The Case Against Phish? Not So Much

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Idolator published a scathing (!) piece yesterday entitled The Case Against Phish: Why a Once-Great Band Should Stay Dead in which one fan argues that the band peaked in ’97 and should not be returning to the stage this summer.

Anastasio’s rehabilitation and subsequent return to playing music is inspiring—particularly when you consider what happened his spiritual forefather, Jerry Garcia. And in 2003, Anastasio told PBS: “If we are going to be able to kickstart this group, something’s gotta change.”

The problem is, not much has changed since 2003—except, perhaps, that Phish got a Twitter account. The March shows in Hampton were a hodgepodge of greatest hits, with only three new songs out of the 85 making up the set lists and very little pushing, or even leaning against, the envelope.

Don’t deny how powerful Trey’s rehab is, especially considering that it seems at least somewhat plausible that he wants to leave this band and his legacy on a good note. I know I turned around when I hear how bad on drugs he really was, and I, for one, welcome a rehabilitated Trey back to the live music world.

Plus, what’s wrong with an official Twitter account? This guy acts all above it or something.

  • andrew bove

    whoever wrote this sounds really unintelligent.

  • andrew bove

    whoever wrote this sounds really unintelligent.

  • Nico

    There’s always a percentage of a fanbase that refuses to buy into a new direction or phase of a band. Idolator seems to think that Phish shouldn’t return without a better reason than simply wanting to play. Personally, I don’t even care if they’re strictly doing it for the money (I’m not saying they are). If they want to jump on stage and rip through their classics, I’m all for it.

    There were times during shows in 2003 and 2004 when I wasn’t convinced the band was having a good time. You can’t expect them to ALWAYS be pumped up for a show, but there was a different vibe post-hiatus. It seems like this time around, the band is actually reinvigorated and enthused about the reunion.

  • Nico

    There’s always a percentage of a fanbase that refuses to buy into a new direction or phase of a band. Idolator seems to think that Phish shouldn’t return without a better reason than simply wanting to play. Personally, I don’t even care if they’re strictly doing it for the money (I’m not saying they are). If they want to jump on stage and rip through their classics, I’m all for it.

    There were times during shows in 2003 and 2004 when I wasn’t convinced the band was having a good time. You can’t expect them to ALWAYS be pumped up for a show, but there was a different vibe post-hiatus. It seems like this time around, the band is actually reinvigorated and enthused about the reunion.

  • Pete

    Dude this guy needs to go blow himself. Really you should get over yourself douch bag. Welcome back Phish!!

  • Pete

    Dude this guy needs to go blow himself. Really you should get over yourself douch bag. Welcome back Phish!!

  • Chris

    Idolator can go eff himself. Since when is his (presumably) mid-thirties self entitled to the rights of the band? He should shut his selfish mouth and let all the people at the sold out shows enjoy themselves, exactly like they are going to.

    What a scrooge.

    Welcome back Phish!!!

  • Chris

    Idolator can go eff himself. Since when is his (presumably) mid-thirties self entitled to the rights of the band? He should shut his selfish mouth and let all the people at the sold out shows enjoy themselves, exactly like they are going to.

    What a scrooge.

    Welcome back Phish!!!

  • The Kid

    Retard.

  • The Kid

    Retard.

  • Russelle

    I love Phish!. One could even say I had a borderline unhealthy obsession with the band throughout highschool and college… attending somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 Phish Concerts (including an entire tour in the summer) and keeping my large collection of live recordings in heavy rotation wen I wasn’t “on the road”…

  • Russelle

    I love Phish!. One could even say I had a borderline unhealthy obsession with the band throughout highschool and college… attending somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 Phish Concerts (including an entire tour in the summer) and keeping my large collection of live recordings in heavy rotation wen I wasn’t “on the road”…