Last night (Monday, March 15th) the 25th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place at the Waldorf Astoria in New York, NY. Among the inductees were Jimmy Cliff, Abba, Iggy and the Stooges, and Genesis. PHISH, who have long been open fans of Genesis were on hand for the event. Not only did the 4-piece perform in tribute to their inspirations, but frontman, Trey Anastasio was even honored by being chosen to personally induct them.
The following is a quote from Anastasio, regarding Genesis as musical innovators:
“Every musical rule and boundary was questioned and broken. It’s impossible to overstate what impact this band and musical philosophy had on me as a young musician. I’m forever in their debt.”
You may recall that Genesis‘ The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway was listed as one of the 99 possible cover albums for PHISH to perform last Halloween. In fact, Lamb was even one of a handful of finalists that were recognized with campgrounds titled in their honor at Festival 8. PHISH did two separate live performances at last night’s induction, paying tribute to both the work of early Genesis, as well as the post-Peter Gabriel era.
[Please enjoy footage of each performance after the jump]
To pay tribute to the early Gabriel fronted experimental sound, the Vermont boys covered “Watcher in the Skies” from Genesis‘ second album Foxtrot (1972)
Later they brought in the horns for their rendition of 1981‘s “No Reply at All‘ from the album ABACAB
In related news, potential dates and rumors are flying all over the fucking place again, regarding PHISH‘s upcoming summer tour dates. One specific list, which has been the most widely accepted, is beginning to look more and more legit, after one of the dates has already received confirmation.
This morning the Washington Post gave credence to the Maryland dates with the following post:
– Phish’s triumphant reunion tour makes a two-night stop at Merriweather Post Pavilion on June 26 and 27. The last time Phish played Merriweather it was the single fastest sellout in venue history. So even though there are two shows this time around, don’t expect tickets to last much more than an hour. Again, you’ve got a while until they go on sale – April 2 in this case – so sell some extra patchouli and you should be good to go.
Phans hope that the remaining tour dates will be announced by tomorrow morning. Stops immediately after the Telluride Jazz fest have already been confirmed, but it’s important to pay attention to who the sources are who are providing this information, before you start booking and rebooking flights and hotel rooms . In fact, if you click this following link HERE, the following page will appear on PHISH.com.
Clearly, the tickets have not gone on sale yet, but this is a prime example of why so much speculation swirls around; things behind the scenes are changing constantly and people will even throw wrenches into the clockwork like crazy just to fuck things up. According our our friends over at YEMBLOG, this is part of a glitch in the PHISH.com system, that allows users to alter the text to whatever they wish.
Until then, here are the speculated tour dates in full.