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Innocent Phish fans, cleverly disguised nitrous tank, or Brooklyn prostitutes? (via)
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Press of Atlantic City reports:

Atlantic City police arrested 42 people and confiscated more than $11,000 during last week's Phish concerts at Boardwalk Hall.

The Atlantic City Police Department Special Investigations Section (Vice and Intelligence Unit) and TAC Team, with members of the Atlantic City Task Force and Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office Guns, Gangs and Narcotics Unit conducted several surveillance and undercover operations around Boardwalk Hall from Thursday through Saturday.

Drugs also were recovered. They include hashish, MDMA, psilocybin mushrooms, LSD in paper blotters and sugar cubes, prescription pills, bath salts, 51 nitrous oxide tanks and marijuana in several forms, including cookies and brownies.

Two of the arrests, both women from Brooklyn, were for prostitution charges...

Wait, what? I thought prostitutes from Brooklyn had better taste in music!

More interestingly, Hypervocal points out:

Every Phish Halloween show since 1994 has featured a musical costume. The band picks a classic album and plays it, in full, in the middle of its three-set show. This year the band opted for a new approach, "breaking from tradition" to play an album from the future: Phish's own "Wingsuit."

During one of these song debuts, the lyrically absurd "Wombat," a man in a wombat suit hobbled out and danced on stage with four back-up dancers. The song mentioned Abe Vigoda, star of TV's Fish and Sal Tessio from The Godfather, and afterward when Trey Anastasio bantered that Abe Vigoda himself happened to be in the suit, one might have thought the Tony-nominated redhead was merely kidding.

Sure enough, after a quick body double switch, the man in the wombat suit hobbled back on stage and revealed himself to be ... ABE F*&KING VIGODA.

Check out Abe Vigoda, in videos from the show below...

Continue reading "51 nitrous oxide tanks, 42 arrests, Abe Vigoda, prostitution (?!?) & more @ Phish's Halloween run in Atlantic City"

Wook down - night 1 @ MSG
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Phish kicked off their four-night, annual New Year's run at Madison Square Garden on Friday (12/28) and will wrap it up tonight, New Year's Eve. Tonight's show is sold out though naturally there are plenty on Stubhub for those willing to pay at least $265 each.

The setlists of the first three nights, which are expectedly very different from each other, include covers of Led Zeppelin, The Velvet Underground, TV on the Radio, Stevie Wonder, Talking Heads, and other artists. You can check them all out, along with few shots from the crowd from last night's show (by Robert Altman), below...

Continue reading "Phish played 3 nights at MSG, will again tonight (pics, setlists)"

photo from last year (more by Ryan Barkan)
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NYC hippies have all the luck:

Phish will play four shows at New York City's Madison Square Garden this December, marking its third consecutive New Year's run at the legendary venue. The series of concerts will begin on Friday, December 28, and conclude on New Year's Eve. Phish has played 23 dates at Madison Square Garden since December 1994.

"It's not the ball drop, but for tens of thousands of people, Phish's annual run of shows at Madison Square Garden...is the more significant year-end event in Manhattan," The New York Times' Jon Pareles observed. Reviewing Phish's 2011 New Year's Eve concert, American Songwriter noted: "[the] night saw the band going for broke...Balloons rained from the ceiling, and Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon levitated above the stage on platforms, and several dancers took to the air on wires..."

An online ticket request period is currently underway at http://tickets.phish.com. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Saturday, October 20, at Noon ET at http://www.ticketmaster.com or can be charged by phone at 866.858.0008. If tickets are still available, they may be purchased at the venue box office beginning Monday, October 22. Box office hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 AM - 6 PM. Tickets may also be purchased at select Ticketmaster outlets. For further details, visit http://phish.com.

Ticket prices for each specific date will include a free MP3 download of the evening's entire show (a fully mixed soundboard recording) that can be redeemed at www.LivePhish.com shortly after the band steps off stage.
Other NYC New Year's Eve options include Amanda Palmer and The Felice Brothers.

photos by Ryan Barkan

"i just want to say that i think glorified displays of people wasted out of their minds and passed out are really upsetting to me." - JD Samson

"Nothing turns me conservative faster than being on a train with a bunch of stoned Phish fans that just got out of Madison Square Garden." - Frank Hejl

"So many Phish fans looking for a miracle outside Penn Station." - Maura Johnston

"Now hundred of "fans" all over the arena hovering 50 feet above the crowd dancing." - Colonel Forbin

"The floating fans above the crowd would've had me freaking at Phish MSG. I mean, Jesus. What if one hurled?" - Ravenval

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"It's not the ball drop, but for tens of thousands of people, Phish's annual run of shows at Madison Square Garden, which winds up on New Year's Eve, is the more significant year-end event in Manhattan. Always an immediate sellout, the concerts are both a tradition and a challenge. Phish has to provide its familiar joys but vary them enough to surprise fans who are obsessively meticulous tabulators.

Thursday night's concert was Phish in crowd-pleasing mode: uptempo, playing familiar songs and ready to keep fans dancing -- never getting too abstract or experimental. Its two sets were both CD-length, just under 80 minutes each, with the Rolling Stones' "Loving Cup" as a splashy, gospelly encore....This was just a big, happy Phish party. The musicians' fingers flew; lights splayed above the stage; glowsticks were tossed, in mass bursts, at big transitions; balloons bounced around; the year-end ritual was intact. Thursday's concert was a high-level holding action; the next one, as always, might be something else entirely." [NY Times]

Phish took over Madison Square Garden during New Year's Eve week once again. The Vermont jam band hit the venue four nights in a row up to and including New Year's Eve (12/28 - 12/31). Pictures from the second show, the same night the NY Times reviewed, are in this post. If you weren't there, maybe you paid to watch one of the shows streaming live in HD via the band's website (it was $55 to stream all four and it came with access to watch it again).

Were you there? Apparently JD Samson was. Did anyone see any of Trey's friends from the National in the crowd (or over the crowd)?

More pictures from night two (12/29), video of the hanging people getting put up into the air on New Year's Eve, and all four setlists (they covered TV on the Radio's "Golden Age" on New Year's Eve), below..

Continue reading "Phish played 4 New Year's Eve Week shows @ MSG, hung people from the ceiling (pics, video, setlist)"

Deadhead

SPIN says:

Trey Anastasio is quietly working on a new solo album with help from a formidable cast of indie rockers, SPIN has learned.

Since winding up his fall tour, the Phish guitarist has been making a daily commute from his New York City home to Bridgeport, Connecticut's Tarquin Studios, recording with his band and members of the National and Mates of State for the last month. Peter Katis, who owns the suburban studio and has produced a string of indie rock albums there (Interpol's Turn on the Bright Lights and Antics, The National's Boxer, Mates of State's Rearrange Us), is co-producing the album with Anastasio.

A rep for Anastasio didn't return a request for comment, but early reports out of the studio say the sound is a mix between Anastasio's eclectic, Afro-tinged rock and the kind of experimental indie pop produced by the Philistines Jr., Katis' own recently reformed band. Before entering the studio, Katis told Sonic Scoop that Anastasio "wants to do something totally out of left-field."

Anastasio and Co. are working on about 15 new songs, with recording expected to wrap up in January. They'll take a weeklong break later this month, when Phish hold court for four sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden, including their traditional three-set performance on New Year's Eve.

In related news, FURTHUR (featuring Phil Lesh & Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead) have started to announce a spring tour that includes EIGHT shows at Beacon Theater where The National play their first of six tonight (12/12). Tickets go on Internet Presale today at noon. Public Ticketmaster sale begins Friday. All Furthur tour dates and the poster, below...

Continue reading "Furthur playing 8 Beacon Theater shows on Spring Tour -- more than The National who are working with Trey"

by world's biggest Phish fan BBG

Phish at MSG (more by Ryan Barkan)
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I can think of literally thousands (millions?) of things that I'd rather do around New Year's Eve than go to a Phish show. Get kicked in the teeth by a burro. Fall down some stairs. Murdered. But obviously some people (and there are a lot of people) still care deeply for the Vermont jam band that spawned acres (or is it ache-rs?) of followers, drum circles, hackey sack games, etc.

Today is your lucky day. Phish has announced that they will play Madison Square Garden over four nights including New Years Eve, 12/28 - 12/31. Tickets aren't on sale yet, but you can request them via the band until Monday, October 24 at 11:59 AM. Check ticketmaster after that for general sale.

All tour dates are below, along with some video including one of Phish & Jay-Z covering Big Pimpin' and 99 Problems. I can now die complete.

Continue reading "Phish announce another New Year's in NYC run (by BBG)"

Trey

Trey Anastasio played a 2-set + 1 encore show at Terminal 5 in NYC last night (2/22). Video of his second-set closing cover of "Empire State of Mind" and the full setlist is below with a new set of Phish dates that were announced today....

Continue reading "Trey Anastasio covered 'Empire State of Mind' & other songs @ Terminal 5 (video, full setlist), Phish announced a tour (dates)"

photos by Ryan Barkan

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Phish completed their three night run at Madison Square Garden late on Saturday night (1/1/11). One night earlier they spent the last moments of 2010 in a hot dog hovering over the crowd. The stunt, which was part of a routine that involved the performance of Phish rarity "Meatstick", included costumed dancers that filled the stage, streamers and foam hotdogs, and was initally done on 12/31/94 for New Years at the Boston Garden. It was revisited in 1999 and finally retired when the hot dog was donated to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Phish borrowed the prop back from the museum for the MSG show.

Over their three night stay (which you may have watched from home since Phish offered a pay-per-view webcast of each night), Phish played a total of seven sets and did not repeat a single song. In fact, the band only repeated two songs during their entire five show New Year's Eve run that also included two shows DCU Center in Worcester, MA. Those songs were "David Bowie" and "Backwards Down the Number Line" (both played once in NYC).

Pictures, setlists and videos (including multiple angles of the flying hot dog) from all three shows, below...

Continue reading "Phish played 3 nights @ MSG in NYC, including New Years Eve (pics, video, setlists & a flying hot dog)"

photos by Ryan Barkan

Jones Beach, 8/18
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One of the best things about Phish Tour is getting to see and enjoy shows with so many friends gathered in one place. It's social multi-tasking. It's a big fucking party! I met up with some of said friends and we pre-gamed appropriately for such an occasion: Phish's 2010 Summer Tour closing run at Jones Beach. Hershey Park was a lot of fun, but wasn't completely satisfying. This being the end of the tour, I hoped the boys would have their Tour Legs on and be ready to kick some major ass, as per the 2009 MSG run. -[Jambands.com]
Hackey sacks were brought, bowls were packed, nitrous tanks were confiscated, and tailgates were ajar on August 17th and 18th as Phish played Jones Beach. The 18th was the night of the unfortunate balcony jumping. Pictures in this post are from both shows - the inside shots are from the 17th, the outside shots are from the 18th.

Phish is back on the road this fall, tie-dying the rest of the East Coast and NYC does not get a look in this go around, but Atlantic City gets four shows including Halloween, and there are strong rumors of Madison Square Garden on New Years Eve (and speaking of hippies at MSG, Further is playing there twice in November). Tickets for the new Phish shows go on sale to the general public on Sept 10th and 11th, but a fan "ticket-requesting" system is up and running until then. For the upcoming fall trek, all concert-goers will receive copies of the show they attended (in MP3 form). The band also recently posted a free-for-download live sampler entitled Live Bait.

More pictures and the setlists from Jones Beach and the new tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Phish played Jones Beach (pics), playing Halloween in Atlantic City & other dates (including MSG on New Years Eve?)"

Pete Seeger @ Clearwater Festival 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Pete Seeger

Clearwater Festival, the annual benefit for the Hudson River environmental group of the same name, will be happening this year at Croton-on-Hudson's Croton Point Park on June 19th & 20th. Pete Seeger, the non-profit's founder, plays every year - joining him this year will be Steve Earle, Rhett Miller, Joan Osborne, Buckwheat Zydeco, Felice Bros and more. More of the initial lineup is below. Tickets to the fest are on sale (and currently almost half the door price). Pictures from last year's day one are HERE and day two are HERE.

A bit farther Upstate in Hunter, NY, the three-day Mountain Jam will be happening June 4th-6th. The lineup for that includes Gov't Mule, Levon Helm & Friends, Drive-By Truckers, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, The Avett Brothers, Dr. Dog, Les Claypool, Jay Farrar (of Son Volt), These United States, Justin Townes Earle (note dad, playing above) and Tao Rodriguez-Seeger Band (the same, except grandpa). The full current lineup is below, and tickets are on sale.

Later this summer (in July), Camp Bisco will be in Mariaville, NY.

Lineups so far for both fests are below...

Continue reading "Mountain Jam (6/4-6) the Clearwater Festival (6/19-20) have announced initial 2010 NY concert lineups & tickets "

Rothbury 2009 (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
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Today, festival organizers for the ROTHBURY music festival announced that they will not host a 2010 event.

According to event producers Madison House Presents and AEG Live, a contributing factor in the decision is that, due to various artists' recording and touring schedules, timing will not allow them to assemble the cutting edge roster that has been associated with ROTHBURY. Madison House Presents' Jeremy Stein explains, "The result for this year is that we are not able to move forward with the integrity and high standards that we demand from ourselves and for the festival."

Despite the 2010 postponement, organizers intend to move toward continuing ROTHBURY in 2011. According to Stein, "This event is something very special, and we are unwilling to potentially tarnish what ROTHBURY is, and can become, by working under conditions that will produce anything less than a magical experience. Our efforts are certainly not coming to an end."

For ongoing information regarding ROTHBURY, please monitor www.rothburyfestival.com.

photos by Fresh Bread

Phish Festival 2009

"It wasn't until concertgoers arrived at the gates that they finally learned what classic album Phish would cover in its entirety during their "musical costume" set at Festival 8. Reviving a tradition that began in 1994 when Phish covered The Beatles' The White Album, last night the quartet staged an ambitious cover of the Rolling Stones' 18-song double LP, Exile on Main St. As in years past, the costume choice was a closely-guarded secret until the day of the show, when thousands of "Phishbill" programs (à la Playbill) were distributed, complete with bios of the "cast," which included Sharon Jones on vocals and members of the Dap Kings on horns." [LAist]
Phish fans (see above) decscended on the Coachella Music Festival site for three days over Halloween weekend. Lots of pictures, and all tour dates (including a just-announced four-night New Years Eve run in Miami, below...

Continue reading "Phish, with help from Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, covered Exile on Main St. @ Halloween 'Festival 8' in Indio - pics "

Rainbow Gathering

"Every summer since 1972, Rainbow Gatherings have occurred in a different U.S. National Forest, drawing tens of thousands of counter-culture types to the wilderness to set up a temporary city. Filmed at the 38th Annual Rainbow Gathering Of Tribes (Big Sandy, Utah), 'We Love You' allows the audience a glimpse into this rarely seen sub-culture, the violent oppression of Federal Agents who target them and their ultimate victory as they pray for peace the day after a siege by Federal Agents."
That's the official description of "We Love You", a short and to the point (and award winning) (and, full disclosure: made by someone I know) documentary that gives a positive (like the attitude of those in attendance) spin on the annual gathering of hippies in the woods. Like Burning Man, rainbow gatherings aren't technically music festivals, but they share many characteristics including live music. Entertainment options at gatherings range from random people with guitars to drum circles to full on G-Funk Collective performance theater. Unlike most music festivals though, rainbow gatherings do not come with toilets.
LAist: What did you hope to do by making the gathering accessible to people who've never attended?

Director Jonathan Kalafer: It's weird because people always want to compare it to Burning Man or a music festival, but it's really unlike those things. They've created this place, there's a quote in the movie about it, where magic can happen. You're far away from everything, off in the woods and people are amazingly kind to each other.

LAist: What do you hope viewers will walk away with after seeing your film?

JK: I had some people tell me , "Thank you for making the film," because they showed it to their grandma and she understood what they're doing when they go and that they're not caught up in some crazy cult or something.

If you'd like to check this move out, it happens to be screening as part of the NJ Film Festival at Rutgers in New Brunswick today (10/4) and again on October 9th.

If you happen to be part of the Rainbow family, well then you probably already know that NY Rainbow's 24th Annual Prospect Park Picnic is taking place on October 11th. This year's actual Gathering took place in New Mexico.

The "We Love You" trailer, and other Rainbow Gathering videos, below...

Continue reading "a Rainbow Gathering documentary, NJ screening & BK picnic "

photos by Graeme Flegenheimer

Rothbury 2009

"It took Patricia Mudnich and Joshua Garcia two weeks, driving their RV about 3,100 miles in a winding route from Santa Cruz, Calif., to arrive at the Rothbury music festival in West Michigan.

Cool weather and a short wait in line after the campground opened Thursday morning didn't faze them in the least. The diehard fans of The String Cheese Incident -- the popular jam band which plays its only reunion show of the summer at the second-year festival Friday -- were all smiles.

"The lineup was so impressive, we could not turn it down," said Mudnich, 41, a high school English teacher who estimated the couple spent more than $2,100 on the long trip, including festival tickets, gasoline and side trips to tourist spots such as Yellowstone National Park and Mount Rushmore. "I used to go to these festivals all the time, but now I can only fit it into the summer."

For devoted rock fans flocking this week to the remote Double JJ Ranch from far-flung places across the United States and beyond, Rothbury has become THE summer destination.

Drawing an estimated 30,000-plus people again this year, many of the festival's devotees have logged impressive road and air miles to see their favorite bands -- from The Dead to STS9 -- with clusters of enthusiastic, colorfully adorned fans making the journey from Vermont, Florida, Texas, Nevada, Colorado and all points between in everything from compact cars and pickups to dilapidated Volkwagen vans and old school buses." [Mlive.com]

Rothbury happened July 2-5. Here are some (NSFW) pictures & videos...

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Williamsburg

"In this monologue, conservative talk show host Jay Mundy lambastes New York City yuppies and hipsters, individuals that he assesses as self-loathing and who have been so psychologically disturbed by their earlier life experiences that they seek to become outcasts and start anew as "New Yorkers."" -Jay Mundy
Jay Mundy, whose Wikipedia page was deleted for being "Clearly a self-penned vanity bio", obviously enjoyed all the attention and comments he got from his first round of delusional Williamsburg bashing. He enjoyed it so much, that he recorded a new one. In this one he mentions the "freaks who have been listening to the program lately", and claims, among other things, that he has "hundreds of thousands of listeners around the country". File under comedy, and listen below...

Continue reading "Jay Mundy returns with another Williamsburg rant (listen)"

Phish @ Bonnaroo 2009 (Graeme Flegenheimer)
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"We discussed playing a 45-minute version of 'China Cat Sunflower,' [at Bonnaroo 2008]" said MGMT guitarist James Richardson with a straight face shortly before his set, sporting a well-worn tie-dyed Grateful Dead T-shirt. "I think pretty much everybody in MGMT secretly loves jambands--well, not so secretly. We always have."

A few yards away his bandmates are catching up with Vampire Weekend drummer Chris Tomson, who despite his band receiving an impressive 8.8 ranking by seemingly devout hippie-hater website Pitchfork, is proudly decked out in a T-shirt that meshes the Phish and the Philadelphia Phillies' logos. "When it was announced and the band's names were listed, I remember thinking that everyone was going to playing there," he reminisces about his experience at the first, more jamband-oriented Bonnaroo in 2002....

...Indeed, though both the blogosphere and the mainstream media are quick to make it seem like hipsters and hippies are as different as hair gel and hemp, in reality some of the day's most popular "indie bands" have at least one direct tie to the jamband world--not they're openly citing String Cheese Incident as they're favorite band on Facebook. Yeasayer's Ira Wolf Tuton played in Disco Biscuits' associates The Ally, Band of Horses' Bill Reynolds was a member of jam-friendly roots rockers Donna the Buffalo, Brazilian Girls' Jesse Murphy had another life in John Scofield's Uber-Jam, Leslie Feist sang on The New Deal's Gone Gone Gone, New Deal's Dan Kurtz doubles in the electo-pop band Dragonette, all three members of the Lake Trout spinoff Big in Japan serve as the backing band for UNKLE and even the members of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Interpol have name-checked Phish...." [Jambands.com]

That is just an excerpt of an article that appeared in a recent issue of Relix, and which is re-published in part on JamBands.com. No mention in the article on whether any members of Guided By Voices, Sonic Youth, Neutral Milk Hotel, Slint, Pavement, Pixies, Belle & Sebastian, Sleater-Kinney, Superchunk, Yo La Tengo, R.E.M., The Smiths, My Bloody Valentine, Dinosaur Jr, or Husker Du, ever followed around the Grateful Dead. You need to get, or subscribe to, the the recently-saved Relix to read the whole thing.

Bonnaroo 2009 headliner Bruce Springsteen joined Bonnaroo 2009 headliner Phish on stage at Bonnaroo 2009 last weekend. Video of that below...

Continue reading ""Relix uncovers indie rock's true jamband roots""

photos by Fresh Bread

Phish

"Although there is hardly a shortage of jam bands, Phish had no full-fledged successor on the arena circuit during its absence. Its audience, and apparently the band itself, both realized something was missing in a Phish-less world: the band's particular assortment of head-bobbing, good-timey roots-rock and complex compositions full of shifty meters, key changes and other musicianly twists and turns." [NY Times]
What surprised me most about the three Phish concerts at Jones Beach this week (the third one is tonight, Friday, June 5th), is how many friends and friends of friends I know that went, or are going, to one of the shows. They are everywhere (PHresh Bread included). And this is the part where I try to insert a hippy joke, but instead, here's another review...
"I was expecting a dirtier, sketchier crowd, but besides for the proliferation of whippets dealers in the parking lot after the show, the fact I had to walk through a flood in the men's room to pee and the complete lack of women, I wouldn't have been able to tell the difference between this show and a Third Eye Blind concert, the hippies were non existent and although some folks were swaying hippie style - the bulk of the audience seemed like accountants who went to good private colleges and liked to wear over priced sandals and Patagonia shells. Although the music itself was amazing the people were kind of boring, but based on the overwhelming amount of people driving with their windows closed before and after the show I could tell the crowd was going to be like their driving habits, climate controlled. I have this theory that people who drive with their windows open are just more friendly and interesting, less stand offish." [Frum Satire]
It is of course possible some of those people were just trying to keep the smoke in, or in the case of tonight (and last night?), the rain out. Pics from night one continued below....

Continue reading "Phish played Jones Beach (night 1 pics) - do so again tonight "

Fractal

"The pivotal scene in Dumbo (1941), for instance, is the transformation of consciousness and augmentation of capacity -- in this case, the big-eared elephant's motor skills -- via a hallucinatory delirium brought on when the dejected pachyderm drinks a barrel full of water into which, unbeknownst to him, a bottle of spirits had been accidentally spilled. To the foreboding lyrics and serpentine melody of "Pink Elephants on Parade," Dumbo begins seeing things "you know that ain't" (a succession of fractals and geometrical patterns, forms morphing into new ones, and scenes of Oriental mystery and erotica), then passes into oblivion, from which he wakes up in the highest branches of a tree. Thus Dumbo earns his wings not through an act of obeisance to the Ten Commandments but in the throes of a psychotropic-induced visionary state." [psychadelicAdventures.com]
Grand Central Station in NYC is celebrating Earth Day today (4/24) and Saturday. There's food, face painting, yoga, recycling, live music and much more. Dar Williams will be there today at 5:45. Full schedule below.

Strangely, today's Grand Central schedule also includes a "BREAK" due to "Noise Ordinance" today from 2-5pm. This is fueling rumors that The Dead, who are in town (again) to play Nassau Coliseum tonight (4/24) and MSG tomorrow (4/25) will show up for a secret show (again). It's probably not true, but if you have nothing better to do and want to head over there based on that, at least there are plenty of other eco-friendly diversions to keep you busy.

The Dead played Letterman last night. Video of that, and full Grand Central music schedule below...

Continue reading "It's Earth Day @ Grand Central - live music included + the Dead played Letterman - Nassau tonight, MSG Saturday"

words, by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Fresh Bread

The Dead

[The Dead's] three performances explored the various sides of the group's persona: the Angel Orensanz Society gig stripped the group down to the trio Lesh, Weir and Haynes and focused on some of Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia's most beloved songs. Fans could both feel the group's fraternal nature and its frailties (the room was so small that when a fan screamed "we miss Jerry" Lesh shot back with "and you think we don't?").

The band's slightly larger show at the Blender Theatre showcased what happens to that chemistry when keyboards and drums are added to those skeletal song structures. In many ways, the middle gig felt the most like Weir's longtime band RatDog -- the most solidified off all The Dead's current side-projects. The 65-mintue show opened with an extended jam that segued into a continuous set of music hinged on "Playin' In The Band," "Good Lovin,'" " The Wheel," "Franklin's Tower" and the encore of "Touch of Grey." "The Wheel," in particular, symbolized the evening's theme as Weir, Lesh and Haynes sang the line "bound to cover just a little more ground" to a room of people scurrying across town to make it to all three performances.

While the night's two preceding performances were limited to a shade over an hour, the group's Roseland gig clocked in at over 100 minutes and had the feel of one of the group's trademark, exploratory second sets. Like both of The Dead's earlier performances, venue staff also let in ticketless fans as the show drew near. [Jambands.com]

As reported, the Dead played three free, ticketed shows on Monday, March 30th at three different NYC venues after starting the day by performing on The View.

The Dead tour this spring with 4 NYC-area shows, visiting Nassau Coliseum, Madison Square Garden and the IZOD Center. The tour will be their first in five years, and includes a July 4th Rothbury, MI Rothbury Music Festival

Pictures from the band's Gramercy show, with all three set lists, below...

Continue reading "The Dead played Angel Orensanz, Roseland Ballroom & Gramercy Theatre - pics & setlists"

The Dead

Tickets for the [Dead] performances are not available to the general public. Tickets to all concerts will be given away free through this or other sweepstakes and other methods. Thus, the total approximate retail value (or "ARV") of all prizes to be awarded is $0.00. All Prizes are non-transferable. No substitutions or cash redemptions. All winners are responsible for their own travel and/or transportation to New York City no later than the date of the performance for which they receive tickets.- Winner must print out a copy of the E-Mail Prize Notification they receive from Sponsor confirming that they have been selected to receive a Prize.

- Winner must bring a copy of such E-Mail Prize Notification, along with a valid photo ID (such as a driver's license) to the venue box office ....on the date of the performance

- Once box office personnel verify Winner's identity and status as a Prize winner, Winner will immediately be admitted into the venue. There are no physical tickets for this Performance.

45 pairs of tickets were given out to The Angel Orensanz show (5pm), 50 pairs for Gramercy (8pm), and 405 pairs to Roseland (11pm). Did you win?

Earlier today The Dead appeared on The View. Video from that below...

Continue reading "The Dead played The View (video), 3 NYC shows today to go"

Dancing Bears

A presale begins today/Tuesday at noon for tickets to the upcoming Dead shows including April 25th at Madison Square Garden. As previously mentioned,

Original Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart will be joined by keyboardist Jeff Chimenti and Allman Brothers Band/Gov't Mule guitarist Warren Haynes, both of whom played with the band at the "Change Rocks" concert. The group first formed with lead guitarist Jerry Garcia as the Grateful Dead in 1965 and are legendary for their live performances. The Grammy-winning Rock & Roll Hall of Fame group always toured relentlessly, allowing their "Dead Head" fans to tape and trade their exploratory, free-flowing concerts.
In other bands-you-might-go-on-tour-with news, Phish is also playing a bunch of shows in 2009.

Phish

"Earlier this morning Phish.com was updated with dates for Phish's June tour, announced with the help of a video which featured a plane skywriting with a Punch You In The Eye soundtrack. The tour takes the quartet from their home base in the Northeast down to Asheville and out to the Midwest." [Glide Magazine]
"The tour kicks off with the band's first visit to Long Island's Jones Beach amphitheater since 1995." The Jones Beach dates are June 4th & 5th. $49.50 tickets go on sale Friday January 30th at 10AM.

UPDATE: There is also a presale happening now.

Phish previously announced three March shows in Virginia, and there's the rumor that they'll also be playing Bonnaroo, to which Bob Lefsetz says...

"You might think this is bullshit. You'll point to the gross. You'll say everyone's happy. I'll say this is the kind of thinking that fucked up our business. It's only about money, not about soul. Phish should only think about its fans. Not its manager's need to sell out a festival that dropped significantly in attendance last year."
Hippies are going nuts. First the Dead, and now Phish. All dates below...

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As many have informed me (thanks all!) (you hippies!) (just kidding!), Phish is back and they have three shows coming up in Virginia. Tickets are already on presale. If you don't want to go to Virginia, "the band intends to announce additional touring in 2009 early next year." If you miss the presale, "tickets go on sale to the public on Saturday, October 18th at 10 AM EST and may be purchased online at Ticketmaster."

people @ the 2008 Rothbury Festival in Michigan (cred)
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Yoga @ the 2008 Rothbury Festival in Michigan (cred)
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ROTHBURY -- A man and a woman who attended the Rothbury Music Festival in Oceana County over the weekend died from separate medical issues Sunday.

A 33-year-old woman from New York and a 28-year-old man from Ohio suffered medical emergencies hours apart at the Rothbury festival Sunday and later died at Lakeshore Hospital in Shelby, Michigan State Police Lt. Dave Roesler said Tuesday.

The two deaths were separate incidents. Roesler said there is no reason to suspect foul play or anything unusual about the deaths. However, authorities are waiting for toxicology reports from the autopsies, which should be available in about four weeks.

Festival organizers said the woman was accompanied by a service animal and had a previous medical condition. [freep]

It is not clear whether the deaths happened before, during, or after the mini Phish reunion (no disrespect to the dead) (no pun intended).

RELATED: Rolling Stone asks: Is Rothbury the new Bonnaroo? (aka the place for the hippes to go without being subjected to Kanye West)

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The 7th Annual Jammy Awards are happening tonight (May 7) at the The WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden (jam bands + grammys = jammys), and some people seem to think Phish are going to reunite and play since they're being honored at the shindig. Even more interesting should be the scene outside the venue as Phish fans make their way to the theater while Jay-Z and Mary J Blige fans find their way into the much larger venue in the same building.

And with all of that going on under one roof, I guess anything could happen.....

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