Phish fans, who likely won't get to see the Vermont rockers on the road this year, will have to be content to check out "Bittersweet Motel" a documentary of the band's 1997 tour of Europe and the U.S., coming to VHS and DVD on March 6.
The film was directed by Todd Phillips, who directed the recent Tom Green comedy "Road Trip" and garnered critical acclaim for his 1998 documentary, "Frat House."
The DVD will feature additional documentary footage as well as full-length versions of songs not included in the theatre cut, according to the film's distributor, Image Entertainment.
The film debuted in March at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, and was shown throughout the year at theatres and on small screens in the U.S. "Bittersweet Motel" is scheduled to be screened at the Galleria Cinemas in London, Ontario, from January 26 to February 1, as well as at the Makor Jewish Cultural Center in New York from January 30 to February 1.
Last week, Phish were nominated for Grammy awards in two relatively obscure categories Best Rock Instrumental Performance and Best Boxed Set Packaging for their song "First Tube" and their 1999 six-disc live album, Hampton Comes Alive, respectively.
Bassist Mike Gordon, whose film-directing debut, "Outside Out," won the Audience Award at the SXSW festival and is also available on VHS and DVD, sat in with Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh during the Phil & Friends New Year's Eve show in Oakland, California.
Frontman Trey Anastasio is slated to perform with the Vermont Youth Orchestra on February 2 in Troy, New York, and on February 4 at the Flynn Theatre in Burlington, Vermont. At a September 30 Phish show in Las Vegas, Anastasio announced plans for an extended hiatus from touring and recording that will last at least a year.