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
Yonder Mountain String Band will be making a donation to the Mockingbird Foundation in conjunction with the release of their new live album Mountain Tracks: Volume 3. Phish fans can enter a contest to win a signed copy of the album, plus a signed copy of their New Year's Eve poster by clicking here!
Rolling Stone reports that, included with the upcoming Vida Blue DVD, a "bonus disc will include a forty-minute documentary on McConnell's 'foray into the world of demolition derby and car racing.'"
During their Halloween show last night in Portland, OR, Umphrey's McGee played a medley of songs referencing recent cases of purported pedophilia by well-known musicians, including Michael Jackson (who's reportedly paid tens of millions to avoid trials regarding sleeping arrangements with young boys) and Pete Townsend (who explained having surfed the net for child porn as having been doing research on an important issue).The medley ended with a short, perhaps only three-second, tease of the beginning of Mike's Song, making an off-color funny of the reports of a year ago or so regarding since-withdrawn accusations that photos Mike Gordon took backstage at a non-Phish concert were in some way inappropriate. (Though note that Jackson has not been convicted, and Townsend was cleared.)Those in attendence insist that it was a brief, funny bit that was best understood at the event and may not convey well beyond the event. Some defenders of Phish are understandably angered by the choice of humor, but Umphrey's has issued an apology - and is, you should know, a smokin' act about whom there's a recent and growing buzz for good reason.Also, they request, keep in mind their odd sense of humor, evident even in their album titles - the first of which was Greatest Hits Volume III. They also share our interest in funding music education, and will =performed a benefit for Save the Music on December 10th at Irving Plaza.
Satellite music service Sirius held a phone vote of listeners to "elect a new head [get it?] of state". The winner will be played all day long on Sirius Jam, a purportedly (and mostly) jambands channel, one of 65 the service offers. In a race between Phish and the Grateful Dead, the Dead reportedly won. Email Sirius and tell them you want a recount, or an absentee ballot! The Dead are fine, sure, but we want a full day of PHISH on Tuesday, either as we celebrate victory or fall back in shock. This is a heated, energetic, full-of-fire election. It's soundtrack's gotta have fire! :)