The members of
Phish are nothing if not democratic. Always in touch with the fierce devotion
of their fans, the group recently sent out feelers to Phisheads asking them
what they might like to see on a possible Phish live set (very) tentatively
slated for release later this year.
Much as they did for their last live
effort, 1995's A Live One, when the group harvested hundreds of on-line
suggestions from fans about possible songs/sets for inclusion on that album, a
set of questions surfaced a few weeks ago under the subject heading "Your Input
The questionnaire included the following requests:
there has been some conjecture amongst Phish on the topic of:
were to be another live album (CD), what should be on it? [Singer/guitarist]
Trey [Anastasio] thought it would be a good idea to ask the 'net; and so we
"We'd mainly like to know:
"Would an album consisting of a single
show be better (and if so, which show?)
"Would it be better to put
together a few chunks of shows (which ones?)
"Would it be best to
select the most interesting performances of a variety of songs, all from
different shows? (again, suggestions are welcome)
"Is there a particular
time period you're most interested in hearing - something old - something new -
something in-between? Could such a project be satisfying if it were a single
CD, rather than a 2-CD set? Are there any other approaches that you'd like to
suggest? Thanks for sharing your thoughts!"
A source close to the band told
ATN the questions were posted to the Phish mailing list and the Phish newsgroup
two weeks ago as a result of the band's desire to gauge interest in a possible
new live album. "They've been thinking about releasing something recently
because of the demand for it and also because they've been psyched about their
shows recently," said our source.
However, even though this is the second
time the band have taken this unorthodox route to solicit their fans' advice,
the source cautioned that the questions are not meant to "give the fans exactly
what they want no matter what, but to see if the fans have some ideas that
strike a chord with the band."
Several thousand responses have already
flooded the Phish offices, where staffers were careful to stress that this was
just "an informal discussion to get fans' thoughts."
If you want to check
out what some of the most popular requests are, or are interested in adding
your two cents, check out a Phish fan-run newsgroup called Rosemary's Digest.
Tickets for Phish's next great summer event (the un-sequel to last
summer's massive Clifford's Ball), called The Great Went, to be held at the
Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, Maine (August 16 and 17) will go on sale
Friday, May 16.