Thursday, January 02, 2014

Some Phishy Things and Ode to Russell Wilson

By Pauly
New York City

One of the benefits of going home to NYC for Christmas is getting to see Phish play Madison Square Garden for four nights including New Year's Eve. I caught them at MSG for a fourth year in a row and luckily Nicky flew out after Christmas to join in the festivities.

I wrote three recaps of the shows (never wrote about NYE because I was way too wasted and memory was fuzzy). The first night happened to be my 300th show, but I didn't make a big deal about it because the math is suspect and not 100% verified. I actually think I've seen more concerts but cannot 100% verify that, which means my 300th show probably happened in Atlantic City around Halloween. Anyway, in my memory it all bleeds into one long Phish show anyway.

Recaps here:
MSG Night 1: Phish Demolition Squad
MSG Night 2: Church of Carini
MSG Night 3: Gotta Have That
Phish has been around for 30 years. Most bands don't even last 30 days let alone 3 years, so it's a testament to the band's willingness to work stuff out, stay creatively sharp, and not sweat the small stuff. They're survivors in a treacherous biz that chews up bands and brutally dices them up.

Here is a video that was shown on MSG's jumbotron to commemorate Phish's 30th anniversary...

If you're a football fan and dig the Seahawks, check out this video by NFL Films about a Phishy tie-in with Seahawks QB Russell Wilson...

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