What’s It Like Watching 13 Phish Concerts From Your Couch—Part 2 – California News

What’s It Like Watching 13 Phish Concerts From Your Couch—Part 2 – California News

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 8:43 a.m.

Can you really ever get tired of watching Phish?

Scott Dudelson

(Editor’s Note: Check out Part 1 of our writer’s epic Phish-watching experience during the band’s 13 night run at Madison Square Garden aka the Baker’s Dozen)

Two weeks into Couch Tour, I awoke Sunday morning with a powerful donut craving and scored a dozen for my house. Just one more night binging the Phish TV show, which I’m positive my wife is eager for me to finish.

“I’m going up to watch the show. Last one is tonight”

“You’re gonna go back to a regular person that talks after tonight, then?”

I’m a lot of things. A chomper isn’t one. I’ve watched Phish play live probably, oh, 25 times since December 1998. That’s welterweight among this crew. If you go a second time, you tend to make Phish something to see as much as you can.

With the Bakers Dozen webcasts from Madison Square Garden, I saw it again—13 times. 33 hours of rock n’ roll right to my Phish tank. I’m ready to go home, but glad that I did it.

Did Phish catch a buzz? Well, Google says yes. Empirical proof that Phish hit a five-year YEM peak-note with this run.

What's It Like Watching 13 Phish Concerts From Your Couch—Part 2

Did I catch a buzz? Naturally. Here is why:

The run stands as an art piece. The visual and design concept box of donuts establishing narratives the band drives in subtle ways most of the time, and quite obvious at certain points. For listeners, it’s an invite to get to the bottom of the theme. A lot of us come for the equal parts partying and pondering. Plenty of time for both at Phish show.

Probably the illustrative example was final encore, a joke-riff of…

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