ok. forget iraq and GW and prisons and environmental degradation and Wal-Mart and toxic candy and obese america and shitty crap rock and MTV and the Swan and all that other trivial nonsense.phish broke up
i know a lot of people are going to sell their souls now, to get to Vermont, the last festival/shows, but i’m not. i *will* try to get tix for the June 17 theater-simulcast though, which will be fun for a last hurrah. after the four shows i saw last year, after that last Shoreline show, i think i was done with Phish. i was CERTAINLY done with the whole *scene*, that’s for sure. i was done with that a long time ago, and after a couple dozen train wreck jamband festivals and shows, i kept far far away from all that, excepting Phish. Phish i made efforts to keep up with and see, long after the jamband scene floated out of my peripheral vision.
the only other jamband i’ve been to see ( i do not count MMW as a jamband) is Particle, because their disco-funk-blues really impressed me at first. but even them, that last show in March – it wasn’t satisfying. i think the scene is really pushing the limits on what’s good, original, creative music and what’s filler for a community that needs to be entertained.
but now – i’m in a whole new place, musically, and culturally. we’ve got BURNING MAN to attend to in late August, and i dare say that the BM community and scene is way more creative, intriguing, and spiritually fulfilling for me than Phish ever was. these past few years in SF have opened my eyes to music and communities way beyond what i knew when i first started listening to Phish back in ’94-’95. i mean, i NEVER see chicks in hot pants and fishnets with only body paint for a top at phish shows, and those are regular at parties around here.
seriously though: i’m glad they’re hanging up their hats while they’re ahead. i’m glad they’re not going to beat a dead horse just for ticket sales if their hearts aren’t in it anymore. i’m glad they’re not going to keep going on and on like The Dead, who should have stopped long before Jerry died. as Trey said: “Phish has run its course and that we should end it now while it’s still on a high note….we all love and respect Phish and the Phish audience far too much to stand by and allow it to drag on beyond the point of vibrancy and health.”
i think it’s a very dignified thing to do, and i’m proud of them for doing it. i raise my glass to the Boys from Vermont:
thank you. be well. rock on.Filed in phish | Comments (16)