Brad Sands Interview on Jambands.com

Randy Ray, one of my new blog friends, recently conducted an excellent interview with Phish’s longtime road manager (and Trey’s best friend), Brad Sands. Read the full writeup here.

There’s really a lot of good discussion on what made Phish tick as the years went on, how the buildup and climaxes felt to them, and what Brad and the band are doing now–it’s a great read…

Let’s talk about venues. I had a long road trip with my pregnant wife to see Phish at Alpine Valley in July 2003—our last great adventure before our son was born.

Alpine Valley is my favorite outdoor concert venue. I know a lot of people like Red Rocks and the Gorge; I just have a preference to Alpine Valley. There’s just no feeling when you walk out there—it’s this old school amphitheatre with 35,000 people and they are literally right on top of you. You walk out on that stage, the sun’s still out, there’s this roar and it is just an incredible feeling. Backstage—it’s very old school. Red Rocks is beautiful and amazing but, you know, realistically it doesn’t sound that good and its kind of a pain to get up there, walking up and down. (laughter) The Gorge is great, too—for its own reasons, I love that place, too, but I’ve always liked Alpine Valley.

Yeah, I was there both nights, too. The Leo-Trio was sick

16 COMMENTS

  1. Well, I usually don’t think it’s that great at the end of the night when I’m trying to walk up that hill to make it back to my car…

    I mean, seriously, the lawn there is like a 60 degree angle slanted right down to the pavillion that looks like it was built from the wood on the Santa Maria’s maiden voyage. And you can’t camp there anymore…

    Yeah, maybe that venue does suck…?

  2. Well, I usually don’t think it’s that great at the end of the night when I’m trying to walk up that hill to make it back to my car…

    I mean, seriously, the lawn there is like a 60 degree angle slanted right down to the pavillion that looks like it was built from the wood on the Santa Maria’s maiden voyage. And you can’t camp there anymore…

    Yeah, maybe that venue does suck…?

  3. Justin –

    Thank you so much for your kind words AND for posting my Brad Sands interview. I feel honored to be on your site.

    David –

    I have always been deeply respectful and complimentary towards you and your work. It makes me very sad and disappointed that after 12,000 words and very hard work on my part that that is the best you could come up with in your reply. Oh well, I still love and respect ya, mate.

  4. Justin –

    Thank you so much for your kind words AND for posting my Brad Sands interview. I feel honored to be on your site.

    David –

    I have always been deeply respectful and complimentary towards you and your work. It makes me very sad and disappointed that after 12,000 words and very hard work on my part that that is the best you could come up with in your reply. Oh well, I still love and respect ya, mate.

  5. I agree…the Sands interview is definitely worth the read. Insightful look into some of the interesting goings on and overall antics/shenanigans of The Phish. Or as Ron Burgundy would put it, “Great interview. Compelling and rich.”

  6. I agree…the Sands interview is definitely worth the read. Insightful look into some of the interesting goings on and overall antics/shenanigans of The Phish. Or as Ron Burgundy would put it, “Great interview. Compelling and rich.”

  7. Great article Randy, obvious that you spent lots of time on it. On my first skim:

    “Trey and I took some psychedelics and we walked around. ”

    I’ve always known, but I think this is the first time I’ve ever read it quoted from anyone who mattered. Anyways, I have to make dinner but I’ll read more on it later, good work.

  8. Great article Randy, obvious that you spent lots of time on it. On my first skim:

    “Trey and I took some psychedelics and we walked around. ”

    I’ve always known, but I think this is the first time I’ve ever read it quoted from anyone who mattered. Anyways, I have to make dinner but I’ll read more on it later, good work.

  9. Thanks to Chris, bready, ChilyJack and BurningOak for your wonderful compliments. And Justin, again times ten, for posting my Jambands.com link. They are THE best over there and I’m proud to work with them. I get to stretch and move in weird and fun creative directions but I always know that I’ve got awesome editors who know what is valid and what should go in the Randy heap.

    I also knew I was very very lucky. Brad Sands does not take too many people into his complex world and I just prayed he would stick with me to the end. And damnit, god bless him, he did!

  10. Thanks to Chris, bready, ChilyJack and BurningOak for your wonderful compliments. And Justin, again times ten, for posting my Jambands.com link. They are THE best over there and I’m proud to work with them. I get to stretch and move in weird and fun creative directions but I always know that I’ve got awesome editors who know what is valid and what should go in the Randy heap.

    I also knew I was very very lucky. Brad Sands does not take too many people into his complex world and I just prayed he would stick with me to the end. And damnit, god bless him, he did!

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