|The majesty, mastery, magic, and confusion of a Phish concert|
I only see plans for 3 shows in Hampton, Virginia during March so far...hopefully more will pop up!
This news, of course, reminds me of the last and only time I saw this band...about 10 years ago, when I lived in Tucson, I found myself at a Phish concert on the Pima County Fairgrounds.
It might be helpful to understand where I was coming from going into that show.
For those of you who are familiar with Phish and their shtick, you might be very amused by this: before that day in 1999, I had never heard a Phish song before in my entire life...NOT KIDDING.
It's the only concert experience I can think of where I went into the show knowing NOTHING about what the band sounded like.
However here's what I DID know:
- They were from Vermont.
- They were a jam band that echoed elements of the Grateful Dead.
- They had a loyal fan following, which comprised a subculture similar to that of Deadheads.
- More Deadheads drifted into the Phish camp since Jerry Garcia's passing in 1995.
- They built that following on live performance and toured ceaselessly.
- Some (if not all) of their song titles were bizarre and made absolutely no sense (to me)...so that didn't help to give the slightest clue on what to expect...other than something "outside the box," let's say.
- They had 4 members and I heard they had traded instruments once onstage.
It also made me a fan for life.
Since then I've been looking for a live recording of that show, which I've yet to find...here's the set list from that night:
Tuesday, September 21, 1999
Pima County Fairgrounds, Tucson, AZ
- Bold as Love
The set list information is courtesy of the Mockingbird Foundation.
So tickets are on sale right now through the Phish website. Hopefully they'll do a west coast swing next year...stay tuned for more information as it comes out. I'll try to stay on top of this one.