Phish play­ing record-set­ting 13-nights at Madi­son Square Gar­den

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E -

Phish has never had a Top 5 al­bum. It’s never had a sin­gle on the Bill­board Hot 100. But start­ing July 21, the Ver­mont jam rock­ers will play 13 con­certs in 17 days at Madi­son Square Gar­den that will give them a piece of rock his­tory.

“The Baker’s Dozen” run of shows will be the long­est ever at the Gar­den for a band and the sec­ond-long­est of any artist, be­hind only Billy Joel, whose on­go­ing record-set­ting run is cur­rently at 43 and has at least five more shows sched­uled this year.

What Phish’s singer-gui­tarist Trey Anas­ta­sio, key­boardist Page McCon­nell, bas­sist Mike Gordon and drum­mer Jon Fish­man may lack in tra­di­tional ra­dio sup­port is more than made up for with the sup­port of their fans.

Kenny Dennis of Lo­cust Val­ley has seen Phish 51 times since 1998. “They are my favourite band,” said the 39-year-old dis­patcher. “I’ve just never seen any­thing like them.”

Dennis of­fers one bit of ad­vice to Phish new­com­ers: “Never miss a Sun­day show. Sun­day shows are al­ways epic.”

Phish is mak­ing the most of tech­nol­ogy on this run so that fans aren’t left out. Ev­ery show (in­clud­ing the three Sun­day ones) will be avail­able through LivePhish.com, ei­ther through a live we­b­cast ($14.99 US for stan­dard, $24.99 for HD), or a down­load ($9.95 to $19.95 de­pend­ing on for­mat) or a CD ($23). A spe­cial pack­age is also avail­able for those who want to watch all 13 shows on­line.

BIG HAS­SLE ME­DIA,

Phish’s run at Madi­son Square Gar­den will be the sec­ond-long­est of any artist.

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