The Daily Press reports, and message board posters have been complaining, that Hampton hotels are cancelling reservations for the upcoming reunion weekend - reservations that in some instances were made six months ago! The Red Roof claims a computer system update for losing a block of reservations they've apparently found again, and Extended Stay America won't provide an answer, redirecting questions and complains to their corporate office. But Savannah Suites fesses up completely, for having booked 103 reservations for only 23 rooms available, a five-to-one ratio nonetheless described as "double-booked". The hotels are offering, at best, rooms available at hotels 20-30 miles (plus concert traffic) away (rather than walking distance), at different rates, with no compensation for rate differences or transportation.
As part of the reunion celebrations, don't miss the third annual Best Poster Convention. Organized by Shawn Hughes & Jason Kaczorowski, BPCIII features professional and parking lot artists, including Jim Pollock (on hand meeting and greeting collectors, personalizing art and offering new releases) as well as Justin Helton, AJ Masthay, Ryan Kerrigan, Bruce Horan, Fred Hosman, Tripp, Noah Phence, PhanArt, Aunt & Uncle Ebeneezer, Jon Blake, Adam Davidoff, Jason Kaczorowski, and more! Also on site will be Pete Mason, creator of the 400+ page one-of-a-kind book Phan Art, and many of the artists featured throughout the book, who will be on hand to autograph their contributions along with showcasing and selling their limited edition wares. The event happens Saturday March 7th, 11am-3pm at the Best Western Coliseum Inn & Suites (1809 W Mercury Blvd, 757-838-5011), within walking distance of the Coliseum and directly behind Hooters. If you must drive, park at hte nearby Riverdale Shopping Center. Tickets are $10.00 and can only be purchased by calling the Best Western Coliseum Inn & Suites direct at 757-838-5011. Advanced ticket purchase is strictly required for admittance
Hidden Track is reporting new leaks of soundboard recordings, and has posted a compilation stretching from 1998 to 2002.
Like many others, the Los Angeles Times today reported that "Live Nation Inc. and Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. today announced that the two goliaths would merge, combining the biggest concert promoter with the leading ticketing and artist-management company. The combined company, with almost $6 billion in sales, would touch virtually every aspect of the concert business."
Both the Dead and Phish are reuniting for tours this spring/summer. Will they ever share a marquee?
Bruce Springsteen asks for your voice in opposition to a possible Ticketmaster-LiveNation merger
The Mimi Fishman Foundation's first charity auction of 2009 includes amazing items donated by Phish, String Cheese Incident, Umphrey's McGee, Bonnaroo Music Festival, Jack Johnson, Scramble Campbell, moe, Dave Matthews Band, and Yonder Mountain String Band. The auction proceeds will benefit the Delta Gamma Center for Children With Visual Impairments. One of the more unique items on the auction is a lunch with Phish drummer Jon Fishman. The winner and one guest will enjoy lunch and conversation with the Phish drummer. In addition, Fishman will hand the winner a pair of tickets for the next evenings Phish show at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis. To view and/or bid on any items in the auction, as well as read about the charities the auction supports, please visit the Mimi Fishman Foundation Auction Page
CelebrityCafe spins Ticketmaster's reactions to having been flouted for flubbing Phish tickets, as hope that the company will "clean house" and improve its ticket sales procedures.
It's official: Phish will perform a two-set show, plus a late-night set, at the eighth annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The 13-stage event will be June 11-14 in Manchester, TN, with over 20 comedians and over 120 bands, also including Bruce Springsteen, The Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, TV on the Radio, Wilco, Al Green, David Byrne, Snoop Dogg, Merle Haggard, Animal Collective, Lucinda Williams, Femi Kuti, Mars Volta, The Del McCoury Band. Tickets go on sale exclusively through www.bonnarootickets.com on Saturday, February 7 at 12:00 PM Eastern