I was never a big Grateful Dead fan, but I did go to a few shows here in CO. Not so much for the music, for the party. When Jerry died, the entire thought of the Dead was over for me. Jerry was gone, and for me, so was the Dead.
When I first heard about Phish, I wrote them off as just another version of the Dead. When I saw their fans, I was sure of it. Then for years, I just ignored them.
Fast forward to this summer. I’m a music fan. I have thousands of songs, paid for every one of them. I heard a couple of songs off of Phish’s latest recording, Fuego
It occurred to me I was being a music snob by not going to see Phish. So I texted my buddy Tommy, a Phish Phan. Told him I wanted to go to a Phish show with him. He texted right back, told he had a ticket for me. So I went to see Phish at Dick’s, last summer.
I couldn’t believe what I had been missing. Phish, is a great band. Their newest recordings Joy, and Fuego, are great. Kill Devil Falls is one of my favorite songs — of any music. Not only that, the song is about recovery, something near and dear to my heart.
Not only is Phish a great band, they’re doing things in music no other band is doing.
There’s Phish.net, everything a Phish Phan needs to stay in touch with the band.
There’s LivePhish.com — Phish Phan’s can listen to past shows and download the show they just went to — for free (the .mp3 download’s are free, higher quality download’s are usually $5 or $10 per show). You can watch simulcast’s of live shows. They even have a really cool app, where I can download any show or song, going back to 1988.
Nobody else is doing what Phish is. They are not, a Grateful Dead copy. They’re simply following a great tradition and then putting their own mark on it.
Here’s some pics from my Phirst Phish show outside of CO, last week’s Bill Graham shows. I was there all 3 nights. Yeah, I’m hooked. And it’s not about the party. It’s about the music. What a great, Phucking band.