The Webcast Arrives

10.30.10 - (Dave Lavery)

Almost two years since their fan base called for simulcasts of their Hampton reunion shows — some of the toughest tickets in history — Phish has finally answered them, offering live pay-per-view webcasts of their upcoming, sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden. Easing the pain for thousands of fans around the world who can’t make it to the Big Apple, everyone will be able to listen and watch the climactic New Year’s celebration as it unfolds over three nights.

Without packaging downloads with the webcasts, Phish is creating a completely separate revenue stream selling online access to their shows with little extra effort from their crew. In a win-win situation for all, people will surely gather for listening parties and the price of $15.99 per show ($19.99 for NYE) will dissolve into nothing once a few friends come over to share in the groove. Much like “No Spoilers” listening parties popped up around the nation for Hampton’s comeback, now real-time, New Year’s parties are sure to materialize — with soundboard feeds, nonetheless! Upping the ante for all fans with other plans this holiday season, I wonder how many people have now canceled their New Year’s Eve plans to virtually rage it with Phish?

NYE 1998 - MSG

Revolutionizing “couch tour” for these MSG shows, the question that now begs to be answered is — “Will webcasts be the norm moving forward?” Is this the future of Phish tour? Several community members have already offered free and illegal live streams of every Phish show this year, though the quality of these feeds have, allegedly, varied from unwatchable to fairly perfect. Might this move be the band’s response to their fan base’s successful pirating efforts? If continued on conventional tours, people would be more apt to order shows individually, at home, potentially increasing total sales. This next step would seem logical. With all shows already videotaped for the archives, this service can’t add much additional cost to the organization whether webcast receives fixed or multi-camera shots. Regardless of what type of video is offered, Phish just made a huge step forward in allowing their entire community to share in the holiday season. For the first time in history, major shows will accessible — live — by anyone, anywhere in the world. An unquestionably epic move.

10.20.10 (M. Stein)

But with this move, many questions follow. Is this service just being offered for the New Year’s extravaganza? Will Phish webcast every show from now on? Will they only webcast sold-out shows in the future like the NFL? Could this really be the “couch tour” of the future? Though they are certainly not a substitute for the live experience, would webcasts actually deter some people from making insane trips to see Phish — something that has always been part and parcel of the addiction? While webcasts would, inevitably, involve more people in any given show, would they somehow devalue the experience? Would college students and beyond choose bong hits and surround sound over paying for, and trekking to, shows? If this is even a possibility, what is the implication of having access to something sacred from the couch? Is some of the mystique stripped away if fans anywhere can flip on the Phish show for a small fee, just as they flip on any pay-per-view movie or boxing fight? The questions go on and on…What do you think?


Jam of the Day:

Ghost > Ha Ha Ha” 12.31.98 I

Another moment of MSG New Year’s Eve history.




5.2.1994 Five Points Music Hall. Birmingham, Alabama

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Here’s a random stocking stuffer for your collection, straight from the deep south in 1994. Phish concluded this show with “Mike’s Song” featuring two guest bass players — Oteil Burbridge and Stacy Starkweather. Enjoy!

I: The Great Gig in the Sky > Split Open and Melt, Bouncing Around the Room, Down with Disease, It’s Ice, Glide, The Divided Sky, Suzy Greenberg, Foam, Sample in a Jar

II: Runaway Jim, Mound, Reba, Golgi Apparatus, The Lizards, Julius, Lawn Boy, Mike’s Song* > Jam**

E: Cavern

*Oteil Burbridge on bass.
**Oteil Burbridge on bass and Stacy Starkweather on stand-up bass. Band members switched instruments.

Source: AKG 460

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464 Responses to “The Webcast Arrives”

  1. Guyute711 Says:

    Ting for jock itch, sweeeet

  2. Mr.Miner Says:

    @ Leo. I did get it. Looks promising 🙂

  3. poop goblin Says:

    ok Kids

    short day I’m out.
    have a good one.


  4. Selector J Says:

    In a related note… Boy are my feet and balls are… *tingling*
    ::ba-doomp doomp pshhhh::

  5. Selector J Says:

    In a related note… Boy are my feet and balls are… *tingling*
    Sorry. Too *tingly* to write coherently.

  6. Leo Weaver Says:

    werd. just sent you another with the higher res Ting image.

  7. KfL Says:

    just watched miles chase the voodoo down. he did a pretty good job of it. there wasn’t any voodoo i saw that got away.

  8. Mr. Completely Says:

    gonna be a crazy week, very busy with posting almost impossible

    so I just want to make one thing perfectly clear:

    I LOVE PHISH!!!!!!!!

    ~~~~~FIRST TUBE~~~~~
    ~~~~~FIRST TUBE~~~~~
    ~~~~~FIRST TUBE~~~~~
    ~~~~~FIRST TUBE~~~~~
    ~~~~~FIRST TUBE~~~~~
    ~~~~~FIRST TUBE~~~~~
    ~~~~~FIRST TUBE~~~~~
    ~~~~~FIRST TUBE~~~~~
    ~~~~~FIRST TUBE~~~~~
    ~~~~~FIRST TUBE~~~~~

    see you guys next week probly

  9. Chuck D Says:

    first tube, for me, typically happens at about 5:15, on weekdays~

  10. Chuck D Says:

    last tube, i propose there wont ever be one~

  11. Selector J Says:

    Man! Forgot all about Last Tube. Phish needs to make that happen. Gonna have to work out the lack of horns in the arrangement but def one of the best non-crossover TAB songs ever.


    Kinda old news but… Have you guys heard about this:
    Did Randy “Woody” Moss bash Fisher on the radio?

    Sure sounds like Randy. Freaking hilarious, if true.

    (P.S. Sorry @aj :mrgreen:)

  12. lastwaltzer Says:

    “Usually setlists build toward a NYE peak. Certain songs you will never, ever hear on the 30th (DWD YEM) That being said this year might be a bit different with that follow up show.”sniggle

    This is one of the main reasons I’m so pumped, we’ll have no idea whats coming on nye.

    “^ i’d much rather listen to Phish versions of WfC or RiL…”mr. miner

    I love what you do, but you need to clean your ears out 😉

  13. BingosBrother Says:

    My wifes cousin adopted 2 vietnamese kids who are ages 4 and 2. Kicked it with them at the family xmas party saturday night. Cool kids. the point of this story? The boy’s name is Hung-En, the girls is, wait for it…….


  14. Mr.Miner Says:

    “^ i’d much rather listen to Phish versions of WfC or RiL…”mr. miner

    I love what you do, but you need to clean your ears out 😉

    ^ why? Because I prefer Phish versions of these? whatever…

  15. Mr.Miner Says:

    I have no idea what you do, but you need obviously think your opinion is correct – which of course is an oxymoron.

  16. BingosBrother Says:

    Also, we were blasting youtube videos on the stereo and dancing with all the kids, so I put on Jay Z “Big Pimpin”(Non-Phish version) and Hung-En walked over and grabbed the mouse;proceeded to turn my shit off and blast his own shit, which happened to be Jay Z “99 Problems”(also non-Phish version). I bumped his knuckles and then we raged together. TING rang the bell 3 times for good measure.

  17. halcyon Says:

    Good Afternoon everyone….embarking on my final night shift for 2010…

    I would totally pay for the stream If I wasn’t going to be at 12/30, didn’t have other obligations for 12/31 and 1/1.

    Giants fans like myself are in a state of shock and dismay this morning, but worry not…. After the 1st Miracle in the Meadowlands the Giants won 3 Super Bowls, and the Iggles won 0

    The miracle in the new meadowlands will serve to act as a booster shot in our next super bowl victories…

    Pineapple Express hitting the Rockies the past few days….Rain down in the valley floors, huge snowfalls in the high peaks…..

  18. halcyon Says:

    NYC suggestion

  19. DukeOfLizards Says:

    +1 for Stout. It’s about a block from MSG and they spin Phish all night when the boys play MSG taboot taboot.

  20. bouncin fan Says:

    spun Little Phish one more time. What a great night in Atlantic City.

    let’s hope a few of those tracks make it to the nye run. I imagine we should see at least one.

    one of the most memorable Phish sets I’ve ever seen.

    off exile we got one rotation song and one that so far has been a rarity

    I’m thinking Fatman, Spanish Moon, Sailin Shoes, and Feats Don’t Fail Me Now, and All That You Dream are all possibilities

  21. neemor Says:

    The questions raised by the new age version of couch tour have been hashed and re-hashed here quite a bit through the past year and a half.

    I really don’t think any effect will be felt by the band in attendance at shows.
    In fact, I think they can continue to play the smaller venues that they seem to enjoy playing again (for obvious reasons) and still make the cash they need to make to maintain the production company and extended family that Phish is…
    It will help defray some of the cost of things like Festivals, for example.

    I begrudge this band nothing, of course and I think that this move, which I anticipate expanding to include all shows within the next two tours in 2011, is a good one for the band and can only help grow the fanbase as well as guarantee quality viewing of a product thatshould be streamed clearly if at all.
    As some of us saw during Indio with the Sirius stream.

    Phish on.

  22. EL Duderino Says:

    Brett Farve will start tonight!

  23. EL Duderino Says:

    Old folks’ Boogie is painful to listen to.

  24. EL Duderino Says:

    No love for ‘A’ Apolitical Blues???

  25. EL Duderino Says:

    make that Favre

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