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?

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Jam of the Day:

Ghost > Ha Ha Ha” 12.31.98 I

Another moment of MSG New Year’s Eve history.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/ph1998-12-31d1t05.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/ph1998-12-31d1t06.mp3]

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DOWNLOAD OF THE DAY:

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. albert walker Says:

    I am a huge little feat fan

    Just never dug it post lowell

    Waiting for Columbus has always been a dream show of mine

    Good stuff

  2. whole tour! Says:

    Not to be forgotten from 12/30/09:

    Corinna
    LifeBoy
    Curtain with

    One of my favorite nights in phishtory for many reasons both personal and otherwise. Everything just clicked. Met Vac Rich on the way out of the show. Crowd was chanting “Rich rich rich!” as he was wisked away by the phish secret service into a limo – still carrying the vac and looking shell shocked.

    The miami run still gets constant play around these parts.

  3. EL Duderino Says:

    I like Paul still…

    in that NOLA Blues setting. I also dig the Paul and Fred shows they do

  4. lastwaltzer Says:

    Fred is a good player, wasn’t he on some of the recordings with Lowell?

  5. phoammhead Says:

    Anybody giving thought to a BB meetup in NYC?

    Anybody other than Sumodie and me staying at Herald Square Hotel?

  6. DukeOfLizards Says:

    @neemor

    Yeah if I were a betting man, I’d say one of those two is a safe bet.

    Whoops. Sorry, didn’t mean to make a reference to safety. Just my two points.

    I mean, two cents.

  7. Mr.Miner Says:

    3 times? I listened to that set 3 times before I went to sleep that night 🙂 Everyone has their tastes and favorites, but start to finish, i EASILY had the best time during WFC that ANY other Halloween set. The most fun and danceable and Phishy cover set to date.

  8. whole tour! Says:

    whenever i’m at the bar now – i always drop on “spanish moon” from the original “WFC” album. I always get some older folks that come up to me and says “Little Feat is one of my favorite bands…this song is awesome.”

  9. EL Duderino Says:

    Watch the Bears lose tonight with Brett starting…

  10. EL Duderino Says:

    @ LW

    I think Fred Tackett came much later, but don’t hold me to that

  11. phoammhead Says:

    ^yeah, and there is no slop in that halloween set – surely aw was joking about slop

    also miner, i sent you an email about “summer” bb meetups – just sayin’ 😉

  12. bouncin fan Says:

    yeah I’ve actually been doing back and forth comparisons all week on my phone little feat to phish

    takes a bunch of listens for it all to sink in. a lot going on. long album.

    trying to pick up some of Trey’s guitar work when he was doing Slide tones

    just comparing the two versions.

    seeing similarities differences.

    I think I may be finally played out on it though. ready for some new phish.

  13. joe Says:

    I’m probably the only one who laughs at this preview, but maybe someone here might find it funny too.

    http://www.nbc.com/the-cape/video/wheres-your-cape/1264267

  14. bouncin fan Says:

    yeah I feel the flow of the album and the style of music just made for a perfect halloween set also

  15. whole tour! Says:

    FWIW – Trey was playing slide at coventry too – with a glowstick. One of the highlights from the theater coventry viewing. Wern’t too many. But that was one.

  16. joe Says:

    exactly a week from now, the lights will be going down in the centrum!

  17. gavinsdad Says:

    phish fuckin junkies. love it.

    must.focus.on.family.xmas.before.turning.attention.to.phish.

    very.difficult.

  18. EL Duderino Says:

    The Tempo man

  19. phoammhead Says:

    don’t get me started on you know who! 😉

  20. joe Says:

    gdad. that’s what work is for. focusing on phish without the family around

  21. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Just finishing up burning the LF set for my Dad for x-mas. Sadly, he and my mom have seen LF more than me.. 1-0

    Didn’t all fit on one CD, need some suggestions for filler. Was just gonna throw some of Miner’s Laid Back Funk Mix.

    BTW- I caught my old man on more than a few occasions last summer spinning the Exile set i burned for him last x-mas. He digs the costume sets. He’ll have them all after this one.

  22. lastwaltzer Says:

    @dude

    via wikipedia:
    Tackett’s association with Little Feat goes back to a friendship with the founder of the band, Lowell George at the time of its inception. Working as a session player for other musicians, he continued his friendship with the bandmates, and contributed a song Fool Yourself to their third album Dixie Chicken as well as acoustic guitar. He also contributed guitar to their sixth album Time Loves a Hero.

    In 1979 he co-wrote songs with Lowell George for both George’s first (and only) solo project Thanks, I’ll Eat It Here, and Little Feat’s album Down on the Farm. It was during work on the latter that the group’s break-up was announced. Lowell George died shortly afterwards.

    +_+_+

    And there you have it. Didn’t realize he went as far back as Dixie.

  23. EL Duderino Says:

    Brett’s on a high tonight…

    This could be a nightmare for us Bears fans 🙁

  24. EL Duderino Says:

    That’s very cool LW. Fred is a big part of the resurgence of LF in ’88 and beyond

  25. whole tour! Says:

    does anyone have a recording of the Black Crowes show from MSG 12-31-2005 with Trey sitting in on 3 songs with the black crowes?

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