First Avatar, then Alice In Wonderland, and now…Phish in 3D coming soon to a theatre near you! Hopping on the coattails of the newest burst in cinematic technology, Phish, in conjunction with AEG Live and Action 3D, are releasing a feature length movie in April, with footage filmed at laset year’s Festival 8. Armed with 3D glasses, legions of fans will be able to go see Phish at the movies and check out what all the movie buzz was about back at Indio – all before the start of summer tour!
This will be the band’s first professionally “finished” cinematic concert feature, though they did simulcast Coney Island’s tour opener in 2004 and Coventry’s “career-ending” weekend. The band released the former show in the DVD package “Live in Brooklyn,” while Coventry has yet to be re-viewed – by anyone. No information has been released as to what footage the movie will contain. One might surmise the band’s revered take on The Rolling Stones’ “Exile on Main Street” might comprise the substance of the film, but with the title Phish 3D, one has to believe some original material will be included.
With a concert grounds bursting in psychedelic eye-candy, Indio will be the perfect site to return to in three-dimensions. Perhaps Burble will float into the theatre during “Hood”? Maybe flaming torches will encircle the audience for “Fluffhead,” “Mike’s” or “Reprise?” The possibilities are certainly there for a more-than-engaging Friday night at the movies. Musically speaking, the “Wolfman’s > Piper > Joy” would make a great segment from the 30th, while any of November 1st final set’s would provide explosive footage. Will the the acoustic set will be included? At this point, there are more questions than answers.
The band has released strangely little information on this project that will debut next month, still including no mention of the movie on Phish.com. After no marketing whatsoever, and a website that is yet to go live, a trailer has been added to the previews of “Alice In Wonderland,” Tim Burton’s 3D offering that released this past weekend. With no official release date announced, we can expect the movie to drop nationally sometime in April, providing a life-like look back at the most blissful weekend of 2009. Where the film will be playing will be largely determined on available technology. From Bloomberg.com:
Theater owners are rushing to expand the number of 3-D equipped cinemas to accommodate more than 16 3-D films scheduled for release this year, including Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland,” which opened today, according to Hollywood.com Box-Office.
There were 3,659 screens in the U.S. and Canada equipped with 3-D projectors as of Jan. 5, according to the National Association of Theatre Owners.
This relatively unannounced surprise will serve as a small treat to tide everyone over to summer tour. So get out your ganja butter popcorn and whatever other treats you might want for this trip down memory lane, because come April, Phish is going to the movies.
Jam of the Day:
Easing into the week with some gooey summer funk from Barcelona ’98, this “Halley’s” leads into a preview of “First Tube” long before it hit the Phish stage. This little-known gem comes from the last night of Europe ’98.
DOWNLOAD OF THE DAY:
8.25.93 Paramount Theatre, Seatlle, WA < Torrenrt
8.25.93 Paramount Theatre, Seatlle, WA < Megaupload
As you might have been able to tell, I’ve been listening to a lot of Summer ’93 lately, and this show comes as the penultimate of the tour from up in the Northwest.
I: AC/DC Bag, Daniel Saw the Stone, Sample in a Jar, Sparkle, Foam, Ginseng Sullivan#, Nellie Kane#, Amazing Grace, Stash, Glide, Cavern
II: Buried Alive > Possum, Mound, My Friend, My Friend, Paul and Silas^, You Enjoy Myself* > Mice and Bats* The Squirming Coil, Good Times Bad Times
E: Bold As Love, Rocky Top
# no amps; ^ w/ vocal jam; *w/ Baby Gramps on vocal jam > debut of “Mice and Bats” w/ Fish on vacuum
Source: TOA K1 > DTR 80P