Phish staple "Betty", who has answered fan snail mail since it became too voluminous for Mike to handle, will now be licensed by the band for use by Fortune 500 companies. Betty proved to be an efficient and scalable solution to what had seemed a grotesque communications burden, a realization that came recently, in the wake of the breakup and the withering of tour revenue. Following six months of Beta testing, by competing fan clubs in the the wildly controversial thumbtack and paperclip industries, licensing to music fan clubs, grassroots political parties, and Lifestyle event planners will begin this week. Phish will release a scaled-down retail version, iBetty, this fall as part of a suite of software allowing those who used to organize other aspects of their lives around Phish, to now allow Phish to organize all aspects of their lives.
Page's website has announced that he will promote his new solo album (Page McConnell, due out April 17) with a 13-date tour stretching from Burlington's Higher Ground on May 30, through MA, RI, PA, NY, DC, GA, NC, OH, IN, MI, and IL, ending at the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis on June 14. Page's band includes Adam Zimmon, Jared Slomoff, Rob O'Dea, and Gabe Jarrett. Tickets will be available online through a real time presale beginning Friday, March 30th at 5:00pm (Eastern Time) and ending Friday, April 13th at noon (Eastern Time).
Christina Durfee (one of Trey's backup singers the last few tours, and part of the Phil/Trey ensemble @ Vegoose) is listing on her myspace page that she is playing the Phil and Friends shows at Sounds of Brazil, the 450-standing capacity club in the west village, a week from Mon/Tuesday. That's far from official news that Trey will be there, but a either a good hint or a strong tease.
Drummer Jon Fishman was a judge at the http://www.mbird.org/sitg">Vermont Youth Orchestra "Battle of the Bands" at Higher Ground in South Burlington. The winning act, The Manix, won the chance to perform as an opening band at Nectar's in Burlington and an invitation to perform in the Burlington First Night Battle of the Bands. The other judges were saxophone player Dave Grippo and singer-songwriter Amber deLaurentis. (Burlington Free Press)
Page's debut solo album will be released April 17, and his showcase will be April 4th at Gramarcy Theatre in NYC. Anyone who preorders the album will be entered in a drawing for showcase tickets and for one of 100 limited edition posters.
Phish has released 12/1/95 in both audio and video via LivePhish.com.
Tom Marshall has posted new songs on his MySpace page, and is slated to release the next album in June at the World Cafe in Philly.
It's International Women's Day. Drink some chardonnay, listen to some Page tunes, and think about Tela.
Trey attended his arraigment hearing with wife Sue today, having instructed his attorney "not to fight the charges", according to the Burlington Free Press, which reports his attorney Steve Coffey as saying he had told him, "I’m here to face the consequences and work it out with the court and go on with my life." He plead not guilty, however, was released on bail, and is scheduled to return to Washington County Court on March 27.