As Spring turns to Summer, more and more bands unveil tour plans. Among those that die-hard music lovers generally flock to see – Phish. The wildly popular jam band has announced even more 2012 dates, adding a second leg to their summer tour which kicks off on June 7 in Worcester, Massachusetts.
In addition to a stop at Bonnaroo and a three-night Atlantic City stand (technically, Phish plays Egg Harbor Township), the first leg of the itinerary also finds Phish in Cincinnati and other parts of the Midwest.
On June 24, Phish hits Cuyahoga Falls followed by June 28 and 29 in Noblesville where Phish plays the Klipsch Music Center.
Two Phish plays in East Troy preceed a July 3-4 double-header in Wantagh where Phish rocks Jones Beach. The first round ends on July 8 in Saratoga Springs with the next leg starting up on August 15 in Long Beach and running through September 2.
Indeed, Phish is known as a live band, a touring band, a really fun band. Their stage productions never fail to be inventive and entertaining. Whether incorporating trampolines or other props, Phish brings it. Every time. SPIN magazine anointed their last outing among the “25 must-see summer tours.” So, grab your Phish Tickets early and hit a show.
Here are some examples of what you might experience:
Phish’s Halloween shows are particular favorites. A number of times over the years, they have donned “musical costumes” and played entire works by other artists. In 1994, Phish offered The Beatles’ double White Album in its entirety with the exception of “Good Night.” That was rendered in its original recorded form as the set closer. The show is available as Live Phish Volume 13.
The following year, Phish performed Quadrophenia by The Who replete with a horn section. They tacked two special tunes onto the set list – a 40-minute rendition of “You Enjoy Myself” and a show-finishing “My Generation” after which they bashed their instruments in full homage to The Who. Live Phish Volume 14 captured all of the action.
The Talking Heads were chosen as the 1996 costume with Remain in Light the musical selection being documented as Live Phish Volume 15. After skipping 1997′s costume, Phish performed The Velvet Underground’s Loaded on the second night of a Las Vegas run for Halloween, 1998 and it was since released as Live Phish Volume 16.
At Phish’s 2009 Festival 8, eight different albums made the cut and became the names of the eight camp sites — Hunky Dory by David Bowie, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway by Genesis, Electric Ladyland by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Larks’ Tongues in Aspic by King Crimson, Oracular Spectacular by MGMT, Purple Rain by Prince, Kid A by Radiohead, and Exile on Main Street by the Rolling Stones. The last entry on the list proved to be the chosen Halloween costume.
For 2010, Phish went with Little Feat’s Waiting for Columbus. Other Phish antics include the afore-mentioned trampolines, entering the stage on a flying hot dog (which has since been donated to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), and more.