Thank you for thirty years, Phish. Words will never do justice to what a beautiful, living, breathing entity you have created that has filled so many lives with joy. The music, friendships, community… we’re forever in your debt for bringing us all together.
Two years ago, Peter Gabriel told Rolling Stone that Phish had contacted him about joining them onstage for a complete performance of a classic Genesis album. “They do these projects where they take an old record and do it,” said Gabriel. “I had a conversation about The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway with them at one point. They were thinking about it. That didn’t go anywhere.”
Trey Anastasio, who inducted Genesis into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010, now tells Rolling Stone that he was the one who contacted the former Genesis frontman. “I’m such a big fan of Peter Gabriel, I can’t even begin to tell you,” he says. “I’ve been one my whole lifetime, so just hearing his voice on the phone was kind of exciting. If he wanted to [perform The Lamb] with us, I would do it… That album had a huge effect on me, and [Phish drummer] Jon Fishman as well. I spent most of my high school years in a dark closet with headphones on listening to The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.”
Phish are playing a classic album at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall this Halloween, and Anastasio says they are open to playing The Lamb at that show. “That would be great,” he says. “I can play that album in my sleep, but we’ll only do it if [Gabriel] does it with us. Peter Gabriel, if you want to do The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway with us this Halloween, we’re your band. You heard it here first.”
Peter Gabriel hasn’t performed a single Genesis song onstage in 30 years. He did meet with the band in 2005 to discuss the possibility of a reunion tour where they’d play The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, but he bailed when it seemed like too big a commitment. The Phil Collins-led lineup of the band toured instead, and since then, Collins has suffered nerve damage that makes it virtually impossible for him to play drums. Any sort of complete reunion seems extremely unlikely.
Genesis and Phish fans shouldn’t get their hopes up for a performance of The Lamb this Halloween. Gabriel is spending the month of October on tour in Europe playing his 1986 LP So straight through. The tour does end on October 25th, but Gabriel is a notorious perfectionist and he’d almost certainly demand more than few days’ rehearsal. There’s always next year, though…
The biggest takeaway anyone should have from this news is that it seems incredibly likely that Phish plans on playing an album this Halloween, squashing the rumor that there would be a new album or “jukebox set” in lieu of the traditional musical costume.
If Gabriel is a deal breaker in covering Genesis, logic would suggest that Phish will be covering another album. Kudos to Trey for subtly revealing that a musical costume is forthcoming. What will it be? Who knows, but if it is in line with past costumes, particularly the last two, it’s safe to say that the artist/band will be one that has had a large impact on the band. David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, Led Zeppelin, and Jimi Hendrix still have to be the leading contenders this year.
I offered to work on a video for someone who said they found these tapes in their friends dad’s basement. I was under the impression they were uncirculated master VHS tapes of the entire Starry Night 4/5/91. I used to collect a lot of VHS. I had about a hundred shows in the late 90’s. So I had a good sense of what was out there. To the best of my bad memory this one didn’t circulate. The good news is that it is this show and it is complete. The bad news is that it is not master tapes. They are multigen and even have poor lineage in terms of SLP recording and the like. As with any restoration you basically take it as far as the budget allows. Otherwise you can work on it forever. In this case the budget was my precious time. So I’ve done what I can do. Loads of work on the audio. A lot of which nobody will notice. Removing clicks, feedback, thumps, reducing hiss in specific frequency ranges, eliminating buzzes, reducing distortion, patching missing elements, and overall sweetening. In terms of the video I stopped short of trying to stabilize anything. It was shot on a tripod but there is a lot of camera shake. I would need a lot of time and effort to reduce this. There are drawbacks to doing so as well. I decided to leave the shake as it was. Please subscribe!
Check this out and give it a watch or 10. Great footage that is now 22 years old surfacing for all of us to enjoy thanks to some hard work by fans. Gotta love it!
“My next-door neighbor at the time was a guy named Paul Fox, who produced R.E.M., 10,000 Maniacs, Jakob Dylan, Björk, and Phish. And the guys from Phish were huge Trekkers, and they used to come to his house to rehearse. Actually, I think they may have rehearsed in my guest house! This was up in Lookout Mountain, in L.A. But they got wind that I played trombone, and they didn’t know I wasn’t that good, but they asked me to the studio, so I came out to the studio to play trombone on Hoist. I played some music; I didn’t do it so well, but all of the outtakes from my trombone playing became a song called “Riker’s Mailbox,” because at the time, my mailbox vaguely looked like a cow, with black and white spots, only this one had been beaten up many times by cars running into it and people running by and smacking it. So my outtakes were named after the mutilated cow mailbox that was the identification of the front of our house, the Hoist album went platinum, and, as a result, I am the proud keeper of a platinum record. So there you go.”—My lovely girlfriend just alerted me that Jonathan Frakes (né Will Riker) played trombone with Phish. Pretty awesome. (via bmichael)