Today In Reunions: Public Image Limited, The Bee Gees, And Other Bands Rise Again

Maura | September 8, 2009 - 10:30 am

• Reality-TV refugee John Lydon has announced that Public Image Limited has ceased its 17-year hiatus and will play a five-date reunion tour this winter, albeit without original members Jah Wobble and Keith Levene. Here’s hoping they at least get a TV appearance or two out of it. [Guardian] … More »

Ten Bands That Should (And Ten Bands That Shouldn’t) Grace Us With A Cover Of “Yakety Sax”

Maura | August 19, 2009 - 10:00 am

I don’t know about you, but the dog days of August are making me long for some levity. And what better way to bring in some hilarity than to think about the late Boots Randolph’s delightful “Yakety Sax,” a.k.a. “that Benny Hill Show song,” a.k.a. the best way to make any YouTube clip hilarious? NotedMore »

Trey Anastasio’s Vermont Estate Goes On The Market

admin | July 31, 2009 - 2:30 pm

The house in northern Vermont that served as a rural hideaway for Trey Anastasio, the rehabilitated leader of the reunited Phish, is up for sale. The five-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath, 3,926-square-foot estate, located about 20 minutes outside of Burlington, sits on 259 acres and has dramatic views of Mount Mansfield and Camel’s Hump, two of the… More »

Maura | July 24, 2009 - 10:45 am

Jam-band titans Phish have announced details for their Halloween festival: It’ll take place at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. (home of Coachella), and it will feature eight sets by the band over the course of three days. Three-day passes cost $199, and go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET). More »

The Case Against Phish’s Name: Why It Seems Like PETA’s Press Releases Are Being Written By “The Onion” Editorial Staff

Maura | June 19, 2009 - 12:00 pm

So People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals has taken time out from defending the honor of houseflies against President Barack Obama to give some shine to its Sea Kittens campaign, in which it tries to get people to call fish “sea kittens” because then who would want to fillet, saute, and feast on an… More »

The Case Against Phish: Why A Once-Great Band Should Have Stayed Dead

Dylan Stableford | May 29, 2009 - 4:00 pm

In 2005, at the height of Coldplay’s popularity, The New York Times published a scathing essay by Jon Pareles. “The Case Against Coldplay” argued that the self-pity of the Chris Martin-fronted band was calculated, and that its grandiose sound was built to prey on an unsuspecting populace. On the eve of Phish’s first summer tourMore »

Five Reasons Why Jam Band Fans Are Better Than Indie Rock Fans

Christopher R. Weingarten | March 31, 2009 - 11:00 am

I was skimming through this year’s Bonnaroo lineup as part of my usual round of cyber-stalking Neko Case, and I came upon an interesting discovery—this festival kicks ass! Although one of my friends described the layout as a desert of dust and piss, and the jam-centric lineup means stupid Phish is going to play for… More »

People Missed Phish (Sometimes A Lot)

Jess Harvell | March 9, 2009 - 12:00 pm

Our look at the closing lines of the week’s biggest reviews continues with several enthused recaps of this weekend’s shows from reunited jam band giants Phish. Actually it’s more “choice lines” than “closing lines,” since a lot of the closing lines were actually set lists.More »

Bonnaroo 2009 Is Hoping That The Concert-Going Masses Are Born To Run

Maura | February 3, 2009 - 9:15 am

Bruce Springsteen and Phish are the headlining acts for this year’s installment of the Tennessee music festival Bonnaroo, which is sporting a curiously Lollapalooza-like lineup in pockets (Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails) while also giving props to many an elder statesman (David Byrne, Al Green, Elvis Costello). Other highlights include of Montreal, the Yeah Yeah… More »

Live Nation’s Ticketing Servers Have Phish Fans Bouncing Around The Room (In A Bad Way)

Maura | January 30, 2009 - 3:00 am

Tickets for select shows on Phish’s summer reunion tour went on sale this afternoon, and the onsales represented the first big test of sorts for the online ticketing system run by concert-promotion behemoth Live Nation. the comments sections of Hidden Trck and, surprisingly, Brooklyn Vegan to register their displeasure. … More »

No. 27: Artists From The ’90s Line Up To Cash In Now, Honey

Maura | December 23, 2008 - 1:00 am

Perhaps realizing that breaking new artists in the music-stuffed, nostalgia-mired world of now was impossible, many a band that made their mark on the world back in the 1990s got back on their collective horses and rode the wave of “remember when?” this year, from Stone Temple Pilots to My Bloody Valentine to Ben Folds… More »

Can Bands Take Back Your Tickets If You Scalp Them? The Answer May Surprise You

Lucas Jensen | October 2, 2008 - 5:15 am

We here at Idolator get all of our legal knowledge from the creative products of Dick Wolf, so it’s probably best for us to call in for outside help on thornier issues regarding the law. Which is why we’re proud to welcome the new Idolawyer: Please say hello to John P. Strohm, who practices at… More »

Phish Reunites, Gets Tough On Scalpers

Maura | October 1, 2008 - 9:30 am

Jam giants Phish will play three shows in Hampton, Va., next March, the group’s first concerts in four and a half years. The shows take place March 6, 7, and 8; tickets are only $49.50 and available for pre-order now (one wonders how long it’ll take before this pre-order results in all three shows selling… More »

311 Compare Themselves To Grateful Dead, U2, Phish, Your Mom

anthonyjmiccio | July 7, 2008 - 12:00 pm

Chad Sexton, the diminutive drummer for 311, made sure to leave no sensibility unoffended when searching for the correct group to compare his stoner-friendly crap-metal ensemble to in a recent interview with MTV. “I think we have the same appeal as a band like the Grateful Dead. We have some Deadheads in the band, and… More »

Just Get Back Together Already, Phish

Dan Gibson | June 27, 2008 - 2:00 am

Long ago, I bought a copy of Billy Breathes, I think because it had a song called “Prince Caspian” on it. That being said, Phish for me is like recreational drug use: Not my sort of thing, but if you’d like to entertain yourself in that manner, just don’t bring it around my kids. More »

A Phish Reunion, Trey? So Soon?

anthonyjmiccio | May 28, 2008 - 9:00 am

Less than four years since the members of Phish went their separate ways, Trey Anastasio is dropping hits about a potential reunion, noting that he would give his left nut to play “You Enjoy Myself” “five times in a row every day” until he dies. This forced me to consider turning off Crazy Rhythms so… More »