the Circus Comes to Town

Swept Away


David Bowie, Part 1

David Bowie, Part 2

Loving Cup

Tweezer Reprise


Theme from the Bottom

Johnny B. Goode

And if you want to listen or download some heady mp3s of this show... click here to Download/stream 2/16/97. (courtesy of

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Phish gets a cussing out at coventry

"They've always been cocksuckers.... Fuck em, fuck em... Oh I'm still gettin' in"

Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Dead Add 3 Tour Dates... Including The Gorge

Missed out on $100 Dead tickets? Here's your chance to see three shows including a rare appearance at The Gorge.

5/4 Chicago, IL
5/14 Mountain View, CA
5/16 The Gorge, WA

Pre-sale begins at noon on 2/17. Click here for more details.

I have tickets to their one stop in Los Angeles. Perhaps I'll take a road trip up to the Gorge?

Today in Phishtory: 2/14/97 Brussels, Belgium

When I think about Belgium, two things come to mind... chocloate and Jean-Claude Van Damme. Then Phish came to town during their 1997 Winter tour of Europe and lit Brussels on fire with a scorching show.
02/14/97 Le Botanique, Brussels, Belgium

Set I: Runaway Jim, NICU, You Enjoy Myself, Sweet Adeline, Axilla, It's Ice, Billy Breathes, Uncle Pen, Antelope

Set II: AC/DC Bag, Ya Mar, Down With Disease, Funky Bitch, Reba, Walfredo, Rocko William, Scent of a Mule > A Day in the Life

Encore: Character Zero
Download Links (Courtesy of HoyDog23):
2/14/97 Brussels - Part 1
2/14/97 Brussels - Part 2
2/14/97 Brussels - Part 3

Only the second time ever that Phish played rare tunes such as Walfredo and Rocko William.

Part 1 included a couple of doozies with heavy hitters such as YEM and Antelope.

Part 3 is my favorite bunch with an unfinished Scent of a Mule > Day in the Life double dip. Zero encore gave me a hard on when I listened to it.

Cash or Trade for your Extra! ticket site for Phans

Link. From their website:
We are two brothers from Vermont who go by the names Dusty and Brando. If you don’t know us by name, then you probably recognize our faces from the many years of shows. We were there for the satin doll in 93 at UNH, we witnessed the boys break free from the college gym at Worcester (the hose) with that rockin lyricless disease, we enjoyed the Gamehenge at Greatwoods, the early plane during the Harpua at Sugarbush, the Hot Dog at the Boston Garden, the Glide II at Lowell, the silent jam jam at Albany, the sunset at the Clifford Ball and the Gorge, the Destiny at Nassau, the Miami feel feel feel, the bittersweet Coventry, and the many other magical moments of Phish along the way.

If you’re like us, you love the music, but dislike the hassle. Whether you have supported the band for 15 years, or never even heard of them, your chances of finding a ticket is as good as your grandmother’s credit card, or being subject to sister companies and scalpers. Either way we are all in this together.. and having a place online where the Phish community can ethically trade for tickets would be a dream, hence the launch of

We own a web design firm and decided to put our accounts aside and launch this new ticket trading website in hopes that maybe we will obtain some Hampton tickets. The days of the Doniac Schvice are over, but the power of the community still exists.

We are giving away 2 FREE TICKETS to a show on this summer tour in efforts to keep the miracle alive. We are devoted to making this website a functional tool to help embrace the positive vibe that once existed in the early days.

Thanks for your creative participation. Who’s got my extra Hampton?

Dusty and Brando

Friday, February 13, 2009

Today in Phishtory: 2/13/97 London, UK

2/13/97 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, UK

Set I: Chalkdust Torture, Wolfman's Brother, 2001, Stash, Walfredo, Taste, Waste, Poor Heart, Character Zero, Peaches en Regalia, Love Me, David Bowie

Set II: Julius, Cars Trucks Buses, My Soul, Punch You in the Eye, Slave to the Traffic Light, When the Circus Comes to Town, Maze > Rocko William, Harry Hood, Frankenstein

Encore: Prince Caspian, Johnny B Goode
Download links (courtesy of HoyDog23):
2/13/97 London, UK - Part 1
2/13/97 London, UK - Part 2
2/13/97 London, UK - Part 3

A dozen years or so ago today, Phish embarked on a 14-show Winter European Tour which kicked off in London. After a six week touring hiatus in Vermont, the boys would visit seven different countries including performing five shows in Germany.

1997 was one of mt favorite years of Phish. They were heavily performing songs that appeared off the Billy Breathes album along with a few covers that would fall into heavy rotation for the summer and spring shows.

The Shepherds Bush show kicked off the entire tour and featured the debut of two songs that never quite made it to the big time. It's sort of like calling up a rookie to play in a few baseball games. The kid wasn't ready so they sent him back down to the minors. Alas, Walfredo and Rocko William are some of the rarest original Phish songs of all time. Both songs debut in London and neither would be played more than five times each. And Rocko featured an enthusiastic Fishman on lead vocals.

Highlights from the first set included a cover of Peaches and 2001. The entire second set gives me smiles all around and included some of my favorite tunes in... PYITE, Slave, and Hood.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Genius or Junkie?

My friends in Hollywood are a buzz with Joaquin Phoenix's appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman. Some think it was he method acting since he's working on a documentary with Casey Affleck about Phoenix's foray into becoming a hip hop act. Others think that Phoeenix was not acting and just shitfaced.

What do you think?

Phish Saves America

Leilani is back with her next installment of Phish Saves America: Bonnaroo, ticket woes, Pollock show and contest. Check it out here.

For the past eight years, I’ve avoided getting sucked into the musical glamour of Bonnaroo. The majority of my friends have attended at least once, some of them several times, and all extol its stupefying virtues like they’re the ones trying to sell me a ticket.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Precious...

in case you were wondering what they look courtesy of bwh2o.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Move Over, McLovins, And Tell Picasso The News

You want young phenom? I'll give you young phenom.


Getting Ready for The Disco Biscuits in Colorado

(photo courtesty of Abby's Awesomeness)

I am anxiously awaiting The Disco Biscuits invading Colorado this weekend, playing 2 shows at the Ogden Theater on Fri 2/13 and Sat 2/14. I cannot think of a better way to spend Valentine's Day. Bisco announced last week that they are playing 3 sets each night. Its like we got a little Camp Bisco Winter Festival in Denver this weekend.

There is a lot of anticipation about what the Biscuits will do with 3 sets each night. Will we get a Hot Air Balloon rock opera? As my friend Azlan Lionheart pointed out the other day, "Hot Air Balloon is a love story. What better to play on Valentine's Day that an face-melting love story?"

I have been listening to several of the recent shows and I have to say I am very impressed. Here are a couple for you to sample- I can't get enough of the Helicopters>Abraxas from 1/18 and the 1/22 Caterpillar> Spacebirdmatingcall1> Caterpillar is HOT!

01/18/09 The Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY
Set I: Shelby Rose> The City> Shelby Rose, Helicopters> Abraxas> Digital Buddha> Save The Robots1
Set II: Morph Dusseldorf> Spaga> Mindless Dribble> Kamaole Sands1, M.E.M.P.H.I.S.> Helicopters
Encore: Above The Waves2> Morph Dusseldorf

1 ending only
2 dyslexic completion of 1/17 version

1-18-09 -

01/22/09 Majestic Theatre, Madison, WI
Future Rock opened
Set I: Rivers> Caterpillar> Spacebirdmatingcall1> Caterpillar, Digital Buddha
Set II: King Of The World> Cyclone> Shem-Rah Boo1> Mindless Dribble2> I-Man
Encore: Kitchen Mitts

1 unfinished
2 completes 1/18 version

01/22/09 -

Check out my friend Abby's video of the last time Bisco was in Colorado...

STS9 Colorado - Tickets for Summer on Sale Tomorrow

STS9 will return once again to Red Rocks this summer...Two STS9 shows for $60 is great deal. The Fillmore is Friday July 24, and Red Rocks is Sat July 25.

Tickets are on sale on Wed 2/11/09 (Tomorrow) at Noon MST

The second option is a discounted $59.50 two day pass for both THE FILLMORE and RED ROCKS shows. This is for (1) ticket per person/per show. These DO NOT include any of the extras in the Day Out of Time Pass. This is simply discounted tickets to the STS9 shows only. These will be limited to less than a thousand.

STS9 is pleased to announce what is sure to be an amazing weekend in Colorado this coming July. The Day Out of Time celebration will commence over three days, in a half dozen venues and feature upwards of twenty different musical acts. Expect a pre-weekend gathering on Thursday July 23rd, as well as after party events throughout the weekend with STS9 playing Denvers Fillmore Auditorium on Friday July 24th and the world famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Saturday July 25th (The Day Out Of Time).


Check out STS9 this spring...The San Fran Fillmore run should be hot! Let me know if you are gonna be there, im curious about a 4 show run in 1 2007 the 5 night Boulder Theater run was epic.

February 26 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
February 27 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
February 28 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
March 1 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
March 5 McDonald Theatre Eugene, OR
March 6 Roseland Theater Portland, OR
March 7 Roseland Theater Portland, OR
March 12 Orpheum Theater Madison, WI
March 13 Congress Theatre Chicago, IL
March 14 The Pageant St. Louis, MO
March 17 Orange Peel Asheville, NC
March 18 Orange Peel Asheville, NC
March 19 Georgia Theatre Athens, GA
March 20 Georgia Theatre Athens, GA
March 21 Georgia Theatre Athens, GA

McLovins - The Interview

Head over to Hidden Track and read their interview with the McLovins.

Oh and for something frigging hilarious, check out this clip of Super Bad in German. Seriously...

Friday, February 06, 2009

Today in Phishtory: 2/6/93 Roseland Ballroom, New York City

2/06/93 Roseland Ballroom, New York, NY

Set I: Golgi Apparatus, Foam, Wilson, My Friend My Friend, Maze, Horn, Divided Sky, Lawn Boy, The Wedge, Bouncin', Antelope

Set II: Chalkdust Torture, Mound, Stash, Sweet Adeline, All Things Reconsidered, Mike's Song > I am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Lifeboy, Uncle Pen, Big Ball Jam, HYHU > Lengthwise > Buried Alive (w. John Popper), Possum (w/ John Popper)

Encore: Fire (w/ John Popper and Noel Redding on bass w/ Mike on keyboards)
Download links (courtesy of HoyDog23):
2/6/93 Part 1
2/6/93 Part 2
2/6/93 Part 3

Phish played Roseland Ballroom on only four occasions. Two of them happened in February of 1993 on back-to-back nights. The last one? The VH1 special recorded on May 23, 2000 the day after the Radio City shows.

The second Roseland Ballroom show from 1993 featured two special guests. John Popper from Blues Travelers fame sat in with the boys for three songs including Buried Alive and Possum. Popper also joined Noel Redding for the encore. Phish covered Jim Hendrix's anthem Fire with Jimi's actually bass player, Noel Redding, sitting in with the band. Mike happily gave up the spotlight and headed to the keyboards with Page.

Other highlights from the Roseland show included a blustery Divided Sky in the first set and a Pauly-pleasing Mound.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

the Stoned Kid vid

Courtesy of Brobesho

Weed News: DEA Continues Pot Raids; Obama Opposes

Article: Washington Times
Drug Enforcement Administration agents this week raided four medical marijuana shops in California, contrary to President Obama's campaign promises to stop the raids.

The White House said it expects those kinds of raids to end once Mr. Obama nominates someone to take charge of DEA, which is still run by Bush administration holdovers.

“The president believes that federal resources should not be used to circumvent state laws, and as he continues to appoint senior leadership to fill out the ranks of the federal government, he expects them to review their policies with that in mind," White House spokesman Nick Shapiro said.

Medical use of marijuana is legal under the law in California and a dozen other states, but the federal government under President Bush, bolstered by a 2005 Supreme Court ruling, argued that federal interests trumped state law.

Also: LA Times Article: Medical marijuana supporters fuming over Westside dispensary raids

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Widespread Panic, New Orleans YouTube

This video is weird...but im a sucker for a cute panic chick in a tank top + a nice rack.

Today in Phishtory: 2/4/93 Providence, RI

2/04/93 Providence Performing Arts Center, Providence, RI

Set I: Axilla, Foam, Bouncin', Maze, Fast Enough For You, All Things Reconsidered, Stash, The Lizards, Sample in a Jar**, Glide, Antelope

Set II: Chalkdust Torture, The Wedge, Mike's Song > The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu > The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Weekapaug Groove, Lawn Boy, Uncle Pen, Big Ball Jam, Lengthwise, Harry Hood, Cavern

Encore: Amazing Grace, Good Times Bad Times

** First time played
Download links (courtesy of HoyDog23):
2/4/93 Part 1
2/4/93 Part 2
2/4/93 Part 3

Or click here to stream the 2/4/93 show via

Phish embarked on a four month tour in February of 1993. Providence was just the second stop on that epic journey. Yes, this show is historic for a couple of reasons. The main one? The first ever performance of Sample in a Jar.

The other? A sick sandwich of Mike's Song > TMWSIY > Avenu Malkenu > TMWSIY > Weekapaug Groove.

The show featured a mixture of classic Phish songs and a couple of rare gems that fell off their rotation list at the end of the 1990s and during Phish 2.0. Some of those songs include Foam, All Things Reconsidered, Glide, and Lengthwise.

Ticketmaster, Live Nation Near Merger

If there is one business I imagine Mr. Burns running...this would be it. From WSJ:
"Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. and Live Nation Inc. are close to a merger, people familiar with the matter said, in a deal that would consolidate two of the most powerful forces in the music industry under one roof.

The combined company would be called Live Nation Ticketmaster, and would merge the world's biggest concert promoter with the world's dominant ticketing and artist-management company. The resulting firm would be able to manage everything from recorded music to ticket sales and tour sponsorship. It could package artists in new ways, for example, allowing corporations such as a cellphone provider to sponsor a concert tour and to sell an exclusive download of a song."

full article here.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Breaking News: Langerado Cancelled

I just read this over at JamBase... 2009 Langerado Music Festival has canceled due to sluggish ticket sales.

Doesn't surprise me. The festival was moved to Miami and the line up was weak. I betcha if the festival organizers booked Phish for two nights, then Langerado would have sold out.

I never even considered heading down to Langerado even though the Joker and I went the last two years. Once Phish announced their Hampton run, Langerado became a mere afterthought.

As my buddy Otis said, "Everyone will be in Hampton anyway."

And in the sagely words of the Joker, "Welcome to the Great Depression '09 Tour."

Its gonna be hot, hot, hot ITS GONNA BE HA-AAAWT

50 Years Ago: The Day the Music Died

Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Popper died fifty years ago today.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Bonnaroo 2009

We found this a little early...thanks TV on The Radio

Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment are excited to announce the initial lineup for the 2009 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The eighth annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 11 - 14 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. Every year Bonnaroo seeks to make history by offering unique and exclusive performances by rock’s greatest legends as well as its most significant newcomers. A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2009 lineup will total over 120 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days. Tickets go on sale exclusively through on Saturday, February 7 at 12:00 PM Eastern.

Official festival website is

2009 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival Confirmed Artists:
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Phish (2 Shows)
Beastie Boys
Nine Inch Nails
David Byrne
Al Green
Snoop Dogg
Elvis Costello Solo
Erykah Badu
Paul Oakenfold
Ben Harper and Relentless7
The Mars Volta
TV on the Radio
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Gov’t Mule
Andrew Bird
Merle Haggard
The Decemberists
Girl Talk
Bon Iver
Béla Fleck & Toumani Diabate
Rodrigo y Gabriela
The Del McCoury Band
of Montreal
Allen Toussaint
Coheed and Cambria
Booker T & the DBTs
David Grisman Quintet
Lucinda Williams
Animal Collective
Neko Case
Jenny Lewis
Robert Earl Keen
Citizen Cope
Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
The Ting Tings
Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Kaki King
Grizzly Bear
King Sunny Adé
Okkervil River
St. Vincent
Zac Brown Band
Raphael Saadiq
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
Crystal Castles
Tift Merritt
Brett Dennen
Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue
Toubab Krewe
People Under the Stairs
Alejandro Escovedo
Vieux Farka Touré
Elvis Perkins In Dearland
Todd Snider
Portugal. The Man.
The SteelDrivers
The Knux
The Low Anthem
Delta Spirit
A.A. Bondy
The Lovell Sisters
Alberta Cross
It looks like it could be the greatest festival lineup...well...ever? Im curious what kind of conflicts there will be between Phish, NIN, Beastie Boys, David Byrne, and Wilco. If I got to actually see all of them, that would be AMAZING.

American Idol: Meet Rose Flack

Coventry readers, meet your new poster girl. She's a 17-year old barefoot orphan from Idaho who sings a mean Carole King.

Meet Rose Flack, whom I have counted among my front-runners in this, the final week of American Idol auditions. We'll be seeing Rose again next week in Hollywood and if she doesn't make the Top 12, well, there's always Phish tour.

To get yourself ready for Hollywood Week, which kicks off tomorrow night on FOX, go read this week's recap American Idol: A Rose by Any Other Name.

Documentary Project on Phish Phans

One of the best aspects of Phish is how they influence and inspire other creative types. Jen Morgan is one of those people. She's currently working on a documentary photo project involving Phisheads. She's seeking your help!

Here's an email that Jen sent us...
Hello Pauly and Coventry Blog contributers,

My name is Jen Morgan. I am currently a student studying Photography at the Art Institute of Boston in Boston MA. I am doing a documentary project on Phish Phans. I live in the Boston / Greater Boston area and I was wondering if you could help me out. I am a phan myself and I want to explore what makes Phish Phans so different from other fans of music. Why is going to shows a must, how much has Phish taken over their lives and from their homes to the parking lot to the shows what drives phans to be so devoted? I need to contact people to make this photo documentary happen. I was wondering if you could maybe post something on the blog about what I am trying to do. With the tour and the reunion coming up this is an important time for me to get others involved. Let me know if there is anyway you could help me out. This is non-profit, I am just an art student trying to make a difference and explore in this magical time.

Jen Morgan

P.S. keep the great blogs coming :) !
You can contact Jen here.

Also, here's a sampling of some of her photography...

Photos courtesy of Jen Morgan

Sunday, February 01, 2009

It's Getting Phishy: Phan Art Book Release Party

Publishing Party

WHEN: Saturday February 7th, 2009

WHERE: Revolution Hall, Troy NY.

Doors at 7:00 PM
$10 In Advance
$12 Day of Show

with performances by:

The Flow (Phish tribute band) and The McLovins

ages 18+ only please

About: Phanart: The Art of the Fans of Phish is complete! With more than 1600 pieces of Phish fan created art, over 30 essays, and numerous trips down memory lane through 400 full-color pages, the book stands to be one of the most unique and original creations that exhibits the talents of the Phish fan community.

* 70 sections
* 441 pages
* Numerous articles
* Interviews with members of the Phish community

Phish Saves America

A friend of ours, Leilani Polk, is writing a cool weekly piece in Tampa's Creative Loafing, check it out here. (logo art by Phil Bardi)
An increased mortgage payment, termites, a car accident, a string of break-downs, the Creative Loafing Chapter 11 bankruptcy, stress-related heart palpitations, the gas price hike, Sarah Palin and John McCain and George Bush and all the dark and dreary days of bad news after bad news, of living paycheck to paycheck, the bleak and undeniable truth of our country’s recession — all of it was put into perspective when my four favorite musicians decided that it was finally time to get back together and make great music again.

Page's New Shirt

I love Page's new shirt...