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Phish

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    May 20, 2014

    Reader: I've smelled stinkier armpits at flea markets than Phish concerts

    A recent Comment of the Day inspired by Estately.com's list of the ten best states for hippies featured a claim that many fans at Grateful Dead and Phish concerts were smelly hypocrites just trying to fill their wallets. As you might imagine, there was plenty of push-back on that assertion. Here's o ... More >>

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    May 15, 2014

    Reader: Hippies at Phish and Dead shows were smelly hypocrites trying to fill their wallets

    When we shared Estately.com's list of the ten best states for hippies, we asked if Colorado's reputation as a hippie mecca was good or bad. Readers responded with some strong thoughts. Here's one example.

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2014

    Before Mike Gordon's Reddit AMA today, the Phish bassist answers a few of our questions

    After a few years of songwriting collaboration with Max Creek's Scott Murawski, Mike Gordon's latest effort is finally ready for consumption with the release of his new album Overstep. Over the years the man also known as the bassist of Phish has released numerous albums with his own band, each buil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    The best concerts in Denver this week

    FRI | ICELANTIC'S WINTER ON THE ROCKS at RED ROCKS | 1/31/14 More than misogyny or materialism, intelligence and verbal skill are championed by Jurassic 5; the vocabulary is impressive and the verbal acrobatics the guys perform are outstanding. J5 carries the energy and excitement of a newer era gro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2013

    The top ten Backbeat posts of 2013

    Welp, we've reached the end of another year, and what a year it was here at Backbeat. From delving into extensive Phish analysis and listing the best Swedish Metal bands to running down the best light shows and rap lyrics of all time to offering up a field guide of the biggest concert buzzkills and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    The ten most memorable people, places and moments of the jam-band scene in 2013

    This past year saw quite a few interesting things happen in the jam band world, with some bands announcing hiatuses and others had their songs sung at NFL games. While people enjoy heckling jam band fans, there is no doubt that they are great at making things happen and making people laugh. Here's t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    Mike Gordon of Phish at the Boulder Theater on Friday March 14, tickets on sale this Friday

    Phish fans have ample reason to be excited. Not only does the band have a new record on tap, Wingsuit, the songs from which the group introduced during the second set of its annual Halloween show, but the guys are hitting the road individually. Trey Anastasio already announced a two-night run with h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2013

    The twelve best moments from Phish's fall tour

    There was a lot of excitement leading up to Phish's Fall tour, as indoor Phish is a whole different monster from the summer shed extravaganzas that leave you in the sunlight for the first set; these shows get dark and dirty from the get go. The band rehearsed and wrote new material in a barn togethe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2013

    The twenty best versions of Phish classics

    Phish just finished a stunning run of shows on the East Coast last week, in which the band debuted new material. While the new tunes will no doubt inspire much debate, the band's already sprawling archive of performances provides endless fodder for discussions of which versions are the best. Admitte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2013

    Phish's ten most overlooked jams

    Phish, which kicked off its fall tour this past weekend in Virgina, has a body of work large enough to provide fans with endless fodder for "best ever" and "all-time great" arguments. Such discussions often devolve into pointed and passionate debates. It's not that Phish fans are easily agitated or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2013

    Phish's twenty most interesting covers

    Phish is the greatest cover band on earth, hands down. While some songs have become staples -- so much so that we've come across fans, even well versed fans, who didn't realize songs like "Funky Bitch" was a cover -- while others are only busted out occasionally, sometimes only once. Of the myriad c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    The ten biggest jam band scene stereotypes

    The term "jam band scene" is icky and cringe-worthy. It hurts to even type it. But then again, so is the word "indie" when being used to describe bands on major labels, but sometimes you have to hang a handle on something simply for the sake of discussion. Stereotypes are made for a reason, but thes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    The best shows in Denver this weekend

    PHISH @ DICK'S SPORTING GOODS | FRI-SUN, 8/29/13-9/1/13 Phish is playing at Dick's this weekend. You know what that means, right? Yep --the end of summer. Bye-bye, barbecues and basking in the sun. Besides signifying the conclusion of the iconic Vermont band's summer tour, the now-annual three-day e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    The ten best shows in Denver this week

    PHISH @ DICK'S SPORTING GOODS PARK | 8/30/13-9/1/13 Phish is playing at Dick's this weekend. You know what that means, right? Yep --the end of summer. Bye-bye, barbecues and basking in the sun. Besides signifying the conclusion of the iconic Vermont band's summer tour, the now-annual three-day extra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Phish returns to Colorado, three days at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, August 31 through Sept. 2

    Phish at Dick's Sporting Goods in Commerce City, three days, confirmed! The band just announced the second leg of its summer tour, and Colorado is on the docket for three shows: Friday, August, 31, Saturday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2. A limited number of tickets are available through Phish ... More >>

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    September 29, 2011
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    September 28, 2011

    Phish Story: View the injunctions that keep Phish bootleggers at bay

    ​Dave Anver, the pony-tailed man in this video from Phish's show at Dick's on Friday, September 2, is the subject of this week's Westword cover story, "Phish Story." Anver says his job is "serving federal injunctions against people for selling counterfeit merchandise," but his methods came in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    Phish Story: Bootlegged Phish merchandise presented to courts

    This week's cover story, "Phish Story," outlines how bands, specifically Colorado favorites Phish, battle the parking lot bootleggers who make money -- some it defend as a way to keep following the band on tour, while others says it's profit-driven -- off the band's likeness, name and image. Below ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Review: Phish at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Night Three, 09/04/11

    PHISH at DICK'S SPORTING GOODS PARK | NIGHT THREE, 9/4/11Brandon MarshallMike Gordon of Phish at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City last night during the first show of a three-night run. See tons more pics in the full Phish at Dick's, 9/2/11 slide show.​Sunday night's show at Dick's s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Ten memorable Phish tweets from Labor Day Weekend

    It's @treyanastasio of @phish​Phish played three shows over this past Labor Day Weekend in Denver (Commerce City, actually) at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Read all about each Phish concert in Denver here. Being the tech-savvy -- if shaggy haired and a little rough around the edges -- fans they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    Phish survival guide, what to expect this weekend: setlist guesses, parking info and more

    Phish kicks off its three-night stand tonight at Dick's Sporting Goods Park​Phish wraps up their summer tour this weekend with three nights at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in lovely Commerce City, ending what many a blogger and message board phanatic have argued is their strongest tour in the tw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    Ten most collectable Phish pins

    ​Phish parking lots are a gold mine of bootleg memorabilia for fans. It used to be that a clever T-shirt design was the hot item on lot, but these days, fans have been moving into a different type of collectors item: hat pins. Below are our top ten hat pins in circulation -- with their corre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Phish to close out tour in Colorado with three dates at Dick's on Labor Day weekend

    ​Phish heads are undoubtedly doing the dance of joy right now. Long rumored, the Colorado dates were confirmed this morning by the legendary jam purveyors, who gave word that they'll be wrapping up their summer tour over Labor Day weekend (September 2-4) at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

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    October 10, 2010

    Fourmile Benefit with Phish guest appearances, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain, Leftover Salmon

    Jason NickelTrey Anastasio and Mike Gordon from Phish performing last night.​The Fourmile Canyon Revival Benefit started its quick life as a small, Thursday night production at the Boulder Theater and wound up being one of the biggest nights of Colorado music in years -- raising more than $300 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Jeff Austin of Yonder Mountain String Band on tomorrow night's Fourmile Canyon Benefit

    ​This Saturday night at 1STBANK Center, four of Colorado's biggest bands -- Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, Big Head Todd and the Monsters and the String Cheese Incident -- take the stage, along with members of Phish, to raise money for victims of the Fourmile Canyon fire last mo ... More >>

  • Music

    October 7, 2010

    Phish

    Sunday, October 10 through Tuesday, October 12, 1STBANK Center, 303-830-8497.

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    August 18, 2009

    Advice for Phish phans in need of a buzz: Look for Colorado license plates

    ​Believe it or not, drugs are fairly common at most concerts by Phish, whose phans have been known to follow them around the country, Grateful Dead-style. And according to police in Howard County, Maryland, a couple of Coloradans were doing their best to fill the phaithful's needs this past we ... More >>

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    August 4, 2009

    Over the weekend: Phish at Red Rocks, 8/02/09

    Aaron Thackeray​Phish's last night at Red Rocks Amphitheatre was made complete with one very special guest, Bill Kruetzman. The former drummer of the Grateful Dead was not expected and to bring him out for six songs to close out the second set was quite a treat. In typical Phish fashion, the band ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2009

    Over the weekend: Phish at Red Rocks, 07/31/09

    Aaron Thackeray​Phish's second night in Morrison was a rain soaked affair that offered a stark contrast in music, from the leisurely and drab first set to the energized and voiciferus second set. Despite a strong start with crowd favorites like "Runaway Jim" and "Bathtub Gin," the dawdling feel to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2009

    Over the weekend: Phish at Red Rocks, 8/01/09

    Aaron Thackeray​Phish's return to the stage after five years on the lamb has the members reenergized, focused and, most importantly, sober. The effects of these changes have greatly enhanced the Phish experience. Phish 3.0 was on glorious display Saturday night at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The quart ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2009

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, August 3 edition

    Ballin'.​Meat your maker. Today in Cafe Society: • Maggiano's is on a roll with winning meatball, winning two-fer deal. • Milking It: Kellogg's Raisin Bran Extra! • The Capital Grille kicks off six-week wine tasting event. • Video: Live ramblings from Jason Sheehan at the Denver Press ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    Last Night: Phish at Red Rocks

    ​PhishThursday, July 30, 2009Red Rocks AmphitheatrePhish's first show in their return to Red Rock was, by all accounts, a success. The four-night run sold out instantaneously, and spare tickets were a rare site in the parking lot before the show. The few that were available were being sold for $30 ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 30, 2009

    Show Time

    The stars shine on in a rock poster exhibit and sale.

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    July 30, 2009

    Exchanging Phish stories before the big gigs this weekend

    ​For fans of America's biggest cult band, the term "boys of summer" doesn't refer to guys who get paid millions to play baseball but rather four Vermont men in their forties who earn millions by playing goofy, unpredictable music while jumping on trampolines, having glowsticks thrown at and around ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2009

    The details of Phish's Festival 8 revealed

     Great news for those of you who missed out on getting tickets for Phish's upcoming four-night stand at Red Rocks next week. Ahem, actually, let us rephrase that -- this is great news for those with disposable income (yeah, we know, what is that, right?), vacation time and frequent flier miles ... More >>

  • Music

    April 30, 2009

    The Americans

    We the People
    Self-released

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    Something's Phishy here

    So after last week's outrage over how the Phish shows at Red Rocks sold out seemingly instantaneously -- thanks, allegedly, to a gaggle of unscrupulous scalpers short-changing countless fans -- we thought we'd check back in to see how much tickets were going for now. Great googily-moogily, we a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    Phish at Red Rocks sells out in minutes; fans call bullshit

    It's not exactly a surprise that Phish's four-day stand at Red Rocks sold out in minutes, but there are elements of the whole thing that smell, well, Phish-y (sorry, I couldn't resist). At least one hard-core fan (the one I live with, to be specific) was online within seconds of the tickets going on ... More >>

  • Music

    July 12, 2007

    Page McConnell Cuts Bait

    Phishs piano man tries to make a name for himself.

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    November 9, 2006

    Phish

    Colorado '88
    Jemp Records

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2006

    From Colfax to Coolfax

    The city is ready to roll out its new Colfax street-design study. I did my own study on Sunday. The sun was shining as I passed by Colfax and Sherman. Popping a squat on the green bench on the north side of the street, where people sit and wait for the bus, was a large woman in sweatpants and a coa ... More >>

  • Music

    July 28, 2005

    Phix

    Friday, July 29, Quixote's True Blue, 303-297-1772.

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    December 9, 2004

    The Radiators

    Saturday, December 11, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 303-297-1772.

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    September 30, 2004

    Umphrey's McGee

    Friday, October 1, Fox Theatre, 303-443-3399; Saturday, October 2, Gothic Theatre, 303-788-0984.

  • Music

    April 17, 2003

    Backwash

    Radio waves: Clear Channel clears the air about independent promoters.

  • Music

    January 16, 2003

    Phish

    Round Room (Elektra)

  • Music

    October 24, 2002

    Phish Out of Water

    Jon Fishman gets swept up in Pork Tornado.

  • Music

    August 31, 2000

    Sounds Like Fun!

    Bittersweet Motel

  • Music

    October 29, 1998

    A Phish Tale

    Bassist Mike Gordon explodes some myths about Phish--and confirms others.

  • Music

    August 8, 1996

    Something's Phishy

    Legions of neo-hippies latch on to the catch of the day.

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