Wednesday 10/10/2012 by Lemuria

HIATUSES, IN REVIEW

To those curious or surprised by no Halloween show, unsure of a New Year's run, and passing along rumors (and even interviews) about fewer shows and/or longer breaks, some historical perspective...

While only one Phish pause was labelled a "hiatus" by the band - The Hiatus, from 2000-2002 - that wasn't their only pause from playing. (Needless to say, but, it wasn't their longest either, at 815 days compared to the 1664 of the "permanent" breakup from 2004 to 2009.) There was also the "needed break" for the first four and half months of 1995, the European vacation in 1985 (perhaps 114 days, ending 9/26), and, of course, the first extended break, the Heart and Hand Hiatus of 1984, covering Trey's expulsion from UVM and transition to Goddard.

That would make any immiment intermission the sixth such slack - except that there are at least ten more! In fact, pauses for an entire season or more have been nearly annual: Breaks of more than 90 days include those ending on 12/2/93 (after 96 days), 4/4/94 (94), 5/14/95 (134), 4/26/96 (117), 4/2/98 (92), 6/14/99 (175), 5/5/00 (136), 7/7/03 (128), 11/28/03 (117), 4/15/04 (106), and 5/26/11 (145), not to mention what may simply have been the Summer of Untracked Shows (perhaps 96 days ending 9/3/86).

The chart below shows the longest three pauses each year (excluding counts for the hiatus, breakup, and years off). Every year has had a gap of at least 40, and at least seven years have had a gap of nearly six months. So, no Fall 2012 tour isn't unusual - and taking long stretches off next year would be statistically normal.

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, comment by phootyjon
phootyjon y'all who run .net are awesome! keep up the great work!
, comment by PersnicketyJim
PersnicketyJim Nice work. It would be interesting to cross reference this with side projects, documenting pauses per individual member. Studio time may also be noteworthy to see. I'd also look into filtering out stand-alone shows, e.g. 4/26/96 & 6/6/96, consolidating for tours. To me, the effects of the pause between 12/31/95 and 7/2/96 were among the most influential in the band's history: stepping back after an extraordinary NYE peak, establishing democracy, and setting up The Funk. I'd also posit that 12/31/98-6/30/99 was the most ominous pause. And the fact that 12/31/11-06/07/12 produced little to no new material, recorded or otherwise, might make it one of the most maddening pauses.

, comment by Poizon45
Poizon45 I love the Phi-shtatistics! This site never stops catching my interest. I gotta admit, i really miss the Halloween shows! 2 year hiatus on Halloween! Maybe they want to come to Chicago, beautiful place to spend a Halloween!
, comment by zinzarin
zinzarin I agree that one-off shows shouldn't be in this. Making a festival appearance at Jazz Fest does not "break" a hiatus.
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, comment by King_Williamson
King_Williamson Graphs just make everything better.
, comment by phishhheads
phishhheads i love the chart. i dont care how long they take off. as long as they play at least 1 tour a year i am happy.
, comment by funkbeard
funkbeard Like last year, the msg nye run was announced at phish.com. Nothing more than a poster, and a description that for the first time ever, the floor will be general admission. This has now been on the table for more than a week, and this is my third time pointing out on the ..net that the nye run was announced.

The first couple paragraphs of this article, questioning whether or not there will be a nye run are pout of touch. Just sayin'.
, comment by waxbanks
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, comment by YumYum
YumYum When you create a graph, include a legend and label the axis. Otherwise it looks like it was made in the 3rd grade.
, comment by nichobert
nichobert "And the fact that 12/31/11-06/07/12 produced little to no new material, recorded or otherwise, might make it one of the most maddening pauses."

Listen to whatever you consider the 9th best 2011 show, then listen to whatever you consider the 9th best 2012 show. Whatever that pause did, Carini-> Taste started making up for it, and they basically never stopped apologizing after that.
, comment by nichobert
nichobert "And the fact that 12/31/11-06/07/12 produced little to no new material, recorded or otherwise, might make it one of the most maddening pauses."

Listen to whatever you consider the 9th best 2011 show, then listen to whatever you consider the 9th best 2012 show. Whatever that pause did, Carini-> Taste started making up for it, and they basically never stopped apologizing after that.
, comment by PersnicketyJim
PersnicketyJim @nichobert said:
"And the fact that 12/31/11-06/07/12 produced little to no new material, recorded or otherwise, might make it one of the most maddening pauses."

Listen to whatever you consider the 9th best 2011 show, then listen to whatever you consider the 9th best 2012 show. Whatever that pause did, Carini-> Taste started making up for it, and they basically never stopped apologizing after that.
You make a good point. The fact that, presumably, it enabled them to play better than they've played in a long time also made it a welcomed pause. Now that they've got their groove back, let's hope they find a way to get some of their writing creativity back. Or, at least record Gamehenge...

 
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