The all Phish on-line auction organized by John Langenstein (former Director of Security for Phish) and David Shulman (Executive Director of the <A HREF="http://www.mimifishman.org">Mimi Fishman Foundation</A>) ended December 28. The auction raised over $7,100 for the Station Family Fund (SFF) and included items such as the Phish road wardrobe case, a signed Conventry unused ticket, Trey and Mike guitar strings, among many other Phish memorabilia pieces.
Scott Nybakken (firstname.lastname@example.org), the artist who created the video for "Esther" that was shown 7-19-91 at the Somerville show during the setbreak, and which circulates (lightly?) on VHS, has put together a website which includes artwork from the video, the history of its compilations and other information about it.
The body of Phish fan Danny Clune (reported missing 11/24/04; see below) was <A HREF="http://msnbc.msn.com/id/6750124/">found and identified</A> on Christmas day.
Vermont Public Radio is re-broadcasting the "Phish: The Final Curtain" documentary again (Tuesday, December 28, at 7pm) and will archive it on VPR's website for "on demand" listening for one week (December 24-30) at vpr.net. This radiodocumentary was broadcast by Vermont Public Radio on October 27, 2004, and features Jon Fishman, artist Lars Fisk, promoter Dave Werlin and several fans, including Mockingbird Foundation Founding Director Jack Lebowitz. The documentary will not be onlineafter December 30, 2004, but a print transcript of the broadcast is available at the VPR website.
BringPhishBack.com has nearly 1,000 electronic signatures for its "petition to bring Phish back", and has declared Jan. 1st, 2006 as the "1st annual Bring Phish Back Day ... encouraging everyone to wear a 'Please Come Back' shirt and listen to as much Phish as possible on this day". Site founder James Jenkins even wrote a theme song, titled "Please Come Home", available for free via download from the site.
John Langenstein, Director of Security for several bands including Phish, CSN, and The String Cheese Incident, has teamed up once again with David Shulman and The Mimi Fishman Foundation to raise money for The Station Family Fund. The eighteen auction items are sure to be of interest to any Phish fan. Included are the actual guitar strings used by Phish in 2004, one of their wardrobe cases used all the way up to their last show in August, as well as a full Conventry festival ticket signed by the entire band.
Steve Zind's audio documentary of Coventry and Phish's end is now available via mp3 from Lebo.
Billboard Magazine reports that John Paluska, longtime Phish manager will dis-mantle Dionysian Productions, the band's Burlington, VT-based management company:
- "Dionysian Productions will be a non-entity as of the end of the year," Paluska, Phish's manager for 16 years, tells Billboard. Phish will maintain a small headquarters in Vermont, headed by longtime Phish archivist Kevin Shapiro. "The rest of us are all splitting off and doing different things," says Paluska. Dionysian's staff, including Phish Dry Goods, the band's merchandising company, numbered more than 25 when the band was on the road.
Dan Clune has been missing since November 5th. Have you seen him? Updated; see 12/27/04