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Phish fans have become part of the show in a number of ways, some solicited by the band and others of their own accord:
Language Signals: The most obvious example of audience participation solicited by the band is the "secret language" of musical cues. On 12-31-92, the band augmented these with additional cues; later, the audience responded with it's own flyers.
Clapping: The band encourages clapping, in particular rhythms, along with "Mound". (Although that's reportedly to help Fishman get and keep "the beat", Orko
Swaying/Waving Arms: The audience typically sways arms, held high, in time to the last chorus of "Contact", which the band used to lead the audience in doing.
Singing along: As at concerts by many acts, singing aloud with songs at Phish concerts is generally frowned upon by other fans -- it not only interferes with hearing the band and distracts from the show itself, but in some cases might get picked up by mics and alter the show for hundreds or thousands of people who'll hear it later on tape.
Flyers: Taking the band's lead with their 12/31/92 flyer, a few attempts have been made to surprise the band with en masse activity.
Thanks also to Chris
"Those things developed from a general desire to merge with the audience as muce as possible. It know that a lot of times I find myself , if a set's been going on for a while, that I might suddenly feel, 'Too much', we've gotta make some really organic connection again, at which point -- one thing that's rarely been planned out is those a capella things, when we go out front -- and that, to me, is usually just a time to get the bearings straight again, let the ears rest, and -- 'cuase when I'm standing out there, I can really make eye contact with people, see who's out there in the audience and what not.""
-- Trey Anastasio, 12/10/94 interview with Steve Silberman"
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