coventry fallout

updated: coventry cleanup : jambands.com, coventry review : glide magazine, jesse jarnow review – jambands.com

as i’ve posted so many articles relating to the phish coventry festival this weekend, i think it’s time we all move on. one major question i have for all those involved; why hasn’t phish said anything yet? are they just going to disappear without acknowledging the fact that MANY of their loyal fans that bought tickets were turned away? i sure hope not. what concerns me more is the idea that there is really nothing that can be done about this. what concerns me even more than that is the idea that most major news sources, probably building off each other’s misinformation, are reporting that 60 – 65,000 fans were let in. for those that were there, is this correct? early reports made it seem as though everyone and their brother was getting turned away. is this accurate from the best of your knowledge?

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excellent new york times article with a silly title

previously: coventry reflections, saturday morning news

6 COMMENTS

  1. i can’t say for sure but it wouldn’t surprise me if 60 – 65,000 people ended up on the grounds….it is true they started turning people around but by saturday the weather got better and the sun started drying up some of the mud. they were able to get some more cars in but in general the camping areas were just mud pits with cars scattered wherever they got stuck. the interstate and surrounding local roads were littered with “abandoned” cars(i like to call them parked cars because people were certainly coming back to them)sat – sun there was a steady stream of people walking onto the grounds carrying whatever they could fit on their backs and hands….the line of people walking went on for miles and most of these fans had to walk 15- 20 miles just to get to the site…it was an incredible example of dedication—true fans with true love for one of the best bands in rock history
    i wish i could leave an extensive song by song review but alas i have no record, either on paper or in my head, of the setlists. the entire weekend was a bit foggy; from the party favors to the long drive to the hikes through fields of mud that seemed to come to our knees…to anyone that was at coventry and didn’t lose atleast one shoe to the mud, i say “clap clap…clap clap clap…clap clap clap clap…clap clap….congratulations!!!!!”
    anyway…..the view of the green mountains, at times misty mountains was quite beautiful and really provided a great backdrop for the shows….did i mention the mud yet….don’t let me forget to tell you about the mud…..EVERYWHERE!!!!!!
    phish said good-bye this weekend with an unusual energy…it was a feeling of finality and the realization that with each song’s passing the band was that much closer to the end…i can’t say that this was the best phish has played but they wore their hearts on their sleeves and although the music(esp.trey….drunk? tired? too emotional?)was a tad bit sloppy it didn’t matter…they played the hell out of each song…they played for keeps and in some ways i think they were able to tap into their early roots when the inspiration was innocent and they had no idea where they were going or where they had been….at the closing of the last set, after the enormous and quite dazzling fireworks display, after a weekend of mud, after all the melodies modes and musings, after years of cheers, after thousands of shows they ended with the curtain….i have never heard that song before and i probably never will hear it again…a full circle trey said and a fitting finale…a final curtain….its just at the end when all the music was done the crowd stood there caked with mud and raised the lighters high..one last sea of thousands of little flames that lit the way to heaven in hopes of one more song one more encore but nothing came and it felt as if it never really ended…that they will be on tour in the fall or next year…there was no real closer except probably for the band…..they played for us but what coventry was really about was the band letting go of all the years, all the songs, all the fans, all the fun, all the frustration, all that is phish and they played one last time for themselevs….it was always about them in their own world and we should all feel lucky enough to have orbited planet phish in its rings of sweet sounds for as long as we did.

    -franco “mud-lovin” francorelli

    ps-great site j & k

  2. i can’t say for sure but it wouldn’t surprise me if 60 – 65,000 people ended up on the grounds….it is true they started turning people around but by saturday the weather got better and the sun started drying up some of the mud. they were able to get some more cars in but in general the camping areas were just mud pits with cars scattered wherever they got stuck. the interstate and surrounding local roads were littered with “abandoned” cars(i like to call them parked cars because people were certainly coming back to them)sat – sun there was a steady stream of people walking onto the grounds carrying whatever they could fit on their backs and hands….the line of people walking went on for miles and most of these fans had to walk 15- 20 miles just to get to the site…it was an incredible example of dedication—true fans with true love for one of the best bands in rock history
    i wish i could leave an extensive song by song review but alas i have no record, either on paper or in my head, of the setlists. the entire weekend was a bit foggy; from the party favors to the long drive to the hikes through fields of mud that seemed to come to our knees…to anyone that was at coventry and didn’t lose atleast one shoe to the mud, i say “clap clap…clap clap clap…clap clap clap clap…clap clap….congratulations!!!!!”
    anyway…..the view of the green mountains, at times misty mountains was quite beautiful and really provided a great backdrop for the shows….did i mention the mud yet….don’t let me forget to tell you about the mud…..EVERYWHERE!!!!!!
    phish said good-bye this weekend with an unusual energy…it was a feeling of finality and the realization that with each song’s passing the band was that much closer to the end…i can’t say that this was the best phish has played but they wore their hearts on their sleeves and although the music(esp.trey….drunk? tired? too emotional?)was a tad bit sloppy it didn’t matter…they played the hell out of each song…they played for keeps and in some ways i think they were able to tap into their early roots when the inspiration was innocent and they had no idea where they were going or where they had been….at the closing of the last set, after the enormous and quite dazzling fireworks display, after a weekend of mud, after all the melodies modes and musings, after years of cheers, after thousands of shows they ended with the curtain….i have never heard that song before and i probably never will hear it again…a full circle trey said and a fitting finale…a final curtain….its just at the end when all the music was done the crowd stood there caked with mud and raised the lighters high..one last sea of thousands of little flames that lit the way to heaven in hopes of one more song one more encore but nothing came and it felt as if it never really ended…that they will be on tour in the fall or next year…there was no real closer except probably for the band…..they played for us but what coventry was really about was the band letting go of all the years, all the songs, all the fans, all the fun, all the frustration, all that is phish and they played one last time for themselevs….it was always about them in their own world and we should all feel lucky enough to have orbited planet phish in its rings of sweet sounds for as long as we did.

    -franco “mud-lovin” francorelli

    ps-great site j & k

  3. out of all the accounts i’ve heard of coventry so far, franco’s is my favorite. i wasn’t there, but because of this community, i feel like i was. thanks for putting those feelings we’ve all been having into words :)

  4. out of all the accounts i’ve heard of coventry so far, franco’s is my favorite. i wasn’t there, but because of this community, i feel like i was. thanks for putting those feelings we’ve all been having into words :)

  5. thanks for the info franco. it was really hard to listen to live, as so many times this weekend i wished that i was there. on saturday morning, i was glad that i was not there. but when i actually heard the playing and the emotion, it affected me harder than i thought it would. plus, i had never seen the curtain (or the curtain with), so i was broken up when i knew that it would be the last phish song ever.

    i really do think that this will be hugely good for the scene in the long-run. i think this will really allow a lot of the bands touring to get some seriously-deserved exposure.

  6. thanks for the info franco. it was really hard to listen to live, as so many times this weekend i wished that i was there. on saturday morning, i was glad that i was not there. but when i actually heard the playing and the emotion, it affected me harder than i thought it would. plus, i had never seen the curtain (or the curtain with), so i was broken up when i knew that it would be the last phish song ever.

    i really do think that this will be hugely good for the scene in the long-run. i think this will really allow a lot of the bands touring to get some seriously-deserved exposure.

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