Saturday, December 29, 2007


Born in 1983 at the University of Vermont the original band consisted of Trey Anastasio and Jeff Holdsworth on guitar, Mike Gordon on bass, and Jon Fishman on the drums.
Percussionist Marc Daubert joined in the fall of 1984 but only stayed a few months. Page McConnell joined on keyboards in the fall of 1985 and Holdsworth left after graduating in 1986 leaving the lineup that lasted the rest of the bands career.

Over the years the band gained a huge loyal following second only to the Grateful Dead. In fact many Dead Heads crossed over after the death of Jerry Garcia in 1995. The band toured regularly and held yearly festivals at various east coast venues.

In October 2000 at a show at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California they left the stage without saying a word after their performance as the Beatles “Let It Be” played. I was at that show and the rumor spread quickly through the crowd that they had broken up. The next day their website announced that in fact they would be taking an extended hiatus.

They reformed in 2002 releasing an album and doing some sporadic touring leading to their final festival in 2004 after which they called it quits.

So now it’s time to go Phishing!

Run Like an Antelope 87

Lushington => Possum 87

Reba 89

Peaches en Regalia 89

Fee 89

Bathtub Gin 89

Lizards 89

Uncle Pen 90

Bouncing Around the Room 90

Destiny Unbound 91

Rift 92

Divided Sky 94

While My Guitar Gently Weeps 94

Tube 96

Bohemian Rhapsody 96

Champagne Supernova 96

Chalkdust Torture 97

Johnny B. Goode 97

Squirming Coil 97

Halley’s Comet 97
(Takes a minute to get rolling)

Moma Dance 98

Runaway Jim w/ Neil Young 98

Down By the River
– continuation from Runaway Jim

The Mighty Quinn 98

Funky Bitch 98







Auld Lang Syne => Down With Disease

Boogie On Reggae Woman

Loop Jamming => Mike’s Song

Back On the Train

Upon hearing the following song in concert I evolved from a curious onlooker to a true Phish head. From then on I made every show within 150 miles of my home.

One of my concert companions and fellow Phish head would sign along with his own version of the words: “Wash your face and drive me to Valencia”

You Enjoy Myself part 1

You Enjoy Myself part 2

Round Room

Phish Official Website

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Something to Tide You Over

The ear infections are subsiding and I can once again hear something other than the ringing in my ears. So here's a little something to tide you over until the next regular show.

Take it away Mickey!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Show Delayed -
Eardrums on strike.

Due to a screaming ear infection and the inability to hear properly due to my eardrums bulging out - this weeks show will be delayed at least until I no longer feel like this guy. In the meantime check out my favorite radio station, KVMR out of Nevada City, California. They play a mix of just about everything from folk to classical, bluegrass to jazz. Saturday nights there you can catch a couple hours of the Grateful Dead. Check out their schedule or click the "listen" link and be surprised!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

The Blues

A short note: I have temporarily shortened the number of videos in my shows. I would like them to be more inclusive, but recently certain browsers seem to be having problems with playing these videos. With Firefox I’ve found a need to keep moving the mouse in order for the videos to load and play properly. I’m hoping this shorter list will improve the performance until this issue can be resolved. Internet Explorer is working better for viewing and the Avant browser has been reported to have no problems.

If you are having similar problems please comment which browser and operating system you are using. Also if they are playing properly I would like to know so I can try to figure out this problem.

Update - this seems to be an issue with Firefox. This is very disappointing as it is my preferred browser. In the meantime I must suggest using Internet Explorer or other browsers to view the videos on this page. I will update this message if and when Firefox resolves this problem.

Tonight I’ll take you on a trip into an American standard, so sit back, grab the tissues and get down with the Blues.

Blues on the front porch – Artist unknown.

Hobo Blues
– John Lee Hooker

– Willie Dixon

I Can’t Quit You Baby
– Otis Rush

I Can’t Quit You Baby
– Led Zepplin’s version

My Girl
– Otis Redding

John Henry
– Mississippi Fred McDowell

Aberdeen Mississippi Blues
– Booker White

Key to the Highway
– Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee (Intro by Pete Seeger)

You Got to Walk That Lonesome Highway
– Mississippi John Hurt

Death Letter – Son House

Seventh Son
– Willie Dixon & The Chicago Blues Old Stars (Loud)

Goin’ to Mississippi
– Magic Slim and the Teardrops

Got my Mojo Working
– Muddy Waters & James Cotton

Fishing Blues
– Taj Mahal

Contemporary blues musicians keep the blues flowing.

Rock Me Baby
– BB King, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy & Jim Vaughn

Drown In My Own Tears
– Jeff Beck

Total Surrender
– Steve Vai

Mississippi Blues
– Johnny Winter

Ain’t No Bread In the Breadbox
– Roy Rogers & Norton Buffalo

Big Log
– Robert Plant

The Best of Me
– Carvin Jones

Cliffs of Dover
– Eric Johnson

Rhythm & Blues in the wrong place – Blues Brothers

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Pot Luck

Tonight come along with me as I wind my way through the teasers in the sidebar at YouTube. Who knows where it will go or where it will end? I’ll grab whatever catches my eye and toss it into the mix – no particular theme or pattern tonight!

Strangelove – Depeche Mode

Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order

Karma Police – Radiohead

Frustrated – The Knack

Behind the Barrier – Planet P Project

Sleepwalk – Ultravox

Juke Box Jive – The Rubettes

Two Tribes – Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Original Sin - INXS

Think – Information Society

Sultans of Swing - Dire Straights

Layla – Mark Knopfler & Eric Calpton

Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton

Everything I Do – Bryan Adams

Stairway to Heaven – Led Zepplin

Whipping Post – Frank Zappa

Julius – Phish

Down By the River – Neil Young & Phish

Goin’ Down to the River – Mississippi Fred McDowell

Further On Down the Road – Roy Buchanan & Albert Collins

Lotus Feet - Steve Vai

Red House – Joe Satriani, Steve Vai & Eric Johnson

All Along the Watch Tower – Jimi Hendrix

Piece of My Heart – Janice Joplin

Time – Alan Parsons Project

Time – Pink Floyd

Sine On You Crazy Diamond – David Gilmour

Comfortably Numb – David Gilmour & Bob Geldof

I Don’t Like Mondays – Boomtown Rats

Bohemian Rhapsody => Radio Ga Ga – Queen

Bad – U2

Against AllOdds – Phill Collins

Land Of Confusion – Genesis

The Knife – Genesis

Red Rain – Peter Gabrial

Don’t Give Up – Peter Gabrial & Kate Bush

King of the Mountain – Kate Bush

OK - I have to admit I ran into several dead ends and had to throw in a new band name to resume the flow. Somewhere in there the parameters for the transitions changed too. But then I did say I knew not where it would go.