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 Five to even Ned’s Atomic Dustbin. As you might expect, results were mixed overall, although they were probably better than those that would be realized by any new endeavors by the parties involved.
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 Johnston, Barton, Proctor, and Rose in Birmingham, Ala. In addition to representing both bands and indie labels, Strohm played with Blake Babies, The Lemonheads, and Antenna; now, he plays music under his own name. Strohm’s musings shouldn’t be taken as straight-up legal advice, but he will offer insight into legal issues out there that are a bit complicated in the minds of non-lawyers (a.k.a. most of us). Yesterday, we talked about Phish’s claim that they would go after people who wanted to scalp tickets to their upcoming reunion shows by repossessing said ducats. Some in the comments section found this ludicrous–but as it turns out, according to Strohm, the band has every right to do that.
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 out, as the venue holding the show has a capacity of 13,800, although it would seem that more shows are on the way as well). Take note, burgeoning capitalists: if you think you’re going to pay the relatively cheap face value and pick up a few tickets, then flip them to your local university’s Ultimate Frisbee team for a profit, you’d be mistaken!
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 when they stopped touring, Phish kind of took over for them, and maybe Dave Matthews Band has some of that same appeal as well. We can jam on our [songs] like those bands, but I’d say we’re kind of a band between–and I’m not comparing us to these bands, but just in the level of status and accomplishment, and that they’re still together–U2 and Phish. It’s somewhere in the middle of that, and we’re hoping to define that a little better over the next couple of years.” While no one would call me a big U2 fan, I don’t think its fair to bring them up when trying to explain what a concert draw your shitty band is. Wouldn’t it have been more appropriate to place 311 between Phish and the Kottonmouth Kings?
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 »
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 I could find a youtube of “You Enjoy Myself,” which I have never heard, and imagine what it would be like to perform the song five times in a row every day. Finally, between “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide (Except For Me And My Monkey)” and “Moscow Nights,” I did.